Catoctin Sun Nature Preschool - Walkersville MD Licensed Child Care Center

2 Chapel Place, Walkersville MD 21793
(240) 457-3143

About the Provider

Description: Catoctin Sun Nature Preschool is a progressive, specialized nature preschool program following the Reggio Emilia, project approach method of exploring topics of interest in-depth, over a longer period of time.

What we will do OUTSIDE:
~We go on daily nature walks, in many kinds of weather
~Feed the birds
~Document wildlife sightings and tracks
~Nurture our little garden
~Upcycle, recycle and build with materials
~Play in our Mud Pie Kitchen (all weather-suit covers over clothing)
~Chart & graph seasonal findings on clipboards
~Collect and curate found nature objects
~Learn about native plants, trees and wildlife around our school
~Cultivate our creative sides with paint and sensory play
~We run, jump and strengthen our gross/fine motor skills

What we will do INSIDE:
~We learn & practice peaceful, cooperative play
~Take part in long-term, child-guided units using The Project Approach
~ Share & explore our universe through open-ended classroom centers
~Draw, paint and create
~Put on plays & act out favorite stories
~Raise tadpoles to frogs and caterpillars to butterflies
~Start seeds and clippings & observe how plants grow
~ We practice yoga and dance and much much more...

***Our classroom will offer gender-neutral toys and natural materials will be used whenever possible.***
Our curriculum philosophy is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, named after the town in Italy where it was developed soon after World War II. Reggio Emilia has become a curriculum model of excellence that has attracted worldwide attention.

*The Hundred Languages of Children*
Throughout the learning process, children are encouraged to depict their understanding in one of many symbolic "languages" - including drawing, sculpture, dramatic play & re-telling, writing, and designing. Graphic representation is one of the key ways that teachers have a “window” into the learning process of young children. Children take part in long-term projects - the Project Approach - with daily opportunities to explore and modify individual and cooperative work.

*Parents & Teachers as Learners*
We will include parents and volunteers in many of our activities including nature walks and culminating activities that contextualize what we have learned so far.

Additional Information: MSDE-Approved Education Program.

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 15
  • License Number: 161318
  • Age Range: 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • District Office: Region 12 - Frederick County Office
  • District Office Phone: (301) 696-9766 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Inspection Type Regulations Status
2019-03-22 Routine 13A.16.03.05C Corrected
Findings: Staff files are not on site at the time of the visit. Director will bring staff files, including training, to the office for review.
2019-03-22 Routine 13A.16.06.05C(1) Corrected
Findings: Staff files were not on site for review and will be brought to OCC for review.
2018-05-03 Routine 13A.16.03.03B(3) Corrected
Findings: Snack menu was not available at the time of inspection when morning snack was served to the children.
2018-05-03 Routine 13A.16.03.03B(4) Corrected
Findings: Director did not record the times at which the emergency and disaster drills took place, only the dates.
2018-05-03 Routine 13A.16.03.04C Corrected
Findings: The majority of the emergency forms were outdated and need to be updated annually by families. Two emergency forms had no emergency contacts listed. One emergency form was not signed or dated. Director to have families review and update the emergency forms by May 11th and notify OCC.
2018-05-03 Routine 13A.16.03.05C Corrected
Findings: There were no staff files on site for the director, a current substitute, a new teacher and a new substitute. One current teacher had a medical and orientation on file only. There were no criminal background check results on site for all staff members.
2018-05-03 Routine 13A.16.03.06A(1) Corrected
Findings: Director did not submit proper documentation notifying OCC of the addition of a new teacher and a new substitute.
2018-05-03 Routine 13A.16.06.05C(1) Corrected
Findings: Director did not have her staff file on site for continued training review.
2018-05-03 Routine 13A.16.06.05C(2) Corrected
Findings: Director did not have her staff file on site with a professional development plan completed.
2017-04-25 Routine 13A.16.03.02A Corrected
Findings: All applicable admission and documentation requirements were not met for each child.

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