Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills is an early educational childcare facility. Our nationally accredited curriculum Life Essentials is developed by an independent board of experts in early childhood / elementary education, includes Common Core and STEM fundamentals and exceeds the curriculum requirements established by the State of Indiana for each age group. It focuses on the development of the whole child through engaging activities designed to build cognitive, technological, emotional and social skills as well as character traits that will assist children in being successful in school as well as life.
Address: 1324 Chatham Commons Blvd, Westfield, IN 46074
Q&A with Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills:
What makes Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills unique?
At Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills, we are committed to establishing new standards in educational childcare. We are truly committed to making a positive and lasting impact in the hearts and minds of the children and families we serve. Our dedicated and expert staff is empowered to tailor their lesson plans based on the needs of the individual children in their classes. It is not a “one size fits all” approach but one that focus on the development of the whole child from an intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and health perspective.
What is Kiddie Academy educational philosophy?
At Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills, we believe care and learning go hand in hand and both should be served with a big dose of fun. Utilizing a teacher-guided, child-led philosophy, every activity throughout the day, including playtime, turns into a learning opportunity. Children are encouraged to confidently explore and discover, which in turns builds a better understanding of the world around them.
Our nationally accredited curriculum, Life Essentials, is developed by a board of independent experts in early childhood/elementary education, includes Common Core and STEM, and exceeds the requirements established by the State of Indiana at every age group. Life Essentials is based on four pillars of education: developmentally appropriate curriculum, technology, health & fitness and character education, giving children a happier, healthier, and more rounded foundation now and for the future.
What is Kiddie Academy’s age/grade range?
We provide educational childcare services for children ranging in 6 weeks of age to 12 years old.
What is Kiddie Academy’s enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?
We have a one-time, non-refundable enrollment fee which secures your child’s spot, based on current availability. If no space is available, this fee would secure your position on our wait-list. Summer Camp begins in June and ends the last month of July.
What are the standard school day hours? Does Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills offer flexible day/hour options? Is before/after school care available?
Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. We offer full-time and part-time programs. Please contact the Academy Director for availability.
How many children are in each class? How are children divided up up?
Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills has a maximum capacity of 176 children. When determining the appropriate placement of a child, we look at the age of the child as well as the wishes of the parents. We do follow the Westfield-Washington school schedule; so, children typically move up to the next program at the beginning of a new school year.
Following is a breakdown of our capacity by class:
24 months – 30 months: 10
31 months – 36 months: 14
Pre- School: 40
School Age: 30
What is the teacher/child ratio?
The teacher to child ratio varies based on the age of the child. Following are the ratios for each age group:
Infants: 1 to 4
Toddlers: 1 to 5
24 months – 30 months: 1 to 5
31 months – 36 months: 1 to 7
Pre-School: 1 to 10
Pre-K: 1 to 12
Kindergarten: 1 to 15
School Age: 1 to 15
What are the teacher’s credentials?
All of our teachers meet and/or exceed the educational requirements established by the State of Indiana, many of which have their Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and/or Elementary Education.
Is parental participation required?
At Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills, we are dedicated to open communication and full transparency with the families we serve. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are very limited in the degree to which parents can participate. As restrictions are lifted, we will encourage parent participation that align with any new guidelines the CDC and the Hamilton County Health Department implement.
How do teachers communicate with parents? How often do parents receive updates?
Our teachers communicate throughout the day with parents via the Tadpoles application. The Tadpoles application is provided at no addition charge. Our teachers also have their own personal email accounts that are used to communicate back and forth with parents as well.
Does Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills offer support for students with special needs?
Not at this time.
How much time do the children spend outside?
Nature, outdoor learning, and physical development are key components of our Life Essentials program. Weather permitting, children engage in games, activities designed to build knowledge, skills and confidence in these areas. Our playground is approximately 9000 square feet and 100% artificial turf. It includes a tricycle track, a basketball court, a soccer field, and numerous age appropriate playground equipment. Typically, children will be outside at least 3 times per day for a period of time that is appropriate for their age group.
Are meals and/or snacks provided?
Kiddie Academy provides a morning and afternoon snack as well as a hot lunch that is prepared on-site daily. We also provide children who arrive prior to or at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast at no additional charge.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
At Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills, we understand that each child is unique and that there is no standard timeline for a child to become potty-trained. Our teachers will work closely with parents to reinforce what is being done at home and to encourage children in their potty-training endeavors through frequent bathroom breaks, positive reassurance and praise.
What enrichment programs/activities are offered?
In our infant room, we begin to introduce American Sign Language so that little ones begin to learn how to communicate non-verbally with others. In addition, our “Music and More” program was designed by Kindermusik specifically for Kiddie Academy and is included in our curriculum at no additional cost. With all age groups, our teachers lead the children through playful, interactive, and developmentally appropriate music and movement activities focused on building and improving cognition, language skills, musical skills, sensory awareness, social-emotional perception and fine and gross motor skills.
What are Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills’s safety policies? What extra safety measures are being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The safety and well-being of the children and families we serve as well as our staff is our utmost priority. We have cameras in each of our classrooms, on the playground, and in the parking lot. Both the Academy Director and Owner monitor the Academy in real-time throughout the day. Parents can also log in and watch their children through an application called “Watch Me Grow”, which is provided at no additional cost. Each entry and exit is secured. We also conduct background checks, drug checks, and reference checks on everyone we consider for employment. Anyone who does not pass the screening process is not eligible to be here.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a detailed safety plan that meets and exceeds the guidelines and recommendations established by the CDC and the State of Indiana. Copies of our COVID-19 Safety Plan are available by request.
Who should parents contact for more information about Kiddie Academy of Chatham Hills?
Please contact Cassandra Solan at 317-343-0654 or [email protected] for more information.