All licensed childcare providers, in both centers and family childcare, must have current CPR, SIDS training, and 12 hours of professional development training per year. All have yearly unannounced inspections, all fingerprinted, FBI background checks, medical exams, and inspections by the Fire Department.
All licensed childcares have the choice to voluntarily increase their training and education, and the opportunity to participate in Maryland and national quality programs. Ms. Bonnie has over 30 years of childcare experience, and earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood in 2015. She earned the 90 hour preschool certification given to teach preschool through Anne Arundel Community College, and takes 24 hours of professional development per year. She also participates in the following quality programs:
Maryland Credential – Ms. Bonnie has earned the highest rating possible in the Maryland Credential program, which recognizes individuals who increase their qualifications of training, education, years of experience, and professional activities above and beyond the requirements of state licensing and registration.
CDA – Ms. Bonnie has earned the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, which is a nationally recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE). The CDA is based on 8 competency standards that guide early childhood professionals toward becoming qualified educators of young children. CDAs have at least 120 hours of training, and show their knowledge of the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children in a written portfolio, a proctored exam, and in a verification visit where the candidate is observed and evaluated.
Maryland Excels – Ms. Bonnie participates in Maryland Excels, which is a quality rating and improvement system for child care and early education programs developed between Johns Hopkins School of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education. This is a voluntary program where caregivers choose to go above and beyond basic licensing requirements to prove commitment to developmentally appropriate practices, professional development, and administration policies, and to work towards accreditation. Ms. Bonnie is currently a level 3, working towards a level 5.
Accreditation – Ms. Bonnie is currently pursuing Accreditation, which offers national recognition to child care programs meeting the highest standards for early childcare and education. It encompasses a set of competencies in relationships, the environment, learning activities, safety and health, and business practices. There is a commitment to cultural competency and diversity. Accreditation occurs through self-study, application, and being observed, and it must be maintained.
Ms. Bonnie operates Wee People with a play based approach to learning with kindergarten-readiness as the goal. In-home childcare allows for low child to adult ratios. Your child receives more attention which is adapted to fit your child’s personal needs. Your child will have a unique blend of play and learning activities in a loving home with one main caregiver all the way through into school. Rates vary according to the ages of the child. The children are taught through play, games, songs, art, science, math, reading, gardening, and more. Meals and snacks are included.
It has been proven that the growth in a child’s brain the first five years is not only phenomenal, but also crucial. It is during this time that children develop fundamental learning skills, as well as social and emotional skills. The greatest learning takes place through fun and play – with songs, activities, laughter, and friends.
Mr Rodgers said:
“ Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
Please note this is a home, as well as a daycare. Prospective parents must have an appointment for an interview. Thank you!
License # 159207