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Ms. Esther

Little Sunshine Home Daycare

Licensed home daycare
Randolph, MA
Honoring the potential in every child

Great for parents who want...

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A Few Favorite Activities

Activities are designed to help children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills as they sing, dance, play, and learn in a small group setting.

Circle time
Music
Outdoor play
Arts & crafts
Puzzles
Reading time
Sensory play

Activities are designed to help children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills as they sing, dance, play, and learn in a small group setting.

Each program is led by a licensed child care professional. While they each have their own expertise and approach, they all share a genuine love for educating and helping young children grow & thrive. Being licensed also means they have done a series of state-required trainings and they’ve passed a government background check.

About the Provider

Licensed Family Child Care Educator
License #9050584

Licensing Requirements
  • Background record checked

    Government-level CORI, SORI, and fingerprinting

  • Home inspected for child safety

    Thorough assessment by a licensor from the EEC

  • Health & safety training

    Includes annual professional development hours

Each program is led by a licensed child care professional. While they each have their own expertise and approach, they all share a genuine love for educating and helping young children grow & thrive. Being licensed also means they have done a series of state-required trainings and they’ve passed a government background check.

Q&A with Ms. Esther

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

I’ve always loved caring for children, but I really became interested in child care as a profession when I had my twin daughters. I placed them in a Family Child Care program when they were one, and I volunteered to help as much as possible. When they went to pre-K at a local child care center, I decided to get a full-time position at the same facility. Almost a decade later, I am still passionate about child care. I just love working with kids, helping them learn, and watching them grow. It’s so rewarding. I think people often don’t realize how much children are capable of, so they don’t give kids the chances they deserve. I love giving kids the time to explore and realize their potential. Even before I opened my program, people in my neighborhood would always come to me for advice about their children, like how to monitor television time or how to encourage kids to read. With my daughters and in my career, I’ve picked up a lot of tips and tricks, and I love to pass them along. It’s up to the parents to decide what works best for their family, but I love to share my own perspective whenever it might be helpful. I think when children succeed, we all benefit.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

My main focus is to nurture the children in my program. We definitely have a schedule, and it’s very important to me that the children learn, but that isn’t possible if they don’t feel safe and secure. Sometimes the larger child care centers can be too much for kids, with lots of noise and constant activity. At Little Sunshine Home Daycare, we make sure that everyone feels comfortable. Our days usually start with circle time, where we practice letters, songs, the alphabet, and counting—and those same lessons will come up in activities throughout the day. But some days, we start by dancing to let out energy. Just like adults, kids can get stressed and frustrated by busy mornings, and I’m always mindful of that. So we take time to just have fun, dance, and shake out those nerves. It’s also important to me that parents feel comfortable and relaxed, which is why my program opens at 6:30 am. I’m a parent too, and I know how hectic mornings can be. I want parents to have plenty of time to bring their child to my program and still get to work on time. Our lives are busy, and I want to help make families’ mornings as stress-free as possible.

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

Our program is set up with lots of different opportunities for kids to explore. We have our main, open area for our daily circle time, and then there’s room for learning, play, and quiet time. We have spaces for arts and crafts, reading, studying the alphabet and numbers—we even have a little piano for practicing music and singing songs! One of my favorite parts of our program is our learning wall, where we post the things we are focusing on that day. We review what’s on the wall during morning circle time, and then the kids can look at it throughout the day. Of course, I also love that we have a huge backyard with lots of space for outdoor learning and play.

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It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

~ Maya Angelou

Reviews & References

Here’s the inside scoop from other parents that have worked with Ms. Esther.

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Michelle

Esther has cared for my daughter many times. One summer I had difficulty finding a camp to send her to because she is extremely shy and has difficulty adjusting to new situations. Esther has a unique way of making children feel at ease. I not only felt comfortable leaving her with Esther but my daughter actually looked forward to spending time at her home. Esther is not only caring but also makes education a high priority. She made sure to have a designated time for summer reading and writing each day which my daughter also enjoyed. Leaving your child with someone is never an easy decision but Esther's joyful and caring personality makes that decision much easier.

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Becca

I first met Esther when her twin daughters enrolled at my school. Esther was always stopping in to ask questions and we had many conversations about development and how kids learn and grow. The following year, Esther made it her mission to be with me in the classroom. She became an invaluable member of our staff and I was so impressed with her ability to meet each child’s unique needs. From our time together, I got to see Esther’s potential and urged her to start a career in early childhood education! I’m so happy she’s opening her own program, she works so hard and she’s all about providing a great environment for the kids.

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Jennifer

Esther’s twins were students at my mother’s family child care program. I’ve always looked up to Esther because her daughter’s are so well spoken and considerate. Esther taught me the importance of building a strong foundation for learning with my own children, as those early years are so crucial for development! Today they’re children but tomorrow they’ll be adults. Esther gave me such great advice, I would not be the mom I am today without her help! She really understands that being invested and engaged are the most important parts of teaching young kids.

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Valerie

Esther and I first met as coworkers and she later provided care for my daughter. She always has so much fun with the kids! I’m incredibly grateful to Esther for teaching my daughter how to better respect and get along with others. She’s such a good person and treats each child in her care as if they’re her own. I’m so excited that Esther is starting her own program and I’m hoping my son will be one of her first students!

Rates & Openings

Daycare rates depend on how old your child will be and what your schedule looks like. 5 days / week might get a slight discount, and infant rates are usually more than toddlers’. Finding a spot also depends on age and schedule because each daycare has a limited number of openings for each age range.

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Location

Ms. Esther’s NeighborSchool7 Christy lane Randolph, MA 02368(617) 263-7500

There are 39 home daycares in Randolph, MA. Most care for 6 to 10 children and take both infants and toddlers. All home daycares are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, just like preschool centers.

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