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Ms. Gina

Tender Times Preschool and Family Childcare

Licensed home daycare
West Boylston, MA
providing children with a nurturing environment

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.

Outdoor play
Circle time
Music
Gross motor skills development
Arts & crafts
Seasonal 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.

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 #0000635

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. Gina

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

I have been an Early Educator since 2001. I am Lead Teacher Certified for Infants, Toddlers and Preschool, along with Director I & Director II Certified. I am a member Of NAEYC, MAAEYC & FCPRA organizations where I attend monthly developmental trainings. I am also a member of Early Childhood & Elementary Education Club, an outreach program to children and families through Mount Wachusett Community College. My CPR & First Aid Certifications are current. In 2014 earned my CDA (Child Development Associate) credential through the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington. I am currently working towards Level 3 on the Massachusetts QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement Systems) state rating scale. This program guides Educators to continue improving quality in Family Childcare. My outdoor program is certified by The National Wildlife Federation. We spend time outdoors everyday (weather permitting) where the children can fully engage all their senses, free to explore in a safe, fenced in backyard, and inspire an appreciation for the natural world.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

My program is licensed for 6+2 children (2 children must be school aged; 5 years old). The childcare home is on a quiet dead end road with a safe fenced in back yard with many toys. The home is also a smoke free environment. My goal is to provide children in my care a clean, safe, nurturing environment, all children are made to feel successful. Children learn through play and meaningful interactions with materials and people. Play based activities foster cognitive and social development. The schedule and indoor space is structured to allow children to pace themselves and select activities based on their individual needs. I offer a wide range of developmental and age appropriate toys and activities. My program includes music, dramatic play, circle time, and arts and crafts. An age appropriate curriculum is followed during the school year, which includes; numbers/shapes/letters, Creative movement, Science & Nature, Motor Development, and free exploration. The outdoor spaced is fenced in with many toys. Small group size allows me to provide more individual attention and support , reduces the child's feelings of being overwhelmed, and the children have more opportunities to participate. Small group size is also extremely important for your child's health and safety, and overall learning. Strict health & safety protocols are in place to prevent the transmission of Covid 19.

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

I want the children to feel at home here in West Boylston, so I have arranged a specially designed area of my home to be stimulating and inviting. I have designated spaces for stations, outdoor play, free play, napping, and independent work. The children also have access to my yard, which is completely surrounded by a fence.

Think Ms. Gina might be a good fit?

Find out if she has a spot for you. It’s 100% free and takes just 5 minutes.

Teaching is not about answering questions but about raising questions – opening doors for them in places that they could not imagine.

~ Yawar Baig

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. Gina’s NeighborSchool22 Heritage Ln West Boylston, MA 01583(617) 263-7500

There are 11 home daycares in Oakdale, 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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