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Ms. Marie

Little Lamb Family Childcare

Licensed home daycare
Weymouth, MA
Where you know you are welcome and in good hands

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.

Reading time
Circle time
Sensory play
Gross motor skills development
Fine motor skills development
Seasonal activities
Outdoor play
Arts & crafts

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 #9030356

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. Marie

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

My name is Mrs. Marie Barlatier. I am the educator at Little Lamb Family Child Care and Preschool, located in Weymouth, MA. I would like to share with you some of my experiences as an educator in the Early Childhood Education field, as well as my past work experiences. I have spent my entire life working with children. I worked at Children Services of Roxbury for approximately 7 years as a coordinator. Later I worked in Interfaith Social Services, primarily known as the Protestant Social Services Bureau, for 15 years as an adoption worker. Then I worked as an Ongoing Social Worker at the Department of Children’s Services, while also teaching Sunday School at my church, prior to opening my own Family Child Care program 17 years ago. Being an ongoing social worker, you travel everywhere. At that time, my daughter was a preschooler and sometimes I would be very late picking her up. A friend of mine who had and still currently has her own program encouraged me to open the daycare. She knew that with my love of children and years of experience, family child care would be a perfect fit for me and I would benefit from working at home and being able to be there for my daughter. I’m so grateful I went forward with the idea because so far, it’s been an amazing, joyful and rewarding journey for me! I have always loved children. It’s so interesting to watch them grow and develop physically, socially, intellectually, and emotionally. My mission is to help them reach their full potential. What amazes me the most is when I think they are not paying attention to me during an activity and then, surprisingly, in a few days they can do it on their own! They are such a joy and each child that comes into my care becomes a huge part of my life. This is not just a job for me, this is an incredibly satisfying way of life. After working in this capacity with the children, I felt the need to have more knowledge about children’s development. I realized there was so much for me to learn to be a better educator and caretaker. I went back to school and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration. I’ve loved what I can bring to the children in order to prepare them for the future. An important story from my years of being an early childhood educator is about one child I had almost ten years ago, whose parents were in tears when he came into my care. He had behavioral issues and the parents were exhausted. As an educator, I have to find a way to help each child grow and develop to their maturity level. I never give up on any child, and so even though it took a lot of patience and effort, I can tell you that he was one of the smartest and best kids I’ve had. On his graduation day, he had a little speech thanking his parents for choosing me. Even his kindergarten teacher called me saying that she’d never seen a kid as great as him! Stories like that have brightened my life and made me so happy that I chose this field.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

To the children, I bring my experience as a social worker and as an educator. I truly believe that their time with me is the foundation for a good start to kindergarten, and their entire future. I value that the parents trust me enough to help raise their children and prepare them for tomorrow. My program is more than just a place for the children to eat and sleep and play. I want to make sure they are learning everything they need socially, emotionally, and intellectually in order to have the best future possible. I really feel like if I’m not doing this then I’m not doing anything for them and that I’m not fulfilling my obligation as an educator. When they leave my care, I want to be sure that they are ready to embark on their next step. I have been doing this for 17 years now and so many parents still keep in touch with me to tell me how their child is doing. Some of my children have even graduated from high school now and I’ve always been invited! A lot of children and parents come back to visit. It’s my greatest satisfaction to see that. Again, this is so much more than a job for me. There is so much love for the children, and a huge vision for their future in my heart. When parents and children come here, they know they’re welcome and in good hands. I also love the beautiful relationships I get to build with parents. I’m not only an educator of their children, but I get to be there for them in a counselor role. We get to talk about life and goals for them and their children. I sit down to help the family in any way I can because we are a team. We work together to help the child succeed. This is the foundation for their lives and building that with both parents and educator is key. That is how I teach; that is my philosophy!

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

One of my favorite activities to do with the children is passing the bean bags. It teaches them comparison, colors, and numbers. I also love the way they learn their alphabet; it is so interesting and fun. Our music time in the morning and little exercises are fun too. Another absolute favorite is working with Play-Doh and showing the kids what they can do with their little fingers! They really enjoy building those fine motor skills. In my daycare, we have many different rooms specifically for the children. We have an infant room that’s very light-filled and baby-oriented and proofed. I really believe in music, so we usually have some music going for the babies. There are also play-pens set up, cribs, a changing table, and a sink where the children and I wash our hands each time after they get changed. We also have a big room I designed with a few different areas for different activities, like the ones I mentioned earlier! We have a free play area, a circle time area, a section for learning the alphabet and numbers, a reading area with comfy chairs, and a science area. In our science area are all the planets. Most of the children are familiar with almost all of the areas. A special place is the animal corner, where I ask the children to identify some of the animals as they are learning about them, and mimicking their sounds, which is so fun! Like I said earlier, I believe in music, so we have a little music center as well as some instrumental toys for the kids to play with. My dining area is where the kids eat, and also where we do paints and coloring. In this room too we have a schedule on the wall that we follow. I’ve decorated the entire home with colorful accents to attract the kiddos vision. Outside I have a fenced-in backyard where a playground is set up for the children when the weather permits. We play all types of games out there! It is my desire to welcome you and your child to visit Little Lamb Family Child Care and Preschool just to see how fun and warm our setup is!

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Every day, through engagement in the arts, our children learn to open their imagination, to dream just a little bigger and to strive every day to reach those dreams.

~ Michelle Obama

Rates & Openings

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Location

Ms. Marie’s NeighborSchool570 Pond Street Weymouth, MA 02190(617) 263-7500

There are 13 home daycares in South Weymouth, 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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