A Day in the Life: Penguin Crossing Academy

When someone else is watching your child, it’s easy to wonder what occupies your child’s time. Are they learning? Getting physical activity? Making friends? Eating nutritious meals?

Here’s what your child experiences at Penguin Crossing Academy.

Special Activities

Just like adults, children want to try new and exciting things. That’s why our teachers provide a variety of special activities that complement our outstanding curriculum. 

Even our infant and toddler classrooms incorporate fun but age-appropriate activities, like foot or finger painting, dance music, puppets, and more!

These activities expand your child’s world and encourage friendships with peers and teachers.

Physical Activities 

At Penguin Crossing Academy, we know how important gross motor development is for a well-rounded life. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and releases endorphins, so your child is in a better mood when you pick them up. Physical exertion helps them sleep well at night.

As much as possible, we let children play outside on our playground, where they can explore nature and challenge their physical capabilities. 

Physical games with peers encourage social skills like fair play and teamwork. While quiet or pretend play activities are valuable, the connections children make during physical games are often stronger than in quiet activities. 

For infants, we let them explore their environment using whatever physical capabilities they currently have. Our teachers are always helping the infants progress to the next gross motor milestone.  

Quiet Time

After exerting a lot of energy, it’s time for some downtime! This comes naturally to some children, but even kids with non-stop energy need downtime, too. Quiet time helps regulate the nervous system, teaches the value of calming activities, and helps children be ready to play together again.  

Our classrooms offer a quiet area for reading or resting. In younger classrooms, cots are provided for nap time. Older children may color, draw, or craft during quiet time. 

Free Play

Structured activities and following a curriculum have many benefits, but children also need free play time to use their imaginations. We provide items like costumes, scarves, and props so children can create their own stories during free play. 

Penguin Crossing Academy is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Penguin Crossing Academy: The Best Location for Premium Childcare

Which Is Better: Daycare or Nanny?

If the time has come for you to return to work or school, a top priority is finding childcare! There are so many options in the Lewis Center area–how will you choose?

Two popular childcare options are daycare and nanny services. Let’s see how these compare!

Cost: Daycare vs. Nanny

The cost of a nanny obviously varies depending on the qualifications and experience of the nanny and the city and state. According to CARE.com, the average cost of a nanny is $694 per week or $17 per hour. 

In contrast, the average daycare costs in Ohio are $503 OH per week. Penguin Crossing Academy also accepts various forms of financial assistance, such as Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC). Contact our director to learn more, or read more on this blog post.

Safety: Daycare vs. Nanny

Hiring a nanny can be risky, even if you hire from a reputable source or a trusted friend. You just won’t know some things about the nanny, such as how they cope with anger or frustration, how much time they spend on their phone, or their driving skills and safety. 

There’s significantly less reason to worry about your child’s safety in a daycare setting. Penguin Crossing Academy only hires qualified teachers who have undergone thorough background checks. Our staff receives several daily breaks, unlike a nanny who may not have any breaks. Our business policies protect children’s privacy and hold staff accountable. 

Socialization: Daycare vs. Nanny

Socialization comes naturally in a daycare setting. Children are with peers all day long, learning foundational social skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.  

While children can certainly be socialized with nanny services, this is a little harder to come by. Nannies, operating similarly to a parent, must be the ones to plan social activities for the child–taking them to the library, park, playgroup, or other activities. This can mean extra hurdles to jump through; for instance, you must provide the nanny with a car seat, pay for gas money, and sign your child up for activities.  

So which is better, daycare or nanny services?

Ultimately, that decision is up to you. There isn’t a superior option because every family situation is different.

With affordable prices, better safety and education standards, and abundant social opportunities, Penguin Crossing Academy should be at the top of your childcare list.

Penguin Crossing Academy is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Why Penguin Crossing Academy Stands Out Among Lewis Center Daycares

Why Penguin Crossing Academy Stands Out Among Lewis Center Daycares

It can be overwhelming to choose the right daycare for your family. There are several childcare options in the Lewis Center, Delaware, and Columbus areas, so how do you decide which is best?

Many families consider location, safety, environment, and cost as the top factors when choosing a daycare. At Penguin Crossing Academy, we believe we hit all these marks favorably. Here are just a few reasons Penguin Crossing Academy stands out among Lewis Center daycares.

Location

Penguin Crossing Academy is conveniently located off Columbus Pike, right across from the Orange Branch Library. Its central location gives maximum accessibility no matter where you live!

At the same time, Penguin Crossing Academy is located off the main road so your children have privacy during outdoor play. This extra safety gives many parents peace of mind.

Learning Environment

We give your child a nurturing, state-of-the-art environment where they can learn and grow. Our spacious rooms give children plenty of space to spread out or play creatively. Book a virtual tour to see inside!

The teachers at Penguin Crossing Academy are tenured, credentialed teachers who are passionate about early childhood education.

Curriculum

We offer a phenomenal curriculum supplemented with rich extracurricular activities. Our curriculum is based on these five principles:

  1. Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning
  2. Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success
  3. Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning
  4. The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions
  5. Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning

Our fantastic teachers use these principles during lesson planning and teaching so your child receives a quality early childhood education and prepares them for kindergarten and beyond.

Penguin Crossing Academy is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Penguin Crossing Academy: The Best Location for Premium Childcare

Penguin Crossing Academy: The Best Location for Premium Childcare

If you’re looking for quality childcare in the Lewis Center or Columbus area, then Penguin Crossing Academy could be the place for you!

The last thing you need on a busy morning is a long commute to your childcare center. That’s why we are thrilled with the location of Penguin Crossing Academy!

Penguin Crossing Academy is conveniently located off Columbus Pike, right across from the Orange Branch Library. Here are some reasons to love the location and quality childcare of Penguin Crossing Academy.

Accessibility

Penguin Crossing Academy is centrally located between Lewis Center and Powell, giving lots of options for accessibility. We’re a short drive from I-71. Our easy accessibility shortens your commute, drop-off, and pick-up time!

Privacy

We’re pleased to provide a convenient but private location in Lewis Center for your children. While we are off Columbus Pike, we are tucked away from the main road on Gooding Blvd. This gives many parents peace of mind that their children are not visible from the road during outdoor play.

Safety

Safety is a top priority for parents leaving their children in the care of others. Delaware, OH, is an incredibly safe city for crime rates. Crime rates are 57% lower than the rest of the nation, making Delaware 61% safer than other cities in Ohio.

You can also feel confident leaving your child with our teachers! All of our staff undergo thorough background checks. Our teachers are knowledgable in classroom management, instructing children, and teaching your child from our fun and educational curriculum.

Penguin Crossing Academy is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!