The Childcare Center achieves quality childcare through dedication and a commitment to Augusta Health as a family first and then as a business. The childcare team on staff are well educated and trained.
Our purpose is to provide a quality enrichment program for community children. In doing so we want to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which the developmental needs of each child, ages 6 weeks through school age, are considered and met. Augusta Health childcare builds on children's natural desire to learn new things and become more self-reliant. We practice getting along with other children, sharing, taking turns, and working in a group while playing games and learning new crafts.
Focus on the Family
No matter how many hours children spend in childcare, family is the most important structure in their lives. At the Augusta Medical Childcare Center, good childcare is good family care. Staff members are partners with parents and other caregivers, working together to help kids grow up healthy, happy, and strong.
Evaluation and Quality Assurance
The Augusta Medical Childcare Center is inspected periodically by State Licensing, the Health Department, and the Fire Marshall to ensure all state guidelines are being met. We also conduct Criminal History checks and TB testing on all childcare staff in our facility. We have assembled a Crisis Management Manual which covers such events as: tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, intruders, fire, gas leaks, bomb threats, winter weather, loss of electricity, or water, and hazardous spills. The Crisis Management Manual is available upon request.
We are a childcare center licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and, therefore, subject to the minimum standards for licensed childcare centers and other state regulations.
Our Infant program is designed to meet each child's individual needs. We assign a primary caregiver to each child and that caregiver is responsible for the child's daily care; ensuring continuity of care and the healthy development of loving, trusting relationships.
Our Toddler program provides a wide range of materials and activities designed to enhance the development of large and small motor skills and developing exploration skills. Pull and push toys, soft play areas, and a variety of developmentally appropriate manipulative materials are provided. A daily schedule is established and a daily report of the child's activities is provided.
Our Two's and Three's classrooms provide activities designed to promote the healthy development of the whole child, socially/emotionally, cognitively, and physically. A typical day includes the following activities: Story time, Indoor/Outdoor gross motor activities, Circle time, Center play, Breakfast, Lunch, & Nap.
Our Pre-K classroom provides a wide variety of activities, all designed to develop language, listening, and social skills. Emergent literacy skills are supported through a print rich environment with ample reading and writing opportunities. Math & Science skills are developed through the exploration and use of a variety of manipulative materials.
Center play in both Preschool and Pre-K classrooms include: sensory play such as water, shaving crème, and play dough; open-ended art activities; home living and dramatic play; table toys such as puzzles and stringing beads. Additionally, both our Preschool and Pre-K classrooms receive weekly Spanish instruction.
School Age Program
We serve several area schools. Our After School program provides a safe, structured environment. A supervised homework time, art projects, computer learning games, table games, outdoor activities, and nutritious snacks are provided. A Holiday Camp is available during winter and spring break, teacher work-days, and snow days.
We provide a Summer Camp program June – August.We take weekly field trips, offer swimming at the Fitness Center, and keep the kids busy and entertained with a variety of activities.