Focus On Giocare Playschool

by NYC Firm Schools on May 26, 2012

Giocare is prounced “Joe-kare,” a word taken from the Italian language and meaning to play. That’s a good word for the Giocare Playschool. That’s what children go there for. That, and to learn.

The Giocare method is to teach young children to learn through playtime. Faculty use age-appropriate learning tools to get children to interact with each other socially and through language. Faculty help children develop along their natural learning paths.

The head teacher, Ellen Cerniglia, holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College Columbia University. She has many years experience teaching young children and is widely published and a sought after speaker on educational topics.

The classroom environment looks a bit like a home setting. The tables and chairs are child sized and the learning room is stocked with toys, puzzles, games, a puppet theater, and wooden blocks. A library area contains books, art materials, music, play dough, and other useful learning props. There is also a secondary learning area with a train table and a doll house. And there is plenty of space outside for children to run and play.

Giocare Playschool has 4 separate classes. The Current Year Program is open to children ages 21 months to 3 years 6 months. It is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and is a drop off program with no minimum commitment. Preschool Time is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to children ages 2 years 6 months to 3 years 8 months.

Toddler Time is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for children 21 months to 3 years 6 months. Junior Toddler Time is open Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon and is geared toward children 9 to 21 months.

Giocare Playschool tries to gently move each child up to the next level of class when they are ready. Reservations are made on a first-come first-serve basis.

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