Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society – Maria Montessori

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Our Curriculum

LHA curriculum is a play-based or child-centered preschool program, children can choose activities based on the current interests. Learning activities such as creative arts, literacy, numeracy, social studies, science, etc. are presented to children through play. Educators encourage children to play, facilitating both social and emotional skills along the way. It often looks like children are “just playing”, but in fact, they are learning important educational, social, emotional, and life skills through the process of play.

Play enhances children’s physical, social/emotional, and creative growth, and development. It is the primary means by which children explore their world and begin to make sense of the world around them. Without play, it is difficulty for a child to understand how the world functions and how they can function in it.

It is evident that play has a major role in the cognitive development of the child, but what about meeting those important learning objectives and goals? Through play, children actively post problems, explore solutions, and begin to develop a real understanding of how things function in the world around them. Educators can support this play-based philosophy by offering and encouraging the engagement in play-based activities centered around academic areas that will allow for cognitive development as well as activities that will promote social and emotional learning.

A play-based learning environment is generally set up into sections. There are typically sections for science, literacy, writing, reading, dramatic play, blocks and building, and social studies. These areas of learning will then incorporate play-based materials and activities that the children will find engaging and fun. The learning environment will be inspiring, stimulating, and nurturing, and it will welcome all children of cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds. The classroom will be a place that children can feel safe to learn, play and explore. It will be organized in a way that supports the child’s social and emotional development as well as cognitive learning.

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) jointly developed standards for social – emotional development and approaches to play and learning in preschool and kindergarten.


Self-awareness is defined as “the ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and developing a sense of self and optimism”.


Self-management is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.

Social Awareness

Social awareness is defined as the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports .

Relationship Skills

Relationship skills are defined as the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.

Responsible Decision Making

Responsible decision making is defined as the ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences, and the well-being of self and others.

Our Programs

We understand how delicate and complex the early stages of life are for an infant. With the health of your child and the cleanliness of their environment our foremost priority, we see to it that your child receives individual care and attention according to his/her needs. Infants are on their own established schedule. In addition to cuddles, lullabies, picture books and gentle praises our teachers are also making sure each child has the ability to experience activities that will help them enhance their physical, language, cognitive, social and emotional skills through activities like story time, music and simple games.
Infants are ready to move into this room when they are crawling or toddling around. The children at this age are curious about their surroundings and we provide a pleasant atmosphere for them. Music, nursery rhymes, songs, sensory tables, dancing, reading, finger play are just some of the activities taking place.

This age is full of exploration and huge growth in language and social skills. Our teachers model language skills and help the children in their rooms learn to express their wants and needs. The teachers foster all development by providing children with all the tools and activities needed to grow and learn in a way that is developmentally appropriate and geared towards each child’s unique personality.

It doesn’t take much to motivate a toddler, but we do try to structure their activities. The children at this age are active and curious about everything in their surroundings. We try to fill their moments with childhood wonders while helping them develop a strong sense of self. Songs, storybooks, puzzles, expressive artwork, finger plays, nursery rhymes, dress-up, stroller rides and fun in the sandbox are all part of their day. At about 24-27 months, children begin to focus on potty training. We work with the parents to help the child with their potty training goals.

No child will be pressured into potty training. Children will become potty trained at their own pace. Children will transition out of the toddler/two room when they are developmentally ready; being potty trained is not a criterion for moving on to Preschool.

At Little Hands Academy, we feel a child’s fullest development at any age is the best preparation for the next. With the teacher’s encouragement, nurturing and understanding, a child will develop a sense of well-being and confidence. We have specific goals and a curriculum rich with experiences that provide a springboard for learning such as dramatic play, science, counting and beginning math, reciting the alphabet, and beginning letter recognition, language skills, motor skills, manners, and social skills are among the many achievements of our preschoolers.
At Little Hands Academy, our Pre-kindergarten is a very special and critical time in a child’s learning as they prepare for their journey to Kindergarten. It is our goal to make sure that the children In our program have the skills necessary to be prepared for Kindergarten, and that their first experiences with school will be one of excitement and confidence in all that they already know. In addition to increased focus on language and literacy development, math development and motor development; we will focus on making sure they are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten. This social and emotional readiness will enable them to be confident, take on new challenges, communicate both their frustrations and happiness, and have the ability to follow directions and a structured routine.


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What Our Families are Saying

When we were first looking for a daycare for our newborn, we looked all over the region – from the chains, to independent schools like LHA, to home daycares. We didn’t find any other place that gave us the “feel” that LHA did. From Nina to the teachers to the outstanding (and constantly improving) facilities, Little Hands is the best place we’ve seen and we trust our son to them completely.

 The teachers and owner at Little Hands Academy work diligently to inspire creativity and exploration for each child to assist them in understanding the world around them! It is truly a place where each child can truly thrive.

We have loved to see the girls grow and thrive over their two years with you. We would recommend your school to anyone!