For young children, the words “social isolation”, “distant learning” and “quarantine” have little context. For them, life is about playmates, hands-on learning, and adventure. It is about friendships and familiar routines and touching and moving. In times like these, adults and teachers have the difficult task of making all these childhood experiences as normal and predictable as possible, even in the middle of these current circumstances.
This is where Dreamland Learning Center in Johnston has stepped up.
Dreamland Learning Center is part of a network of child care centers which has reopened its doors again with a whole new set of protocols ~ guidelines which will make parents and caregivers happy, and, with all the usual schedules, programming and FUN it has always been known for, will make the children happy too!
Parents and children who are returning to this busy and expansive learning center on Hartford Avenue will find that some important changes have been implemented to protect the health and safety of its many “students”. At the same time, the daily programming for the children who attend Dreamland is still packed with fun, learning, friendships, and play.
A few of the safety measures that have been put in place begin at the front door. Parents who are picking up must fill out a questionnaire for themselves and their child. If either of them have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID, or if they themselves are showing symptoms of any illness, they will not be allowed in (this is to protect both the children and the staff at the center.) A quick and easy temperature is taken to verify that no child has a fever. Pick-ups are done just as orderly.
Parents are met at the front door by Nicole and Tiara who are friendly, cheerful, and efficient. They are the only people who can go between the secure lobby door and the classrooms, besides scheduled teachers. Beyond this constantly-sanitized space, all teachers and caregivers wear masks (the children are not required to wear face coverings). The staff in the infant/toddler section also wear individual smocks for each child they change. Everything is done to keep the environment clean, germ-free and safe.
Meanwhile, the fun, learning and socialization continue inside, all while maintaining as much “distancing” as is possible with young children. The center has a huge outdoor play yard which is a perfect place for the children to run off all their pent-up energy and absorb the sunlight. Each room is filled with developmentally appropriate toys and equipment which are also regularly sanitized. Each day is filled with fun, summer-themed activities, crafts and play.
Dreamland Learning Center is now accepting enrollment for children ages 6 weeks through age 12. It is located at 1253 Hartford Avenue. For more information, call 401-280-1400 or visit their website at www.dreamlandlearningcenter.com.
Be sure to check out the Dreamland Learning Centers in West Warwick (401-828-8200) and Pawtucket (401-655-1000).