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  • 6 Daycare Facilities In The Metro Where You Can Enroll Your Toddler

    It's hard to let go of your little one, but going to daycare is great for their overall development!
    by Kaydee Dela Buena .
6 Daycare Facilities In The Metro Where You Can Enroll Your Toddler
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  • Entrusting the care of your child to a daycare center and a stranger is a turning point for most parents. Then again, it seems to be a viable option most especially if raising a child requires two incomes to get by financially. Single parents find it difficult to be fully present in their kid’s life while keeping a job. Others have made a personal choice to combine work and still have a supportive home life.

    6 daycare centers in Metro Manila

    Whatever your reason for doing it, daycare offers academic and social benefits that can help prepare the child face the real world. Plus, it gives you some time to breathe, too!

    Here, we’ve rounded up daycare facilities that are easily accessible to kick start your child’s daycare journey. They usually offer free trial sessions just so you can have a feel if your child can blend in the facility and the other kids. 

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    St. Michael Playhouse 

    Tucked in a quiet street in Makati near the posh area of Rockwell, St. Michael Playhouse is the first daycare center in the country that implements the teaching philosophy developed by Rudolf Steiner. According to the Waldorf/Steiner method, the most important stage of a child’s development is from 0 to 7 years. During this time, the child must have real-life experiences that come in the form of imaginative play and exploration, rather than the standard academic structure. The daycare provides the children with learning materials, including a sandbox for outdoor play.

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    Preferred by most working parents, St. Michael offers a parent-child program for children under a year old to three. Guided by a teacher, the program allows the child to play with others, while having their parents nearby. Through their daycare program, parents are assured of their kid’s safety and holistic growth while at work.

    St. Michael Playhouse is located at G/F 6241 Palma corner Mañalac Streets, Poblacion, Makati City 

    Colors & Shapes Learning Center 

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    Making friends takes practice, and as any parent of a toddler knows, teaching your kids social skills is not easy. Colors & Shapes Learning Center helps your child get into the ease of starting school and interacting with others. The facility makes use of pretend play, art, music, and practical skills to teach the alphabet, numbers, and shapes. Because kids learn in different ways and at varying paces, Colors & Shapes maintains a low student-teacher ratio so they can look after each child well.

    Parents can choose among three programs suited for toddlers and babies. The third program, aptly called, Playhouse, is their daycare services which operates on the daily. Playhouse offers a safe environment where children can explore, learn, and socialize through fun play. 

    Colors & Shapes Learning Center is located at Unit G8, Legazpi Street, Makati City 

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    Learning Jungle

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    The daycare makes it a priority to create a stimulating environment by combining a child-centered teaching approach with an advanced delivery method. This prompts a child to engage and develop new skills.

    Its program offerings are based on three principles. The first, called individualized development, promises that education received by each child is tailored depending on his or her developmental progress. The second principle is collaborative observations, which means that teachers work with the parents by closely monitoring their kid’s activities, which are dedicated to developing skills in five domains: physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language. Lastly, measurable results is about determining the right learning approach that is dependent on the results of the evaluation, which gives parents a clear understanding of their child’s development. So, at this dedicated daycare, there’s a certain structure and science to play and learning.

    Learning Jungle is located at F112-F113 Forbeswood Heights, Forbes Town Center, Rizal Drive Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 

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    Cambridge Child Development Center

    If accessibility is a top priority, Cambridge Child Development Center has over six schools around the metro. This Singapore-based preschool adheres to the philosophy that each child has the potential to be the best they can be. They employ a Montessori-type of education that encourages kids to engage in a learning environment that lets them explore and be more creative. Cambridge offers full-time classes as early as 10-months old to six years old.

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    Some of their programs highlight individualized instruction where students are given materials to work on that cater to different areas of development like language, math, and fine motor skills. Some help promote independence and a sense of responsibility, because they are provided with opportunities to apply what they’ve learned through projects and field work. Going beyond the academic side of learning, Cambridge also takes pride in instilling good social conduct, proper manners and even self-help skills. 

    Cambridge Child Development Center has multiple locations including their main office at 2/F Cambridge Centre Bldg., 108 Tordesillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

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    Gymboree Play and Music

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    Gymboree Play and Music is a global brand with an almost 40-year history and has 12 branches all over the country. The US-based facility believes in a child-led approach that builds upon his or her abilities by way of using a custom curriculum that’s created around the three keys to early childhood development: Social/Emotional, Cognitive, and Physical. Gymboree combines innovative learning technology with classic learning techniques to make sure that your child gets the best of both worlds.

    Gymboree also emphasizes the importance of play to a child’s brain development (as well as social and physical growth) by introducing modular proprietary playscapes, which they change every two weeks. This way, the child never stops learning and is fully engaged.

    Gymboree Play and Music has multiple locations including their main office at The Rockwell Club, The Rockwell Club, Amorsolo Building, Rockwell Center, Makati City

    Bright Ridge Preschool

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    The newest facility on this list just opened its doors last year. But in a short span of time, Bright Ridge Preschool has become one of the most progressive preschools in the city, offering high quality education to children ages zero to 5 years old. In addition, they have a 10-hour operating daycare, which is convenient for working parents.

    Bright Ridge designed their curriculum with the child in mind, meaning they don’t recognize standardized teaching for they believe that each child is unique and has unique needs that should be addressed properly. They are never the one to encourage pressuring and forcing a child to stick to regimented education. Therefore, it has been their  top priority to provide a free, safe and secure learning environment where kids can connect to what drives their learning passion. 

    Bright Ridge Preschool is located at 2/F Unit 207 The Riverwalk Promenade, Acqua Private Residences, Coronado Street Barangay Hulo, Mandaluyong City

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