Our Approach

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We believe that children thrive when provided a safe and nurturing environment that encourages exploration and creativity. We are committed to providing developmentally appropriate curricular and enrichment opportunities designed to support social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

At Kids’ Work you’ll observe:

  • Children who are intellectually engaged, comfortable and eager to learn
  • An environment that celebrates individuality and fosters creativity
  • Love, care and respect for each child
  • Highly experienced and well-educated teachers who are sensitive to each child’s developmental abilities and needs
  • Proactive behavior management practices
  • A clean, safe and well maintained facility
  • Low teacher to student ratios which promotes individualized attention and superb attention to detail

It is our belief that every child and family is unique; therefore differentiation, individualization, and flexibility are built-in throughout our programs.

Our “big picture” philosophy fosters children to flourish in a rich learning environment with opportunities to explore, interact, question, and create. But what sets us apart from the crowd can be found in all the little details… keeping parents in the loop of daily lesson plans, a healthy & balanced lunch program,  indoor and outdoor play spaces, and a secure & safe environment, just to name a few.

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Nutrition

At Kids’ Work we strive to provide a healthy, balanced diet for each child. We partner with Healthy Organic Kids to provide breakfast, lunch and two snacks every day.

Upon entering our toddler classroom, children are provided healthy, fresh meals, snack and milk at no additional cost. Organic Life’s School Lunch program offers an exceptional alternative to traditional school lunches.

  • All meals are nut and pork free
  • Able to accommodate vegetarian meals and also a wider range of dietary restrictions
  • All meals are served with fresh fruits and lunch is served with crisp, local vegetables

We subscribe to the family-style meal concept allowing teachers, caregivers, and children to eat together, and creating a relaxed environment. This method is ideal for providing a conversational environment where children can not only develop good social skills but can also learn good eating habits.

Communication

We understand the importance of communication so that parents are engaged, informed and connected to their child’s progress and daily routine.

We strive to develop meaningful partnerships with families. To develop this relationship, we take time to make families feel comfortable and respected in our program. We involve families in developing a plan for their child, share valuable information about children’s development and progress, and openly communicate, so parents feel engaged and connected. We have an open door policy at Kids’ Work. Our staff and administration always welcome questions and feedback.

Parents stay connected through MyChild: an online portal offering families access to daily updates and photos, weekly lesson plans, monthly classroom news and menus, and a staff babysitting directory.

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Health & Safety

We provide CPR and first aid training for all of our staff members. Each classroom has an emergency First Aid kit containing emergency action plans, rescue inhalers and EpiPens as needed. Our nurse consultant provides training on proper diapering, sanitary hand washing practices, and correct use of emergency EpiPen and inhaler use. In addition, our staff nurse provides staff and family support regarding health topics, safety issues and medical concerns.

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Physical Fitness

At Kids’ Work, we believe that children learn by doing and moving. We provide ample space for kids to move and exercise their bodies. Our state of the art, fenced outdoor playground offers an opportunity for children to play safely and freely with sturdy, clean playground equipment and soft landing spaces.

Young children are provided with daily opportunities for neighborhood walks in our safe and secure strollers.  Newborns that are not quite ready for our strollers travel in Bjorn carriers during outdoor trips.

With Chicago’s unpredictable weather, we also boast over 1000 square feet of safe indoor play space.

Security

Our facilities are safe and secure. We use the ProCare keyless entry system, limiting building access to authorized staff members and families only. Individual family codes allow unannounced entrance of parents while requiring direct employee assistance for guests and visitors.  All major areas of the building including entrances, classrooms, hallways, and playgrounds are equipped with administrator monitored security