At Galoop we emphasize free play and exploration, and believe that offering a full range of activities and opportunities is one of the most beneficial ways we support babies and toddlers. Free play and exploration encourages children to develop a sense of agency and independence, which aids in the development of young childrens’ confidence, skills, and personality.
We offer sensory table play, STEM activities, arts and crafts, song and story circle time, music, and outdoor play as a part of our daily morning program. Additionally, our program is bilingual, with the majority of activities taking place in Spanish multiple times per week. This way, families don’t have to go multiple places for separate activities each day of the week. When different activities are offered in one space, the need for families to go to one place one day a week for art and another for music and another for Spanish is eliminated, providing a smoother week with a lot less stress for the caregiver of getting to the right place at the right time and hoping the child is in good spirits to get the most out of it, and it’s also a lot less stress for the child who prefers to know what to expect.
Our approach is to foster a community that brings a sense of familiarity for children. Routines are fundamental to a young child’s development. By housing a range of activities in one space, children learn and enjoy themselves to an extent made possible when they’re familiar with their surroundings. Additionally, the length of our morning program, running from 9am – 12pm each day, eliminates the stress of having to get to a specific class during a set 45-minute window or risk missing the entire thing with no chance of experiencing that activity for another entire week. At Galoop, if there is one activity your child is particularly interested in they can access it every single day for as much time as they like before moving on to something else, with the guarantee of experiencing certain ones, like music and Spanish virtually every day.
The children do not realize they are being exposed to so many educational opportunities each day. They simply think Galoop is filled with tons of fun and tempting activities, that they can experience by their own choice alongside their peers and caregiver but at their own pace. They are able to explore and play while simultaneously learning and developing important lifelong skills.