Our Philosophy. Our Program.
Westminster Canterbury Richmond was Richmond’s first accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community. Its Child Development Center has provided care to children of employees and children from the community since 1984. Intergenerational programs are an integral part of the curriculum and benefit both residents and children.
The Westminster Canterbury Richmond Child Development Center views each child as an individual. We encourage children to reach his/her fullest potential by offering positive experiences that promote all aspects of development. Opportunities are provided for children to make discoveries that increase critical thinking skills. Hands-on activities encourage children to be active and creative. Emphasis is placed on developing self-confidence, responsibility, social cooperation, and problem solving. Children are allowed to make choices and learn in an environment that is inspiring, warm, and creative.
Our curriculum sparks children’s interests to develop an enthusiasm and love for learning that will last a lifetime. Parents are given feedback in the form of daily teacher contact and through regular Parent/Teacher conferences.
Classrooms are divided into several different centers to promote a variety of learning experiences. The Construction Center may contain blocks, cars, trucks, animals, and various other materials that build fine and gross motor skill development. The Dramatic Play Center may have dress-up clothes, a kitchen set, and play food to encourage the use of verbal skills, pretend play and social cooperation. The Literacy Center promotes a beginning interest in reading and writing, through the use of books, writing materials, and letters/words of the week. Puzzles, games, and toys that improve dexterity are made available in the Table-Top Center to encourage problem solving skills and hand-eye coordination. Music, movement, and outside play are used to assist physical development and coordination. Art activities using a variety of different materials are offered on an ongoing basis to encourage creative expression. Children are given daily opportunities to explore in each of the above Centers to encourage early school readiness skills and overall development.
As a faith-based charitable organization, we will provide services, specific to need, in a compassionate, professional, holistic manner, through an inspiring environment and dynamic leadership for all those we serve.
The Center is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services and serves children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. The program operates year round from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday with minimal holiday closings.
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"I recall very clearly the dedication and commitment of the teachers with assisting my daughter in building her confidence to conquer her fear of stairs . . . Within a very short period, I received a picture from the teachers of my daughter climbing the stairs of the sliding board on the playground. Please know that very picture is among many in our family album." - CENTER PARENT