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About Gardengate Academy Preschool in Natick

Gardengate Academy preschool in Natick, MA is a licensed, full-service, premium early childhood education facility focusing on the success and nurturing of each child.

We incorporate the Reggio Emilia Educational Approach which encourages children to think on their own. The Reggio Emilia Curriculum ensures the children’s work dominates the classroom rather than commercial art or designs. All children have potential, and their potential should be cultivated at school. Group project work is encouraged to build social-emotional skills and allows children to learn from each other/borrow each other’s knowledge.

Teachers can pose a question to the group to encourage problem-solving. Children are given time to make connections and form ideas. The environment is calm and simple, has natural items, and incorporates the use of light. The Reggio Emilia approach supports social, social-communication, cognitive, fine motor, and gross motor skills.

Our Programs

Infants:  8 weeks – 15 months

Gardengate’s infant room provides a safe, nurturing environment for babies that is designed to promote their development and growth. The room is carefully designed to be a warm and inviting space that is both stimulating and calming for the infants in our care.

Here are some ways that Gardengate’s infant room provides a safe and nurturing environment with Reggio Emilia curriculum:

  1. Emphasis on Relationships: We believe that positive relationships are crucial to a child’s development, and we work to build strong, caring relationships with each infant in our care. Our teachers spend time talking to and interacting with the babies, using a soothing tone and positive body language.
  2. Focus on Sensory Experiences: We provide a variety of sensory experiences for babies to explore, such as soft fabrics, different textures, and natural materials. These experiences help babies develop their senses and their curiosity about the world around them.
  3. Use of Natural Materials: We incorporate natural materials into the infant room, such as wood, plants, and natural fabrics. This creates a calming environment that promotes exploration and curiosity.
  4. Play-Based Learning: We believe that play is an important way for babies to learn and develop. Our teachers provide a variety of age-appropriate toys and activities that encourage exploration, creativity, and problem-solving.
  5. Individualized Care: We recognize that each baby is unique, and we tailor our care to meet their individual needs. This includes feeding schedules, nap times, and play activities.

Overall, Gardengate’s infant room provides a safe and nurturing environment that is designed to support babies’ development and growth. By using the Reggio Emilia curriculum, we are able to provide a child-centered approach to learning that encourages exploration, creativity, and a love of learning from the very beginning.

Toddlers:  15 months – 2.9 years

We recognize that toddlers have a natural curiosity and a desire to explore and discover, and we provide an environment that supports and encourages this exploration.

Here are some ways that Gardengate offers a Reggio Curriculum anchored on a strong understanding of toddlers’ development and human potential:

  1. Child-Centered Approach: Our curriculum is child-centered, which means that we focus on the individual needs and interests of each child. We believe that children learn best when they are engaged and interested in what they are learning.
  2. Emphasis on Relationships: We recognize the importance of positive relationships in supporting children’s development. Our teachers work to build strong, caring relationships with each child, which helps to create a safe and secure environment for learning and exploration.
  3. Use of Natural Materials: We incorporate natural materials into our curriculum, such as wood, plants, and natural fabrics. This creates a calming environment that promotes exploration and curiosity.
  4. Play-Based Learning: We believe that play is a crucial way for toddlers to learn and develop. Our curriculum provides a variety of age-appropriate toys and activities that encourage exploration, creativity, and problem-solving.
  5. Documentation: We document children’s learning experiences through photos, videos, and written observations. This documentation helps us to understand each child’s development and interests, and it also helps parents to see their child’s progress and growth over time.

Gardengate offers a Reggio Curriculum that is anchored on a strong understanding of toddlers’ development and human potential. Our approach is designed to foster a love of learning and a sense of wonder in each child, while also providing a safe and nurturing environment for exploration and discovery.

Preschool:  2.9 – 4 years

Our preschool room is specially designed to encourage preschoolers’ interest in concrete manipulative materials and abstract concepts in a Reggio Emilia style. We believe that children learn best through hands-on exploration and discovery, and our classroom is designed to support this approach.

 

Here are some ways that Gardengate’s preschool room is designed to encourage preschoolers’ interest in math and STEAM in a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum:

  1. Open-ended Materials: We provide a variety of open-ended materials, such as blocks, magnets, and loose parts, that allow children to explore and create in their own unique ways. These materials promote creativity and problem-solving, while also introducing basic math concepts such as shapes, patterns, and spatial reasoning.
  2. STEAM Activities: We offer a variety of STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) that encourage children to explore and experiment with different materials and concepts. For example, we might provide materials for children to build their own bridges, create their own circuits, or design their own experiments.
  3. Reggio Emilia-Inspired Learning Centers: Our classroom is divided into learning centers that are designed to promote exploration and discovery. These centers include areas for building, art, science, math, and literacy, and each center provides opportunities for children to explore and learn in a hands-on way.
  4. Teacher as Co-Learner: We believe that teachers are co-learners with children, and we encourage teachers to engage in learning activities alongside the children. This promotes a sense of collaboration and shared learning, while also modeling a love of learning for the children.
  5. Documentation: We document children’s learning experiences through photos, videos, and written observations. This documentation helps us to understand each child’s development and interests, and it also helps parents to see their child’s progress and growth over time.

Gardengate offers preschoolers the opportunity to boost their interest in math and STEAM in a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. Our classroom is designed to promote exploration, discovery, and creativity, while also introducing children to basic math and science concepts in a fun and engaging way. Through our Reggio Emilia-inspired approach, we encourage children to become lifelong learners who are curious, creative, and confident in their abilities.

Pre-K:  4-5+ years

Our PreK room is specially designed to encourage children’s curiosity in exploring more of their world around them. Our program includes social awareness to build empathy in children. Our curriculum prepares children for Kindergarten in math, science, and writing, all in a Reggio Emilia style. Our goal is to build children with problem-solving, analytical thinking, emotional intelligence, empathy, cultural competence, as well as early literacy and math skills and real-world preparation.

Here are some ways that Gardengate’s PreK room is designed to encourage children’s curiosity and prepare them for Kindergarten:

  1. Child-Centered Approach: Our curriculum is designed to be child-centered, which means that we focus on the individual needs and interests of each child. We believe that children learn best when they are engaged and interested in what they are learning.
  2. Social Awareness and Empathy: We incorporate social awareness and empathy into our curriculum, helping children to understand and appreciate different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. We provide opportunities for children to practice empathy and build social skills through activities such as sharing, cooperation, and conflict resolution.
  3. STEAM Activities: We offer a variety of STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) that encourage children to explore and experiment with different materials and concepts. We encourage children to ask questions, make predictions, and test their ideas, helping to build problem-solving and analytical thinking skills.
  4. Early Literacy and Math Skills: We provide opportunities for children to develop early literacy and math skills through hands-on activities and exploration. We introduce basic concepts such as letter recognition, phonics, counting, and number recognition, in a fun and engaging way.
  5. Real-World Preparation: We believe in preparing children for the real world by providing opportunities for them to practice skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. We also offer practical skills such as cooking and gardening, helping children to develop independence and self-confidence.
  6. Documentation: We document children’s learning experiences through photos, videos, and written observations. This documentation helps us to understand each child’s development and interests, and it also helps parents to see their child’s progress and growth over time.

Gardengate’s PreK room is designed to prepare children for Kindergarten while also building important skills such as problem-solving, analytical thinking, emotional intelligence, empathy, and cultural competence. Our Reggio Emilia-inspired approach encourages children to become lifelong learners who are curious, creative, and confident in their abilities.

Our Commitment

Our commitment is to provide high-quality care for all children, regardless of their backgrounds, in a warm, caring, and nurturing environment that fosters growth and development. Our approach to childcare is based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which values creativity, exploration, and collaboration.

 

We believe that every child is unique, and we strive to create an environment where each child feels seen, heard, and valued. Our teachers are dedicated and passionate about their work, and they bring a deep sense of love and care to their interactions with children.

 

We understand that children learn best through play, and we provide ample opportunities for children to engage in meaningful and stimulating activities that encourage them to explore and discover the world around them. We also believe in the importance of building strong relationships with families, and we work closely with parents to ensure that each child’s needs and interests are met.

 

At our center, children are encouraged to express themselves, ask questions, and take risks. We believe that this approach helps children develop a love of learning that will stay with them throughout their lives. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive, and inspiring environment where every child can thrive.

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Our Team

Madison Kelley

Madison Kelley

School Director

Madison graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders. She had a job as a Teacher’s Assistant at a local preschool while studying at UMass. With this teaching background, and a volunteer position at a special needs school in Ghana one summer during college, she solidified her goals to work in the education field. Immediately after college, she pursued a job teaching children with severe autism. With her variety of teaching experience, she learned that teaching children in Early Education was her passion. She started working at Gardengate in June of 2020, where she became the PreK lead teacher. From there, she worked towards becoming Director certified through coursework at MassBay and has been the Director since June of 2022.

Reviews from Parents

4.8 Rating based on 28 Reviews Leave A Review
Vipul Singh • Google
Our daughter looks forward to going to the center every day and walks in with a big smile on her face wanting to be with her friends and teachers! Teachers are wonderful, so loving and caring. They create weekly themes and activities that are centered around the theme - a great way to keep children engaged and learn.
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Ethan Jiang • Google
We moved to Natick in June 2022 from Cambridge and my son absolutely loves it! EVERYONE from GA, from the owner Gabi to teacher's assistants, truly enjoys being with kids and genuinely cares about them. GA offered various activities throughout the day, both indoors and outdoors, and posted pictures/videos continuously. Just read the kids' smiles and you will see how much they love this place. A bit more detail --- I work at a university in a different state and will be away 3 days a week. After the long summer break, my son had a tough time emotionally adjusting to my commute schedule. We were not aware of it initially because he behaves normally at home. Gabi reached out to us once she identified the issue. Specifically, she gave us the full detail of what happened with my son at daycare and what she thought might cause those behaviors. Then, she sit with us for several meetings and instructed us on how to communicate with kids to ensure a smooth transition. We communicated almost on a daily basis through the GA mobile app for weeks until my son was completely over it.
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Nick Adams Pandolfo • Google
They run a center that is welcoming, loving and has a philosophy that focuses on all the things you want for your child - freedom to be creative, explore their environment and activities that show the importance of caring for it as well. The staff are wonderful and highly recommnend!
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Claire Collins Frantz • Facebook
We are so happy at Gardengate! I have two children here, and have had experiences now in every classroom (infant, toddler, pre-K, and K-1). We had previously been at a larger daycare in Natick, and could not believe how much better a daycare/preschool could be until we made the change. I have been so impressed with the thought that Gardengate puts into not only their curriculum/academics, but also into the children's social/emotional development. They have varied weekly themes and corresponding stimulating projects. For example, the preschool class had a 3-week space theme last year that my son still talks about! They also pay particular attention to promoting leadership skills. I also love the frequent outdoor time and daily walks the children take. In terms of the staff, the director, Gabi, is AMAZING. Any time we have had feedback, she has professionally addressed them. The teachers are wonderful and very engaged. I feel like they truly know and care about my children. I think it also helps that the class sizes are small, so you really get to know the staff. Gardengate also fosters a sense of community among the children and parents. For example, because they knew parents were reluctant to trick-or-treat in neighborhoods this year, they hosted their own trick-or-treating after school that was outside and structured to keep families separate. But what’s really telling of how great this school is is how happy my kids are there! They absolutely love it and are always talking about their projects and teachers. They are learning, thriving, and feel loved and supported by the staff. I definitely encourage you to take a tour and meet Gabi!
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