Child Care Services & Programs in Joliet, IL


Customized Learning for Your Child

Give your little one a great start to their education by bringing them to Panda Bear Childcare/Pre-School, LLC. Serving Joliet, IL since 1984, we have loving and qualified staff to provide your child with the building blocks for future success. We invite you to browse this page to see our basic schedule as well as detailed information about our infant program, toddler program and pre-school program.
5:30am – 8:45am
8:45am – 9:00am
9:00am – 9:45am
9:45am –10:00am
10:00am - 10:45am
10:45am –11:00am
11:00am –11:30am
11:30am –11:45am
11:45am –12 noon
12 noon – 2:30pm
2:30pm – 3:15pm
3:15pm - Closing
Arrival/Breakfast/Bathroom/Free play
Clean Up
Group Learning Time
Clean Up/Bathroom
Free Play/Outside Play
Clean Up/Bathroom
Clean Up/Bathroom
Story Time
Nap Time
Clean Up/Bathroom
Free Play/Outside Play/Departure
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Group Learning Time:
Group Learning Time is a time to gather and share in a variety of learning activities:
  • ABCs
  • Calendar
  • Colors
  • Computer
  • Crafts
  • Dancing
  • Dramatic Play
  • Food Pyramid
  • Friendship Traits
  • Geography
  • Journals
  • Music
  • Numbers
  • Poems
  • Puppet Theater
  • Senses
  • Sensory
  • Shapes
  • Show-And-Tell
  • Sign Language
  • Singing
  • Spanish
  • Stories
  • Weather, etc.
Outdoor Play:
Weather permitting, outdoor play is an important part of our day. Children are able to enjoy the fresh air, explore and be their energetic selves. Activities can include:
  • Basketball
  • Bike Riding
  • Chalk
  • Hide-And-Go-Seek
  • Observing Nature
  • Playing in the Panda Playground
  • Tag
  • Walks, etc.
Free Play:
Children are free to choose from a variety of activities which include:
  • Art
  • Blocks
  • Cognitive Games
  • Dictating Stories
  • Dramatic Play
  • Puzzles
  • Reading
  • Sensory
  • Stories
  • Water Play
  • Writing, etc.
Activities will be planned daily to encourage further interest, development and growth. All of the activities will be developmentally appropriate for the children in our program.

Children are encouraged to participate.

Infants Program (6 Weeks – 15 Months)

Concepts Introduced Throughout the Year (based on ability)
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In this program, we spend a lot of time cuddling and talking to your child. We will provide a healthy early learning environment for movement, exploration and communication. Our infant play area is filled with toys, books, blocks and plenty of area for movement to help your child develop at their own pace. Songs are sung; stories are read to encourage language acquisition. Balls are passed; games are played to develop the child's motor skills. Bonds are made between teacher and child.

We work with parents to develop the child's daily schedule, including nap time, play times and feeding times. All infants are fed by the teacher until the child develops self-help skills. Infants will transition to toddlerhood as they learn new vocabulary and self-help skills. Sign language is used also to express the child's thoughts and needs.

Everything is customized to your child's progress, needs and age.

Toddler Program (15 Months – 30 Months)

Concepts Introduced Throughout the Year (based on ability)
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  • Introduction to letters A-Z
  • Introduction to numbers 1-10
  • Introduction to colors – red, yellow, green, blue, orange, purple, black, brown and white
  • Introduction to shapes – circle, square, triangle, rectangle, star, heart, oval, diamond
  • Develop verbal skills
  • Self-help feeding skills
  • Develop ability to actively listen and attend
  • Exposure to various "language" media: stories, books, songs, poems, finger plays, puppet activities
  • Develop small muscles and fine motor control
  • Readiness skills – matching, sorting, seriation, one-to-one correspondence
  • Develop sense of self, body parts and control of movement
  • Develop sense of rhythm
  • Explore variety of art media
  • Develop a joy of exploration
  • Basic memory skills
  • Develop a sense of the natural world
  • Growing ability to follow direction
  • Develop ball handling skills including tossing, passing, catching, rolling and kicking
  • Develop basic skills for a variety of equipment including stair steps, balance beam, tunnel and mat
  • Develop sense of cooperation and community through group games
  • Values, morals and manners implemented daily

Pre-School Program (2.5 Years – 4 Years)

Concepts Introduced Throughout the Year (based on ability)
  • Number recognition 1-20
  • Recognize and name the letters A-Z
  • Develop phonetic skills
  • Identify colors - red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, brown, white, pink and gray
  • Shape recognition - circle, square, triangle, rectangle, diamond, oval, heart, hexagon, octagon, star and trapezoid
  • Exposure to a wide variety of art media
  • Monthly journals
  • Develop visual and auditory memory skills
  • Exposure to various "language" media: stories, books, songs, poems, finger plays, puppet activity, fables
  • Develop small muscle control and eye/hand coordination
  • Computer skills
  • Develop large muscle control, body coordination, balance, spatial relationships, right/left
  • Develop a variety of large motor skills including ball handling, somersaults, hopping, skipping, galloping, walking backwards, walking sideways
  • Classification skills - matching, sorting & seriation, one-to-one correspondence, opposites and tactual discrimination
  • Develop self-help skills
  • Problem solving
  • Develop sense of natural world
  • Develop sense of community and cooperation through group games
  • Develop sense of rhythm and music
  • Values, morals and manners implemented daily
  • Implementation of basic Sign Language
  • Implementation of basic Spanish
  • Develop confidence to respond alone and perform in front of peers
  • Growing ability to actively listen, learn and follow directions
  • Develop the joy of exploration

Get Your Child Ready to Learn

If you're looking for an infant, toddler or pre-school program that will stimulate your child's love for learning, come to Panda Bear Childcare/Pre-School, LLC! We are your first choice home-based childcare facility with a reputation for excellence, professionalism and care. To schedule a meeting or to ask us your questions, just give us a call today!
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