64 Toby Way

Palmyra, Virginia

22963

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Philosophy

Mission
At Natural Steps we provide an affordable program 
that incites wonder and curiosity and promotes  kindergarten readiness and lifelong learning for all of our students. 
Vision
Our vision is to build a community where learners are free to explore and create, families feel at ease and welcome, and staff feels valued and supported. 
Natural Steps Child Development Center offers a comprehensive program with an emphasis on play and nature. We believe that play is the work of children as it is essential for their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well being.  We also believe in the importance of time in nature, giving children additional opportunities to learn and create. 
"It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers. As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges."*
Resiliency and confidence are both traits that will support the academic success of students. Along with opportunities to play and create students will take part in an academic curriculum to support their learning of concepts and benchmarks needed to be prepared for kindergarten. 
*Ginsburg, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007