Three-Year-Old Program6100 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226
Our goal is to create a stimulating and hands-on learning experience for each individual child which promotes intellectual, physical, and social/emotional development.
The three-year-old curriculum is presented through thematic units that provide both large and small group shared experiences, as well as an independent exploration. Students are provided academic foundations at his/her own level in an environment that builds confidence, self-esteem, trust, creativity, and intellectual expression.
Following the High Scope plan-do-review process, students will make plans, carry them out, and reflect on what they have done. This helps children become critical thinkers as they take initiative, solve problems, work with others, and accomplish their goals. Choosing time for students averages an hour in length and is devoted to planning time (what center are you going to and what will you do), work time (time spent in center), and recall time (discuss what they did and learned during work time). Goal planning conferences take place in the fall, progress reports are completed twice a year, and spring conferences wrap up the academic year.
After School Program
Westhampton at Willow Lawn
Our Teaching Philosophy
The WDS teaching philosophy is derived from Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning.
These allow the educators at WDS to provide learning experiences. WDS is licensed by the State of Virginia and has been nationally accredited through the National Accreditation Commission for the Association for Early Learning Leaders since 2015. WDS was the past recipient of the Best Day Care & Preschool in Virginia Living Magazine and was included in Hanover Researches Best Practices in Pre-Kindergarten. Some of WDS’s Community Partnerships include the Faison School of Autism, Virginia College, Richmond Association for Directors of Early Childhood Education and Richmond Early Childhood Association.
After School Program
WDS provides an After School program for students in Kindergarten – Fifth Grade.
Daily activities for our After Schoolers include snack, a supervised homework room, planned indoor activities, afternoon enrichments, and outside play.