Building Blocks Learning Center and Child Care Inc. exists to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children. Our focus is to provide a stimulating early care and education experience which promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

Building BLocks: Learning Center & Child Care.

We pride our Center’s focus on the individual needs of each child. Each child is considered unique in temperament and rate of development. Curriculum is planned to enhance and challenge individual needs, interests, and abilities. Activities and relationships occur in a healthy, positive, and relaxed environment in which well-qualified staff provide personal attention, guidance, and nurturing to each child.

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Although our infants are combined in the same room, there is a defined space for infants who aren’t mobile yet, and those who are.

Our infant room for non-mobile infants provides a place for the babies to explore their world in a safe and protected environment. It has space for children to develop their mobility skills of crawling. Our staff offers that extra special nurturing care that promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. Each day we offer our infants free play time, sensory exploration, music time, outdoor time (weather permitting), tummy time, and plenty of cuddling and responsive care. A schedule of activities is posted in the infant room. Please keep in mind that this is just a basic guideline and is meant to be very flexible.

Our infant room follows each child’s own schedule for eating, diapering, playing and sleeping. Each infant is fed when hungry, sleeps in their own crib when tired, and has their diaper changed when it is wet or soiled (diapers are checked at least every hour and always changed as needed). With adult help, infants begin to develop their own patterns for sleeping, eating, and other basic needs, but each has their own schedule. In our infant room, there are as many schedules as there are infants.

A lesson plan for the week’s activities is posted in the infant room in order to keep parents informed. A daily note will also be given to the parents each day. On this you will find what and when the child ate, when they napped, diaper changes, and any other special occurrences in their day.

Some of the basics in our Infant A Room:

  • Pat-a-cake
  • Peek-a-boo
  • So-big
  • Finger plays
  • Mirrors
  • Tummy time
  • Being read to
  • Picture books
  • Face to face interaction with caregivers and other infants
  • A variety of sensory toys (touch, hearing, visual, smelling)
  • Sensory experiences (such as playing with jello, leaves, water, etc)

Although our infants are combined in the same room, there is a defined space for those who aren’t mobile yet, and those who are.

Our older infants are beginning to explore their world on a more mobile level. The Infant Room B provides a place for mobile infants to explore their world in a safe and protected environment. Our outdoor play area offers our new walkers and runners a place to “take over” and master their new skills. Our staff offers nurturing care and stimulating environment that promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. Each day we offer our mobile infants plenty of free play time, sensory exploration, music time, outdoor time (weather permitting), art activities, fine motor activities, building activities, dramatic play activities, quiet time, and plenty of TLC.

Some of the basics in our Infant B Room:

  • Finger plays
  • Dancing to the music
  • Shape sorting toys
  • Busy boxes
  • Musical instruments
  • Outdoor time
  • Being read to
  • Picture books
  • Face to face interaction with caregivers and other infants
  • A variety of sensory toys (touch, hearing, visual, smelling)
  • Sensory experiences (such as playing with jello, leaves, water, etc)
  • Lots and lots of TLC

Everything for the toddlers is fast paced and all about “ME”. The toddlers are beginning to get into the routine of pre-school. Their day is filled with circle time activities, beginning to learn about self-care such as dressing and washing hands, learning self regulation of behaviors, and all of the other basics of pre-school, just a bit more flexible.

Our toddlers are provided with a nurturing and stimulating environment that promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. Each day we offer our toddlers plenty of free play time, sensory exploration, music time, outdoor time (weather permitting), circle time, art activities, science activities, fine motor activities, building activities, dramatic play activities, quiet time, and plenty of TLC. These toddlers are developing their counting and color identification skills as well as other pre-literacy and other pre-math skills. Social development is also very important at this age, and though the focus is still primarily “ME”, they begin to work on the “WE”.

A lesson plan for the week’s activities is posted in the Toddler Room in order to keep parents informed of their child’s week. A daily note will also be given to the parents each day. In this note, you will find what and when your child ate, when they napped, diaper changes, and any other special occurrences in their day.

Some of the daily basics in our Toddler Room:

  • Circle Time Activities
  • Musical Instruments
  • Finger Plays
  • Block/Construction Area
  • Story Time
  • Mirrors
  • Songs
  • Sensory Table
  • Outdoor Time/Gym Time
  • Play Dough        
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Push/Pull Toys
  • Dancing to Music
  • Riding Toys
  • Dramatic Play Area
  • Puzzles
  • Shape Sorting Toys
  • Climbers
  • Art activities
  • Busy Boxes
  • Science activities
  • Being Read To
  • Mini-Lessons on the topic of the week or other skills
  • A variety of Sensory Toys (touch, hearing, visual, smelling)
  • Sensory experiences (such as playing with jello, leaves, water, etc)
  • Lots and Lots of TLC

Our preschoolers are provided with a nurturing and stimulating environment that promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. Each day we offer our Preschool children plenty free play time, sensory exploration, music time, outdoor time and gym time, circle time, art activities, science activities, fine motor activities, building activities, dramatic play activities, quiet time, pre-literacy and pre-math activities.

BBLC preschoolers have a regular routine of scheduled activities. A schedule of activities is posted in the Preschool Rooms. This routine is followed daily in order to provide a secure and predictable environment for the children.

A lesson plan for the week’s activities is posted in the Preschool Room in order to keep parents informed of their child’s week. Parents and staff are encouraged to keep the communication lines open in order to provide the best experience possible for the children.

Some of the daily basics in our Preschool rooms:

  • Circle Time Activities
  • Pre-Literacy Activities
  • Finger Plays
  • Pre-Math Activities
  • Story Time
  • Puzzles/Games
  • Songs
  • Outdoor Time/Gym Time
  • Musical instruments
  • Book Area
  • Dramatic play area
  • Quiet area
  • Art Activities
  • Sensory Table
  • A variety of Sensory toys (touch, hearing, visual, smelling)
  • Science Activities
  • Lots and Lots of TLC

Our school age care (SAC) Summer Program is available as full time only.

Contact Building Blocks for information on before and after school care during the school year.

Our summer program offers a variety of fun and educational activities such as:

  • Aquatic Park
  • Programs at the Martin County Library
  • Playground Program (scheduled activities at different playgrounds)
  • Sylvania Park 4-H Science Fun
  • Cedar Creek Park Hike and Picnic
  • Daily Art, Science, Math Activities
  • Daily quiet reading time
  • Large outdoor space for soccer, kick ball, baseball games/tournaments
  • Water play at Building Blocks Learning Center
  • Roller Skating
  • Walks to Parks
  • Messy Olympics
  • Science Experiment Show
  • And lots, lots, more!

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Building Blocks Learning Center
and Child Care

507-235-5021
610 Summit Drive, Fairmont, MN 56031
www.buildingblocks-fmt.org