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Ellen Moore's Child Care

12 Worthington Street, Boston, MA

Starting at $100/day

My program is a small, mixed-age group, and we all become very attached to each other--it really is very much like a family. I am located in Boston, close to the Longwood Medical Area. I have a well-equipped home with three levels of interesting space and a small backyard. We also have a wagon-for-six for trips around the neighborhood, and a minivan filled with car seats (and with a triple stroller folded up in back) for field trips to the zoo, the science museum, and other cool places around Boston. The mixed-age grouping contributes to a cooperative rather than a competitive environment--it's the norm to have a different skill level, since children are different ages, and your friends will just naturally offer to help if you don't know how to do something.

The curriculum is child-centered and play-based, by which I mean that I guide activities mostly by preparing the environment and selecting the playthings. Then I let the children engage in play and discovery. I'm here to model appropriate behavior, set limits, read books, add or subtract materials, keep everybody clean, fed, safe, and loved, and generally keep things moving smoothly. We have a wonderful time!

I have three major goals for the children in my group: positive self-concept, social skills, and language skills. If you are confident and excited about your world and your ideas, know how to make and keep friends, and communicate well, you are well on your way to academic and personal success.

I am licensed for six children, but prefer to have a group of four or five per day, depending on the ages of the children. I sometimes do have six children, when alumni come to visit or when I simply can't work out the schedule any other way. Children typically start the program at age one and continue until age four or five.

I try to provide everything so that parents don't have to pack a huge bag each day. Food, diapers, and field trip expenses are all included in the daily rate--there are no extra charges. I serve a lacto-ovo-vegetarian menu. There are lots of pets--turtle, geckos, fish--which provide a wonderful anchor for the science curriculum, since they all need different food and different environments. We also do things like hatching chicken eggs, planting seeds, making collections of pine cones and other natural objects. A dog and two cats live in the house, and petting and playing with them contribute a lot of comfort and interest. Two openings for 9/20.
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Little Pandas Home Daycare


Starting at $350/wk

We are a state-licensed bilingual family daycare with an integration of American and Asian cultures. We speak both English and Chinese. We have been serving families in Watertown/Newton area for over 20 years. Our children's families come from various cultural background and nationalities including China, India, Russia, Korea, Turkey, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Our daycare owner has an early childcare educational degree and has been a full-time professional teacher for her entire career. In addition, our daycare is conveniently located in a safe neighborhood in Oakhill, Newton, with a short drive to Longwood Medical Area, especially only 5 minutes to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Chestnut Hill and 7 minutes to Brigham and Women's Health Care Center at 850 Boylston Street.
Reviewed by Chenny C 5/5 stars
Both of my kids attended Little Panda Home Daycare when we moved to the area in 2019. The place is very clean and well organized. Fei Lao Shi (Ms Fei) is very loving and caring, and very experienced and knowledgeable in early education. The other staff Ms Huang is also very kind and patient. Both of my children were well taken care of. Even though it's a mixed age group the size is small enough so that each child gets sufficient attention. The hot lunches and snacks included are such a great feature for working parents. It's home made and freshly prepared on the day. My daughter loves the dumplings. And my son who graduated last year still misses the lunch there and is always willing to go with me to pick up his sister because he wants to say hi to Ms Fei and his old friends. At the beginning of the pandemic when daycare was closed, Ms Fei soon started offering virtual classes to help the kids stay connected and maintain a sense of normal. Since the reopening, I was impressed at the COVID control she put in place and I feel very comfortable dropping off my kids at Little Panda knowing that they will be in good hands. In addition, the Chinese immersion and music education offered are something my kids absolutely love. They would come home and sing and dance to the Chinese nursery rhymes they learned during the day, which Ms Fei will play on her piano. Old kids are also getting opportunities to practice their show and tell and storytelling. In short, Little Panda Home Daycare is such a loving and caring place- our family is deeply grateful for Ms Fei for her love for our children and for her flexibility to help out working parents. And my son is planning to come back for the summer.

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Little Nest Family Daycare

271 Beech St, Belmont, MA

Starting at $520/wk

Since 2002, we have provided an environment where children learn through play as well as structured learning program. Our curriculum includes age-appropriate science, reading & literature, math, French, art, music, dance, and yoga. Our goal is to create a place that feels like home for every child.

To maximize the benefits of our programs for your children, we strongly encourage your involvement. We give you a daily verbal summary of your child's activities, challenges, opportunities and achievements. We schedule events such as Open House, Garden Party, Art and Crafts Show, Music Concert, Holiday Party and Graduation Ceremony so that you can get to know the children, their families, and our staff. We also schedule two parent-teacher meetings a year to discuss your child's progress. We invite all parents to participate in daycare activities and to become part of our community.

Our certified staff is made up of caring people who truly enjoy children. They have received specialized training in early childhood education, health and safety. We maintain their ongoing development by enrolling them in yearly training sessions, seminars, and first aid and CPR courses. We have over 20 years of child care experience.

Our staff members are dedicated to your child's safety, well-being and development, both through play and structured learning activities. Please email me at for more information.
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