Background artwork by:
Sam
age 2

Center Facts

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
6:30am - 6:30pm

The Facility

Westgate Children's Learning & Development opened in 2001 as a benefit to the employees of Westgate Resorts and the surrounding community. The child development center is located on the first floor in the corporate building of its parent company, Central Florida Investments.  The program provides a year-round, full-time learning environment for children ages 6 weeks though 5 years old.

The child development center is 10,000 square feet comprised of eight classrooms, a pre-kindergarten computer lab with nine independent computers, library, resource room, gathering hall, children's restrooms, laundry facility, storage areas and administration offices. There are five separate playground areas; tot-lot for infants/toddlers, trike riding area, sand and water area, art area and the main playground consisting of a basketball court, commercial grade play-structure and building area for children ages 2 and up.

The child development center is a secure facility with parents receiving swipe-cards allowing magnetic entrance for access. Visitors must check in through the corporate security desk for admission. The building is located at the end of Sandlake Commons Boulevard, a professional/medical complex with very little traffic around the facility. Views of beautiful Big Sand Lake can be seen from the children's playground which is surrounded by fencing for the children's safety.

The Teachers

Each classroom has a full-time teacher and assistant teacher (two assistants in the infant and toddler rooms) which enables us to offer low student to teacher ratios and small group sizes. We require our teachers to be certified Child Development Associates or have degrees in Early Childhood with previous experience in this field. Accreditation standards assure staff members attend extensive training each year for the age group that they care for. All staff members are trained in CPR, AED, 1st Aid and Universal Precautions.

The Classrooms

The classrooms are divided by age and ability. Our experienced teachers use theme-based, age-appropriate curricula to build children's knowledge. Every morning, the children gather for "group time" to discuss the day's activities, read stories, sing songs and learn new theme-related information.
Each classroom is divided into learning areas to provide each child the opportunity to practice and learn new skills. After group time, the children divide into small groups to pursue outdoor activities and visit the indoor learning areas to play and explore.

The Curriculum

Experts agree that the first five years of life are the most important stage of brain development. Positive stimulation helps to shape a person's interest in learning for the rest of their life. Our goal is to help children develop a love of learning and a positive attitude of school.

Each classroom has a theme-based curriculum that the teachers use to fashion lesson plans based on the needs of their students. The lesson plans contain activities that have specific objectives and encourage skill development in language arts, pre-writing, reading readiness, math readiness, science discovery, creative art, music, outdoor play, computers and many special projects that include cooking. Each day the students have recall activities that help develop memory retention, comprehension and also lengthen their attention span.

Lunchtime

We find that most children are selective eaters at this age and are more likely to eat a full meal when offered their favorite foods. Parents provide balanced and nutritious lunches (no candy or soda) for their child Monday - Thursday. You may include a freezer pack inside your child's lunchbox and microwaves are available for re-heating. The Center provides snacks each morning and afternoon and also sponsors pizza parties each Friday. The children eat inside the classroom preventing unnecessary transitions during the day. During lunch, staff sits with the children demonstrating proper hygiene and manners. They engage in conversation with the children and use the opportunity to talk to the children about the nutritional value of their food.