Spring Time at Willows

Children who play in nature tend to me more enthusiastic about learning. There is no better time than spring than to get back into nature and let children experience the wide range of benefits that come from playing in natural environments.

Summer Fun at Willows

Nature is also good for children’s growing brains, as children start to ask questions about their environment – why is the sky blue? Why is grass green? Why do I see the moon during the day?

Fall Time at Willows

Exposure to nature has important physiological benefits too. Children are physically active in nature, in contact with Vitamin D from the sun, and the microbes in their environment.

Winter Adventures at Willows

Playing in nature can increase empathy in children and influence the way that they relate to one another. Children learn to work more collaboratively, build on other people’s ideas and it also enhances problem solving skills.

Outdoor Play Areas

Willows outdoor areas are developed to provide a high quality early childhood environment that will meet young children’s developmental needs while initiating a life-long appreciation of the natural world. Willows believes children need outdoor time every day the weather is appropriate. Our goal is to provide children with an environment that encourages discovery and experimentation.

Outdoor Play

Willows has three traditional fenced-in play areas; the Infant play area, the Toddler play area and the Preschool play area. All areas have age appropriate climbing units with slides as well as an assortment of toys to enhance children’s outdoor play. We use sand as our shock absorbent material under the climbing units; this also provides plenty of sand play. In summer we enrich the sand area by adding water.

Winter Play

Willows is fortunate to be located on 2 acres of land. In the winter Mother Nature provides snow that is perfect for sledding, snowman building and general enjoyment. It is Willows policy to include outdoor play in all appropriate weather.

Nature-Based Play

Willows also has a nature based play area outside the fenced areas. This area includes logs for walking on, natural material for building with, open space for playing large motor games and sand. All the activities that happen here are child directed.

Nature Enrichment

We are fortunate to have the Horicon Marsh in our neighborhood. This allows us to have a naturalist visit the center to discuss the local marsh and it’s eco-system to the children. We also take several field trips to the marsh for special learning experiences.

Seasonal Activities

      • Spring starts our Vegetable Garden
      • June we observe and fully participate in the “International Mud Day”
      • Summer water play includes bathing suits and sprinklers
      • Winter includes sledding and snow structure building
      • Bird Feeders provide year round bird watching

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Willows Exceptional Quality

  • NAC Accredited with a 5-Star YoungStar Quality Rating
  • Teachers have Bachelor/Associate Degrees and receive 30 hours annually of on-going Education/Training.
  • Quarterly Parent Board Meetings Facilitate Communications and Foster Positive Relationships.
  • Non-Profit 501(c)(3) FIN: 39-1758911

Willows Exceptional Care

  • Quality Child Care is our Career
  • Meals and Snacks are prepared on site and meet standards in the USDA Food Program
  • Teachers have 100+ years of Experience in Child Care
  • Curriculum is Developmentally Appropriate
  • Kindergarten Readiness Skills are Stressed

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Hours of Operation: 6:00am - 5:30pm
Monday - Friday
Ages Served: 6 weeks - 13 years