Learning Through the Power of Play...

The Co-Op has nurtured lasting relationships with children and their families since 1960. With the myriad of choices and programs out there, you want to be sure that you pick a program and school that is not only right for your little one, but for your family as well. Located in the heart of Chelmsford, MA, Central Co-Op offers a unique, exciting and educational preschool curriculum for children age 2.9-5. We invite you to click through our site and learn about the special nature of a cooperative preschool and the lifelong benefits it offers you and your family!

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Suggestions for Working With Children

Respect the child as an individual. Be courteous to her, as you would be to anyone else. Allow children to work out their own difficulties when possible, unless a child’s physical safety is at stake. If you feel hesitant, ask the Director or teacher for help. When inside, sit down as much as possible so that you are not conspicuous: remain on the child’s
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How to Step In…

Here are some general ideas for dealing with difficult play situations. If children are doing something dangerous, then stop them, saying “I’m afraid someone will be hurt. Let’s try (suggest an alternate activity.)” If someone is hitting, pushing, or kicking, then stop the child and ask, “Are you trying to tell __________ something?” Make it clear that it is okay to be angry, but
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What to Say…

When speaking to children, talk to them where they are, at their eye level, by sitting down or stooping or squatting. Avoid shouting at children from a distance. Try not to turn your back on a group of children, unless you know someone else is watching them. Speak in a pleasant, calm voice, giving positive instructions when needed, offering a choice only when there
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