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Wellington KinderCare

Carrington Carpenter, Center Director

628 Wellington Way Lexington KY 40503
(859) 223-5574 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off Clays Mill next to Stonewall Shopping Center

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
"Stonewall, Picadome, Garden Springs, Rosa Parks, Clays Mill Starting in the Fall 2011- Wellington(Keithshire), James Lane Allen"

Early Education Makes All the Difference. Enroll Today!

Preschoolers are thirsty for knowledge and soak it up like a sponge. State studies show that children who attend KinderCare Learning Centers test 18% higher in math, 14% higher in language, and 11% higher in scientific thinking than children who did not attend KinderCare. Join our program today! We are currently enrolling. Don’t delay spaces are filling up fast!
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Fall is right around the corner! Whether children have first words or first grade on the horizon, our experts designed every classroom, every activity, and lesson to help our teachers prepare children for success in school and beyond. With teachers who delight in opening young learners' eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring, it's easy to see why we're the right choice for families across the nation. Everything we do is designed for learning. Come visit us today!

Carrington Carpenter, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

At KinderCare Learning Centers you will find many experienced, professional teachers. At our center we have several staff members with over 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field with the majority of those years being with KinderCare. We pride ourselves on being a place that you "come home to". The children that return home from college to visit our staff during breaks speaks volumes to the consistency that you will find within our staffing.

  • Carrington Carpenter, Center Director

    I enjoy coming to work every day, knowing our caring, experienced teachers and support team will make children feel safe, loved and important

    Carrington has been involved with education for five years. She has a passion for the curriculum and the growth of the children socially and mentally. She has worked in a private school and has used various curriculum over the past few years. Carrington joined the KinderCare team in 2015 with a passion for helping children grow!

    Previous Experience:
    Carrington started out at a school in Winchester, Kentucky as the school age teacher during the summer and then became a sub for 2 years- 7th grade during the school year. After a year of teaching she became a live-in nanny and home-schooled until the youngest was 3 in a half.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Discovery Preschool 2

    Michelle has been in Early Childcare for over 18 year. She has her CDA and Director's Credentials from Morehead State University. She loves creating new things for kids including crafts and designs in the classroom.
    Previous Experience:
    Michelle has worked as a Prekindergarten teacher and has classroom experience Birth through 12 years of age. Michelle has also taught in the Montessori school.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    CDA and Directors Credentials from Morehead State University
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Infants

    Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.

    I have been with KinderCare schools for 26 Years!
    I have a CDA and have been Center Director, Assistant Director, and now I'm doing what I enjoy most,
    teaching Infants something new every day.I love to sing to the infants and enjoy spending my day on the
    floor with them at their level.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sandy has a CDA and has been with KinderCare for 26 years.
    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
  • Ms. Brinley

    Ms. Brinley, Preschool

    I love seeing the wonder and excitment in a child's eyes when they learn something new.

    Ms. Brinley has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1992.  She has been Center Director and teacher with children Birth to 12 years old.  Ms. Brinley has assisted in implementing accredidations and training for center programs.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brinley has served children in Early Childhood Education for 23 year. She held the positions of Center Director, and teacher for children ages birth to 12 years old.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Associate's Degree in Applied Science
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Discovery Preschool 1 Classroom

    I love seeing the excitement on a child's face every time they learn something new. They always have a willingness to learn every day.

    Ms. Amy has been with KinderCare since 2011. She has over fifteen years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Amy also has two children of her own. She has a wealth of knowledge in Early Childhood Education and brings a lot of value to her classroom. Her children are more than prepared to transition to Discovery Preschool when the time is right. The children have a lot of fun learning new things daily with her. Please feel free to stop by Ms. Amy's classroom at any time to see the daily activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy has been teaching in Early Childhood Education for fifteen years.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Toddler Teacher

    I love to help motivate the children to learn and grow while providing security and creativity in the classroom.

    Ms. Kim always has a lot of fun activities going on in her classroom! The children do not even know that they are learning! Please feel free to stop by at anytime and participate in some of the activities of the classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim has had 25 years of experience in Early Childhood Education including experience working in the Montessori school environment.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's of Arts Degree in Science
  • Ms. Malinda

    Ms. Malinda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love teaching children literacy and math skills, which are essential for school readiness

    Ms. Malinda has been with KinderCare for over 23 years. She is currently working on her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Malinda has been very successful in getting many children ready for Kindergarten over the years. Her dedication and love of learning has served her and her children very well. Many of her children have graduated Prekindergarten and went on to advanced Kindergarten programs! Ms. Malinda would love to have you visit her classroom and see what is so special about their learning experience!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Malinda has taught with KinderCare for 22 years.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, School Age Classroom

    I love helping children learn various things and grow from their experiences.

    Ms. Tasha has over 23 years of experience with KinderCare in the classroom and in management. She has a very fun School Age program! Children love coming to see Ms. Tasha at the end of the day and especially in the summer. During the summer Ms. Tasha takes many field trips with her class to various places like a train ride, the Kentucky Horsepark, and Raven Run. The program is also designed for many guest speakers. Please feel free to stop by and get more information from Ms. Tasha about the after-school and summer programs!

    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Support Staff

    The opportunity to teach children and see them smile and react to new experiences.

    Ms. Debbie has over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She has attended college at Virginia Intermittent College and the University of Kentucky. Ms. Debbie loves to help the children in all classrooms. You can often see her in the kitchen or playing with the children throughout the building!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie has been with KinderCare in many different capacities. She has been a Discovery Preschool Teacher, an Assistant Director, and a Director
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Welcome to the Wellington Way KinderCare Learning Center serving families from all over the Lexington area. We offer an amazing curriculum and educational tools for each age group to support learning and development. Our nationally recognized curriculum aligns with all of the state standards to ensure kindergarten readiness for every child. We offer before and after school programs for children in the local elementary schools during the school year, while out Summer Camp program provides the perfect solution for families needing care during school breaks. At our school, we have some exceptional, long term teachers who are passionate about teaching and caring for children. It is important for all of us at KinderCare to encourage strong family and community involvement through things such as: Open Houses, Parent-Teacher conferences, Curriculum Preview Events, Parent Events, and Community Socials. We have been proudly accredited by the National Association of Education in Young Children (NAEYC). Please visit the accreditation tab to view more information on the high quality program that we are a part of.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a doorbell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. We conduct monthly earthquake and fire drills. Also, the majority of staff is CPR and First Aid certified and we maintain high cleanliness standards.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Pam is a wonderful teacher for our 5 month little angel but she is not just her teacher she's part of the family, Pam has been her teacher since she was 3 months old. Pam loves all the little ones under her care and she shows it. Pam loves to watch our little one develop and grow and gets as excited about reached milestones as we do. Pam also is very engaged with the babies doing art work, playing, and getting them to laugh and smile. One thing that I really love about Pam is that even with all the demands of caring for several babies she is always on top of everyone's shedule and knows their needs almost before they do, I never have to worry when Pam is in command. I know my baby will be loved and promptly cared for. Recently, we switched from disposable diapers to cloth diapers and Pam has made that a smooth transition which was a pleasant surprise. My favorite part of my day is talking to Pam at drop off and pickup because thats when I get to hear all about my daughter's day... I love to hear what shes been up to and informed of any concerns as well so I can be as up to date as possible to care for her when I get home. Can't say enough good things about Pam.

- Mother

As a new first time mom, finding a place that would love and nurture my infant was very important to me. I was looking for the perfect fit for daycare and I found them all at the KinderCare on Wellington. I love the communication I have with the staff and administration. I really appreciate the care and compassion that Ms. Dotson, Center Director, and the fellow teachers (Sara, Pam, Carolyn, Tanya, and Kim) share for each child. I feel my daughter is safe, loved, and is provided the best environment for her development. Her wonderful teachers helped me so much with transitioning as a stay-at-home mom to a full-time working one. They helped me put my daughter on a schedule, which was such a big help at home. I love seeing the daily changes in the way my little one interacts with her teachers and fellow children. She has become so much more independent through this positive and nurturing environment. I am so happy here and am so thankful for all of them."
Jessica Sandler

- Mother

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