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Wickham KinderCare

Ridhi Uppal, Center Director

2220 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne FL 32935
(321) 254-4029 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sabal, Croton, Creel, and Sherwood,

Welcome

Welcome to the Wickham KinderCare where everything is designed for learning! This school has been part of the Melbourne community for more than 25 years. We have the best teachers in the area. Many of our teachers have degrees in Early Childhood Education; some of our teachers have been part of our KinderCare family for over 20 years. All of our teachers receive monthly training sessions and participate in ongoing trainings through the state. All of our teachers are certified in CPR and first aid. We have separate classrooms for each age group, as well a room reserved for our Learning Adventures extra-curricular programs; which include Phonics, Spanish, Reading, Cooking and Math.

Parents are welcome to take a tour of our Learning center at any time to see how the children work and play on a typical day. If you are looking for a fun, educational and loving environment for your child we encourage you to stop in and say Hi.  We look forward to showing you the best early childhood education programs in town,
 

Ridhi Uppal, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are the best in town! All of our teachers are committed to creating meaningful moments with your child(ren) as they nurture and guide them through our educational programs. Although the average tenure for staff members in the building is seven years, we have several staff members having over 15 years with KinderCare. We invite you to come in and meet our fantastic teachers.

  • Ridhi Uppal

    Ridhi Uppal, Center Director

    I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    11/3/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Directors Credential and Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Carmen

    Ms. Carmen, Health and Safety Coordinator, and Cook

    My greatest joy is being able to watch the children start off in the infant room, graduate from VPK, and move on to the next big step in their young lives.

    Ms. Carmen has worked with all age groups of children from Infants up. Years after beginning her career, she was given the opportunity to use her talent in the kitchen to prepare all the meals for the school. She has since been promoted to bus driver and Health and Safety Coordinator. Her biggest satisfaction is watching children grow and learn, knowing she had a part in it.

    Previous Experience:
    Five years of operating Home Child Care in Alaska and eight years as a Volunteer Planner for Army personnel families.
    Year Started:
    1/24/1996
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Florida Child Care Professional Credential
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Katie lives in a beautiful house in Palm Bay with her two boys and fiance. While previously working in the restaurant industry, Ms. Katie first discovered KinderCare when she enrolled her children. After doing so, she saw the great learning environment and opportunities at KinderCare and eventually decided to work for the company. She loves the children and the center to this day, although her future dreams are to pursue nursing because of her love of caring for people.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katie's best child care experience came from raising her own two boys.
    Year Started:
    5/4/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Kaitlin

    Ms. Kaitlin, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    12/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Emilee

    Ms. Emilee, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Emilee was born and raised in Melbourne, Florida. She is the youngest of three children. She has three nieces and one nephew. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emilee has over ten years of experience in child care. She has taught in all ages of classrooms from the infants to the school age children. She also has office and Assistant Director experience.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Stephanie graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated in December 2014 and moved to Florida in January 2015. She is originally from Dayton. She is engaged to be married in May 2016 and has a cat named Sophie.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie worked with children and teenagers at a church in Ohio. She also has experience working in the restaurant industry.
    Year Started:
    4/7/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Emily was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to Florida in 1999. She has enjoyed working in child care for almost three years to date. She is engaged to be married sometime in 2016. Ms. Emily played softball for 15 years, and has been riding horses for 6 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emily has over twos years of prior child care experience combined from working at both church and corporate atmosphere child care centers.
    Year Started:
    3/18/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Destiny, Preschool

    Ms. Destiny has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves working with children and teaching them new things. She came to KinderCare to help her community and to make a difference in the lives of children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Destiny was an intern for a Kindergarten class back in New York City. She has also worked in Boston in the Early Childhood Education field.
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, Pre-Kindergarten

    A person's a person, no matter how small" -Horton Hears A Who

    Ms. Tanya has a 7 year old son. Working with young children has been a life passion of hers. She has taught VPK for a few years now, and loves helping children develop a lifelong love of learning. In her free time she enjoys fishing, hunting, and cooking.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tanya has worked with children of all ages, specializing in ages 2 to 11 years old for over three years.
    Year Started:
    11/12/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, PreKindergarten

    Ms. Kate graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She moved to Florida in 2010. She lives in Melbounre with her fiance, Jorge, and her son. As a family they love playing outside and going to SeaWorld.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kate taught the two-year-old class in a KinderCare back in Massachusetts. She did student teaching in a first grade class and special needs preschool class and taught second grade in Brevard Public Schools.
    Year Started:
    9/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Floater

    Ms. Sarah was born and raised in the area, graduated from Rockledge High School in 2009 and has been attending Eastern Florida State College. She is a Florida certified child care teacher and has her CDA credential as well. She loves working in early childhood education because she finds it extremely rewarding and loves her team of coworkers.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah previously worked at two other child care centers totally over 2 years. She has been at KinderCare ever since.
    Year Started:
    9/17/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving & Day After, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We have a keypad lock system to get into our classrooms. All staff members are familiar with who is on your approved list to sign in or pick your child up. Therefore, when a staff member is unfamiliar with someone, they will immediately contact management to verify identification.  Our playgrounds are surrounded by a locked fences. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator. Our Coordinator is responsible for daily safety checks, monthly safety calendar, medication administration, and staff safety training. As you can tell, the safety of our students is our first priority!

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