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Swiss Avenue KinderCare

Jaime Hayes, Center Director

410 Swiss Ave. Nashville TN 37211
(615) 833-3960 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Shayne Elementary Maxwell Elementary A.Z. Kelly Elementary

Our center is known for it's family feel. We have lots of parents tell us that they feel as if they are dropping their child off at a family member's house. We have a very friendly staff members, and we host parent events which aid in building the strong relationship we have with our families.

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Welcome

Welcome to Swiss Avenue KinderCare in Nashville, Tennessee. Our teachers embrace a balanced approach to learning-which gives parents confidence that their child will have fun as he or she develops socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Here at Swiss Avenue KinderCare we believe that our center is an extension of the home. We welcome parents and grandparents to take active roles in helping us develop your child. We encourage open lines of communication.

Jaime Hayes, 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.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

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.

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Teachers & Staff

Here at Swiss Avenue KinderCare we are known for the longevity of our staff. Over half of our staff have worked for KinderCare over ten years. We do not have a lot of staff turn over at this center. The majority of our staff currently have a Child Development Associate's Credential or higher. In order to be the best teacher for your child the entire staff attend biannual all day trainings in addition to trainings held at our center.

  • Jaime Hayes

    Jaime Hayes, Center Director

    One of the things I love most about Swiss Avenue KinderCare is the diversity of our families. The children are introduced at a young age to all kinds of different cultures and everyone is accepted.

    Jaime Hayes started with KinderCare in 2003. She has experience as a teacher and assistant director with KinderCare. She was born and raised here in Nashville, Tennessee. She is married and has three wonderful daughters. Jaime has over fifteen years of experience working with small children. Currently Jaime is proud to have developed such a wonderful team of teachers. What Jaime finds most rewarding is families that have aged out of the building returning or emailing to stay in touch with our staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to work at KinderCare, Jaime was a nanny for children in her home.
    Year Started:
    7/31/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Debby Shortt

    Ms. Debby Shortt, Health and Safety Coordinator/Cook

    My overall goal is to teach children how to make healthy and safe choices.

    Debby first came to KinderCare in 1991 when she enrolled her daughter as an infant. Over the years Debby has not only served many roles within the center, but has also came to be known as the center's "Nana," treating all the children as she does her own family - with love and respect.

    Year Started:
    9/22/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Tamera

    Ms. Tamera, Discovery Preschool

    Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning. This is why I love teaching.

    Tamera has worked for KinderCare since June of 2001. She has over 20 years of experience in the childcare field. Tamera has a passion for helping children learn and grow. One of her many quotes is "Children are great imitators, so give them something to imitate." That is one of the many things that keeps her motivated. Tamera attended Nashville State Community College and pland to receive her Child Development Associate Degree in the summer of 2016. she is also a wife and a mother.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
  • Ms. Page

    Ms. Page, Prekindergarten Classroom

    What inspires me to work with children is helping them learn and grow as a person. I love helping children achieve that "aha!" moment.

    Page is a two year olds teacher in our Discovery Preschool Program. She was born, raised, and currently resides in Clarksville, Tennessee. Before coming to KinderCare, Page worked in a daycare for two years and nannied for a family with multiple children for three years. She has enjoyed her time with KinderCare so far and hopes to for years to come.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at a daycare for two years annd nannied for a family of multiple children for three years before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    11/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Masters of Art in Instruction and Curriculum
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I am passionate about children and creating a fun learning evironment for them to thrive in.

    Kelly comes to us with 12 years of childcare experience. She has taught at a childcare center, afterschool center, summer camp and as a substitute teacher. She has an associates degree in childcare. Kelly has a passion for helping children learn. She believes that early childhood learning is important and wants to provide a positive and nurturing environment for the children to learn. Kelly is also very creative and she loves to use that as a tool while helping the children learn. 

    Year Started:
    3/2/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associates Degree
  • Ms. Sherry

    Ms. Sherry, Transitional Kindergarten

    I love having the opportunity to be a part of the children's lives every day.

    Ms. Sherry has been caring for children for thirteen years. After graduating high school, she started working with the Discovery Preschool classroom. She worked there for several years before moving into the Prekindergarten classroom where she remains today. Ms. Sherry makes a huge impact on the Prekindergarten classroom.

    Year Started:
    11/17/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    TECTA Certificate
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Children have a natural curiosity and thirst for learning. They have so much fun developing their math and language skills! I love taking the children from recognizing their letters to blending letters into words.

    Ms. Mary worked in the retail business after graduating college. Her children attended KinderCare. Ms. Mary grew to love the atmosphere and emphasis on learning that she witnessed at KinderCare while her children attended so much, that she decided to come to work here. She has been here ever since. Ms. Mary attained her Child Development Associate's Credential while working here. She started as a Prekindergarten teacher and is now also the Learning Adventures program teacher.

    Year Started:
    4/1/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Child Development Associate's Credential

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

  • Farsi

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At Swiss Avenue KinderCare we care about the health and safety of your child. We have a keypad entry into the building and only authorized families have the code. All visitors will ring the door bell and be greeted by a staff member. In addition to this all playgrounds are fenced and locked. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator (Debby Blackner) who administers any medicine that needs to be given. She also conducts monthly fire and tornado drills. To better support of families we make sure every staff member is CPR and First Aid certified.

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.

Thank you for the wonderful care you give my daughter, and thank you for the wonderful care you gave my older daughter. I am not writing this letter because I intend to withdraw – on the contrary, I am writing it to say thank you before my daughter finishes her last months with KinderCare and goes to Kindergarten. I often tell people how much I love Swiss Avenue KinderCare, and I don’t think I tell you enough! I have been using Swiss Avenue KinderCare for six years now, and you and your staff have been consistently great. I feel that my older daughter, was well prepared for Kindergarten. She is in second grade now and is doing very well socially and academically. My younger daughter has also flourished. She is learning a lot, and I love that she has fun and learns while she is in daycare! I also really love the Phonics program and feel it is worth the cost. Kindergarten is more challenging academically than I thought it would be, and I feel that your educational program plus Phonics helps give kids a leg up. I love your staff. They are friendly, helpful, attentive, and caring. And, it is very impressive that many of them have been at KinderCare as long as my children have been coming! I recommend Swiss Avenue KinderCare to other parents whenever I have the opportunity. They visited and have agreed with me that it is a great daycare!

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