Hayley Oldham, Center Director
Meet Hayley Oldham, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2014
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies
Favorite Children's Book: The Day the Crayons Quit
Meet Hayley Oldham! She is the Center Director at Shelbyville KinderCare in Louisville, KY. Hayley attended Murray State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies. She has been with KinderCare since 2014, and before that she was a teacher, program specialist, and an assistant director. "They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel." Outside of work, Hayley enjoys spending time with her family. They love to go to the zoo, local restaurants, and shopping together.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
Dear Prospective Shelbyville Road KinderCare Families,
You are probably in the midst of selecting daycare centers by speaking with families, visiting Preschools or daycare centers, reading online reviews, and the like. We could have written an online review about our experiences at this daycare, but decided the extraordinary caretaking and compassion shown to our family by the Shelbyville Road KinderCare deserved this letter. In brief, the Shelbyville Road KinderCare delivers on its promises and goes the extra mile to care for both your child and your peace of mind.
The director and teachers at the Shelbyville Road KinderCare built real relationships with our family. Staff members learned that we are a bit neurotic and sometimes called us just to let us know our son was having a good day; likewise, teachers called if they suspected something was wrong with our son. It was not uncommon for the teachers to identify an illness before we did! Once, our son remained in Louisville with family who took him to KinderCare during the day while we were out of town for an extended period of time. Some of the teachers would voluntarily text us pictures of our son, to keep our worried minds at ease. Moreover, the staff developed a caring relationship with our son. Every day we would drop him off staff members warmly welcomed him into his classroom. Our son loved his teachers too, as evidenced by his smiles and laughter when he saw them.
While searching for daycare centers we were also curious to know how the teachers would facilitate our son's learning. Some daycare centers we visited had a difficult time explaining this to us while others just showed us a book saying, "That's our curriculum." At the Shelbyville Road KinderCare it was crystal clear that a coherent learning program existed; and, both the director and teachers could articulate what the program entailed. Children learned social skills through playing within small groups, even in the infant room! Each child receives an individualized learning plan and parents received notes from teachers about their child's progress. The series of lessons are not haphazardly thrown together, but are part of a larger curriculum that is grounded in research-based theories of learning. Most impressively, the director also knew what each child was learning, in addition to the child’s teachers. It is certainly noteworthy that the vision of learning is so well understood by both directors and teachers. Finding this degree of coherence in learning, at any level, is a rarity.
We have been K-12 teachers, education consultants, specialists for the Kentucky Department of Education, and educational researchers. Based on what we know about learning and educational organizations, like the Shelbyville Road KinderCare, we believe your family will be hard pressed to find a better daycare for your child.”
Dr. Amy and Seth H. - KinderCare Parent
My son is in Preschool with KinderCare and currently enrolled in multiple Learning Adventures classes. It truly is an adventure for him. My husband and I enjoy hearing the stories that he comes home to share about what foods and ingredients that he learned about during Cooking class. He always has a smile when he talks about the textures, tastes, and smells he discovers. And he wants to help more at home with cooking meals! We can also see the difference that just a few months of Phonics classes has made with his letter reckognition, writing, and word phrasing. He genuinely loves showing off how well he can write his name. Because he loves the other Learning Adventure classes, we just enrolled him in the Music class also and he absolutely adores it! He has so much fun singing and playing instraments with his friends. Learning Adventures has been a blessing for our family just through the experiences that our little one brings home everyday. We will definitely be signing up our next child in Learning Adventures.”
Elizabeth Drennan - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.