Rachel Diane Basham, Center Director
Meet Rachel Diane Basham, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1993
Education: Child Development Associate credential
Favorite Children's Book: Green Eggs and Ham
Meet Rachel Diane Basham! She is the Center Director at Alafaya Woods KinderCare in Oviedo, Florida. Diane attended Seminole State College, where she earned a Child Development Associate credential. She has been with KinderCare since 1993. Every day, Diane enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Do the right thing, even when no one is looking.” Outside of work, Diane enjoys gardening and arts and crafts.
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.
Alafaya Woods KinderCare Programs
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.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs
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!
We are parents of two children that go to KinderCare in Oviedo, Florida. Our oldest, who is now four, has been going there since he was ten weeks old and now our youngest who also attends is eleven months old. We cannot say enough about this KinderCare facility. Your director, Diane Basham, runs an incredible center. She is a caring, compassionate professional who encourages an open door policy for parents offering any feedback or chooses to come with comments, questions or concerns. Our oldest has learned so much while being there, from socialization, to assistance with our potty training efforts, culminating to his educational development. The teachers have such a caring nature and wonderful attitude so you can see why the kids learn so much, because they love what they do. It is so rewarding to see such tangible results in our children, who also thoroughly enjoy the learning experience there; and we never fail to miss an opportunity to spread the word on the exceptional work of the staff there. Our sons were attending KinderCare full-time until about two months ago when Natalie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Unable to work at that point in time, our two-income household was dropped to one, and we had no choice but to change them to part-time. While she was hospitalized during her first episode, Diane approached Sean and offered to help our family in whatever way she could when Natalie’s resulting doctors’ and physical therapy appointments caused a conflict with our children’s schedules at the center. This has served to bring some measure of peace in a difficult time. Diane encourages open communication, and we have always taken advantage of that when it comes to their development; now we do so at her invitation in this regard as well. She and the wonderful teachers at KinderCare-Oviedo have gone above and beyond for our family and we love and appreciate them for that. We were truly blessed the day we walked through the doors of the ‘little red schoolhouse.’”
Natalie and Sean J. - KinderCare Parent
Our son, Johnathan has been attending KinderCare since he was six-weeks-old. He is now three years in age. Every teacher that Johnathan has had the pleasure to work with has been amazing, specifically Ms. Diane and Ms. Sheila. My brother-in-law attended KinderCare when he was an infant, which was over 20 years ago, and Ms. Diane and Ms. Sheila were there when he attended. Therefore, I knew this was an amazing opportunity to have our son attend the same school with the same teachers. They are both so dedicated to the children here!
Johnathan looks forward to going to school each and every day, including Saturday and Sunday! He has learned so much and continues to grow and learn each and every day, which is due to the amazing staff at the Oviedo KinderCare! We are forever grateful for the amazing team and look forward to the future years with KinderCare! Thank you for all you do!”
Rebecca - KinderCare Parent
We moved to Florida from Wisconsin when our son Jayden was 19 months old. Before we moved down, we called around to child care facilities to figure out where would be best to place him. We started talking with Ms. Sheila. She was extremely helpful. Once we arrived, we also talked with Ms. Diane about our son, asking more questions regarding their learning center. Hands down, we decided that this was the best place for Jayden. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. Ms. Diane, Ms. Sheila and Ms. Suzie, along with the other teachers, have a sincere caring for all the children. It is a wonderful, positive environment for them to learn, develop and grow. Jayden is now eight years old and in the third grade. This KinderCare doesn't pick up at his school, however, he has not missed a Summer Camp. The main reason is because he loves to meet up with his friends again. Some of them he has known pretty much since he started in the one year old room. It has been a great experience for us and for Jayden. We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of this particular KinderCare family.”
Kelly P. - KinderCare Parent
My son was a student at KinderCare when he was just under one year of age. The staff at KinderCare took such great care for him that I felt no need to worry about how he would be treated. My son is 11 years old now and I attribute the care and development training provided by staff to who he is today. I would hands down recommend KinderCare as the first choice in providing daycare to any little one.”
Marvin S. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Alafaya Woods KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Alafaya Woods KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.