Hello and thank you for visiting the website of Mama Shelley's Daycare! I am now interviewing and accepting applications for all ages, children 1-3. My current openings are for children in their toddler years - 1 spot for a child 1-1/2 yrs (or walking) and up, 2 spaces for children age 2 yrs and up. Feel free to look around my site and see what I'm about. If you think my daycare would be a good fit for your family, please contact me about your childcare needs. Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Mama Shelley's Daycare is a small family childcare located in the Lake Merritt area of Oakland, CA. It is conveniently located near the 580 freeway, offering easy commute options, whether you walk down to the casual carpool, take the bus, or drive to your destination!
I offer care to a group of 6 children or less, ages 0-3, in a family-like setting. So,what does this mean for your child? It means that your child will receive plenty of individual attention as we do all the things kids love to do; playing with toys, going outside, fun field trips, exploring arts and crafts and more! It also means we become much like a family and as such, may do typical family activities such as grocery shopping, laundry, etc. I strive to make each experience a fun and educational one! And while this is a play-based environment, there are plenty of teacher-directed activities too, such as our circle time singing and finger play, doing puzzles together, painting, and more! We also have a good routine when it comes to outings, meals, and naps. Consistency is key to building your child's confidence and security. When you are consistent, they know exactly what is expected of them! Please see "Program Policies" on my "Forms" page for extended details about my childcare to see if Mama Shelley's Daycare is the right fit for your family's needs.
Studies show that by staggering the children's ages, despite many parents’ desires to have their child with like-aged children, can be very beneficial. The younger children learn skills from the older children while the older children get the opportunity to nurture and learn patience around the younger ones. Family childcare offers a unique alternative to institutional daycare with its high staff turnover and rigid routines, offering more continuity of care and consideration for individual needs, all in the comfort and security of a home setting. I believe this promotes family values in the best sense of the word!
Your child will enjoy:
* Nutritious, well-balanced homemade meals and I use organics whenever possible!
* A variety of fun and educational toys
* A large number of age-appropriate books
* Learning their ABC's and phonetic sounds, numbers, shapes, colors, fun songs, and more!
* Fun field trips to the zoo, Fairyland, steam trains, Little Farm, nature centers, Mocha, etc.
* Structured activities as well as free play
* An occasional educational video
* Indoor & outdoor activities
* Lots of hugs and kisses!
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Please use the "Contact Us" page to find out about any current openings, fees, or any other questions you may have. Please provide child's age and hours of need in that request. Childcare fees vary, based on days/hours needed and age of child(ren). Thank you for your interest in Mama Shelley's Daycare!