An Eco-Friendly Experience
About Tender Care San Diego
Play In Nature
Our program is Eco-Friendly, so we want to emphasize the importance of children being outdoors so they can understand natural processes, become knowledgeable and appreciative of nature.
Some of the things children learn in nature are: Health and well-being, creativity, growth and development, community & sense of place, observation, questioning, listening skills, understanding of natural processes. For example, helping children to understand natural processes could be they plant a seed and it grows to be a vegetable, it will eventually die and then it gets composted. (A way to recycle!) For observation, it is great when the children will observe the humming birds, the ladybugs, the aphids, the butterflies, and the lizards in our gardens. (You can’t get that indoors!) And for questioning, they may ask if the caterpillar is going to turn into a moth or a butterfly? Or wanting to plant a seed they found to see if it will grow. ( How exciting when it grows!)
Healthy Snacks and Meals
The children help with preparing meals such as cutting up the ingredients for a salad bar, or help mix and measure the Black Bean soup ingredients. They may pick some basil from our garden to put on the whole wheat pizza. Some of our organic garden harvests have been; broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, nectarines, tomatoes, peaches, carrots, blackberries, pole runner beans, dinosaur kale, artichokes, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, strawberries, passion fruit, and apples! We provide whole foods that are minimally processed and mostly organic, and strive to follow the the Environmental Working Group, “Shoppers Guide To Pesticides in Produce.” When we use animal products we look for the “humanely treated/raised” products. The snacks and Meals are served family style. The children put any left over food on their plate in the food scrap container for composting and place their dishes in the dishwasher. After lunch they brush their teeth.
If you are looking for a quality Family Child Care, Tender Care is your goldmine! This provider is a gift to all children that attend and will offer all parents ease of mind with the quality of service. That is a promise!
Oh ‘Tender Care” how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… To put it simply, Judy, Randy and Ana at ‘Tender Care’ run the best quality child care I have ever seen. I call it a child care, but make no mistake; it is structured more like a preschool. Judy strongly believes that even the most mundane daily processes are a valuable opportunity to learn.
I can’t believe that four years has gone by since Zack first began attending Tender Care. I guess time really does fly by when you’re having fun! I have a very heavy heart because today is Zack’s last official day at Tender Care before going off to Kindergarten. I can’t believe he has been attending your child care since he was one year old…and that he is now five! Zack is going on to Kindergarten and he says, “I’m not ready grow up…I want to stay at Judy and Randy’s!
Corrie, Nathan and Zack
At Tendercare, they go on daily adventures, they garden, dance, read, write, draw, sing, play, you name it. They’re just allowed to be kids. In turn, Judy and Randy became like adopted grandparents, I cannot express enough how thankful I am to have them in our lives.