Friends School and Day Care
53061 Nadine Street
South Bend, IN 46637

Phone: (574) 271-1885
Fax: (574) 271-1885

Email: friends@friendsdaycare.com 

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Friends School and Day Care is a unique community of caring and learning with a rich and stimulating environment for Infants through Pre-Kindergarten. Friends offers a fun-packed Summer Camp program for school-age children. It is our mission to grow lifelong learners and confident caring individuals. Friends’ staff is experienced and holds degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education. Friends is a state licensed facility that has been providing quality childcare and early childhood education since 1987. We encourage staff members to further their education by supporting the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship program and currently have two staff members enrolled in this program. Because we feel each child is unique and wonderful, we have been able to create a family-like atmosphere where each child can grow emotionally, academically, and physically. Friends is a community of teachers and staff members that make an effort to know your child so that he in turn can learn and grown in a familiar, friendly environment. We have the privilege of seeing children grow from babies to Kindergarteners. The year is filled with exploration, education and holiday celebrations. We are happy that you are taking the time to learn about Friends School & Day Care and hope that you visit us soon to see the children in action.

Educational Philosophy

Our mission at Friends School and Day Care is to grow lifelong learners and confident caring individuals.  This is accomplished by providing each child with a wide range of open ended experiences.  These experiences encourage the children to grow socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively to become lifelong learners.  The children are loved, cared for and nurtured to help them become confident caring individuals. 

Program Goals

  • To foster the social , emotional, physical, cognitive and language development of the children in our care.
  • To build a lasting relationship between the children, parents and teachers at our centers.
  • To build teamwork, cooperation and friendship within the classroom.
  • To build confidence and independence in children through self-help skills and problem-solving abilities
  • To create an environment in which children feel safe and secure.

Curriculum

Friends School and Day Cares curriculum focuses on the domains of learning:

  • Social Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Physical Development

We encourage learning and growth in these areas by offering developmentally appropriate learning experiences.  Children use a variety of materials including blocks, dramatic play props, paint, puzzles and manipulatives, books and large motor equipment.   These experiences are also fostered by planned activities such as story times, science experiments, music, games, art and writing.