Little Leaps started in 2010 as family childcare in the loving home of Jennifer Nickolaus where she cared for children ages 6 weeks to 7 years. In October of 2012, with the help of our current director and Jennifer's daughter-in-law, Brianna Nickolaus, we moved to our current location and opened a group child care center. At the time, there were 23 children enrolled and we only occupied half of the building. In 2014, we expanded our center to 50 children and now own the entire building.
After Jennifer's retirement in 2016, the center is now run by Brianna Nickolaus and her husband, Rob. Rob is a full-time Construction Project Manager at Mulcahy Nickolaus. In his free time, Rob is our maintenance man, technology guy, and keeps our building looking nice.
We strive to continue our mission to provide quality care and we love watching our next generation grow. At Little Leaps, you get the at-home feel with the perks of group child care. We look forward to hearing from you and hope that we can be a part of your child's journey!
In these classrooms, the children are on their own schedule which we will coordinate with their schedule at home. The teachers will be working on tummy time, singing songs, reading the children books, snuggling, swinging, and constantly talking and playing with your child. As they get older and move in to Infant 2, they will work on more gross motor activities such as crawling and walking. They start making a transition from their own schedule to the center's schedule.
In the toddler rooms, the children fully transition from their own schedule to Little Leap's schedule. We continue to work on developing independence in each child by completing daily tasks such as putting on shoes, going potty, and washing hands. While working on independence, we also learn the basics of education such as colors, shapes, and numbers. Hands-on activities are a large part of our curriculum.
In the preschool room, we do our best to get your child ready for Kindergarten. While continuing to learn basic daily tasks, we introduce writing, math, and science activities. We work on social and emotional skills such as building relationships and regulating our emotions. Our curriculum consists of child-lead activities and lots of outdoor time.