Acorn Childcare Center


The Acorn Childcare Centre (‘Centro Infantil Bellota’ in Spanish) helps give children a better start in life. It provides essential care and early years education for 2 – 6 year olds, and allows children to enjoy:

2-54 15 Avenida A, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

What do we get up to?


The Center uses the High/Scope curriculum, based on a philosophy of active, participatory learning. Children are encouraged to make choices, to explore a wide range of materials, to experiment and to experience things for themselves.



Children playing and learning

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Daily Activities


The timetable below outlines a flexible daily routine designed to provide opportunities for children to make choices and decisions; to explore a variety of materials; to develop social skills through interaction with peers and adults; to reflect on ideas and actions; to use language in personally meaningful ways; and to receive appropriate adult care and support.

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Morning staff arrive

07:30
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Children arrive and have an informal playtime

08:00
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Breakfast

09:00
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Large group activities

This is a time when staff work with the whole group of children together to carry out a planned activity. This may involve singing songs; learning about days of the week, numbers, letters etc.; sharing a story; playing together; working on jigsaws or reading books.

09:45
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Plan, Do, Review

Children are given the opportunity to choose their own activities and to play according to their own interests. Adults support them but children direct their own activities. Children are free to engage in different types of play, including sand and water play, drawing, dressing up, dancing, and playing musical instruments. Staff talk with children about what they plan to do during this time, then observe and support children in their activities, and afterwards ask them about what they did and what they learned.

10:15
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Morning Snack

11:00
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Small Group Activities

Children are usually divided into two smaller groups according to their age. This is a chance to carry out creative activities and to develop fine motor skills

11:20
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Outdoor Play

The Centre has limited outdoor space, but there is a small patio where children can play with balls, draw with chalk, run around, and use the paddling pool in sunny weather.

12:00
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Lunch

13:00
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Rest time

Music and stories in the Quiet Area
Smaller children nap
Older children do puzzles and quiet activities

13:30
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Afternoon activities

Each day activities are designed to develop skills within a particular area of the curriculum:

  • Monday – Initiative and Social Relations
  • Tuesday – Creative Representation
  • Wednesday – Music and Movement
  • Thursday – Language and Literacy
  • Friday – Maths and Science

Staff observe and keep notes recording children’s abilities in each of these areas. Their observations are used to help them plan for the next week.

14:30
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Snack

16:00
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Free Play

Mothers begin to arrive, speak with staff and collect children

16:20
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Home time

17:00
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The center closes

18:00


Maya Childcare Trust Volunteer Photo