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The Duckling Room

Classroom Overview

Standing without support, scribbling with crayons, stacking blocks and beginning to communicate their wants, needs and desires are just some of the things that the children in The Duckling Room are working on.

The Duckling Room was designed to provide exceptional care for toddlers, aged ten months to eighteen months. Enrolled families can expect a safe, secure, nurturing, and age-appropriate learning environment. Experienced, well-qualified teachers are staffed at a generous 1:4 ratio. Teachers are dedicated to responding promptly to every child’s feeding, sleeping, diapering and playtime needs.

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Families are provided with daily written reports that accurately summarize the child’s daily activities. In addition to communication at drop off and pick up, families are encouraged to call or visit as desired.

Classroom Schedule

Ducklings begin to understand consistency and what is expected of them by following a daily routine. Teachers provide gentle, caring guidance to encourage ducklings to be good problem-solvers and communicators while learning independence and positive self-esteem.

6:30-8:30 Arrival / Free Play
8:30-9:00 Morning Naps (as needed)
9:00-9:30 Morning Snack
9:30-10:00 Clean-up / Diapers / Naps as needed
10:00-10:45 Art, Music, Story Time (based on child interest)
10:45-11:30 Outdoor play (weather permitting)
11:30-12:00 Lunch
11:45-12:00 Clean-up / Diapers
12:00-2:30 Naptime
2:30-2:45 Afternoon Snack
2:45-3:30 Art, Music, Story time (based on child interest)
3:30-4:00 Bottles (as needed)
4:00-6:00 Departure / Free Play / Outdoor play

Classroom Teachers

Michelle Putzel

Michelle Putzel, co-lead in the Duckling Room, has been working at HWGLC since March of 2008. She is eager to keep learning and can’t wait to spend the next few months learning and growing with your child.

Michelle attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received my B.A. in Fine Arts with a major in Illustration. Michelle’s experience in child care started in 2005, where she worked at a child care center in Holland, Michigan.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her three girls; whether it’s hanging out or taking a trip back to Michigan and visiting family and friends. She also enjoys doing anything artsy or just being outside and enjoying the weather.

Heather Waldera

Heather Waldera, co-lead in the Duckling Room, has been working at HWGLC since June of 2015.

Heather has worked in child care since 2003 in a center setting as well as being a personal nanny. Heather has nannied for many families with children ranging from infant to middle school age. In 2009, she took a nanny position watching a two week old where she continued to work with the family until June, 2015. Her experiences with the center and families included cleaning, cooking and helping out with planning in classrooms.

In her free time, Heather enjoys going to Badger events (football and basketball games), exercising and anything outside. She is a very active person, and doesn’t like to sit still for too long.


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