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Bonnie's Daycare Home

                      Thriving Child Care Since 1981

                                   The Best Home Daycare 


There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.

- Kofi Annan

Developmental Standards From National Association For Family Child Care

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General Information

As a grandmother, I know how difficult it is to find affordable, quality care and to trust that children will be safe and in a setting that promotes their healthy development. 


I am Licensed by the State of Virginia, 
We Have been caring for infants and toddlers for over 35 years.

 I am certified in Early Childhood Education from (John Tyler CC)

I am animated, fun and the kids love me :)

When you walk into my house it is as if you are walking into a childcare center.

We have a Heart Centered, Clean & Playful atmosphere  

I have 2 Adults working with me and one backup assistant

All have Criminal History  Searches, TB screenings, and Fingerprinting/Child Protective Searches. 

Through sensitivity and understanding I strive to teach each child in my care manners, kindness, and to be respectful towards others and their belongings


We have CPR/First Aid Cert. Bonnie and her Assistants have over 18 hours of Early Child hood Education classes and Workshops Yearly.

We have 3 rooms

One for Infants / Toddlers

 Preschoolers/ Play room


We also have a Separate Quite room for infants sleeping 
We take our Learning Outside, We really enjoy long periods of Outdoor play.

 Our Program is Pet Friendly,

                       They are up to date on all their shots and parasite control.

                        3 cats(the cats usually stay away from the children and stays upstairs 

I do not transport your child for Safety reasons

( so, you don't have to worry if anything will happened to them while you are away.)

  Through play and activities which focuses on Life skills such as: 

Teach Empathy

Compassion/ Nature Walks

Music and Movement/ Story time

Imagination/ Art Expression 

Math and manipulative 

Science Exploration

Sand/Water Play/ Sensory



Critical Thinking Skills 

 Higher Reasoning Skills 

Gardening and FUN

 When your child develops into a Preschooler,

We also start teaching Language Art/ Pre Math Skills/ Literacy Skills. Geography /History

 SUMMER IS FUN Outdoors, sand table/ Water Tables, Water Days every week, Bikes, Swings, Slides, Bubbles, Chalk and More

                        Our environment is Clean/Sanitized  as needed                          

     Our outside is fenced and secure. 

We also help your child learn potty skills, When the time is right for your child. 

BREAKFAST / LUNCH - 2 SNACKS SERVED / Organic and Fresh Fruits and Veggies daily,  Filtered Water Fresh Daily 
Our Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 

Licensed by the Virginia Dept of Social Services. 
Chesterfield Co. Conditional Use Permit Approved for the care of 12 children 

Exceptional Care for your child at Reasonable Rates. 

Parents receive Yearly Child Care Expense w/Tax ID


                   Children are miracles

Believing that every child is a miracle can transform the way we design for children’s care.

When we invite a miracle into our lives we prepare ourselves and the environment around us.
We may set out flowers or special offerings.
We may cleanse ourselves, the space, or our thoughts of everything but the love inside us.
We make it our job to create, with reverence and gratitude, a space that is worthy of a miracle!
Action follows thought.
We can choose to change.
We can choose to design spaces for miracles, not minimums.

If you are interested in more information 

 Call 804-748-5408(please leave a message, We do not answer the phone)

  but check it regularly. for faster response email [email protected]

I look forward to meeting you and your family

Bonnie Pridgen

Through sensitivity and understanding I strive to teach each child in my care manners, kindness, and to be respectful towards others and their belongings.
Through sensitivity and understanding I strive to teach each child in my care manners, kindness, and to be respectful towards others and their belongings.


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Revised sick policy update 2019

I have revised the illness policy just a bit. For the protection of all of the children in my care as well as the health of your own child and my family, this is a reminder of my sick policy. In order to protect the group as a whole, I ask that parents assist me by keeping sick children at home. This is the season that children start getting ill. It is very hard to prevent this from happening however, I will do my best and have the children learn best practices “covering their mouth, blowing their nose, washing their hands as well as cleaning toys regularly”.
In the event that a child becomes sick while here the family will be notified and prompt pick up within (45 minutes) arrangements will be made.
.....When child may not attend daycare .....
* Fever 99.9 degrees and higher 
this includes the night before/morning of daycare ~ No fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication.
* If you had to give your child medicine the night before then that still means they can not come to daycare the next morning.
* If I see that your child does not show signs of being ill and can eat, play and do daily activities but has a low grade fever, I will use my best judgement.
* If He/She is over 101.0 regardless of activity, they are ask to be picked up.
* If he/she shows illness, runny nose coughing watery eyes, sleepiness and he/she is over 100.0 I will call for pick up.
* Flu/Bronchitis/Pneumonia ~ Consult doctor/Need a note stating it is ok to come back to dayca

A child may return when he or she is free from symptoms and no longer infectious. The child should also be well enough to actively participate throughout the day. In any case of serious or unexplainable illness, a doctor’s medical clearance may be required prior to admission back into care.

If you have any questions concerning this pore. This usually takes about 2-3 days before they can come back to daycare. Must be on antibiotics and no fever for at least 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication.
* Ear Infection ~ Consult doctor/Need a note. Child must be on antibiotics and no fever for 24 hours before returning.
* Conjunctivitis (red eyes with yellow discharge)/Pink Eye ~ Consult doctor/Need a note. Child must be on eye drops/antibiotics for 24 hours.
* Head Lice ~ Usually takes 24 hours to treat head and house ~ When all nits have been removed and child is cleared from the doctor.
>>>>>>>>Common Cold Policy>>>>>>>>
Children suffering from a common cold will be assessed on an individual basis. Again, If he/she shows illness, runny nose coughing watery eyes, sleepiness and he/she is over 100.0, I will call for pick up. Factors of consideration include the developmental level of your child in congruence with my ability to limit the spread of germs.licy and whether your child should attend, please call me before bringing your child.
If your child needs any medicine to make them feel better they should be at home with mom, dad or person of your choosing. Thank you for your assistance with this. I will have a copy of this updated policy for you all to sign today at pick up.


I teach children about the world they live in, about themselves, and their peers. And I teach children about adults, trust, and love. I work with attitudes. I hope to inspire a love of learning. This is what I teach."

The 7 Emotional Needs of Children

All children are born with emotional needs. These needs must be met by the adults in their life if they’re to grow into confident and independent adults. The acronym PARENTS summarises children’s needs (Protection, Acceptance, Recognition, Enforced limits, Nearness, Time and Support).

Protection: It’s crucial that all children feel safe and secure. This is essential for their very survival – and all children fear rejection and abandonment. They need a sense of order and predictability, routine, peace and stability – so they can learn to trust others, and build relationships. However, if trust is absent, and they feel insecure, they’ll start to put up walls to keep other people out, and they’ll find it hard to trust and get close to anyone. 

Acceptance: All children need to feel that they are loved and accepted - for who and what they are – without any strings attached. They so desperately want to be worthy of acceptance, and cherished and loved despite their limits and their failings. This is crucial information - for their parent is a mirror who reflects back to them the world’s perception of the child. It should tell them they are valuable and worthy of love – so the child learns to value and believe in themselves. However, if a parent is demanding, harsh or critical then the child will develop chronic low self-esteem.

Recognition: Children have an innate need to make their parents happy, and are desperate for praise, and to hear their parents say: “I’m so proud of you. You did a fabulous job.” But if approval is withheld, so the child feels they are worthless, they’ll likely give up hope, and they will lose the will to try. This may show itself in angry, acting out behaviour … or the child may withdraw, and expect little in life. 

Enforced Limits: Children need a sense of predictability. They need to see that rules are followed, so life is NOT chaotic. For the world feels scary and doesn’t make much sense if boundaries are fluid and “just anything goes”. 

Nearness: Expressing love is crucial for communicating love - so children need to be held and be hugged by their parents. In a very concrete way, this sends the powerful message that the child’s needs matter, and their parents care for them. 

Time: Children don’t distinguish between quality time and just hanging out, and spending lots of time with parents. They need to be in their presence, and to have their full attention, as that sends the message “I like being with you.” They then believe that others will like and want them, too.

Support: The outside world is a scary place for children. It’s full of unknown dangers and unmet challenges. Thus, to launch out and discover they can cope and survive, children need to be certain that their parents’ will be there. That is, they need their encouragement, their affirmation, their constant support and their belief in the child. That helps the child to venture into and explore the outside world, so they develop independence and increased autonomy.text, images, and other content

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

As an educator of young children, it is critical for you to know what developmentally appropriate practice is and how these guidelines can help you structure the learning environment and plan activities for your program. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC ®) developed a position statement to help early childhood educators follow developmentally appropriate practice. You can find this position statement document, along with a great deal of additional helpful information, on their website


So, how can you ensure a developmentally appropriate approach in your family child care  program?

You can …

  • Support, encourage, and guide children
  • Structure the arrangement of materials so they are appealing to children
  • Organize daily and weekly schedules that have plenty of time built in for exploration and free play
  • Provide a variety of materials for children both inside and outside
  • Invite children to explore their own interests
  • Utilize an approach to teaching and learning keeps children’s cultural and linguistic background in mind
  • Plan activities that appropriate for the developmental level of each child
  • Ensure each activity addresses multiple developmental areas
  • View curriculum as a way to meet specific goals for each child
  • View assessment as a naturally occurring part of your program
  • Provide a balance of teacher- and child-guided experiences each day
  • Thoroughly understand child development for all ages in your care and share this information with parents when asked
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