Family knows your child best, and can provide the best care for your child. That’s how the team at The Tot Spot Early Education Academy in Fishers sees its mission. The Tot Spot was founded in 2007 when Alisha Ramsey couldn’t find the type of care she wanted for her daughter.
“We started out as a home daycare because I wanted to be with my daughter,” Ramsey says. “I pretty much made up my curriculum, and initially started with only the children of teachers.”
Now, after receiving national accreditation and caring for many Fishers families, a second location is planned to be open in 2022 to care for and educate more children.
“Parents tell us that what sets The Tot Spot apart from other child-care facilities is the sense of family you feel when you walk in the door,” Ramsey says. “Our whole thing is that we’re a family and we love partnering with our families, to not only enrich the education of our children, but their hearts as well.”
As a former seventh-grade math teacher, Ramsey saw firsthand how traditional learning drained the passion out of most children. This is why she started to incorporate as much fun as she could into learning, so her educational approach isn’t like a typical classroom setting.
“Hence our tagline, ‘Where fun and education meet,’” she says.
The Tot Spot focuses on education through play, but it’s an individualized focus. For example, Ramsey says that while playing with blocks, teachers try to incorporate other skills such as math and science. Snack time can include a lesson on fractions, or addition and subtraction. Outside play time can see broken sticks turned into math lessons as well.
“We do a lot of natural teaching within the environment, so by the time they’re in school they easily get the concept,” Ramsey says. “Because of that, our kids are more advanced by the time they head to school.”
The passion for education is equaled by the passion Ramsey has for serving her community through her facility.
“I love the fact that we make a difference in not only our children’s lives, but in our parents’ lives,” Ramsey says.
Open communication and flexibility allows parents to check in on their children throughout the day, thanks to technology. Phone applications allow for instant messages between teachers and parents, and the ability to live-stream the classroom gives them peace of mind.
Newborns to 5-year-olds are welcome at the original Tot Spot location, while the new location will allow for after-school care for school-aged children up to age 12.
To find out more information on The Tot Spot, schedule a visit at 11540 Fishers Drive in Fishers, call 317-849-3235, or visit ilovethetotspot.com.
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