School Age

Creative Explorers

About our Ages 5 to 12 School Age in Columbia, SC

Children spend most of their time juggling assignments, friendships and extracurricular activities. They crave the freedom to discover things that interest them most, and Kiddie Academy® gives them the structure to build essential skills for their future.

Whether it’s before and/or after-school care or our full-day program, Creative Explorers lets school-agers pursue their passions. We help them explore what fascinates them through a variety of special-interest groups that spark their imaginations. Our club format provides your child with exciting and challenging activities and projects to create, while continuing the learning begun in their schools.

The full-day school-age program for ages 5-12 combines learning through the Kiddie Academy proprietary Life Essentials® Curriculum with support and supervision from our teachers to ensure your child is meeting the digital-learning requirements of your school system.

Strict health and safety procedures will be followed

While your child is at our Academy, you'll have the peace of mind knowing that they're in a healthy and safe environment thanks to Health Essentials, our enhanced health and cleaning initiative based on CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

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Life Essentials®


Our Creative Explorers program is developed through our Life Essentials® curriculum to provide your school-age child with well-rounded learning experiences while receiving positive, nurturing care.

School Age Clubs and Extracurriculars

Focus: Inspiring children to learn about and explore what interests them.

Your child can pursue a passion for a number of subjects, including science, engineering, art, writing, literacy and more.

School Age Activities

  • Using photos to create a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class.
  • Using jars, gloves and shovels to take soil samples and comparing them.
  • Learning what the “hook” of a book means and practicing writing hooks of their own.
  • Participating in various track and field events, like racing and softball shot put.
  • Studying different types of comedy, like improv and stand-up, and writing their own knock-knock jokes.
  • Use graph paper, pencils and measuring tools to help your child design a blueprint for their dream home.
  • Learning about famous sculptors and making their own sculptures out of foil, play dough and pipe cleaners.
  • Learning to play songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on the xylophone.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Plan and plant a family garden.
  • Use LEGO blocks to help your child create a model of a structure that inspires them.
  • Talk about their favorite stories then have them draw a picture to illustrate the story.
  • Help your child create a PowerPoint presentation.

Character EssentialsSM

Focus: Our Character EssentialsSM is integrated throughout the Creative Explorers curriculum, fostering cooperation among the school-age students.

The small-group environment allows teachers to help children understand our society so they can develop into adults who respect others and get involved in their communities.

School Age Activities

  • Learning about dependability by participating in a group project in which everyone has specific tasks to complete.
  • Learning about respect by having family members talk to the class about traditions and celebrations, then compiling photos, recipes and other noteworthy information into a Cultures of our Classroom book.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Help your child learn about dependability by coming up with a family project in which everyone has a specific task to complete.
  • Have your child interview grandparents or other family members about traditions and celebrations they remember from growing up.

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How Life Essentials is different

Questions? Answers.

Explore some of the most frequently asked questions from parents of school-age children.

Q. What if my child gets sick?
A. We’ll call you or a designated adult from your Emergency Information Form so that your child can be picked up as soon as possible from the Academy. While waiting to be picked up, your child will rest quietly, away from other children.
Q. What policies are Academies required to have in place to address safety?
A. Our facilities and outdoor play areas are required to have secure entries and exits that are maintained by an electronic entry system. Only individuals authorized by you are allowed to pick up your child from the Academy. All employees are required to have undergone background checks prior to employment. Since the coronavirus outbreak, we have implemented Health Essentials, a set of enhanced protocols based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing, disinfection, wellness education and symptom monitoring.
Q. Are meals provided?
A. If your child will be with us all day, we provide an assortment of healthy, age-appropriate meals and snacks. If your child will be with us for just before/and or after school care, we will provide healthy, age-appropriate snacks.
Q. What if my child has allergies?
A. Due to the high number of children with peanut allergies, we do not serve peanut products. If your child has a specific allergy, please list them on our dietary restriction letter so that we can make appropriate food substitutions.
Q. What are teacher qualifications?
A. All Kiddie Academy teachers must meet or exceed the state requirements for child care providers and are required to receive ongoing professional training annually. We also require background checks through local, county, state and/or federal agencies prior to employment.
Q. What is your discipline policy?
A. We do not use physical or verbal punishment under any circumstances. We use positive guidance and re-direction to acknowledge children’s feelings and emotions and provide them with social scripts, problem-solving techniques, self-calming activities and choices and activities geared toward their interests.
Q. What will my child be doing?
A. Our before-school students can use their time to play, read quietly, exercise or interact with friends. After school, students can participate in our club programs, where they can explore topics that interest them. Check with your Academy to find out which clubs they offer. If your child is enrolled in a virtual or distance learning full-day program, their teacher will help them connect to their school’s virtual learning portal and complete assigned schoolwork. Free time will be filled with play or exercise time, reading time, learning centers and other fun activities.
Q. Do you have parent-teacher conferences?
A. Yes. We schedule family/teacher conferences each year to discuss your child’s progress, but you can request a conference with the Director at any time.
Q. Do you take the children outdoors?
A. Yes, weather permitting, we take children outside daily. Children should be dressed appropriately for playing on our playground or taking group walks.
Q. How do you use technology in learning?
A. Kiddie Academy teachers use technology as learning tools and a means of communication. We feel it’s important to teach children how to use devices they will encounter in school, so they are given opportunities to use them for educational play and research. The use of televisions or computers for passive viewing is not part of Kiddie Academy’s curriculum. For students enrolled in a full-day virtual or distance learning program at Kiddie Academy, we understand devices are critical to success. Kiddie Academy locations are equipped with high-speed WiFi with safety features. Teachers work with students to help them use their devices and navigate their school’s various learning portals.
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