Honey Bear Child Care

(Ages 6 weeks - 6 years)

Play is the basis of all learning. Here, we play with a purpose.

Believing that children are born naturalists who seek to explore and make sense of the natural world, we will engage with the outdoors and the mountain community as much as possible. We create a developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports the whole child through play across the domains of learning: physical, emotional, social, and academic. Infants and toddlers will spend a lot of time exploring the world through their senses, while preschoolers have a program designed to connect them to life on the mountain, exploring the ecology and beauty of the world around us.

We strive to build strong, caring relationships with the children in our facility, whether they are here for a few hours, or every weekend. This helps children to feel safe and secure, allowing them to turn their attention to play and exploration. We use redirection, kind reminders, and “I” language as the basis of our guidance program. We do not use “time out / time away”, shaming, or other damaging discipline techniques. All children are respected as individuals and people with thoughts, feelings, and needs. We believe needs and feelings dictate behavior, and in a loving, safe environment, behavior can be guided kindly.

We will go outside every day, please be sure your child has appropriate clothing for outside, as well as slippers for inside. Thank you.

While children may come with a meal, or order a lunch here, all meals and snacks are eaten “family style”, with teachers joining the children at the table. This time is used to encourage self help, develop fine motor skills, and to facilitate conversation.

Staff members are chosen because of their experience and strengths working with children, and their commitment to their own education in early childhood. Staff will meet Vermont State regulations on hours of training per year. 

Upcoming Preschool Curriculum:

  • Dec. 28 - Jan 2: Snow
  • Jan. 3-4: Winter shelter
  • Jan. 10-11: Plants in Winter
  • Jan. 17-19: Animals in Winter
  • Jan. 24-25: Insects in Winter

Honey Bear Childcare Center is licensed to accept children up to 12 years of age. During daytime hours, we usually accommodate children up to 6 years of age. Children older than 6 will be accepted at the 

Director’s discretion. Please see Children’s Programs for alternatives for older children.   


2015-2016 Hours & Rates

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Reservations and cancellations can be made by calling Child Care at 802-434-6866. Please leave a message and someone will return your call.

Saturday and Sundays and Peak Periods: Open from 8am - 4:30pm, reservations are encouraged but walk-ins will be accepted if space is available. Peak Periods are 12/26/15 - 1/3/16, 1/16/15-1/18/15, 2/13/16-2/21/16

Closed Monday - Friday**.

2015-16 Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass Holders receive a 10% discount on daily rates. (Does not apply to 5 Packs)

Program Hours Rate Includes
1/2 Day* 8:00am -12:00pm and 1:00 - 4:30pm $60
Full Day 8:00am - 4:30pm $85
Pay By The Hour 1hr $20 hour - You can add lunch for only $9
Full Day 5 Pack   $349
Half Day 5 Pack   $249
Late Fee After 4:30pm $20 per 1/2 hour after 4:30 p.m.

*½ Day afternoon session reservations must be placed by 11:00 AM to ensure availability.

**Weekdays may be available by reservation only.

Add $7 for infants (ages 6 weeks to 16 months) to any of the above programs.

Please Remember to Bring:

  • Indoor shoes
  • One full change of clothes
  • Waterproof coat, snow pants, boots, hat, mittens
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Familiar toy or blanket to help with transition
  • for infants: formula, bottle, and food
  • For non-infants 2 snacks and lunch (we can provide nutritious, healthy lunch and snacks for $9 per day

Remember we are a NUT FREE Day Care.
PLEASE label all items: We are not responsible for lost or stolen items