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Liddle Tykes daycare grows up

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Business expands to take in more children

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

 

Liddle Tykes Child Development Center recently went through some growth of its own.
That was when owner Tammy Liddle decided to move her business out of her home and into a building at 59 Melrose Lane on the outskirts of Galax in Carroll County.
Having grown rapidly after she opened in her home in 2009, Liddle and her staff of five can now accept several more children in addition to the 28 they have.
The move came after she quickly outgrew the space at home.
"I decided to offer more to the community and the children, and offer more than just day care, I guess you could say," Liddle explained.
To do that, Liddle makes pre-school programs available that include sensory and motor development, literacy, science, art and music, as well as field trips.
She also has before- and after-school tutoring opportunities.
Liddle Tykes has first- and second-shift care available for children from six weeks to 13 years old.
First shift goes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and second shift starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 11:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.
Liddle Tykes is licensed by the state and employees have ongoing training on a monthly basis.
The child care center participates in Al's Pals, in which researchers rate the teachers on how well the children under their care are learning, Liddle said.
The idea is to concentrate on the development of the child, instead of just baby-sitting them.
"Our goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can grow physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially at their own pace," according to Liddle Tykes information. "Liddle Tykes encourages the healthy development of relationships between children, helping kids to learn appropriate ways to interact and socialize with one another."

• For more information, call (276) 236-3421 or go to www.liddletykes.com.