Oak Lane Day Care

located at Westtown School


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I’m Kath Houlahan and I’ve been blessed to serve as the director of Oak Lane Day Care since April 2019. Oak Lane is a loving, nurturing place for both kids and adults. Our motto is “Learning to live…together” and I could sum up our mission and philosophy in just two words — play nice. 🙂 Just another day. Except, it’s not. It never is. While the cumulative days of each season with a child may blend...

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Where is Love?


Posted By on Feb 11, 2020

When I was little, my aunt gave my sister and me a record of the musical “Oliver!”. One of our favorite songs was “Where is Love?”, which comes at the point in the story when the orphaned boy is wondering where he belongs. As I’m reflecting on Valentine’s Day, this song keeps coming back to haunt me.Maybe because I’m single, the holiday doesn’t have much of a romantic connotation for me....

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Life is what happens…


Posted By on Jan 14, 2020

…while you’re busy making other plans. I heard that phrase (again) recently, and it is so true. My take on that as a daycare director is: my work is in the ‘interruptions’ that happen while I’m trying to get my tasks done. Does this happen to you, too? Does it ever feel that the most important work you do isn’t expected, anticipated, or planned? It’s kind of the same with teaching (and...

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Give Yourself to Love


Posted By on Jan 1, 2020

I read a book over the holidays and smiled when a favorite song was quoted: Give Yourself to Love by Kate Wolf. What a perfect intention for this new year and new decade! Kids do this naturally — love, laugh, cry, look for the good in each other and give themselves fully to each moment. Living each day as a gift of love is a bit more challenging for some than for others. Past hurts, fear of the future, insecurity, and not...

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Peace and Joy


Posted By on Dec 17, 2019

My most-used signature is Peace, Kath. I’ve used it for texts and emails for years and years. My desktop Yahoo account even has this Celtic prayer as a signature, something I found on a postcard when I lived in Ireland: Deep peace of the running waves to you.Deep peace of the flowing air to you.Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.Deep peace of the shining stars to you.Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you. In business, I would...

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Pushing the Reset Button


Posted By on Dec 6, 2019

Some days, my head feels like it’s going to explode with all the login and password information needed to operate both a business and a personal life. Over Thanksgiving, someone mentioned that we’re about to enter the “Roaring Twenties”. Really?! When I think of that decade in history and compare it to the upcoming decade, I wonder what our ancestors would have thought of our use of technology. Has it really...

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So, one of last week’s forts has evolved into a cozy corner in our toddler room, complete with a low-to-the-ground futon covered with an Elmo sheet. (For some reason, our kiddos love Elmo! They don’t seem to identify as much with the other characters, but they are excited to see Elmo every time he shows up in a book or on a t-shirt. Or a sheet.) Our teachers used the fairy lights they put up last week and transformed the...

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No matter how much time goes by, or what country I’m in, certain activities remain perpetual favorites with children. I see an empty box and think about the work of breaking it down and putting it into the recycling bin and did that little tiny thing really need to be delivered in a giant huge box. Our kiddos see a big empty box and think — fort!In spite of all of the many toys here at Oak Lane, big brown boxes are a...

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Last week, a toddler resisted putting on his coat to go home. Did he a) not want to go home, b) not want to put on his coat, or, c) did he just want to do it himself? (The clue is in the word “toddler”.) His mom wisely gave him the opportunity to show what he could do. He didn’t mind putting on his coat at all — as long as he could do it himself.It has become a cliche, how toddlers want to do things themselves,...

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Thankful for Pizza Day!


Posted By on Nov 6, 2019

Wednesday is Pizza Day here at Oak Lane. Our kiddos start announcing it to us and each other long before lunch time: “Today is Pizza Day!!!” Yes, triple exclamation points — that’s how excited they are, every week.This morning, our kiddos came inside after their morning adventure and sniffed the air. “The pizza is here — it smells so good!” (A couple little ones even pointed to their noses to...

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A Thousand Little Things


Posted By on Nov 1, 2019

A parent who usually arrives at the very beginning or end of the day, when only a few children are here, arrived mid-morning today. She expressed a sense of awe and gratitude for the wonder of toddler friendships, seeing first-hand how happy her little one and his friends are to be at school together. A classmate had warmly welcomed her child, sharing a cookie cutter to play with play-dough. Her son was delighted with his welcome, and...

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