Philosophy and Curriculum - Play World Child Care

We understand that finding an outstanding school where your child will be nurtured, safe, and happy is paramount to every parent. This is precisely what our school offers! Through our curriculum and facilities, we are meeting the needs of parents who seek optimal child-care in a true learning environment. We would welcome the opportunity to become acquainted with your child as he or she is encouraged to learn and grow in our secure facility.

Our school has enjoyed a rich heritage of serving the children of the Shoals area for over 40 years. Since 1977 Play World Child Care Center has distinguished itself as the quintessential school for children ages six weeks to thirteen years. Our center was one of the first in Lauderdale County to be licensed by the Department of Human Resources. This license is issued on the basis of knowledge of the policies and standards of the agency for child care institutions. We are happy to be working with the state since it has such high standards to which we have always gladly complied. Several members of our staff have received their college degrees in the field of Education and have a combined total of over one hundred years of experience in the child-care profession.

We carefully select and retain faculty members who possess the skills, temperament, and qualities to effectively guide each child’s learning and development. Continuous training programs emphasize practices that promote self-directed, spontaneous learning. We take great pride in the professional commitment of our faculty in serving children and parents.

Our approach to early childhood curriculum is based on age-appropriate practices. We have developed a program, which can be adapted to meet the changing interests, abilities, and needs of the individual children in our school. Using a curriculum centered on a changing theme for each week of the year, we are able to engage the children in meaningful and fun activities throughout the day.

When you consider the qualifications, years of experience and atmosphere for learning Play World Child Care Center offers, it all adds up to a quality experience for the boys and girls of the Shoals. We truly hope you will give us serious consideration when choosing an early school for your child. Please feel free to contact us if we can answer any question or assist you with this very important decision.


The fall of 1977 was a significant moment for the world of preschool as Play World Child Care began operation in its original location on Chisholm Road under the leadership of Mr. Joe Wallace. It was one of the first centers licensed by the Department of Human Resources in Lauderdale County. After serving the community for several years from its original site Play World moved to its present location on Gresham Road (near the Helton Drive and Cox Creek intersection). Mark and Debbie Sain became the new owners in 1990 and over the years have expanded the school’s programs and enrollment to become the area’s largest privately owned center. It has enjoyed a reputation for providing excellence in the child-care field. The history and heritage of this school have enabled it to provide quality care to three generations of families in the Shoals area.