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Peter Pan Preschool (Mariner Square)

2100 Mariner Square Drive
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 521-2750


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our program for 2yr and 3 yr ages is play-based with structured activities for them to learn while exploring and having fun. Our 4 year olds have more structured-age appropriate activities during 'class time'. All of our children experience a combination of free play and choice time in addition to structure. We have created a balance the children enjoy. We celebrate our children's achievements and milestones with them - encouraging growth and independence.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We take all aspects of each child into consideration. We guide and support each child in their challenges and triumphs. We address their self-esteem in all situations and help them to be as successful as they can be.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our program is designed to promote a positive self-image, to build a sense of confidence and allow each child to grow to his/her maximum potential intellectually, socially and emotionally.

Along with learning basic cognitive skills, each child will learn to make friends, socialize with others, develop listening skills and expand his/her vocabulary. By playing and experimenting, each child will develop stronger gross motor and fine motor capabilities.

Each child is treated as a unique individual.

A Typical Day

We open @ 6:30am and there is free play until 9:00am.

Circle time @ 9:00am w/ snack.

The day continues with Concept (themed learning time)
* Music (finger plays, songs, nursery rhymes, records/CDs, musical instruments, large motor activities)
*Art activities
*Outside play time
*Lunch (provided by Peter Pan)
*Story time; Nap time
*Afternoon circle/story
*Outside free play

Also available throughout the day
* Outside art activities
* Sensory activities (inside & outside)
* Large & small motor activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We send home weekly lesson plans for all ages. We have a monthly newsletter to parents. Parents are free to talk to teachers and directors either by telephone or during drop off or pickup. Some parents ask for meetings.

We have several events annually where parents can meet one another, such as Parent Workshop (open house), Mother's Day Social, Father's Day Social, Diversity potluck.

We also have evaluations of the children and parents are invited to ask questions and voice areas they would like to address.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We ask parents to bring their child to visit during free play time a few times before they start to make a friend or to get to know their teachers. Then the day they start, we show them their cubby, where the bathroom is, introduce them to their teachers, when the parent is ready to go, we help the child to get involved in an activity. We always invite the children to wave goodbye. We team the child with a teacher and a friend who spends a majority of the first few weeks with the child to help this transition time. Children that have been in our program who periodically go through separation anxiety we assist the parent when the parent is ready to leave, asking the child to wave goodbye, giving the child the choice and act acccordingly. We ask the child what they would like to do next- if they want to join their friends or if they want a teacher to stay with them until they are ready.