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Claremont Day Nurseries

2845 Woolsey Street
Berkeley, CA 94705

(510) 654-2511


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We seek to provide a secure and challenging foundation for the beginning of, and orientation to, the educational process. Our program exposes children to a variety of skills and activities in a warm, reinforcing environment. The atmosphere is one of a "family" of children learning, working, loving and exploring together. Our teachers are unique and professionally talented.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 AM Claremont Day Nursery School opens.
7:00 - 8:00 Children are greeted upon arrival and eat any breakfast or snack they may have brought. Inside free play activities (books, puzzles, drawing, legos, playdough, games, visiting with friends, etc.)
8:30 Clean-up inside. Get jackets on to go outside.
8:45 - 9:30 Outdoor play (weather permitting). Sandbox, climbing structures, swings, slide, bikes, etc.
9:30 - 9:45 Music time, singing, and instruments.
9:45 - 11:00 Group time. Children are separated into small groups according to age. A teacher-directed, structured activity following a monthly theme is presented which emphasizes general learning concepts, creative art, and science, along with storytelling and dramatic play. Morning snack is eaten at this time.
11:00 - 11:30 Outside free play.
11:30 - 12:15 Wash hands and face. Sit down for a hot, homemade lunch (menu is posted and changes daily).
12:30 Nap time begins. Children listen to stories or music while the teachers settle them.
2:30 - 3:00 Wake-up time. Teachers assist with shoes.
3:00 Outdoor play and afternoon snack time.
3:15 - 4:00 Group time inside - a continuation of the morning's lessons.
4:00 - 5:15 Outdoor play and yard clean-up.
5:15 - 6:00 Quiet indoor activities and stories. Children and teachers prepare for parent's pick-up.
6:00 PM Claremont Day Nursery School closes.
Excerpted from the preschool's website