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Devonshire Preschool & Infant Care

21203 Devonshire Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Phone:
(818) 700-2821

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

This educational program accelerates learning in a developmentally appropriate manner ensuring success and a love for education in future years.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Oral quizzes and worksheets
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Singing classes and performances
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Sign Language Dance Computers In-depth science

From the Director:

The program is best described as a classic educational approach with individualized learning and acceleration. Students are exposed to great works of art, music, and literature. They are led through the basics of language, mathematics, science, computers and sign language.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Small class ratios and teachers who individualize work allows all types of students to do well; but the ones who can really take advantage of the program are those children with average or above average intelligence.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Thank you for your interest in Devonshire Preschool and Infant Center.
We are aware of how many parents are dissatisfied with the existing childcare options. For this reason, the teachers and staff of Devonshire Preschool and Infant Center are dedicated to creating a place where children receive quality care in an environment that is safe, clean and nurturing, with endless opportunities for learning through discovery;….a place that not only fosters a child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development, but that takes it a step further by teaching the basics of discipline, respect and manners as well.
Devonshire Preschool and Infant Center is responsive to the needs of parents and understands the stress of today’s lifestyle and responds by opening early, staying open late and scheduling parent meetings as needed.
We are committed to providing the best possible care for your child while also being sensitive to your needs as parents. This is a unique and innovative approach to childcare. Our philosophy is a “Back to Basics” approach where we provide a safe, clean and stimulating environment for children to play, learn and grow in, while teaching children self-esteem, respect and responsibility. Here they have opportunities they would not encounter in a home setting that will spark their interest, stimulate their curiosity, and invite interaction. Furthermore, our facility allows us to provide parents with a place where all the needs of their child can be met under one roof including Infant Care, Preschool, and extracurricular classes. Teachers identify learning styles and formulate a program tailored to maximize learning opportunities for each student individually.
All programs are fully licensed and meet or exceed state required staff ratios so we provide the highest level of quality care and supervision. Our teachers are experienced and highly trained in childhood education, first aid and CPR. Every staff member is cleared prior to hiring through the Department of Justice background clearance system and the National Child Abuse Index.
Sincerely,
Miss Lorell
Owner/Administrator

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Since children are individuals, Devonshire School does not have a set routine for handling separation. We encourage parents and children to visit the school beforehand as many times as needed for the child and parent to feel comfortable. Next, we encourage bonding with one of the staff so that the child knows he/she has someone safe to be with. Generally the bonding is with the child's head teacher but occassionally assistant teachers become the favorite. Next, we pair up the child with another child and/or offer him a toy or bike. Even the most anxious child relaxes after a week - especially if they are given enough attention.