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Play & Learn Preschool (Byrne Ave.)

10067 Byrne Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 253-7081


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We seek to provide the enjoyable early learning experiences for your child by creating an environment that is child-centered with developmentally appropriate activities. We have learning centers; science, art, dramatic play, books, small game area and outside activities.

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
  • Blocks, posters,
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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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  • Musical instruments
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

From the Director:

Children are separated in three groups. Each teacher plans special learning activities daily for her group. Children are provided with materials for exploring and learning basic concepts of language, math, science, art, music, and social relations.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our school is set up in a team teaching situation. Children benefit by interacting with more than one teacher.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our program provides children with freedom of choices within structure, which encourages the development of problem-solving skills, self-reliance, and independence. We whole-heartedly believe and support the statement 'Play is children's work'.

A Typical Day

School opens at 7:00am. Children have free choices of the following centers: Art, blocks, dramatic play science, books, and small game area learning centers inside.
We play outside from 8:30 - 9:15am. in the park-like playground.
At 9:15 snack is available for the children to serve themselves from 9:15 - 9:45.
10:00 -10:30 Green group time,
10:15 - 10:45 Blue group time,
10:30 - 11:15 Red group time.
11:15 All children outside.
11:30 - 12:00 lunch.
12:00 -12:30 We play outside.
12:40 Book room children come in for rest time.
12:45 - 3:00 Story/ Nap/Quiet time/ Outside free choice.
3:00 - 3:30 Snack time, inside, outside free choice,
3:30 - 4:30 Inside and outside free choice.
Circle time 5:00.
5:15-5:30 Snack.
5:30 - 6:00 Teacher's choice of learning centers.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an open house once a year. We have two parent-teacher meetings a year. Parents may request a conference at any time they feel a need. Teachers will request a special conference if a child has a need that teachers need parents help in meeting the child's needs.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • 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:

  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents, the first day of school for your child may be a new and frightening experience. We suggest expect a period of adjustment-this may be a few days or a few weeks. Expect that your child may cry and cling to you. You may stay if you have time, or a staff member will take over and introduce the child to the school. The child standing at the window and waving to the present often helps the child make the transition easier. Visit the school with your child prior to the first day. This will give your child an idea or what to expect. Sometimes it helps a child to have a picture of the parent to look at during the adjustment period. Discuss your child's feelings , fears, or anxieties prior to the first day. This will help put your child at ease.