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Playhouse Childcare Center

58 Hill St.
Daly City, CA 94014

(650) 756-1926


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught We offer a comprehensive program to give a balanced experience throughout the day.

From the Director:

We believe in promoting life long learning and getting the child to be an active part of thier learning environment. With small groups and individual attention we mold each child into a well rounded student ready for the world.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All our teachers spend one on one time with each student to help facilatate their growth and maximize their potential. Children are also paired together to work in teams to help improve the social aspect of learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Playhouse Childcare Center’s philosophy is to promote a safe and fun learning environment where each child can grow at his or her own pace. We will strive to help the needs of all the children’s aspects including, but not limited to, social, emotional, physical, and intellectual. We want all children to have a positive self-concept, and enjoy learning. Our program is designed to promote learning and discovery at the child’s individual level. We recognize the importance of learning through play and will incorporate it at many levels. Playhouse Childcare Center uses a Reggio Emilia inspired curriculum in a combination with the preschool learning foundations presented by the California Department of Education. At Playhouse Childcare Center we will be using the California Desired Results Developmental Profile-Revised (DRDPR) as a teacher observation tool that is being aligned with the California Department of Education foundations. The DRDP-R gives teachers a means to observe children’s learning along a continuum of developmental levels. The DRDP-R is a revised document checklist that tracks each child’s level of a particular developmental area. The DRDP-R is to be used within the each child’s first 60 days to provide a baseline. Then every six months thereafter. At Playhouse Childcare Center we will do DRDP every September and May to track the growth of each child and help provide information during parent-teacher conferences. At Playhouse Childcare Center we strive to help parents understand their own child’s learning. By collecting artwork, pictures, and writing samples we can see the child’s progress. This is also a helpful tool in teacher-parent conferences.

A Typical Day

Playhouse Childcare Center
Schedule of Daily Activities
Welcomes/drop offs, free choice and opening circle.
Wash hands; eat breakfast, clean up, transition into groups
2's will be in Music and Movement
3's will be outside on Playground
4's will be in having Structured Curriculum
3's will be in Music and Movement
4's will be outside on Playground
2's will be in having Structured Curriculum
4's will be in Music and Movement
2's will be outside on Playground
3's will be in having Structured Curriculum
Groups combine to wash hands, get lunch boxes and enjoy our yummy food
Rest on mat with book and start to nap
Nap time: for those that don’t sleep quiet activities will be available
Wake up time, wash hands and afternoon snack served
Afternoon Circle to transition into groups
2's & 3's will be taken outside
4's will be doing creative projects inside
4's will be taken outside
2's & 3's will be doing creative projects inside
Children will be combining inside for free choice, manipulatives, teacher directed activities and goodbyes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer Daliy Notes as well as regular conversations with your child's teacher everyday to help communicate what and how the child's day was.
Newletters are sent home every month as well as posted on our website.
Our Facebook page provides wonderful documentation and reminders of events.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child is unique and we offer several different ways to help seperation.