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Westwood Hills Preschool

1989 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone:
(310) 474-7398

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our school believes that each child learns most when thay are playing and enjoy a wide range of activities. Each day is structured to provide both teacher directed and child intiated activities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each teacher asses each child as an individual and works throughout the year with each child and their parents to accomplish goals, both individually and as a group.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Westwood Hills Preschool views each child as an individual and works throughout the year to meet each child's needs. The teachers provide a warm environment that helps to foster each child's independence while helping them to learn and grow in all areas.

A Typical Day

7:30-8:45 drop-off in classes
8:45-9:30 drop-off in main play yard
9:30-11:15 inside class activities
11:15-12:00 outside play time
12:00-12:30 lunch
(morning pick-up at 12:30)
12:30-1:00 classroom play time
1:00-2:30 nap
2:20-3:30 outside arts/crafts and games/puzzles
(afternoon Pick-up at 3:30)
3:30-4:30 outside free paly
4:30-4:45 snack
4:45-5:30 stories and games
(evening pick-up at 5:30)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Throughout the year we hold parent association meetings, parent/teacher conferences and daily contact. We also host an Open House, Halloween Carnival and Winter Sing and End of Year Programs where parents are encouraged to be involved.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our school tries to keep the transition period as short as possible. Parents are not encouraged to stay with their children after the third or fourth day. The teachers spend extra time with children who are having seperation issues and try to engage them in one on one and small group acitivites until they are more comfortable.