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Shannon Nursery School

16575 Shannon Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032

(408) 358-3936


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Our non-profit, co-operative school has welcomed children of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds since its inception in 1963. We are administered by a Board of Directors comprised of parents of enrolled children, under the guidance of qualified directors. Parents assist in the classroom on a rotating basis. We are licensed by the Department of Social Services, # 430709845.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

Every child is a valuable individual and has a right to develop in his own way. Nursery school allows him to do this while at the same time giving him the opportunity to interact with children or others his own age in a social relationship. In learning of others, he begins to understand himself. Only when a child or any human being knows himself can he reach out to others in a meaningful way.

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 more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • 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
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:

In theory, Shannon Nursery School would be called a developmental education program. Since children of a wide variety of experiences and stages attend our program, our first consideration is for the emotional well-being of each child. While facilitating the environment, both physically and socially, we try to provide a variety of learning experiences. Our intention is that these experiences will help children build self-esteem, grow autonomous, know successes and become competent individuals within a group setting. The concept of developmental learning has two dimensions: age appropriateness and individual appropriateness. 1. Age Appropriateness – predictable developmental changes that occur in all domains (physical, emotional, social, cognitive); knowledge of typical development provides the framework from which teachers prepare the learning environment and plan experiences. 2. Individual Appropriateness – each child is unique with an individual pattern of growth and individual personality, learning style and family background. All interaction with that child reflects a respect for that individuality.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Shannon Nursery School is a cooperative nursery school that was established in 1963 and welcomes children of all races and religions. Shannon is a nonprofit organization that is administered by a parents board of directors. The daily program is under the guidance of qualified nursery school directors with participation parents assisting.

A Typical Day

Our children arrive in the morning and are greeted by a teacher at the door. From there, they have free flow through the indoor and outdoor environments and activities based on their interests and abilities. We have small groups take turns coming to join a teacher for snack and circle time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We conduct mandatory monthly meetings where program information is shared and policy is created and voted on.
Also, we have special guests (pediatricians, behavioral specialists or safety experts) come and give presentations.

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 is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our parents are welcomed to stay with their child for as long as the child needs them there. In a case where a child was upset, but the parent still needed to leave, the teachers are there to provide comfort and reassurance for the child for as long as they need it.