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Millbrae Nursery School

86 Center Street
Millbrae, CA 94030

(650) 589-3028


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Millbrae Nursery School is a parent cooperative, play based preschool serving families with children ages 2 years of age through 5.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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:

We encourage our families to share their talents, involving the class in projects, art activities, group events that which help enrich our program.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work with the children and their family helping the family as a whole whether the child is "excelling" or "behind" or "on-target".

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Learning Through Play: "Our curriculum is based on the idea that what children need during pre-school years is the freedom to explore their world through play. Play functions as the foundational element for all academic learning children will experience later on in life. Play contributes to all forms of learning -- physical, social, emotional and intellectual -- by stimulating the child's ability to acquire and process information. The learning centers in each of the classrooms have been developed with this essential idea in mind.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Childrens choice of activities to choose.
Group time
Outside activities
Small group activities
Outside activities
Story time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent/Teacher Conferences twice per year. Open house in the during the year. Many open hours to meet with the teachers and staff.

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
  • 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:

  • Parents in classroom early on