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Duck's Nest School of Arts and Sciences

5714 Broadway Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618

(510) 658-5443


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Play - based with some structure

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our staff works well as a team and also one on one for the individual child's advancement in the area that is needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are a play based developmental program,our curriculum is created by the interests of the children as the leaders along with teachers . We break away in age alike groups to investigate an in depth search of a subject . We believe that every child's social and emotional side is as important as cognitive. We strive to meet the whole child's needs .

A Typical Day

8:00 - 9:30 Free Play: greeting and socializing, intriguing play areas to encourage children to investigate the environment .9:30-10:30 on a rotating basis: Snack, Dance, Spanish, Activities.10:30-11:30: Developmental group time.11:30-12:30: Outside / Inside play. 12:30: Lunch, Rest / or Outside play. 3:00: Pick up or extended day until 5:00 pm pick up.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have 2 scheduled Parent teacher conferences a year and can schedule additional if needed.
We have informal updates with the parents day to day and private discussions can be scheduled over the phone or in the office as needed as well.
We provide Parent education on subjects the parents are interested in.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

If a child is having difficulties one of the teachers will bond with him or her and nurture the process until the child is confident .