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Pacifica Playschool

630 Hickey Boulevard
Pacifica, CA 94044

(650) 359-5673


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The early childhood years are a period of rapid growth. We believe each child should be recognized as a unique human being with individual needs which require a nurturing environment to foster the child's development. The environment must be directed toward the child developing a positive self-image, independence, an understanding of himself, an appreciation of his world and a desire to explore, to discover, to question and to enjoy learning experiences.

A Typical Day


The program is flexible and time is provided throughout the day for transition from one activity to another.

7:00 a.m. School opens. Individual choice of indoor and outdoor activities, weather permitting.

9:00 a.m. Circle Time: stories, sharing discussions, introduction of topics for reading readiness.

9:40 a.m. Choice of planned small group activities featuring dramatic play, science, cooking, art, etc.

Snack Time: Songs and fingergames. Music and movement.

10:45 a.m. Outdoor play, weather permitting. Otherwise, active indoor creative dance, marching, exercising, tumbling, etc.

11:30 a.m. Morning session ends.
Preparation for lunch.

11:50 a.m. Lunch is served.

12:20 a.m. Rest time for children attending full day.
Quiet activities for children who do not nap and are in afternoon class.

1:00 p.m. Circle Time for afternoon session.

1:40 p.m. Choice of planned small group actives featuring art, puppets, math, nature, community life, etc.

2:15 p.m. Music and movement.

Snack Time Following snack, outdoor play.

3:30 p.m. Afternoon session ends.
Individual choice of indoor or outdoor activities.

5:00 p.m. Table toy activities.

6:00 p.m. School closes.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school