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Village Nursery School

6225 Paseo Delicias
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

(858) 756-2394


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We are more concerned with the process of learning than specific products. A young child is constantly learning through experimentation, exploration and having the need to solve problems. Our goal is to help foster the development of a child's critical thinking skills and ability to communicate by providing meaningful opportunities to experiment, explore, question and play.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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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 We believe a child comes to us as a "whole, capable, competent child," and we create an environment that encompasses all aspects of children's development.

From the Director:

Our curriculum is: - Developmentally and individually based, - Concerned with process, and having the child be an active participant in learning, - Sensitive to the child, to set their own pace according to their ability, - Based on the child's interests and abilities, and - Designed to help the child solve problems, question, experiment and hypothesize.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Through serious observations, documentation and collaboration between teachers and children, the teachers get to know the children individually and know what to add, change or expand to meet each need.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The overarching philosophy of The Village Nursery School is to provide a developmentally appropriate program within a Christian setting that fosters the development of emotionally healthy children and stimulates children's natural interest in learning.

A Typical Day

9:00 a.m. - Arrival - Consists of greeting friends, signing in and exploring the classroom.
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. - Meeting Time - A forum for welcoming the members of our classroom community to another day at school. It is a time to discuss, consider and revisit previous experiences to provide continuity from day to day. New ideas are offered and old ideas expanded upon. From these collaborative discussions, the days activities unfold.
9:30 - 10:50 a.m. - Work Time - A time for individual and small group activities and project related discussions and explorations. Choices may include: art experiences, block building, reading, writing, dramatic play, science opportunities, and snack.
10:50 - 11:00 a.m. - Clean-up
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. - Transition Meeting - This time is used to reflect on activities, plan for the afternoon activities, prayer, stories and prepare our room for lunch.
11:15-12:15 p.m. - Outdoor Play - Our playground is an extension of our classroom and provides opportunities for large motor skill activities (running, jumping, climbing and bike riding), art, reading, dramatic play, and observing nature.
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch Time
12:45 - 1:00 p.m. - Transition and quiet time activities.
1:00 - 1:40 p.m. - Individual Choice - A time to revisit projects started earlier in the day or to visit activities not yet explored.
1:40 - 1:45 p.m. - Clean-up
1:45 - 2:00 p.m. - Closing Meeting - A time to share projects made at school, reflect on the days activities and a time for stories, songs and games.
2:00 p.m. - Farewell

Our day is flexible with an understanding that "things change."

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open House and Orientation, Parent Handbook, Formal Parent / Teacher Conferences 2 times a year, Parent Education Night, Parent group called "Village Connection," Classroom Newsletters, School-wide Newsletters and Daily contact with teachers and parents.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We provide "Home Visits" before school starts.
Parent and child orientation before school starts.
Allow parent to stay and help child adjust if necessary.