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The Children's Place

1336 Arroyo Avenue
San Carlos, CA 94070

(650) 595-1910


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At the Children's Place we are dedicated to aiding in the development of the whole child by offering a variety of activities that develop a sense of self confidence, creativity, and social development. Our purpose is to encourage young children to develop at their own pace allowing them to explore, create and experiment naturally. The program provides a variety of experiences in art, science, music, drama, gymnastics and movement. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 a.m.
Doors open The children meet in one classroom as parents drop their children off for the day. Activities such as easel painting, coloring, block building, dramatic play, computer games, reading and other creative exploration are provided for the early children.
8:45 a.m.
Story time Children are still arriving as the group assembles together for a story, music or finger play, and children are prepared for the day's schedule.
9:00 a.m.
Outside Play The children are brought outside where they enjoy unlimited play with the sand box, climbing structures, tricycles, coupe cars, play houses, slides and they are given an opportunity to work in our school garden.

9:45 a.m.
Class Time Children are separated into their age-appropriate classrooms and are given a morning snack.

10:00 a.m. Group Time The children gather into a circle time consisting of a discussion of the calendar and weather, a story either chosen by the teacher or children, theme-related material, and/or movement and music activities.

Activity Time Theme-based activities of art science, creative crafts, cooking, and free exploration in the reading, dramatic play, manipulative and block areas are provided in a busy, yet calming atmosphere.

Clean Up Time The children participate with the teacher in returning play items to their proper places and preparing the class for lunch and nap time.
11:15 a.m.
Outside Play The children return outside to play before lunch.
11:45 a.m.
Lunch Time The children line up and go to their individual classrooms where they wash their hands and clean up before lunch. Prior to eating, the children sing a song together.
12:30 p.m.
Quiet Time Children take this time to prepare for nap. They clean their face and hands and use the bathroom prior to resting on their cots. The children are required to remain quiet, as most children are trying to fall asleep.
1:00 p.m.
Nap Time During this time the children sleep. Those who do not sleep will be given quiet activities or books to occupy their time while other children sleep.
2:00 p.m.
Wake-Up Between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. the children are allowed to wake up on their own. Those who are awake go outside with some teachers, while the others are allowed to sleep.
3:00 p.m.
Outside Time All children are awake and play as a group outside. Children begin to go home.
4:15 p.m.
Snack Time An afternoon snack is provided to the children. This may either be outside with the large group or inside in the individual classrooms.
4:30 p.m.
Class Time The children are divided into multi-age groups and are moved into classrooms. The number of groups depends on the amount of children currently present. As in the morning, a variety of activities and free exploration are provided.
5:30 p.m.
Class Combining The children clean up the classrooms as the remaining children are brought into one class.
6:00 p.m.
Closing Time The Children's Place closes it doors. All children are expected to be picked up by 6:00 p.m. Hefty fines are assessed to those parents who do not comply.

Excerpted from the preschool's website