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Playmates Cooperative Nursery School

2340 42nd Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

Phone:
(415) 681-2025

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Playmates Cooperative has offered families a supportive and creative learning environment for over 50 years. We are a non-profit, nonsectarian, interracial cooperative organization formed and operated by parents and experienced staff. Together we provide excellent child-centered nursery and Pre-K programs for children 2½ to 5½ years of age.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

All of our teachers are aware of age appropriate curriculum and we implement our curriculum accordingly.

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 Care of animals Gardening Cooking

From the Director:

We have one hour of free time where all children are allowed to choose their activities then we break the older and younger children into separate groups.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Playmates Cooperative has offered families a supportive and creative learning environment for over 50 years. We are a nonprofit, nonsectarian, interracial cooperative organization formed and operated by parents and experienced staff. Together we provide an excellent child-centered nursery program for children 21/2 to 6 years of age. Children with special needs are welcome.

A Typical Day

The first hour consists of indoor/outdoor free play choice, snack. The second hours consist of activities grouped by age with both outdoor and indoor separation.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

At the beginning of the school year we provide specific learning goals for each child. We have individual parent meetings at the beginning of the year. Parents have a lot of involvement because the preschool cooperative element. Many opportunities for parents to connect with other parents and staff.We don't meet with parents at the end of the year. We meet mid year to discuss Kindergarten readiness with parents in a meeting. We are also willing to do it at the end of the year.

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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

By pre-entry meetings with parents and parents in classrooms early on.