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St. Nicholas Day Care & Preschool

5200 Diamond Heights. Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94131

(415) 550-1536


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"Our daycare staff is directly responsible for your child. Our staff recognizes the need to teach children. Our mission is that they develop and make active choices, which will encourage responsible behavior." Extracted from St. Nick's brochure, 2006

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
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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.
Physical activity more

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  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Children are taught discipline, realistic limits. Excerpted from St. Nick's brochure, 2006.

From the Director:

"Activities included will enhance verbal skills, initiative ability, individual self-confidence, problem-solving techniques." Excerpted from St. Nick's brochure, 2006.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Staff are using age-appropriate teaching method. A mixture of teacher direct and child direct activitiies throughout the day.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"St. Nicholas Daycare provides an educationally balanced program. Our daycare encourages creative play and structural activities that include verbal skills, initiative, and self-confidence, to ensure an active school experience for children as they are growing." Extracted from St. Nick's brochure, 2006.

A Typical Day

Sample for 4 year olds:
7:00-9:00 drop-off, outside time
9:00-9:30 breakfast
9:30-9:50 circle time
9:50-10:15 small group activitiy
10:15-11:10 learning center (numbers, art/science) 11:10-12 noon outside play
12:00-12:40 lunch
12:40-1:00 get ready for nap
1:00-3:00 nap time
3:00-3:30 snack time
3:30-4:00 story/music & movement/game
4:00-4:40 outside play
4:40-5:30 indoor activitiy (story/free choice)
5:30 - 6:00 outside play/pick up time
Excerpted from St. Nick's brochure, 2006.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletter
Monthly menu
teacher/parent conference
daily check in

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
  • Voice Mail
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We offer up to a week (half day) transition period prior to first day of school for new children. We also scheduled transition period for our exsiting children moving to a new classroom too.