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The Holly Park Toddler Playgroup

354 Holly Park Circle
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 509-0919

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

This program prepares children for a larger preschool setting and incorporates early childhood educational tools and models that are age appropriate.

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
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
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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  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Music specialist, an art teacher, dance teacher, and a gymnastics teacher.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Holly Park Toddler Playgroup is a home based childcare facility offering a caring, warm and nurturing atmosphere for new preschoolers. Emphasis is on creating and maintaining a safe, healthy, happy and balanced environment. The Holly Park Toddler Playgroup is a year round program accepting children 18 months to 3 years of age. Working each day with a small group of six allows for individual attention while preparing each child for their future larger preschool experience. This playgroup is structured as an enrichment program. Each day the children take a music, dance, art or gymnastics class. This early enrichment emphasis in the small group setting promotes joy and appreciation for physical and artistic development, helping foster the mind, body, spirit connection. Two healthy snacks and a warm lunch provide important nutritional requirements for young growing children. This physical attention and emotional support allows children to thrive in their first small classroom community experience.

A Typical Day

8:30 to 9:30 Drop off - Free play with choice of activities
9:30 to 10:00 Circle time, calendar, healthy snack
10:00 to 12:30 Enrichment activity for that given day, outdoor play
12:30 to 1:30 Clean up, handwashing, hot lunched served
1:30 to 2:00 Quiet reading, naptime story
2:00 to 4:00 Naptime
4:00 to 4:30 Healthy snack, activity or outdoor play
4:30 to 5:00 Pick up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

In the beginning of the year, we have a potluck brunch so that parents can get to know each other. We also have a holiday party, and a graduation party at the end of the year. We encourage playdates outside of school. We communicate with parents regularly and invite parents to raise questions about their childs developement.

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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to convey to their children that we are their new teachers and we will take care of them and their new friends. Special "loveys" are always welcome. Communication with parents is emphasized. Separation anxiety is dealt with on an individual basis.