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Nursery School San Mateo

1732 Monte Diablo Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401

(650) 347-1955


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"San Mateo Parents' Nursery School is a cooperative Nursery School that has developed its curriculum specifically around a "Learning through Play" philosophy.
Each child is free to make choices of activities and friends. They are respected for themselves, their thoughts, their ideas and their needs. Our school was developed so that parents could share in the child's first steps outside the home. The nursery school provides an opportunity for parents to gain an understanding of the value of the play, as represented by the activities offered within the program. Play is the way in which children learn to understand themselves and the world around them. Supervision in the nursery school is related to learning. Limits are set in a gentle but firm way, so children may grow and develop inner control.

Our nursery school fosters the growth and learning of children and parents. The nursery school provides opportunities for safe, interesting and challenging play with other children. Through such play, in surroundings arranged for their best interests, young children may develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. The nursery school insures warmth and security while giving the child stimulating new experiences. The nursery school provides a safe, comfortable bridge from home to the larger world outside.

To facilitate the development of parenting skills, speakers are presented at the parent meeting and brown bag lunch sessions are held daily for those who wish to explore specific child development issues.

San Mateo Parent's Nursery School is a diverse community dedicated to fostering the learning and growth of children and adults. We are a nonprofit, cooperative school owned and operated by its members. Our goal is to create a loving, suppportive, empowering environment for children and their families.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Morning extended care 7:45 - 8:30 am Free Selection of inside activities
Morning session 8:30 - 9:00 Welcome
8:35 - 10:35 Free selection of activities inside and out
9:45 - 10:15 Snack time
10:15 Diaper changing- Teachers
10:35 - 11:15 Clean up inside and art area
10:45 - 11:15 Story time, Muisc & Movement
11:15 - 11:35 Stories and Games
11:30 - 12:00 pm Show and Tell
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch, rest for children who stay all day
12:00 - 12:50 Brown bag lunch, parent education
Afternoon Session 1:00 - 1:15 Afternoon children are welcomed
1:00 - 2:35 Free selection of activities inside and outside
1:45 - 2:15 Snack time
2:15 Diaper changing- Teachers
2:35 - 3:15 Clean up inside and art area
2:45 - 3:15 Story time, Music & Movement
3:15 - 3:35 Stories and Games
3:35 - 4:00 Show and Tell
Afternoon Extended Care 4:00 - 4:30 Outside play for pm extended care children
4:30 - 5:00 Snack time
5:00 - 6:00 Free selection of activities inside

Excerpted from the preschool's website