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Somerset Day Care-preschool

5597 Somerset Dr
Santa Barbara, CA 93111-1639

(805) 967-6298


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Because the program is small, an individual curriculum can meet the needs of each child. This curriculum is designed to foster independance, encourage each child to develop spiritually, socially, emotionally and intellectually. The pre-school program is designed to teach your child the important preschool concepts and skills that they will need when entering school

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
  • 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.
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

From the Director:

Somerset Pre-School and Day Care utilizes the Star Bright Learning Program, which is taught be a credentialed teacher(through the State of California). The monthly program consists of introduction to the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors. Language, visual and auditory skills ate part of this program, along with kindergarten preparedness

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Is to seve our local parents in the communith by providing a loving and enriching atmosphere through which their children may learn and grow.

To facilitate discovery, your children will be encourage to experment and learn, make new friends and practice living skills all within the context of a "home" setting

The first six years of a child's life will establish the foundation necessary for healthy development throughout adult life. It is vital that we, as child care providers, teachers and parents, make it possible for each child to have the love, attention and enriching environment necessary to help achieve this purpose. Helping to develop your child's positive self-image by meeting their needs.

A Typical Day

Free play untill
9-9:10 Circle time and prayer
9:10 morning lessons
9:30 snacks
9:45 2nd lesson
10:10 - 11:45 outside play
12:00 - 12:30 lunch
12:30 - 1 Reading and story time
1:00 - 1:15 bathroom and tuck into naps
1:15 - 3:30 naps
3:45 - 4:00 snacks
4:00 - 4:40 freeplay
4:40 - 5:00 cleanup
5:00 - 5:30 extended day

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year