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The Magic Years Nursery School

6303 Reseda Boulevard
Tarzana, CA 91335

(818) 881-2974


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Balance is a key word for The Magic Years Nursery School: balance between individual and group experience, between free play and structured activity, between small and large muscle development. Freedom is stressed, but within limits imposed by concern for the group. A warm and supportive atmosphere is supplied by trained and sensitive teachers working with small classes.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

In this first important step outside of home, your child will begin to trust others, learn to get along in a social setting, and build a sense of assurance as an individual person. We have a gradual separation philosophy, as opposed to an abrupt separation policy. You will be able to stay in the classroom with your child as he or she becomes comfortable in a new environment.

A Typical Day

Activities include sand and water play, clay and playdough, painting and collage work, blocks, dramatic play, cooking, music, stories, and a wide variety of outdoor play.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

A parent is able to stay in the classroom and backyard, gradually cutting increasing on the proximity and length of time she is away from her child. In some cases, a teacher will visit a child's home.