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Halsey Schools

21321 Costanso Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

(818) 992-1942


Family owned and operated since 1978, Halsey Schools provides happy learning environments for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Open Monday - Friday 6:30-6:30.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

When you visit Halsey Schools you and your child will feel comfortable and at home. You’ll feel confident and safe as you are greeted by each and every caring-qualified-smiling teacher. * You’ll see clean-bright-colorful classrooms full of happy children. * You’ll hear cheery music and children laughing, playing and learning. * You’ll see age appropriate manipulatives and equipment. * You’ll smell the fresh clean air. * You’ll find happy hands-on learning activities on every table, every shelf, and in every corner. Outside you’ll see children enjoying the trees, tricycles, push toys, water play tables, play structures and more. You’ll see parents just like you: reading books, painting pictures, and playing outside with their children. Your child will love it here and so will you!

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
  • Maps
  • 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.
  • Art work on the walls
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 Spanish, Dance, Gymnastics, Karate, Character Building

From the Director:

When you join the family at Halsey Schools we will work together with you to help foster your child’s individual growth and your growth as parents too. All of us at Halsey Schools do our best to keep you informed. Our website is just one of the ways we strive to keep you up to date. Check out the HAPPY TIMES TAB for our latest newsletters, pictures, important dates, blog, etc. You can also follow us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER. And look for signs and postings in each classroom. You can also speak to any of the teachers at anytime, set up conferences, call us, email us. The options seem endless. On top of that, you are welcome to visit the classrooms at any time. Come eat lunch with us. Drop by and tell us a story or show us something special. Or just take a break, have a seat, and enjoy the children. Every month we have at least one Annual Event for parents to attend: Grandparent Cookie Party, Discovery Days, Halloween Party, Thanksgiving Feast, Holiday Social, Valentines Day Party, Pizza Party, Discovery Days, Spring Parade & Party, Mommy’s Craft Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, Mommy’s Brunch, Daddy’s Project Week, Daddy’s Doughnut Party, Preschool Graduation, 4th of July Parade and more. Together, with our smiles and our laughter we can love, nurture and develop happy well rounded children who love to learn.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers work hand and hand with the children. Every day you will find them not simply observing or leading, but participating with children. You'll see them on the reading carpet reading with the children, at the table making a craft or creating art, on the playground sliding down the slide. You'll see them dressing up at play time. You'll see them singing dancing and playing with the children. Interaction - that's what children need and that's what you'll see.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our philosophy - Love, Nurture, and Teach Together. The core of our philosophy focuses on the important mutual relationship we have with our families. Working together, we are an extension of your family! First, we provide a loving and caring environment for the children. Second, we nurture their needs. Third, we foster each child's natural instinct to learn through fun-imaginative activities and focused instruction.

Under our philosophy, the children are learning colors, letters, numbers, shapes, basic academics and more. They are learning, by our example, how to care for others, how to be empathetic, how to feel good about themselves and most importantly how to smile, laugh, giggle and be happy!

Together, with our smiles and our laughter we can love, nurture and develop happy children.

A Typical Day

A typical day starts with a happy smile and greeting from the teachers. Then then the fun and learning starts.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are welcome to drop in anytime and to join us on our many annual events planned throughout the year. Grandparent's party, Pumpkin patch trip, Halloween party, Thanksgiving feast, Holiday social. Every month there is something special scheduled for parents to attend.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Do you remember your first day at nursery school or kindergarten? You probably were nervous and excited and a bit lonely and lost when your mom or dad left. Even when returning to a familiar setting after summer vacation, children usually feel a bit intimidated.

They may have a new teacher, there are new kids in the group, and maybe that special friend is gone. It’s a big deal!

We want to do everything we can to make your child’s beginning at Halsey Schools as happy as possible. The parent packet is designed to fill you in on specifics. If you haven’t yet visited our Infant Center, Toddler Center or Preschool with your child, we encourage you to come in before your first day. Your son or daughter child can look around the room, get acquainted with us, and just get the feel of the place.

Before the program starts, you may want to read your child a few books with a starting-school theme. Such stories can help your child get in touch with her feelings about going into a new place and separating from you. Reading also gives your child the opportunity to talk about feelings or ask questions about what to expect.

It’s also a good idea to go over our daily schedule with your children, talking about some of the things she’ll be doing in the course of the day. Some children feel a little less alone and adrift in a new place if they bring along something familiar from home, such as a favorite stuffed animal or even a family photo.

And on the first day, be sure to arrive in plenty of time. In fact, if your child tends to have a tough time in new groups, make a point of coming early the first few days so we can help her get involved in something fun, perhaps with one or two other children, before the crowd arrives.

Finally, when it’s time to leave, don’t slip out when your child isn’t looking. Children need to know when you’re going and be able to say goodbye. Don’t worry. We’ll take it from there.