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First Presbyterian Pre-school

2050 Oak St
Sarasota, FL 34237-7038

(941) 366-2000


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers observe and interact with children individually and during group time. Our teacher/child ratio permits teachers to spend extra "one on one" as needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It is our belief that young children develop their abilities best in a warm and loving atmosphere. We believe that each child differs from all other children in many respects, and each age has its own special needs and characteristics. Stages of development follow one another in an orderly progression, but this progression moves forward at different rates for different children. First Presbyterian Preschool allows for the individuality of each child in order to build positive attitudes toward self, others, and learning.
Children's understanding of the world around them, and thus their intellectual development, is stimulated through play. Through play children expand their language skills, formulate theories, solve problems, and develop curiosity. Children are presented with opportunities to choose freely among activities including art, language and literacy, science, nature, music, blocks, dramatic play and more. Children are afforded many opportunities to develop decision-making and problem-solving skills.

A Typical Day

9:00 Arrival
9:15 Circle time
9:30 Learning Center work time
10:30 Clean-up
10:45 Snack
11:00 DEAR time
11:10 Outside Play
11:45 Small Group
12:00 Dismissal