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Willow Wood Preschool

684 Oak Street
Winnetka, IL 60093

(847) 441-6393


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Early childhood education occurs at a stage in a child's life when he/she is physically and emotionally ready to explore the world with new people and in new places, separate from his/her parents. It is meant to be an extension of the caring and teaching experience he/she has received since birth.
Willow Wood strives to provide a secure environment that meets the needs of each child.
Willow Wood's child-centered program stresses the principle that children learn through play. Play is encouraged as a means to promote divergent thinking and to facilitate fantasy role-playing. Nurturing, warm and flexible interaction between adult and child will lead to positive social and emotional growth and a strengthened awareness of self. The child must be allowed to explore, create, problem-solve and develop by himself/herself, for himself/herself. Willow Wood teachers are facilitators. They stimulate, encourage and guide, but never dominate. Teachers use every opportunity to help the child be and become all that his/her potential allows, providing him/her the richest environment possible.
A child should experience trusting, supportive relationships that will enable him/her to develop a positive self-image, exert rational self-control, and thereby achieve autonomy. We want each child to develop body awareness and coordination, and learn to communicate feelings and ideas. Willow Wood's goal is to help each child adjust to unfamiliar situations; become creative, imaginative and inventive; feel comfortable and secure in his/her environment; learn to think and solve problems; and, most importantly, feel good about himself/herself.
Excerpted from the preschool's website