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West Chester Play School Inc

725 West Miner Street
West Chester, PA 19382

(610) 692-6538


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Co-op

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We recognize the uniqueness of each child and adapt our teaching styles to accomodate the uniqueness of each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Growth takes place in orderly sequences in each individual.
The physical, cognitive and socio-emotional aspects of development are interrelated.
The child's thought and language is quantitatively different from the adult's.
Children should be actively involved in their own learning process. It is through direct exploration and manipulation that children construct knowledge of the world.
Play is a learning medium. It contributes to all types of learning (social, cognitive, physical and emotional).
Interest and learning are facililitated in the experience presented to the child bears some relevance to what he/she already knows, but at the same time is sufficiently novel to present incongruities and conflicts.
Social interaction, particularly when it is centered around relevant physical experience, promotes intellectual and social growth.
Personality development (the affective-social areas) depends on the presence of adequate and sustaining personal relationships, opportunities for learning and for self-expression, and guidance appropriate to each stage of a child's growth
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

A typical day in our classroom begins with free play followed by our good morning circle. Circle time includes songs, fingerplays and sharing time. We break for snack and then center activities. Our day ends with outside play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Evaluations are sent home twice a year and conferences are scheduled when necessary or at the parent's request.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage the parent to say their good byes and leave quickly. We give the child plenty of reassurance that their parent will return soon. We try and engage the child in an activity and maybe give them one-on-one attention.