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Children's Courtyard (Spicewood Springs)

4213 Spicewood Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78759

(512) 342-0218


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work one on one with students in some cases. Teachers also group children with similar abilities and work with that small group.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Children's Courtyard is dedicated to providing the highest quality early childhood development and care. Our innovative approach is exemplified in our beautiful home-like settings that are warm and inviting. Our classrooms are furnished with state-of-the-art, age appropriate equipment designed to meet children's developmental needs.

Our curriculum has been developed based on the latest research of how young children learn. We have partnered with Addison-Wesley Scholastic and McGraw Hill to enrich your child's educational experiences. All children have different learning styles and cultures, so our teaching approach takes into account each child's individuality. Our teaching materials include systems for assessment of educational skills so teachers can build concrete, purposeful, and relevant learning activities for each child. This flexible approach accommodates different rates at which children develop and helps each child develop his or her own unique qualities and character. Regardless of age, a child’s day is filled with fun and learning.

A Typical Day

Each classroom has own schedule.
Starts with breakfast or outside time; group time; center time, lunch time, nap time, outside time, center time, snack.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Conduct formal Parent/Teacher months twice a year. Informal conferences can also happen based on parent or teacher request. Monthly newsletters to parents and communicate via.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents enrolling their children for the first time are encouraged to bring them for short periods of time the first few classes to get them comfortable with their teacher and the school.