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Mother's Place

1118 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 324-5437


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught In addition, we have three specialty programs that are offered at an additional fee for your convenience: Gymnastics or Dance, Computers, and Swimming (Excerpted from website)

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers are our greatest asset and are what makes Mother's Place so special! We set our teacher-to-child ratios low so that staff can give children the individual attention they deserve. Our teachers follow children's development closely and meet regularly with parents both informally and in formal conferences to share their observations. All of our teachers in supervisory positions have relevant degrees, or substantial experience in childcare education. (Excerpted from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We have a day care experience that enriches your children while you're at work, helping them learn about themselves and their environment, and preparing them for school. (Excerpted from website)

A Typical Day

Each age group's daily schedule is a rich mix of free play inside and out, and child-initiated and teacher-guided activities. The programs below figure prominently in the day.

Creativity and Studies:
Language Arts
Guest Speakers
Science and Social Studies
Personal Safety Curricula (Ages 3-5)
Large Motor Activities
Arts and Crafts
Math Their Way (Age 4)
Fine Motor Activities
Outside Play
(Excerpted from website)

Home-School Connection

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


Handling Separation: From the Director

We request that you bring your child to visit at least 3-4 times before his/her first day. The transition to a new school usually takes a couple of weeks. The teachers will be in daily communication with you about your child's progress. (Excerpted from website)