Do you have a curriculum?
We have a monthly theme that is school-wide. Teachers plan their classroom activities and lessons according to the current theme and based on an age appropriate level for their class.
Do you provide meals and snacks?
Yes, from Toddlers and up to Preschoolers, We will provide a morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack. For children in the infant program, all meals, snacks, and beverages are provided by parents and brought from home on a daily basis.
What does your menu consist of?
Our bi-weekly menu consists of meals that are all nut free, trans fat free and vegetarian. We also strive to use as many organic foods as possible in our meals.
What do we need to bring from home?
For children who are still in diapers, parents provide diapers (and any necessary diaper cream) on a daily basis for their child. (It is ok to leave a supply of diapers in your child’s cubby at school as long as it gets replenished before s/he runs out). We will provide wipes for diaper changing.
Parents also need to bring a change of clothes for their child suitable for the “current” weather conditions as well as the fluctuating Santa Cruz weather. Note: for infants, at least two complete outfit changes are recommended. Also, sunscreen must be brought from home and clearly labeled with your child’s first and last name.
For children in the infant program, all meals, snacks, and beverages are to be provided by the parents and brought from home on a daily basis. All bottles, cups, and food containers should be clearly labeled with your child’s first and last name and the date.
What kind of credentials do your teachers have?
All of our fully qualified Teachers have completed a minimum of the four required Early Childhood Education courses. Many of our teachers have also completed additional courses in Early Childhood Education as well as attended workshops to further their education and knowledge in the field. Fully qualified Teachers have also worked for a minimum of one year in a licensed childcare facility. We also have Teachers on our staff who are in the process of becoming fully qualified while gaining experience by working along with a fully qualified Teacher.
Our fully qualified Teacher’s Aides also have some Early Childhood Education units completed and most of them are working toward becoming Teachers. We aim to hire people who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of Early Childhood Education and have a sincere interest in working with young children.
What are your hours of operation?
We are open from 7AM to 6PM and contract a full day as a 9 hour time slot within these hours. Our half days are contracted as 4 hour time slots with AM and PM options. We also offer extra time if needed.