Welcome! We are delighted that you are considering Magic Years Nursery School for your child’s educational beginnings.
The Magic Years Nursery School was founded upon the belief that the preschool years are critical in a child’s physical, intellectual, and emotional growth. This is a time of discovery and exploration—a time in which creative potential is encouraged, self-assurance and self-confidence are developed, and a time in which children learn the social skills necessary to get along with others.
Note: The fall 2015 session Toddler Program begins on October 3, 2015. For more information please go to the Toddler Program page.
The emphasis at Magic Years is socialization and learning through play with exposure to academics through an informal and fun approach. One of our principle goals is to foster creativity and instill an excitement about learning. At Magic Years Nursery School, we strongly believe that preschool years are not only optimal for children to learn through play, but also a critical developmental period. Please read
We offer a nurturing environment in which children do exciting art and cooking projects, participate in singing and body movement through group activities, and play in a beautiful back yard with an impressive variety of equipment. Our well-trained and experienced teachers are early-childhood education specialists.
We emphasize the development of the whole child. Our play-based program offers a wide variety of exciting and enriching activities. The inside activities include art, music, cooking, dramatic play as well as block building and many sensory activities such as playdough. Singing, musical instruments, body movement and dancing as well as children’s stories are all a part of the group-time experience.
With a hands-on approach to learning, children learn science and mathematical concepts through gardening, experiments, and baking projects. Spanish is taught through music, movement, and games. Literacy activities include story time, flannel boards, story dictation, and office play.
In the summer Pre-K program, children do extensive woodworking projects. They take home their very own scooters and their very own toolboxes which they have made. They make their very own scooters and toolboxes!!!
We have a gradual separation policy, which means that you, a relative, or a nanny would stay with your child while he/she is getting comfortable at school.
We have an absolutely beautiful, exciting backyard play area that includes wheel toys, unique climbing equipment, sand play, swings, a large grass area, and a play house. There is ample shade provided by mature trees and awnings.
If you have not had a chance to attend one of our Prospective Parent Meetings, be sure to sign up for one now. During the meeting, you will learn about the history of the school, the philosophy, the activities, the staff, and our gradual separation policy. You will also have the chance to observe classes in session and tour the school.
It will be our pleasure to guide you as you get to know our school better and as you go through our enrollment process. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions. You can also visit the enrollment process webpage which lists the necessary steps to take to enroll to the Magic Years Nursery School.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Mary Campbell, B.A. Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University, Fulbright Scholar to England. Certificate in Education and Administration, Center for Early Education. Forty five years experience working in Early Childhood Education.
Alice León, B.A. and Master’s degrees from U.C. Berkeley. Recipient of the Cervantes award at U.C. Berkeley. Certificates in Early Childhood Education and Administration from UCLA. Twenty two years experience working in Early Childhood Education.