Can I take a tour?
Yes. Tours take place throughout the week and book up pretty quickly. You will need to call (310)828-0858 to reserve a spot. If you’re interested in attending preschool for the current school year, your tour spot will take priority (so mention it). If you’d like to bypass the tour, you may download the appropriate application on our Admissions page.
What is the child-to-teacher ratio?
The Blue Room (2-3 years) is 6:1; The Yellow Room ( 3 – 4 years) is 6:1; and the Orange and Green Room (4 – 5 years) are 8:1. Our ratio is substantially lower than the State of California requirements for Preschool programs.
What is the philosophy of the school?
Beginnings Learning Center has a strong child development emphasis based on a wide range of research. The classroom is divided into learning centers such as language, math, science, computers, blocks, music, art, sensory tables, gross motor play, and dramatic play. The building of language, social, physical, and cognitive skills is achieved through participation in these centers. The teachers guide and encourage children to explore and learn in each of these areas while implementing the curriculum through meaningful play. Teachers supervise and participate in children’s play, both modeling when appropriate and refraining from interfering when appropriate. Preschool children achieve specific learning outcomes, develop problem solving strategies and enhance their curiosity and sense of discovery.
How does this philosophy encourage learning?
We know from child development research that children construct knowledge through “hands on” experience. Our program provides materials and equipment appropriate to the children’s developmental levels. Our daily schedule provides appropriate time for learning including an outdoor program which we consider an extension of the classroom. We participate in outdoor play each day, including winter time.
Do you require parent involvement?
Parent Participation is an integral part of our continued success, so yes, we require 10 hours per school year per child for parent participation.
Is financial aid available?
As of now, financial aid is not available.
What are the qualifications of the teachers and staff at Beginnings Learning Center?
The teachers are highly qualified educators with training, experience and education in Early Childhood Education. Our teachers have degrees in the fields of education, early childhood education, psychology and other related fields. Our teachers provide an environment of trust, care, respect and individuality for each child. In addition to their academic training, the staff also participates in ongoing training and development with monthly planning meetings, and professional association conferences. All employees are CPR and First Aid Certified.
What is the discipline policy of Beginnings?
It is normal for Preschool children to be egocentric and to act from their own perspectives. We talk with children about how their actions affect others and encourage them to verbalize their feelings. It is a slow developmental process, but children learn to respect the rights of others and to become caring, thoughtful learners and friends. By respecting and honoring children’s rights and feelings, we have learned that the children eventually show the same respect to others. All teachers at Beginnings use redirection with children when there is a conflict over toys or materials and encourage children to use language rather than physical means to express their needs and wishes. We are interested in building self-control and self-direction in the children. Physical punishment or “time out” is never used in disciplining children at the school. In discipline situations our goal is to enhance the child’s ability to function appropriately and self-regulate, not to punish.
Is there snack time or lunch time for children?
Our program provides a healthy breakfast, hot lunch and an afternoon snack. All meals are freshly prepared at the center and follow the USDA nutritional guideline for Young Children.
Do children have to be toilet trained to enroll at Beginnings?
Children do not have to be toilet trained to be enrolled in the Toddler program. We know that it is developmentally appropriate for children to toilet train at a range of ages. Our teachers support and help parents during the child’s period of toilet training. In order for the child to move up into the preschool classrooms he/she must be toilet trained.
How is toilet training handled?
It has been our long time experience that children train easily when they are developmentally ready. They also model themselves after other children who are toileting. Toilet training is handled in a natural, positive manner taking the lead from the child. Children are checked regularly and encouraged if they appear to be needing to toilet.
What is the curriculum in the Preschool program?
The goal of the Preschool is to help children develop their potential socially, emotionally and intellectually. The Preschool Staff in accordance with the philosophy and curriculum goals of the school provide carefully planned activities in cognitive, social/emotional, physical and language areas. The following are some examples of the materials available in each of these areas. Cognitive area: Books, puzzles, manipulative toys, pre-reading, math and science tools and experiences. Creative area: Paints, easels, play dough, sensory experiences, materials for drawing, cutting, and other materials to create open-ended projects. Gross motor area: Building materials, music and manipulative toys. trucks, cars, trains, climbing toys, and other large muscle toys in the class and on the playground. Socio dramatic area: Dolls, housekeeping play area, puppets, dress up clothes and props are offered to allow children to imitate and make sense of the world around them.
How are “separation problems” handled with children?
Parents are encouraged to introduce their children to a consistent staff member, especially one to whom she or he seems comfortable. It is important to tell the child you are leaving and will return in a short time to pick him/her up. It is best to keep “good-byes” sweet and short. Lingering good-byes can be painful to the child. We will contact the parent by phone if the child remains upset and is unable to participate in the classroom activities. We will inform the parents if we feel the child needs a shorter day or other adjustments to make the separation easier.
How does Beginnings Staff communicate with parents about their children?
There are numerous ways that we communicate with parents. We talk with parents daily about the children when they are brought into the program at the beginning of the day and again when the parents pick children up at the end of the day. Monthly newsletters are provided to parents with information about the daily program, concepts and themes being introduced in the learning centers, songs and rhymes being taught to children and special events and activities that are being planned. Conferences with parents occur twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Parents are also invited to participate in the classroom when they desire. The staff can suggest ways in which parents may participate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take a tour?