About The School

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     We are a non-profit nursery school in the unique Village Homes neighborhood of West Davis (www.villagehomesdavis.org). We were started in 1983 by a group of Village Homes parents, who envisioned and designed a school environment that would blend the best parts of family day care centers with larger nursery school settings. We believe that preschool children learn best through play, and we organize our classroom and our curriculum around this belief. Our staff is trained to encourage children to express their thoughts and feelings, to work within their peer group to come up with activities and to resolve conflict, and to exercise self-help skills by learning to dress themselves, feed themselves, and to recognize and articulate their needs. A play-based philosophy does not disregard academics, but it uses the natural exploration of imagination to weave academics, self-help skills, and social skills together. The confidence that children gain by mastering these skills helps them to build a foundation for future education throughout their lives.         

 Freedom from conflict is neither a realistic nor a desirable goal; learning to resolve conflict is. In order to maintain a safe environment and to protect the needs and rights of all individuals, we use natural and logical consequences, helping children understand cause and effect and make choices based on that understanding. We encourage children to behave independently according to their individual developmental level, and to take responsibility for their own behavior. We encourage children to problem-solve creatively and cooperatively, to accept and celebrate diversity, and to negotiate for what they want when it is in conflict with another's desires. Teachers are always on hand to offer suggestions, facilitate problem-solving, and intervene if needed. 

Freedom from conflict is neither a realistic nor a desirable goal; learning to resolve conflict is. In order to maintain a safe environment and to protect the needs and rights of all individuals, we use natural and logical consequences, helping children understand cause and effect and make choices based on that understanding. We encourage children to behave independently according to their individual developmental level, and to take responsibility for their own behavior. We encourage children to problem-solve creatively and cooperatively, to accept and celebrate diversity, and to negotiate for what they want when it is in conflict with another's desires. Teachers are always on hand to offer suggestions, facilitate problem-solving, and intervene if needed.