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About Happy Baby Small School

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We are a small, play-based early start preschool program in South/West Berkeley dedicated to the needs of young children looking for a small environment. Located in a cheerful private home with a large garden, close to San Pablo park. Enrollment is 12 children with three adults. We take an individual approach with each child, fostering independence and respecting each child’s emerging personality and abilities.

We develop routines that frame our day: setting the table and clearing our dishes, working in the garden, and having our morning meeting when together we plan our day. Special emphasis is placed on positive social interactions between the children, while giving them the guidance and tools to solve their own problems. We strive to follow the rhythm of each child and integrate those rhythms into the daily lives of all the children in our program.

Our environment is our curriculum, with age appropriate activities emerging as the children develop, based on their interests and the space around us. In these early years the emphasis is on play, movement, and developing life skills. We focus on developing relationships that foster a sense of comfort and security. Our philosophy draws from play-focused research, the Reggio-Emilia approach, and the work of Bev Bos, with a strong emphasis on outdoor play. Our program supports and encourages the sense of wonder innate to all children and hopes to inspire the important work of self-discovery and the exploration of the world around us.

Learn more about Happy Baby’s program on this site, or email with questions. We advertise our openings on the Berkeley Parents Network Childcare or Preschool Digest and here as they come available. Happy Baby is not an infant day care, but a home-based preschool and toddler program. Email to set up a tour and request an application.

Tours for Fall 2015 enrollment begin in November! Email happybabysmallschool@gmail.com for information.