"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."
Our preschool program runs 9am – 12pm, Monday thru Friday, with the optional addition of an extended-care program (Lunch Bunch). We offer programs with 2, 3, 4 and 5-day attendance, with flexibility as to which days your child attends, depending on space and availability.
Enrollment is limited to 24 children in the classroom, with a child-to-adult ratio of 5:1. Students must be 2 1/2 years by the first day of school.
Inspired by the early childhood education pioneers, our curriculum is child-centered and play-based. Children move freely indoors and outdoors for most of the day, exploring their world as they choose. We provide a wide variety of activities and materials to develop their understanding of the natural world, creative arts, literacy, math, and science.
We follow the Positive Discipline model; each family receives a copy of the book at the beginning of the school year, and early childhood educators give talks at our monthly parent meetings on topics of Positive Discipline, as well as other relevant and age-appropriate topics.
We provide age and developmentally appropriate activities for our Pre-K aged children to explore and start working on the skills needed to succeed at their next level. While these are not just open to those entering Kindergarten, we have a more focused approach on them at this time.
School is in session from approximately September 1 – June 15. We adhere to the calendar of the Novato Unified School District.
Extended Care "Lunch Bunch"
Lunch Bunch is a program where enrolled preschool children bring their lunch boxes, stay in school, and participate in fun activities. Lunch Bunch gives the children an opportunity to have a family-style lunch with their friends from school, and enjoy free play time. During this time, the children experience group art, games and songs, and have quiet time together, where they can nap, or engage in a quiet activity.
Hours: 12-3pm, Monday-Friday
Toddler Time is offered through NPNS for children 18 months to 2½ years old. It is a mommy/daddy/caregiver-and-me program that offers a less structured version of the preschool program. Toddler Time gives each child the necessary environment to develop social skills, strengthen their ability to take directions, and improve motor skills. Our goal is to help parents learn how to help their children by using imagination, caring, exploration, and sharing. Our teacher will help each parent and child discover the wonders of becoming part of a group experience.
Toddler Time is also an excellent way to transition your child into our preschool. Most children from Toddler Time go on to attend our preschool program, and are automatically given priority for enrollment over children on our waiting list. Not only is this program an enriching experience for you and your child, the bonds that are formed among the children during this time will also carry over into their preschool years and beyond, making each transition into new environments less stressful and more rewarding for your child.
Toddler Time runs on Wednesdays from 9:30 am – 11:00 am.
The Infant room is a unique program offered at NPNS. This program will allow parents with children under 2 years to still be able to participate in the NPNS community.
On your work day, you and the other parents of children under 2 years old will be working together to take care of the infants in a separate space in the school and will rotate on an availability basis in and out of the classroom, you as a group count as one working parent. For example, if your baby is sleeping soundly you may have the opportunity to be in the classroom and help out on a project or work in a particular area. Once your baby wakes up and needs you, then the other parent in the infant room can alert you and trade spots with you ensuring that the under two’s are being taken care of and the preschoolers have a parent helper as well.
Infant room is available 9-12pm on designated days.
Tuition and Fees
Our tuition depends on the caregiver’s amount of participation in the preschool. Hence, we are able to remain an affordable option for preschools in Marin County. More details on tuition . . .