The magic of a child's first preschool year is captured in the ideal setting at The First School's Ocean Park Campus. This most precious time for children and families is supported by The First School's preschool staff and their deep expertise in understanding the first experiences of separation, and the social and sensory demands that children are just beginning to experience.
Small preschool class sizes and low child:teacher ratios allow for teachers to participate with children and help navigate the children's interactions. When children experience hardships or big feelings, the environment and staff at Ocean Park allow for children's needs to be supported, their experiences narrated as needed and their feelings heard and articulated. They develop positive, trusting relationships with their teachers and enhance their communications as they become more autonomous.
The children who have not attended a transition group will learn how to say goodbye to their parents through our caring, individualized separation process.
They develop age-appropriate habits of self-care skills and gain increasing self-reliance and feelings of competence. These experiences promote problem-solving skills, cooperation, and self-knowledge.