Claremont Day Nursery, Inc. has served the community for over 60 years.
There are three convenient East Bay locations in Berkeley, Oakland and
Kensington. The schools are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to
6 p.m. Part-time schedules are available. A hot, homemade lunch
on-site is served at no additional cost. Snacks twice daily are also provided.
Our program exposes children, ranging in age from 2 years to 5.5 years, to a
variety of skills and activities in a warm and nurturing environment, thereby
giving children a secure foundation for the educational process and an
excellent preparation for Kindergarten. Our curriculum is that of a traditional
pre-school program, with an emphasis on science, art, language development,
dramatic play, learning and social skills. Along with developing small and
large motor, sensory, and perceptual skills, we teach an environmental
awareness based on seasonal and yearly themes.
The atmosphere at Claremont Day Nurseries is one of a "family" of children
and teachers learning, working, exploring, and loving together. It is for this
reason that our staff is long enduring. The teachers recognize that children
learn at their own pace, and thus treat each child as an individual and move
forward only one step at a time. The work that is planned emphasizes process
rather than product, which in turn fosters in the child a sense of accomplishment and pride. We teach a love for learning by allowing children to experience
their own stage of development, and by helping them feel success without pressure.
Each branch of Claremont Day Nurseries shares the same philosophy and curriculum, but each group of teachers brings with them a different range of interests
and ideas. Please read on for a description, history, and individual character of our three branches: