Hours of operation
We are a year-round school open Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. We offer full-time and part-time schedules. Our holidays align with most LAUSD closures.
We are licensed for 60 children per day. Because we have a flexible schedule, we support approximately 75 families every year. During COVID restrictions we have only 48 children at school daily.
We start children when they are 3 years old by September. They culminate when they are ready for kindergarten, typically at 5 years old.
The children may be in various stages toward independent toileting and we will work with parents and children toward this goal.
Transition to school
We have play days for you and your child. The purpose is for you and your child to get acquainted with us and gain the trust needed for open communication.
You will be given a "Child History Form" to share important things about your child that will help strengthen the links between home and school.
Beginning in the fall of 2004, NSW instituted home visits as a part of our desire to make stronger connections between home and school. Your child's teacher will arrange a visit to your home during the first few weeks before your child starts school.
Educational background of our teachers
Licensing requires 12 units in Early Childhood Education (ECE). At NSW, all the staff have a minimum of 24 units in ECE and are actively involved in continuing education via college courses, workshops, and/or ECE conferences. All are CPR trained.
The health of children and staff is important to us so each child must arrive at school with no symptoms. We will do health checks upon arrival and wash hands frequently throughout the day. If your child should become ill while at school, you will be notified immediately to make arrangements to pick them up.
We believe in recognizing behaviors and what they mean to support each child's need to identify and express their feelings in socially appropriate ways. We take the time to value each individual circumstance and work through the problems that arise with the children, modeling reflective listening, validation, and guidance. We work closely with parenting experts, speech therapists, and occupational therapists and will refer you if your child is needing extra support.
Some of our fundraising money is set aside to support our NSW families which include teachers' children. The financial support is reviewed in a case-by-case format and revisited every year.