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Diana's Play House (Oakland, CA)

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Berkeley Parents Network > Reviews > Preschools & Daycare > Diana's Play House (Oakland, CA)

Sept 2013

Our son transitioned seamlessly from being at home to daycare at Diana's. This is a small, home-based daycare run by the extremely capable and nurturing Diana Brown. Besides the certainty that my son was always safe at Diana's, a few of the great things about her daycare include: 6 children maximum, so children receive a lot of individual attention; healthy/organic lunches and snacks; Diana is a miracle worker when it comes to getting through sleep issues; kids spend a lot of time playing outdoors each day; daily songs, art, dancing, music; Diana is super-communicative and responds quickly via cell, text or email. All of the kids at the Playhouse are happy and love being there. Our son talked about Diana on the weekends, loved going in the morning and usually protested at pickup time! As an aside: Diana has three school-aged boys who are amazing with the kids when they are around after school. Lea

Aug 2013

My son has been at Diana's Playhouse for almost two years and our family has been very happy. Diana is communicative, energetic, and positive in her interactions with people of all ages. Her calm and upbeat manner is contagious with the kids, she makes managing 6 kids seem effortless and fun. Diana gives all the kids individual attention, and she reinforces sharing, good manners, potty training (if parent's desire), and good hygiene. My son comes home happy, talkative, and a better listener on Playhouse days. He doesn't want to leave at the end of the day and often wants to call Diana on the phone to say ''hi'' in between daycare days (he goes two days/week). Originally, I was looking for a place in/around Rockridge, but the 10 minute drive door to door to Diana's has not been an issue. Diana's hours are 8-3:30pm M-F and she provides healthy snacks and lunch which is really(!) convenient. She takes infants and toddlers; 6 months and up.

June 2013

We've had nothing but absolutely positive experiences while our daughter has been under Diana's care. She has been with Diana since 2011, and though she's definitely excited to start preschool in September, I have no doubt she'll miss Diana and her friends at the playhouse immensely. Diana brings with her not only a wealth of experience from working with children at the playhouse, but also as a mom of three boys. From the first day our daughter started at Diana's, we had no doubt that she would be safe and happy. She looks forward to going to Diana's each morning, and is always excited at the end of the day to talk about everything she did. Of the many things we appreciate about Diana, we've found her super responsive and communicative; she holds our daughter's well-being and happiness at the center of our interactions. Diana lets children's interests inform the day, and infuses puzzles, music, art projects, walks, outdoor play, cooking, and imaginative play into each day. Added bonus-she provides healthy, organic snacks and lunch!

June 2011

Diana' s Playhouse currently has a FULL-TIME OPENING for a toddler, 20 months or older.

Diana runs a home based day care located in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood minutes from both 580 and Highway 13.

My 2 year old daughter has been with Diana since she was 4 months old, and I could not be happier with her experiences at Diana's Playhouse.

Every day is an adventure. Diana constantly exposes the children to new and age appropriate activities.They paint, do art projects, mold Playdoh, learn ABCs, numbers and colors, do puzzles, and play with bubbles and water.

There is an endless variety of pretend areas - the kitchen, big blocks to build a fort, dolls, and an outside area with a climbing stucture and sand box or rice table.

But, most importantly, Diana is loving and nurturing. She sits on the floor with the kids and gives them her full attention. She read books to them and plays music.

She is always on top of a wet diaper or a runny nose and she provides nutritious snacks and lunch.

I find Diana's Playhouse to be an exceptional place.

April 2011

My 18-month old son has been thriving at Diana's Playhouse. It is run by Diana Brown, a lovely woman and mother of 3 children, including 6 year-old twin boys. Diana is a former social worker and the oldest child in a large family. She really loves children, and it shows by her interactions with those under her care; Diana is nurturing, loving, and playful. Diana is also mindful of each child's development and cares for them accordingly. My son is highly engaged and happy during his days with Diana. She taught him baby sign language before he started speaking, and he now listens to stories and learns new vocabulary and concepts from her daily. His days are varied, and Diana always has age-appropriate toys or activities for him to do. On any given day, his experiences could include painting, play-dough, reading, stringing beads, puzzles, dress-up, listening to music, singing, playing with trains, identifying letters and numbers, counting and sorting objects, and playing at a water or rice table. She often plans new experiences for the children. Diana also provides healthy snacks and meals that are mostly organic.

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