Keiki's Corner (Berkeley, CA)
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Keiki's Corner (Berkeley, CA)
- Owner: Diane Ruyffelaere
- Phone: (510) 525-1619
- Email: email@example.com
- Neighborhood: North Berkeley, Codornices Park
- Zip: 94708
- License #: 013414643
- Capacity: 14
- Website: http://www.keikiscorner.net/
- Ages: 18 months - 3 yrs.
My daughter has been attending Keiki's for the last year and
I can not say enough good things about the experience. She
loves it there and I have so enjoyed being part of the
community. The teachers are great and the environment is
wonderful. The website is:
http://www.keikiscorner.net/about.html. Anyone looking for
a place for their 18 month - 3 year old should check it out.
For a terrific in-home daycare, I can't recommend Keiki's
Corner enough. Our 3 yro daughter has attended for a yr, and
we'll be very sad to lose this little family come fall.
Our daycare criteria included 12 kids or fewer, high child
to teacher ratio, experienced teachers, great outdoor space,
light-filled indoor space, balance of free play and
structure, flexible hrs and affordable. I knew within 5
minutes of visiting that Keiki's was the right place.
In the subsequent yr we've felt grateful for the genuine
love the teachers have shown our daughter. And we've been a
little blown away by the quality of art she brings home and
the emphasis on introducing the kids to various cultures and
traditions through art. There's also a weekly visit from a
music teacher and story reader. Our daughter started out
very anxious about music time and the teachers banded
together to help her overcome those fears.
As we've looked at preschools, it's been nice to hear those
teachers say such good things about the kids who come from
Keiki'sâ€”they're ready for group activities, know how to
express themselves and are excited to be there.
We've been so lucky to find such a rich home away from home
for our daughter, especially at an age when it's still hard
to leave your child with others. Happy to answer questions.
I am looking for a twos program for my daughter, who will not be two by the Sept. 1 cutoff
that many larger preschools have. I am considering both Size Small Toddler School and
Keiki's Corner. I love them both! Can anyone share their experiences at these places? My
one concern about Keiki's is the limited outdoor space. Both places seems to have excellent
staff, fun toys/play, and a loving environment. Thanks!
we loved keiki's corner! i chose it over another, closer '2's and up' school
because i liked that for a certain time each day, the children could be
inside or out, their choice. my girls (twins) are 5 now and still have fond
memories of keiki's and the wonderful women who looked after them: dianne,
hildy, and sharmilla. For me, i really enjoyed chatting with these
experienced moms about typical parenting dilemmas. I personally don't think
little ones need BIG spaces - the play yard at keiki's is just the right size
and the homelike environment very cozy and a good introduction to ''school''
for 2 year olds.
happy to recommend keiki's!
Keiki's Corner, if you can get in, would be my first choice. One of my
children went to Small Size because there wasn't space at Keiki's. My second
got into Keiki's. We had experiences at each place.
We had a few issues at Small Size: staff burnout, didn't like the kids going
downstairs on their bottoms to the back yard, unsupervised play on the
deck/potential hazard, art projects were crafts with prescribed instructions
instead of open-ended, biting issues not reported upon pick-up.
Keiki's has wonderful, consistent, more professional staff, kids can go in
and out as needed, art is much more developmentally-appropriate, play space
is lovely. Our experience at Keiki's was significantly better. We intended
both of our children to go there. Small Size wasn't a horrible experience,
just not as great as Keiki's.
My daughter attended Keiki's Corner from the age of 20 months until she aged
out at 3 and moved onto preschool. I couldn't more highly recommend this
wonderful program - the teachers are kind, caring and hugely experienced with
this age group. I have four children and only discovered Keiki's with my
fourth - I only wish I had found it earlier for the other three. My daughter
had a hard time transitioning to begin with and the teachers were so
understanding and helpful - and once she had settled in we never once heard
her say she didn't want to go. In terms of the side yard, it is the perfect
size for these little people! There is grass for them to run around on, and
nooks and crannies to play in and out of, small structures to climb and a
house to play in - the size is perfectly adequate and actually a good fit for
this age group and the number of children that use it.
I will always highly recommend this lovely playgroup - it gives your child a
great start in a more social environment and makes the transition into
preschool much easier.
our daughter attended keiki's corner for 2+ years and LOVED it! i never for a
minute had a second thought about the size of the yard and thought everything
about their setup inside and outside was perfect. i loved their schedule, the
healthy snacks, the detailed reports i received about her day, all the
snuggles they gave her, fun activities, etc. and she clearly loved all of
them. in fact, since leaving over 6 years ago she still frequently asks when
she can go back and be a *helper.* dianne, shamilla, and hildy welcome her
back with open arms and genuinely love her and all the kids. we really felt
like this was a second home for her and felt 110% comfortable with her being
feel free to contact me directly if you have any other questions.
Our daughter attended Keiki's for about 18 months before heading to
preschool. We ABSOLUTELY loved Keiki's and recommend it very highly! The
caregivers are warm and loving, and so helpful with toilet training, eating,
sharing... as a parent, I felt so supported. The indoor/outdoor space was
magical for our daughter. The kids found so many places to play both
independently and with each other, and as they get older, are so creative
with their pretend play in the structures and spaces provided. The teachers
at our top-notch preschool have toured Keiki's and praise the program for
preparing children so appropriately and wholistically for further preschool
and school experiences. If you can get a spot, I'd take it without
Happy Keikis Graduate
We have gone to both schools one with each of our children. They are both
very sweet little spots and we enjoyed being with Bari @ Size Small, but have
to say we just absolutely adore Keiki's! Dianne, Hildy & Shamilla are the
sweetest, most loving, calm, experienced wonderful team. They've been
together for many, many years and the stability and experience they offer
just seems remarkable to me. They can handle just about anything, I've never
seen one of them every show anything but calm, loving reassurance -- to
children and parents. My daughter was very shy and clingy to start and she
just loves it there so much. She waves every time we drive by and asks every
morning if it's a school day. She's made good friends, and truly loves her
teachers, it makes me so sad it's only one year. The outside space is lovely
-- beautiful garden, play area with playhouse etc below, sweet lawn, lemon
tree, birds & flowers -- pretty dreamy. On a logistical note, Keiki's is
also very flexible, you can drop early and leave as late @ 5:30 if you need
longer days they are so accommodating on drop ins. I really can't think of a
sweeter place to enter the wider world than Keiki's.
Huh. I'm on my second toddler at Keikis (a very active boy who loves to be
outside) and have never felt that the yard was too small. There are the two
adjoining play areas (grassy area and wood chips with climbing structures,
sandbox etc). There are gardening projects and 'picnics'. The kids are
well-supervised outdoors and in by a very caring, capable, and experienced
staff who have worked as a team for nearly a decade, and who come to know the
children very well. My two boys couldn't be more different in temperament
and both have been very happy at Keikis Corner. And their parents are very
particular Feel free to email me through the moderator if you have
Parent of an outdoor type
Keiki's Corner has been an important part of our lives for more than five
years now. Both of my daughters (now 6 and 3.5 yrs) spent several wonderful
years there. The caregivers (Dianne, Hildy, and Sharmilla) are exceptionally
warm hearted, emotionally generous, and highly experienced. Together, they
run a top-notch toddler program. We drive by Keiki's daily on our way to
kindergarten and pre-school and both girls in unison say ''Hi Keiki's!''. We
miss Keiki's and feel so fortunate to have had these three amazing women in
our lives. We felt the yard was perfect and larger than other daycares we
considered. It has several different areas in which to play (grass lawn
area, play structures, sandbox) and the blossoming flowers and trees make it
a wonderful space to explore and a lovely place for parents to greet their
little ones in the afternoon. Kind regards, Carrie
I can tell you about my experience at Keiki's. My second son is currently
there and my older son went there as well. I can't say enough about the
warm, nurturing environment that my boys have had there. Both of my boys are
extremely busy and energetic and I truly feel that they had more than enough
outdoor space to run and play in. Sharmilla, Hildy, and Dianne have all
worked there together for a long time and they really have an understanding
of these little people. I have had several friends who have sent their
children to Keiki's and have also been very pleased with their experiences.
I'm writing to share the strongest possible recommendation
for Keiki's Corner.
My daughter was in the care of Dianne and her team for the
past 18 months ... half of her life! I truly believe that
she is a more confident and happy child as a result of the
care and attention she received at Keikis.
Keiki's (meaning ''child'' in Hawaiian) is in the lower level
of Dianne's home on Euclid just above Codornices Park. The
setting is idyllic for any 2-year-old... organic gardens
surrounding the children, outdoor space that blends with the
indoor, snuggly couch surrounded by well-loved toys and
costumes, a kitchen and big dining table for meals, group
The caregivers make it so outstanding. Dianne works with 2
long-term Keikis women who are so loving... filled with
songs and rhymes, gentle guidance about socializing and
emotions, and plenty of hugs and books and giggles. Not to
mention the welcome parenting support!
Great communication in-person, by phone and email.
Competitive rates, with hours til 1:30 plus after-care.
Keikis takes children as young as 18 months, who exit before
a ''3-year-old'' preschool. Getting a personal referral helps
your chances, and they maintain a strong community of
like-minded families. A sweet transition from home to
preschool. It's been magical!
Re: Nanny v. daycare/preschool for young toddler
So, our family worked with both a nanny and had our 2 year olds in Keiki's due
to unpredictable work hours...so my two cents. We loved both! We started
with a nanny, but prior to both children's 2nd year birthday, they seemed like
they might benefit from the social interaction of a small group situation. We
visited Keiki's and had heard wonderful things about it from a few friends -
it felt so right. Indeed, it was a fabulous experience. So hard to leave and
move-on to preschool. The 3 care providers are incredibly nurturing, loving -
just amazing people. The small setting was ideal and really appreciated the
fact that it was a two year old program, so children are quite similar in
developmental stages. When the time for preschool did roll around, I believe
the children's transitions were that much more comfortable due to their 2 yo
Naptime is darling. The children sleep on the sofa or a mat/sleeping bag on
the carpet and are constantly watched. At Keiki's believe naptime began
around the time the majority of the children would leave (1:30p), so the room
was quiet, but if a child would need to nap in the morning or earlier than
1:30p, there was a small, comfortable back room they could use. Think most of
the children become so engaged that they don't nap in the morning, but I may
be forgetting something.
Sounds like your child will be about 2 in April. One issue may be getting a
place at a small family daycare in the Spring rather than the summer/fall,
though do know it happens :-) Also useful to consider (though I'm stating the
obvious): 1) Cost - daycare is typically a bit more affordable 2) Hours
needed - if you have a set job, look closely at the hours of availability of
the daycare. For example, some may close earlier on a Friday, etc. Typically
a nanny offers more flexibility. That being said, if the hours work for you,
certainly wouldn't pass up the opportunity to have your child in a small
family daycare that you feel good about. We feel so fortunate to have had our
children at Keiki's for two consecutive years and wouldn't change a thing in
Pleased Former Keiki's Mom
I've heard about a great daycare for toddlers called
Keiki's Place and would like more information. There
is one brief listing about it on the website, but no
location or contact information. Does anyone know of
this preschool? Any comments/recommendations? Thanks!
Keiki's Corner is a family based daycare run in the home of Diane
Ruyffelaere, her number is (510) 525-1919. We're new to the program with
our second son and have been very happy with the care he gets. It is
mostly 2 year olds from what I've seen and our son is one of the bigger
kids at 2ys, 8 mths.
Keiki's corner is a wonderful place. My daughter went
there when she was 2,5 but they take children from the
age of 18 months. Dianne Rufayler, the director, is a
wonderful person. My daughter loved it there so much,
I had a hard time taking her home at 1.30 pm almost
every day. Her assistant Heidi whom we loved too (and
babysat for us regularly) just left but apparently her
successor is wonderful too and Heidi still comes back
for science projects. My daughters love for art and
nature comes from her time there. Phone: 525-1619, 1132
Euclid Ave, Berkeley.
Keiki's Place ("Keiki" means "child" in Hawaiian) is on Euclid in North
Berkeley and is run by a wonderful woman named Dianne. I sent my daughter
there from age 17 months to age 2 1/2 and absolutely loved it. It's like a
pre-preschool with lots of activities, music, storytime, etc. Dianne and
one other woman (whom I don't know, since she's new) care for up to 12
kids, age 18 months to about 3, at Dianne's house. I completely trust
Dianne and wholeheartedly recommend her for daycare. The phone # is 525-1619.
- Sarah Smith
We are in our fourth year with Dianne at Keiki's Corner
on Euclid (two girls for two years). It is a wonderful place and my children
have grown in special ways there. all i can say is that we will visit often
once our last child has "graduated" and i will shed big tears when i leave
for the last time.
My two-year old son spent the last academic year at Keiki's Corner (on
Euclid just above Cordonices Park), both he and we loved it, without
reservation! It's a licensed day care in a home, 8:30 to 1:30 time frame,
18 mo. to 3 + years. The owner Dianne is wonderful, as was her assistant
(there is a new assistant this year I don't know, but I totally trust
Dianne to find an excellent one). It's cozy, clean, appealing, has a
lovely outside play area, plenty of toys and interesting things for the
kids to do, they did lots of great art projects. We were all ready to go
back this year, but got a last minute acceptance at a full time pre-school
which suited our needs better. The overall feeling was gentle and
nurturing; we had a wonderful experience there, met lots of very nice
people, and I would heartily recommend it. Phone is 525-1619
My son is there, too, and I agree that it is a great place. In addition to
the music and movement mentioned, they have a gardening day (my son
thrilled about the compost and especially the worms) and they do lots of
they have a turtle, salamander and fish, very nice indoor and outdoor play
spaces, sandbox, etc. My son had some problems with separation when
started and Dianne and Heidi were so warm and patient helping him get
that. Now he is always asking to "go to school...see Dianne and Heidi
kids!" And once we saw Dianne at the grocery store and he said to me
that Dianne...I love her a lot!" :) Anyway, I recommend Keiki's Corner
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