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Keiki's Corner (Berkeley, CA)
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I want to add a resoundingly enthusiastic recommendation to the ones for Keiki's Corner. We've had two boys there of opposite temperaments (most recently last year) and both thrived. Others have mentioned the many great things about Keikis and I heartily agree with them but I want to emphasize two of my favorite things there: wise, experienced, loving staff who have both my kids wanting to keep in touch with their former caregivers, and the terrific indoor-outdoor flow of the place which makes it very easy to enjoy both spaces. There are many more things I could say and I'm happy to answer any questions about our experiences there. Contact: Bizbea
If you are looking for nursery school options for your 2 year old next fall, you should look no future than Keiki's Corner. Keiki's is a longtime well-established toddler school in the North Berkeley Hills. The program is designed for 2 year olds, with most graduates heading off to preschool after their year at Keiki's. My daughter has been a ''Keiki'' this year and has absolutely loved it. This was her first exposure to being in a school-like setting, and I have been delighted to see her language skills and confidence grow exponentially. She is excited to go to school each day and loves telling me about her activities and showing off her art projects each afternoon. Dianne, Hildy and Shamilla, the teachers, are each warm and friendly women and clearly have a passion for early childhood education. Working effortlessly as a team, they have created quite a magical little place for children and I will be sorry when our daughter completes her time there this summer. The program is housed in the lower floor of the home of the director, Dianne Ruyffelaere. There is a large sunny playroom, a kitchen and a smaller playroom. There is also a large outdoor yard with a wonderful mix of toddler-appropriate play structures and vehicles as well as a big lawn. There is a garden area as well where the children grow vegetables. The children have music classes and have the opportunity to do art projects each day. Parents can select a schedule that works for their family, ranging from 2 days to 5 days per week. While some children leave at 1:30, some children stay for aftercare that is open until 5:30. There seems to be a good of ''full time'' and ''part time'' children. If you are at all interested, I would suggest that you contact Dianne and schedule a visit at this gem of a toddler school. Signed: Happy Keiki's parent
I highly recommend Keikies Corner preschool for 2 year olds. It is a small school full of love. There are frequent art projects and weekly music classes. My daughter has thrived there. We started with a few mornings a week but quickly increased our time because my daughter loved it and it was so great for me to take a break. I know they have openings in September. Check out the website. Happy parent
My son is on the shy side and Keikis was our first preschool/daycare setting following part-time nanny care. Keikis' staff are very intentional about building trust and a bond with children as they start. My son started at 2 years and for the first few weeks when I picked him up, I would find him cuddled by Sharmilla. As he warmed up he became more independent but still largely observed other children. When we were looking for a new school as he turned 3, Dianne encouraged us to keep him at Keikis another year to build his confidence and let him experience a leadership role amongst the younger incoming children. This advice was invaluable. He has flourished in his second year. He's interactive, confident and talks about his friends. Dianne, Hildy and Sharmilla's, experience, observations and genuine affection for the children in their care make Keikis what it is; an exceptional place where children are held close and supported as they gather their wings and make ready to fly. Ashley
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! Anon
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 potty space....
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 experience.
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 retrospect. Pleased Former Keiki's Mom
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 is thrilled about the compost and especially the worms) and they do lots of art, they have a turtle, salamander and fish, very nice indoor and outdoor play spaces, sandbox, etc. My son had some problems with separation when we first started and Dianne and Heidi were so warm and patient helping him get through that. Now he is always asking to "go to school...see Dianne and Heidi and kids!" And once we saw Dianne at the grocery store and he said to me "Oh, that Dianne...I love her a lot!" :) Anyway, I recommend Keiki's Corner very highly.
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