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Kika's House Family Daycare (Berkeley, CA)
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Kika's House, run by Akiva Anders (Kika to her kids) has been an incredible place for our kids and the friends that we have referred there. Two of our kids have been lucky enough to be a part of the Kika's House community (one from the time he was 3 months old!). Akiva (a childcare professional for over 10 years) truly understands how to meet the needs and leverage the strengths of all types of kids, but especially those under age 4.
Our two boys have thrived under her care because of her immense love for our kids but also because of her ability to create spaces and activities that allow kids to learn and grow, play in nature, eat healthy food, use their bodies, and become part of a community outside their family.
Check with Akiva on her open hours and days and if she has a spot that works for you, you might be one of the lucky ones too!
Kika's House is the garden of Eden for little ones! They are nurtured with love and care by Kika as they explore in well-designed open indoor spaces and outdoor gardens complete with chickens. Kika also designs a regular schedule which includes weekly music and movement classes and trips to Spiral Gardens and the Farmer's Market. Did I mention the lunches? Kika prepares a hot and nutritious lunch for her charges every day. ] Another bonus: Kika is a wonderful photographer and sends photos often of the children in their play. My daughter couldn't have been happier at Kika's. We feel lucky to be part of Kika's house. Dorothy
My family just ended a two-year love affair with Kika's House Family Daycare. It's
off to preschool for our daughter and she will thrive there because of the
outstanding learning environment and amazing care she received from Akiva
Anders. Kika's House is a nurturing home-based daycare where all children are
loved, respected, and truly cared for physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
The 6 children experience art, play time, park visits, music, reading, and healthy
food daily. Each week there are a number of enrichment classes and excursions
including music, movement, community garden, and the farmers market. Kika's
vegetable garden and chickens are a regular delight. We couldn't have been
happier! And our daughter felt safe and loved and inspired daily and also learned
important social and emotional development skills. We love Kika!
If you are looking for a small home daycare, I encourage you to check out Kika's House. Kika's is a magical place where your child will be loved and embraced fully, s/he will grow emotionally and socially, and his/her creativity and spirit will be nourished. The kids spend a lot of time in the beautiful outdoor space and at the nearby park. They have weekly music, movement, and visits to the farmer's market and Spiral Gardens. She serves healthy vegetarian snacks and hot lunch every day and has a great nap room where kids can actually sleep. I can't say enough about Kika's House but please feel free to be in touch with me if com you want to hear more. Kika was like a co-parent for the 2 years my son was in her care and I am so grateful that she is part of our lives. He just went back to visit during his preschool vacation and it was like coming home. Deb
I would like to shout from the rooftops about how incredible Akiva Anders and her home-based daycare, Kika's House, is. We started out daughter there when she was 1 1/2 and from day one she has been happy. Why we love Akiva and Kika's House: I have never walked in and seen a child looking aimless or lost, each kid is always either engaged or being attended to. Akiva is a like a very calm, endlessly energetic octopus with arms for each child. There are interesting things to do everywhere you look including a child centered organic garden with vegetables and strawberries. She takes the kids on outings in the neighborhood in their big wagon to the park, movement class and the farmer's market - they go somewhere almost every day. Most of all, Akiva genuinely loves the kids which goes a long way in easing the transition for both parents and baby. I am happy to keep going on and on so feel free to call me if you have more questions. Kathy
Akiva Anders runs Kika's House Daycare on Julia Street in South Berkeley. She was the third provider that we found for our daughter Violet; the first two paled in comparison. She runs an in home program with daily trips to the park, movement class, music class, gardening, trips to the local community garden and farmer's markets, and for big fun: the zoo!
She is present, thoughtful, kind, responsible, engaged, and a natural with kids! We trust her fully. We have experienced that feeling of 'I wonder if my child is safe/happy', but never with Akiva, not once.
She was our answer, and will be again when we re-enroll this fall.
Feel free to email me with any questions you might have. Max
With our two kids we’ve tried both Kika’s House & a lovely
nanny-share. Kika was better. I met Akiva at the park when I was
pregnant with my 2nd & I did what I thought I’d never do: I put
my unborn child on her waiting list. Here are just a few of the
reasons we love Akiva:
- Akiva called me at lunch on the first day, just to let me know everything was fine. No need to pretend I wasn’t worried.
- Akiva supports us in our choices with cloth diapers/special foods/etc. If we bring it, she uses it.
- When our daughter struggled to express herself, Akiva jumped in & learned some sign language w/ her.
- The field trips (including weekly farmer’s market visits. Yum!)
- The delicious nutritious food. I wish I ate as well as the kids do!
If you’re lucky enough to snap up an opening, you won’t regret it. She’s got a great setup that’s well suited for the babies & the “big kids” alike. She’s able to meet each kid where they are & provide them with the messy play, pre-reading skills, & conflict resolution skills that every kid should be so lucky to have. Contact: Sofia
I want to recommend ''Kika's House'' as an excellent family
daycare. Both our kids went there from age 3 months and 1
year respectively and had the most wonderful time. Akiva
Anders, the principal caretaker, is a naturally caring and
giving person I fully and completely trust with our kids.
The other caretakers at Kika's House that help out every so
often are completely up to par, trustworthy and caring. The
kids get to do outdoor activities every day, have regular
music and movement classes, go to the park, the zoo, the
farmers' market and more. There's not much more I can say; I
just cannot see how daycare can be any better than this.
Akiva can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am happy to speak to you in person if you have questions
about my experience.
We Love Kika's House! Kika's house is a great small family daycare that my son attended for a 1.5 years before preschool. By his choice he just spent a month there this summer at age 4. Akiva Anders is very loving and full of energy! She serves warm organic lunches daily. she has a great yard and play area with gardens, play structure and lots of vehicles and toys. The kids have weekly movement classes, trips to the Berkeley Farmers Market, library as well as daily trips to the park. My son loved it from the 1st day!
Every few months Kika has a sleep over for her current and past kids, a great way to stay in touch! She truly loves all her kids! I can't say enough wonderful things about kikas house. thanks! Pamela
Kikas House is a fabulous small family daycare which I would happily recommend to anyone looking for high-quality care for a 0-3 year old in Berkeley. My older son has been with Akiva for 2 years (since he was 13 months), and my younger son has been with her since he was ~3 months old. Akiva, known as Kika to the kids, is an incredibly loving, kind, creative, and patient caregiver. She provides a wonderfully stimulating environment that has both consistency and variety. The children spend time outside every day and have weekly music and movement classes. Reading, art, imaginative play, and socialization are naturally weaved into the day. Akiva does a great job of teaching the children how to use their words to resolve conflict. She is extremely skilled at meeting the children where they are and helping them to move to the next level. She communicates effectively and easily with parents, is very open to suggestions, and is very reliable. Id be happy to answer any questions, and I encourage you to contact Akiva. Alexis S.
Contact: Akiva Anders, 510 332 9885
Akiva is Simply the Best
Our nanny, Akiva, has decided to open her own daycare, which is our loss but
can be your gain. Akiva is not only a loving, responsible, reliable nanny, she
is also a kind, creative, fabulous person. Akiva has a fantastic rapport with
children and is extremely responsive to the needs of the child and the family.
With Akiva, your children will be creatively stimulated and encouraged to
express themselves in the arts and in play. Akiva has given me peace of mind
as a full-time working mom. None could be better than Akiva. If you have
any questions please feel free to e-mail me.
Contact: Akiva Anders, 510.332.9885
My wonderful nanny, Akiva Anders, is starting her own daycare, and if you are looking for a small family daycare for your child, you absolutely can't do better. Akiva grew up here in the East Bay and has always loved children -- and you'll see right away that they love her. She's bright, responsible, unbelievably caring. Not only does she offer a delightful environment for children, but she also works well with parents, which is essential. She's always open to talking about your child's development, and she loves to share stories about your child's day. The children call her ''Kika'' with affection, and they adore her. I always say that she's gifted -- her way with children is truly a rare talent. If you'd like to know more, please email me anytime, or call Akiva herself at (510) 332-9885.
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