Goleta Valley Nursery School

Location: 550 Cambridge Drive
Goleta, CA 93117
Phone: 805-964-5514
Email: gvnsdirector@gmail.com
Website: www.goletavalleynurseryschool.com
Program Director: Michele Tappeiner

Ages served: 2.5 years through 5 years
Enrollment capacity: 35 daily
Hours of operation: M-F: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., extended care T-Th: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Type: Private, Non-profit, Licensed, Suburban


Philosophy Statement

Children learn through play. We believe strongly that through the play process a child forms all the universal stages of development: social, physical, emotional, cognitive, creative and language. Goleta Valley Nursery school strives to offer a program that connects children to the world in which they live. We do this by creating indoor and outdoor experiences that immerse the child in nature through hands-on, play-based activities. What you will find when you walk through our doors is caring and nurturing staff who believe that play is vital to your child’s development. The children in our care are given many opportunities to choose their own activities and to explore their own interests in both our indoor and outdoor classrooms. The teachers play a very important part of designing and creating spaces that engage and invite children to explore and become hands-on learners. We believe authentic, nature-based activities help build healthy, happy children who become confident learners in life. We understand that the preschool years are extremely important in the life of young children and this is one reason we believe that the success of a child’s time at our preschool is influenced both by parent and teacher involvement. At Goleta Valley Nursery School both the Administration staff and the teaching staff are fully dedicated to walking beside the parents as their family embarks on this journey at GVNS. As children leave the love and security of the family circle for the first time, we want them to find that there is a warm, loving school world waiting to welcome them.We hope that your child’s involvement at our preschool will help your child learn to love life and relish new experiences. Most of all, we hope that your child will develop a love and understanding for nature and for the world in which they live in.

What you will find when you walk through our doors is caring and nurturing staff who believe that play is vital to your child’s development.

Special Center | Site Features

  • Indoor/Outdoor flow
  • Play-based learning
  • Heart centered teaching
  • Low child/teacher ratios
  • Large outdoor space
  • Child-centered teaching

 Additional Information

Goleta Valley Nursery is a heart centered, nature inspired preschool that strives to bridge the gap between the parent/child and their school community. We work very hard to create a space that feels like an extension to their family circle. I believe that we have created a place where families feel nurtured and taken care of and in turn this helps cultivate a community of harmony. We encourage children to explore and engage in authentic play. We believe that our approach of learning through play helps children prepare for the next phase of education.

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