The Early Years School has been accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs since 1989. Its goal is to present an anti-bias/pro-diversity, hands on curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and fun for young children, built on their interests and inclusive of their community. Many of the specific lessons come from NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) guidelines and incorporate theories of Reggio Emilia.
- 1. Promote positive relationships for all children and adults.
- 2. Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development-
cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social.
- 3. Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.
- 4. Provide ongoing assessments of child progress.
- 5. Promote the nutrition and health of children and staff.
- 6. Employ and support qualified teaching staff.
- 7. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with families.
- 8. Establish and maintain relationships with, and use resources of, the community.
- 9. Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
- 10. Implement strong program management policies that result in high-quality service.
For more information about the Standards and NAEYC Accreditation visit www.rightchoicesforkids.org.
At The Early Years School, children enjoy a loving environment that fosters positive feelings of self-worth and respect. Social, physical, intellectual development, and a sense of independence are gained through opportunities to make decisions and problem solve. While limits are clear, a great deal of emphasis is placed on role modeling, thus teaching, tools for conflict resolution. The ability to have a friend, be a friend, and manage in the group setting is highly valued, as is a stimulating environment which provides opportunities for children to interact with each other and learn more about themselves.
This philosophy is implemented through indoor and outdoor activities, active and quiet play. Different materials are experimented with, encouraging self-exploration and discovery. Art, woodworking, cooking, science, dramatic play, story time, music, and movement are all important. Friendships and cooperative play are stressed through the sharing of ideas, books, and toys that generate concern for others. All articles of violence are unacceptable at school; we believe in teaching peace.
Weekly staff meetings and attendance at local and national conferences are part of our commitment to professional growth. Specialists in child development are regularly consulted and often visit school, helping staff assess individual needs and developing program goals.
Director: Lisa Taub has been a part of The Early Years School community since its founding—she is the daughter of co-founder Tama Taub, served as one of its first teachers, and went on to teach in most of groups, where she got to know the range of developmental needs of the children. She later became an Early Years School parent when her daughter attended. She has a BA in child development, a MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and completed two post graduate training programs—a fellowship in Child and Family Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and a two year training program in Infant and Family Mental Health. Her professional career spans more than 30 years and is focused on supporting families with young children.
Co-Founders: Joy Siegel and Tama Taub founded The Early Years School in September 1982 in Santa Monica. They moved the school to its present location on Montana Avenue in September 1984. Tama and Joy retired in 2016 after serving as co-owners and co-directors for 34 years.
- Are highly qualified and experienced early childhood educators who regularly participate in on-going education
- Are comfortable in setting limits and skilled in teaching conflict resolution
- Are warm, nurturing, understanding, and have a sense of humor
- Appreciate each child’s uniqueness
- Are committed to working as members of a teaching team, often mentoring others in the field
- Staff turnover is low – student teacher ratio is a maximum of 1-8, supplemented by an additional teacher for small group work
- All staff maintain certification in CPR and First Aid