Del Mar Hills Nursery School is licensed for 60 children. It admits children from 2 1/2 years, through the age of six. A child may not be six on the first of September, but may turn six during the school year. A child needs to be toilet learned before beginning school. While recognizing that accidents do happen, we do not have a diaper changing area for children still wearing diapers.
To gain admission for a child, parents need to visit the school, observe, and have a tour with the Director or Assistant Director. The purpose of the tour is to acquaint the parent with the philosophy of the school, and give them a chance to see if the school is a good “fit” for their family. Del Mar Hills Nursery School suggests that parents visit more than one school so that they can make an informed decision for their child.
Once a parent has decided to send his/her child to Del Mar Hills Nursery School, an enrollment form is completed, and an enrollment fee, tuition deposit and rest roll fee is paid.
In the event the schedule a parent desires for his/her child is filled, the child’s name may be placed on a “wish list” if they decide to first enroll with an available schedule. If the administration is able, we will move the child to the preferred schedule once an opening becomes available in the order the wish list was made. Otherwise, the family may be put on a “wait list” and the administration will go to that list if all requests have been made to the wish list first. In order to be fair to all applicants, the list is first-come, first-served. Spaces are filled according to the hours of the opening, and the age group that has an opening.
In addition to other forms required by Community Care Licensing, upon enrollment, parents fill out a Parent’s Report on their child’s health, and a Physician’s Report. The physician’s Report gives the child’s medical history and immunization history.
Once a family is enrolled at Del Mar Hills Nursery School, the schedule they choose is consistent for the contracted year. The school offers a re-enrollment process in January where parents are able to choose a new schedule for the upcoming school year, beginning July or August. Current families and siblings re-enroll the beginning of January. Past families are able to enroll mid-January and new families who have already toured the school have the opportunity to enroll at the end of January.
A child needs to be toilet learned before the start of school. If your child needs to wear pull-ups, we consider this not toilet learned. We will however allow children to wear pull-ups only while napping if provided by the parent.
At the beginning of the year, teachers will take the 2 & 3 year olds to the toilet during their 9 a.m. group time and every hour thereafter. Teachers will provide assistance when needed but children should be dressed in non-restrictive clothing to make their toileting more successful.
If your child is not toilet learned by June 1st you will need to notify us. Once notified, you have several options:
If you do not notify us by June 1st, we will assume there isn’t a toilet learning issue and will continue to reserve your child’s enrollment spot. The “On Hold” status will no longer be available after June 1st.
After June 1st, if your child is unable to start at the contracted time due to a delay in toilet learning you have 2 options:
I acknowledge the receipt of Parents’ Rights and Personal Rights, and I understand and accept the above Terms of Enrollment. I have toured the school. I have received and read the Parent Handbook and understand the school’s philosophy and policies.
Parent’s Signature_______________________________________ Date ____________________
Each year at Del Mar Hills Nursery School, comprehensive evaluations are held so that we can effectively meet the changing needs of our students, their parents and our staff.
During these evaluations:
A vital part of our evaluation process is the Parents’ evaluation of our staff and program.
The following are excerpts from the “Comments” section of the Parent Evaluations we received. We thought you might enjoy them as much as we did!
“I cannot say enough good things about this school. I took my son out of another school where several things were mismanaged. Everyone at Del Mar Hills Nursery School goes above and beyond. It is so obvious they put their hearts in their jobs. It is an exceptional school. I feel very fortunate my son is there.”
“I feel the philosophy of this program at DMHNS is very supportive to the development of my child. The staff is welcoming and shows high levels of commitment and professionalism. They are also very sensitive to individual children’s needs. The school provides a consistent schedule and core staff that makes my daughter feel secure. The varied materials and equipment provided makes every day interesting and allow her to explore varied mediums and social roles. It also allows her to learn to work independently as well as cooperatively. Her exploration through child-directed activities as well as teacher guided activities results in a great sense of accomplishment and a joy of learning. I value the structured part of her program (Group-time, pre-kindergarten class and Orff music class) not only for the targeted skills she’s acquiring but also for the associated skills such as listening, following directions and cooperating. I considered a number of preschools in this area and had enrolled my daughter in a summer preschool prior to our move to San Diego. The advantages of this program that I saw prior to enrolling her here were the inclusion of a daily music class, a combination of structured pre-K activities and free-choice time, child directed learning, interesting equipment and materials, and value given to both individual and cooperative (group) play. These have proven to be great assets to the program but what I have come to value most about the school is the respect that the staff shows to the students, the parents (and other family members) and the learning process.”
“I have felt that all the teaching staff has always been very loving & interested in the need of my child.”
“We are very happy with the school. It provides a wonderful environment for our child. Our child loves it as well.”
“We have had two children in the program and we have been thrilled with their experiences. Whenever we have had any concern the staff has been great in listening and addressing them. Both of our children have been happy, content and excited to go to school in this program.”
“I wish every child had the opportunity to experience this program during their preschool years. It’s wonderful! And it will make a positive, lasting influence on their future.”
“I am blessed my son could attend DMHNS! Awesome place to be!”
“The notes the staff writes with observations/injuries are helpful.”
“At Del Mar Hills Nursery School, there is a positive environment that nurtures the children and follows the child’s pace. It is a place where time seems to slow down a bit and the children are treated as cherished individuals, and given every opportunity to grow in their own unique direction, learning along the way.”
“I cannot imagine a better place to put my son. I wish I could find something negative to say to make it even better but it’s just totally impossible to find something. I’m grateful every day to the lady next door who told me that DMHNS was the place for my son. Of course I’m even more thankful to all the working staff who help my son to survive in this new San Diego land.”
“Del Mar Hills Nursery School is a wonderful school.”
“I have had 2 children at DMHNS and am very pleased with the progress of both of my sons. When I first moved to Del Mar I called the local school for a reference for a nursery school and this was the school recommended by Del Mar School district.”
“The evolution over the past year to an even more attractive school, coinciding with implementation of some Reggio Emilia learning ideas, has really enriched my son’s time at Del Mar Hills.”
“I feel the program has the right amount of structured time vs. free choice time. The music every day is a wonderful part of my child’s day. Mrs. Schaub is a great asset to the program with her background.”
“My child really enjoys her time at the school. Being enrolled in this program has really brought out her interest in music.”
“What makes this school so wonderful is the enthusiasm and dedication of the staff members. They are such a diverse and interesting group, and they really do make a difference.”
“I think that the school has a wonderful program and that the children seem so happy. I think the choices available promote their imagination.”
“DMHNS has a very nurturing and enriching program. It has been almost ideal and has fostered tremendous growth in my child.”
“Although communication at the school remains a challenge based on the floating staff, there have been good improvements by using logs in the rooms and sometimes notes. I would still like to have more individual feedback on a weekly basis. Otherwise, we are extremely happy with the school & staff!”
“I am so pleased with the staff & environment at DMHNS. When I come in the morning I (and my son) are always greeted with friendly faces, exciting projects, & a clean environment. I know the program is safe, innovative, & interactive via daily discussions with teachers regarding my child or the info slips sent home. I think the program, curriculum, & philosophy are the best in this area, and I’ve seen a lot! Thanks a lot.”
“The school is a very secure and warm place for the children to play and learn. In addition, parents are very much welcome to be at the school any time of the day. The school staff is very friendly and helpful.”
“We like the school setting and classes. We think the environment brings out our kids best personality. Teachers are always loving and caring.”
A BIG “thank you” to all the families who filled out a program evaluation. This is a valuable tool that we use to look at all aspects of our program. We are taking steps to address the concerns that were brought to our attention.
effective July 1, 2015
|Enrollment Fee (non refundable)||$250|
|Tuition Deposit (applied to last bill)||$200|
Children ages 2.5 yrs. through 2 yrs 11 months. are eligible for ½ day. Longer days are also available.
Eligibility: Must be 4 years old on or before September 1
Eligibility: Must be 5 years old on or before September 1