Upper West Side Playgroup is a Manhattan-based program offering education programs for children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years of age. The program operates from 8am until 6pm, Monday through Friday and was originally founded to be a balance between preschool and daycare. For children under 24 months, the staff:child ratio is 2:1, while over 24 months, it is is 4:1.
Upper West Side Playgroup focuses on the whole child. This means that the educational programs and daily activities are designed to stimulate all areas of a child’s development. This includes both indoor and outdoor play designed to help with the development of gross motor skills as well as arts and crafts projects designed to stimulate creativity and hone fine motor skills. There are also daily outdoor trips as well as weekly field trips to help children explore the world around them.
A preschool day at Upper West Side Playgroup includes stories, music with singing and dancing, literacy skills, rest time and exercise.
One prime focus of the Upper West Side Playgroup is to teach children to explore their world and through that develop a lifelong love of learning. To achieve this, children are taken on daily trips to local parks, weather permitting. Weekly field trips are more involved. Trips include visits to the Natural History Museum, The Bronx Zoo, Botanical Gardens and the Manhattan Children’s Museum. Parents are encouraged to volunteer to help supervise the children on these trips.
For more information or to schedule a visit, visit the website of Upper West Side Playgroup.