The Friends Playschool
Creative Play, Guided Learning
The Friends Play School offers a joyous day of play and learning for “Little Friends” who are three-years-old by September.
West Chester Friends School’s youngest students explore enriched art-, literature- and play‐based experiences rooted in the Quaker values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship (SPICES).
As they develop friendships and become a part of their school community, young children learn to problem solve and develop strategies for understanding their world.
Creative play and guided learning support their social and emotional growth. Loving, experienced teachers model and encourage children to recognize emotions, express their feelings and needs verbally, and be respectful of friends. Group play is designed to ensure that all children “shine their light.”
Preschoolers enjoy the resources and experiences available on our elementary school campus, including studio art, music, Spanish, gardening and outdoor play, library and story time, “field trips” around campus and special classroom visitors, as well as appropriate assemblies, concerts and other special events.
On weekly trips to the beautiful “treetop” library, students experience the best of American and British children’s literature. The children’s interactions with both text and illustration initiate their journey into a deep love of reading. Children may borrow books from the fine fiction and non‐fiction collections.
At West Chester Friends School, we believe that all children are innately curious and creative! The Play School day is chock full of opportunities for drawing, painting and sculpting in a variety of medium; for age-appropriate science exploration and invention; and for children to learn about both American song heritage and international musical cultures through instruments, dancing and song.