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About Us

Nihao Kailin is a bilingual Mandarin-English program for newborns starting at 3 months to 5 years old. The School is a fully licensed home-based facility on Edgewater Drive in Milpitas. With a splendid view, natural sunlight, and the City's family recreation center within walking distance, the facility is a gem in the neighborhood. Our staff is certified in CPR, First Aid, and receives continuous trainings. We develop our curriculum by incorporating age-appropriate play-based activities, personalized child development plans, and weekly healthy food play lessons. Our daily sing-and-groove time enhances child's curiosity about music and sounds and develop their body awareness, spatial awareness, and social interaction skills. This is your child's first step to the real world!

Program Highlight

Community

Play School students are part of the bigger i‑Immersion network where families are connected with local organizations that share our mission to connect the world through language learning and cultural exchange.

Creativity

Music and the arts are incorporated in daily activities to enhance children’s natural abilities.  Our daily music time physically develops children’s left-brain to make it easier to processing new language on the young minds.

Life Skills

Life skills are valuable lessons children will use throughout their lifetime.  At Play School, students learn how to handle real-world situations in areas such as decision making, health and hygiene, time management, cleaning and getting ready.

Technology

Technologies in our classroom are used to enhance curriculum and experiences for children.  Nothing replaces real-life experiences with real people, so a well-planned, guided lesson and age-appropriate timing help children handle technology in a responsible way at a young age.

Recognition & Affiliations

Childcare education is a serious business and we’re honored to have earned trust from the local communities to continue this rewarding work.  We are also a proud winner of the SmartKidz award by the Childcare Coordinating Council for maintaining model childcare facility.

Physical Fitness

Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life.  Daily fitness activities at the Play School build strong bones and muscles and help children maintain a healthy weight at a young age.  Balance, coordination, strength, and flexibility are also part of the development milestones.

Social-Emotional Development

Young children experience, express, and perceive emotions before they fully understand them.  Play School’s nurturing environment and familiar group of peers and teachers help children become competent in negotiating increasingly complex social interactions, to participate effectively in relationships and group activities, and to reap the benefits of social support crucial to healthy human development and functioning.

Nutrition

Play School designs an eating plan that consists of healthy ingredients, such as lean meats, poultry, eggs, whole grains, whole wheat and cereals, fresh fruits, and a variety of vegetables.  A weekly lesson that introduces a healthy food item allows children to play and taste it.  This will make it much easier for parents to add new ingredients to their daily meals.

Class Description

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Ladybug Group

(3-24mo.)

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Butterfly Group

(25-36mo.)

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Owl Group

(3.1-5yrs.)

Our Infant class is designed for children 3 to 12 months old. A low child-to-caregiver ratio ensures that each child receives personalized care throughout the day with a schedule that works best for him/her. The Infant Room is designed to reflect a warm environment that encourages infant development. Children can explore sensory materials, play with books, blocks and other manipulative toys. They are also encouraged to discover their environment through walking, crawling, and pulling-up. Each morning, the Infant Class will enjoy music-and-groove time with the Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Our Butterfly Class is designed for children 13 months to 3 years old. Children in this class will continue to develop their social/emotional, language/communication, cognitive, and physical development. Our individualized learning plan targets learning opportunities for each child. These objectives can be as simple as ``learning how to play in a group`` to a more advanced one such as ``turning a door handle``. Daily lessons surrounding life skills promote responsibilities and maturity at a young age. We want to build in each child the self-esteem and confidence that allows him/her to grow at his/her own pace.

Our Owl Class is designed for children 3.1 years to entering Kindergarten. Through a wide range of activities, children gain confidence as they become active learners that are adaptive to a collaborative group experience. This is a critical period for language acquisition and a great time for bilingual environment. Graduates from the owl class will be equipped with the following 9 essential readiness skills to be successful in Kindergarten- shapes and colors, cutting, writing, letter recognition, number recognition and counting, sounding out letters, reading readiness, following directions and paying attention, and social skills.

Our Curriculum

Special Topic Lessons

Encourage children’s creativity through developmentally-appropriate art experiences.

Process-focused Art Experiences 

  • There are no step-by-step instructions
  • There is no sample for children to follow
  • There is no right or wrong way to explore and create
  • The art is focused on the experience and on exploration of techniques, tools, and materials
  • The art is unique and original
  • The experience is relaxing or calming
  • The art is entirely the children’s own
  • The art experience is a child’s choice
  • Ideas are not readily available online

What Children Might Say…

  • “Look what I made!”
  • “I’m going to do another!”
  • “Can I have more time?”

Children will learn about the role music plays in their everyday lives and become comfortable with different forms of musical expression.

Topics at a Glance

  • Explore vocal sounds
  • Poems and short songs
  • Appropriate movements
  • Creative play
  • Basic Musical Elements

Big Ideas for Preschoolers

  • Perform expressively
  • Respond to rhythmic patterns and elements of music using expressive movement
  • Improvise movement and sound responses to music

Our Science lessons are driven by questions children ask everyday.

Nature Activities

  • Make a nature collage
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt
  • Explore textures they find in their backyard

Weather Activities

  • Make outdoor wind chimes
  • Paint puffy clouds
  • Go on a hunt to find real rainbows

Human Body Activities

  • Make a body book
  • Wash your doll
  • Sing a body song

Science Experiment Activities

  • Make your own lava lamps
  • Gather up some of your favorite toys to see them float or sink
  • Do a fizzy magic with baking soda and vinegar

Fitness activities are designed to help children get off to a strong start in their awareness of physical health.

Fitness Reading Circle

Below are some age-appropriate books to guide conversations about the benefits of regular exercise on a level children will understand.

  • “The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids!” by Edward Miller
  • “The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness” by Lizzy Rockwell
  • “Spriggles Motivational Books For Children: Activity & Exercise” by Jeff and Martha Gottlieb
  •  “Being Active” by Mari C. Schuh

Playing Restaurant

Children love to pretend-play their imaginary restaurant and we guide their experience towards making healthy food choices.

  • Create a mock menu offering a variety of food choices, from healthy to unhealthy.
  • Set up a counter, a kitchen, pretend food and a dining room
  • Take turns playing customer, cashier, cook and waiter

Fitness Put into Music

  • “Physical Ed” by The Learning Station
  • “Wiggle Wiggle And Other Exercises” by Bobby Susser
  • “Preschool Aerobic Fun” by Kimbo

We teach children how to prepare well-balanced meal on their own using organic ingredients.

“A” is for Apple- the Alphabet Food Game

Children are presented with foods or images that begin with each letter.

Color the “Food” Rainbow

We introduce, explore and reinforce healthy food choices by listing items that are different colors to learn how colorful fresh foods can be

Hand Washing Preparation

Enforce the importance of hand washing as an essential part of kitchen safety and hygiene.

Hand Washing Preparation

Enforce the importance of hand washing as an essential part of kitchen safety and hygiene.

Make My Own Snacks

Our no-cook recipes are great hands-on activities for children and classrooms without access to heat.  Children learn to make their own snacks in a fun way.

Nutritious Home-Made Meal

Daily Routine

7:30am School Opens

9:00am Circle Time

9:30am Story Time

10:00am Nutritious Snack

10:30am Outdoor Play

11:45am Nutritious Lunch

12:45pm Nap & Quiet Time

3:15pm Snack Time

3:45pm Special Topic

4:30pm Outdoor Play

6:00pm School Closes

Special Topic:

Monday- Art ; Tuesday- Music ; Wednesday- Science Discovery ; Thursday: Fitness ; Friday- Cooking

School Holidays

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King Day

President's Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Veteran's Day

Thanksgiving Break (Thu & Fri)

**Winter Break

**Our school is closed the last 2 weeks of December.

Admission Process

We warmly welcome new families on a rolling admissions basis.

Schedule Site Visit

Get a walk-through of the facility and information about our school’s practices and philosophy.

Register Your Child

Complete an application packet to be considered for admission.  A deposit must be received at the time of registration. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Submit Documents

Once enrollment is confirmed by our office, you will need to return all documents prior to your child’s first day of school. We are regulated by California Community Care Licensing and regulations state that children cannot be fully confirmed, nor are they permitted to attend until the completed package has been received and processed.

Why Parents Rave About Us!

There are many options when it comes to choosing a childcare provider for your children. Our Play School program is a collection of in-home childcare schools that provide personalized care for a smaller number of children in a home-like setting.

Low Child-to-Staff Ratio

The class size is small, ranging from 2 to 6 children per group. Compare that to a daycare setting where sizes may be larger, our Play School is a preferred option among families with children younger than 3 years-old.

Low Child Turover

Whereas children may come and go at commercial daycare, we tend to keep the same children from birth until they are ready for school. This allows our staff to create a loving bond with the child and participate in all the early stages of the child’s growth.

Children Feel Right at Home!

We understand that daycare facilities can sometimes appear to look too institutional for young children, that’s why we design age-appropriate routine and limit the number of children they watch in any particular age group to provide a better balance of care.

We Raise Your Child as a Team!

Parents get to know the staff personally and develop strong relationships to successfully raise a child. Issues such as food choices, potty training, behaviors, socialization, and early education can be resolved through this mutually beneficial partnership.

Schedule a site visit to see what we’re all about!