Designed and built with care, filled with creative elements


Mandarin immersion

3 months – 5 years


2, 3, 5 day options available

Breakfast, 2 snacks, lunch, dinner

Potty-training not required

Our Philosophy

Nihao School is a multilingual program for newborns starting at 3 months to 5 years old.  The school is a family daycare center licensed for up to 14 children.  Ms. Helen (warmly known as “Helen Ayi”, has been managing the school for more than 14 years. Our schools are located in family-friendly neighborhoods in the city of San Mateo – the West Knolls East, Los Prados, and Shoreview. Contact us directly for the address of our schools.

The Nihao School provides a warm, caring and safe atmosphere for children to learn through creative activities and free exploration while learning a second or third language.  Here, every child is provided an opportunity to socialize, create, and build self-confidence as they mater new skills.

Our staff is certified in CPR, First Aid, and receives on-the-job 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!

In addition, our open lines of communication between parent and director helps to ensure any concerns you might have will be heard and addressed.  Monthly newsletters, e-mail reminders and our website will keep you informed on current events around the school. Working together and supporting one another helps to ensure your child receives the best immersion experience with us!

Class Description

Ladybug Class


Butterfly Class


Owl Class


Our Infant class is designed for children 3 to 24 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 24 – 36 months. 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 3-5 years old. 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.

a Life Skill Lessons

Age-appropriate skills to help prepare children for each stage of life as they develop from infancy until the day they go to the “big school”.

a Language Immersion

Absorb language in a natural way through daily play and activities led by the teachers. No previous exposure to the language is required to join us!

a Early Academics

Daily lessons in a classroom setting prepare children for school-readiness at an early age. Learning “patience” is an important skill for our children.

a Music Together

As a certified Music Together® School, children are automatically enrolled in our daily classes, where we play songs and lead movements that support overall early childhood development.

a Nutritious Meals

Children enjoy a variety of food 5 times per day to keep them hydrated, healthy, and happy to explore new things. A nut-free menu is shared monthly with our family.

a Parent-Teacher Conference

Twice per year, we meet with each family to share developmental milestones and discuss learning opportunities. Yes, we do it even for the infant families!

Daily Routine

7:30am School Opens

10:00am Music & Groove

10:30am Outdoor Play / Guided Mission

11:45am Nutritious Lunch

12:45pm Nap & Quiet Time

3:15pm Outdoor Play & Guided Mission

4:00pm Nutritious Snack

4:30pm Choice Play

6:30pm School Closes

Our schedule is very flexible and is adjusted according to the children’s needs and interest.  The number one goal is learning and not feeling rushed.

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 Turnover

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.

Contact us to see what we’re all about!