Riviera PlaySchool preschool and kindergarten

★★★★★
8:30 am to 12:00 pm (early drop off at 8:00 and extended care until 1:00 available)
  • 8 Calle de Arboles

    Redondo Beach, CA 90277

    Map & Directions
  • 310-408-5616

About Riviera PlaySchool preschool and kindergarten

Categories
  • Art Centers
  • Child Care
  • Preschools
  • Recreation Camps
  • Day Camps
Hours
Monday: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Tuesday: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wednesday: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thursday: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Friday: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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After visiting 11 preschools in the South Bay in search of a place we'd be happy sending our daughter, our family decided on Riviera Playschool, and we are grateful every day for that decision.

Riviera Playschool is an incredible world where children feel safe, validated, and respected. I've watched my daughter gain self-esteem, independence, empathetic relationships, and the confidence and ability to work through conflict as well as her own feelings.

The facilitators seem to have unending patience and compassion and truly love what they do. The parent support groups, workshops, friends, and the open invitation to call Linda for advice (which I do often) have helped us in so many ways to build connection with our children and to become better parents.

We are so grateful to have found this community and for the comfort of dropping our daughter off at a place where we know she will be safe, both physically and emotionally.

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★★★★★

After visiting 11 preschools in the South Bay in search of a place we'd be happy sending our daughter, our family decided on Riviera Playschool, and we are grateful every day for that decision.

Riviera Playschool is an incredible world where children feel safe, validated, and respected. I've watched my daughter gain self-esteem, independence, empathetic relationships, and the confidence and ability to work through conflict as well as her own feelings.

The facilitators seem to have unending patience and compassion and truly love what they do. The parent support groups, workshops, friends, and the open invitation to call Linda for advice (which I do often) have helped us in so many ways to build connection with our children and to become better parents.

We are so grateful to have found this community and for the comfort of dropping our daughter off at a place where we know she will be safe, both physically and emotionally.

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What first peaked my interest in playschool was the fact that I could send my active two and a half year old son for just one day a week. I wasn't ready to send him any more than that. Then, after exploring the website I was further interested in the philosophy, specifically how the days are structured around what each child wants to do. I knew nothing about NVC, but I knew I wanted a place where my son would have the freedom to play, interact with other kids and explore the outdoors, without being forced to sit inside, do a craft or 'be quiet'. Playschool for sure fit the bill! :)
My son's days are filled with digging in the dirt, hunting for treasure, dressing up as a fireman, creating things from scrap pieces of cardboard, eating fruit picked right from one of the trees in the garden, taking a nature walk, touching and learning about exotic insects from Tracy the "bug lady', singing, dancing, and most importantly learning how to be a kind, caring person. He is four now and attends twice a week. He never wants to go home when I pick him up and has told me he wants to go to school every day!
We continue to stay at playschool because my son and I are both learning so much. I'm so grateful for the many wonderful new ideas I've been exposed to and the support we have both received through challenging times. Linda (the owner) is very wise. I have benefitted so much from her wisdom and her understanding of preschool aged children. She has been such a source of encouragement and because of the things I have learned from her, I am a better mom. What a gift this place is to us. I am also so thankful for the teachers who have such patience and love for all the kids there, not to mention the creativity and energy to make it such a fun and special place. Not an easy job!
We love Riviera Playschool!

5
★★★★★

What first peaked my interest in playschool was the fact that I could send my active two and a half year old son for just one day a week. I wasn't ready to send him any more than that. Then, after exploring the website I was further interested in the philosophy, specifically how the days are structured around what each child wants to do. I knew nothing about NVC, but I knew I wanted a place where my son would have the freedom to play, interact with other kids and explore the outdoors, without being forced to sit inside, do a craft or 'be quiet'. Playschool for sure fit the bill! :)
My son's days are filled with digging in the dirt, hunting for treasure, dressing up as a fireman, creating things from scrap pieces of cardboard, eating fruit picked right from one of the trees in the garden, taking a nature walk, touching and learning about exotic insects from Tracy the "bug lady', singing, dancing, and most importantly learning how to be a kind, caring person. He is four now and attends twice a week. He never wants to go home when I pick him up and has told me he wants to go to school every day!
We continue to stay at playschool because my son and I are both learning so much. I'm so grateful for the many wonderful new ideas I've been exposed to and the support we have both received through challenging times. Linda (the owner) is very wise. I have benefitted so much from her wisdom and her understanding of preschool aged children. She has been such a source of encouragement and because of the things I have learned from her, I am a better mom. What a gift this place is to us. I am also so thankful for the teachers who have such patience and love for all the kids there, not to mention the creativity and energy to make it such a fun and special place. Not an easy job!
We love Riviera Playschool!

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We have enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of Riviera Playschool. It is truly a joyful place of learning.

Our family immediately felt welcomed into this wonderful community and it made our transition, as a family, to the South Bay much easier knowing that we had this immediate support group available to us.

We were drawn to Riviera Playschool because of our experience with Reggio Emilia preschools and felt that same child led learning approach from all of the teachers at the school. We enjoyed watching the confidence and natural curiosity that our daughter shows us in her approach to everything. It made for some amazing learning and growth experiences for our entire family.

One of our favorite things that we feel is unique to Playschool is its campus. Having an intimate school yard and encouraging the children to be outdoors is great. This environment really encourages the children to learn to play and explore. Something new and exciting hides around every corner in the school yard. They offer a variety of stations for the children to explore but it is a regular surprise to find out what use they have made out of everyday things. There is a strong energy of excitement, imagination, exploration, learning and just good old fashion fun everyday at school.

We also really liked the open door policy that allowed us to freely spend time at school. It is not often that a parent is offered a chance to observe and be involved in their child??s education.

It has been a joy for our entire family to be a part of Riviera Playschool and getting to be a part of our daughter??s progress and development over the past year has been exciting. Thank you for all of the hard work and love put into making everyday a magical experience at Riviera Playschool.

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★★★★★

We have enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of Riviera Playschool. It is truly a joyful place of learning.

Our family immediately felt welcomed into this wonderful community and it made our transition, as a family, to the South Bay much easier knowing that we had this immediate support group available to us.

We were drawn to Riviera Playschool because of our experience with Reggio Emilia preschools and felt that same child led learning approach from all of the teachers at the school. We enjoyed watching the confidence and natural curiosity that our daughter shows us in her approach to everything. It made for some amazing learning and growth experiences for our entire family.

One of our favorite things that we feel is unique to Playschool is its campus. Having an intimate school yard and encouraging the children to be outdoors is great. This environment really encourages the children to learn to play and explore. Something new and exciting hides around every corner in the school yard. They offer a variety of stations for the children to explore but it is a regular surprise to find out what use they have made out of everyday things. There is a strong energy of excitement, imagination, exploration, learning and just good old fashion fun everyday at school.

We also really liked the open door policy that allowed us to freely spend time at school. It is not often that a parent is offered a chance to observe and be involved in their child??s education.

It has been a joy for our entire family to be a part of Riviera Playschool and getting to be a part of our daughter??s progress and development over the past year has been exciting. Thank you for all of the hard work and love put into making everyday a magical experience at Riviera Playschool.

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This is the most amazing school for young children that I have ever had the opportunity to visit. I have been an early childhood educator for 15 years. I have been to many, many schools and daycare facilities. Riviera PlaySchool stands out as the most inspiring, forward-thinking, and child-centered places I have ever experienced. The founder, Linda Shannon, has an incredible vision which is "to create a beautiful and nurturing environment in which people of all sizes can learn, grow, and enjoy." The staff is not just competent but creative, compassionate, and nurturing. My son loves going to school there not only for the amazing hands-on activities and nature walks (on the tree-lined trail behind the school), but because he feels emotionally supported and safe. I cannot say enough about this incredible school!

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★★★★★

This is the most amazing school for young children that I have ever had the opportunity to visit. I have been an early childhood educator for 15 years. I have been to many, many schools and daycare facilities. Riviera PlaySchool stands out as the most inspiring, forward-thinking, and child-centered places I have ever experienced. The founder, Linda Shannon, has an incredible vision which is "to create a beautiful and nurturing environment in which people of all sizes can learn, grow, and enjoy." The staff is not just competent but creative, compassionate, and nurturing. My son loves going to school there not only for the amazing hands-on activities and nature walks (on the tree-lined trail behind the school), but because he feels emotionally supported and safe. I cannot say enough about this incredible school!

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My 2 1/2 yr old Son is a tad on the "active" side.. I was dreading the experience of finding just the right preschool for him. The thought of him being asked to sit still inside a classroom for any length of time or being required to participate in any sort of super structured activity... All I could think was "Good Luck"! I wanted him to just be able to play and learn as he went. I was looking for a place that he wanted to go to, and is excited to be there ... We found just the place, it has music and mud, nature walks and painting.. just about any activity your child can dream up and then some! With amazing teachers that really care and enjoy what they are doing, they have somehow managed to run a business with heart... Thank you Riviera PlaySchool!

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My 2 1/2 yr old Son is a tad on the "active" side.. I was dreading the experience of finding just the right preschool for him. The thought of him being asked to sit still inside a classroom for any length of time or being required to participate in any sort of super structured activity... All I could think was "Good Luck"! I wanted him to just be able to play and learn as he went. I was looking for a place that he wanted to go to, and is excited to be there ... We found just the place, it has music and mud, nature walks and painting.. just about any activity your child can dream up and then some! With amazing teachers that really care and enjoy what they are doing, they have somehow managed to run a business with heart... Thank you Riviera PlaySchool!

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Riviera is just the best place you want your child to be.

Me and my daugther moved to LA a few months ago (to be with her dad) and I reserched the web in advance to find a suitable preschool. Me and Stan live attachement parenting and found in Riviera Playschool just the right school for Emily!

Streight from the start our daughter Emily felt safe and welcomed - the loving, caring and creative environment at Riviera made her feel home. She picked up English within 2 months! (Since English is her second language she wasn't fluent before we came to America).

All the teachers are great - including Linda of course :-) They really care for children, are very loving and patient. I was fascinated by their non-violent communicational skills! I never heard a teacher raise her voice - ever. Regarding that I have had much different experience from other preschools our daughter went to before.

Now we moved back to Germany and we both miss Riviera playschool teachers and kids! It was a very great, special experience for our daughter, me and her dad and we highly recommand this place to anyone who wants more for his child than "the usual"!

Love, Claudia, Stan and Emily

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★★★★★

Riviera is just the best place you want your child to be.

Me and my daugther moved to LA a few months ago (to be with her dad) and I reserched the web in advance to find a suitable preschool. Me and Stan live attachement parenting and found in Riviera Playschool just the right school for Emily!

Streight from the start our daughter Emily felt safe and welcomed - the loving, caring and creative environment at Riviera made her feel home. She picked up English within 2 months! (Since English is her second language she wasn't fluent before we came to America).

All the teachers are great - including Linda of course :-) They really care for children, are very loving and patient. I was fascinated by their non-violent communicational skills! I never heard a teacher raise her voice - ever. Regarding that I have had much different experience from other preschools our daughter went to before.

Now we moved back to Germany and we both miss Riviera playschool teachers and kids! It was a very great, special experience for our daughter, me and her dad and we highly recommand this place to anyone who wants more for his child than "the usual"!

Love, Claudia, Stan and Emily

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Riviera PlaySchool is a totally unique, "paradise for preschoolers!" It was founded & run by a visionary woman, Linda Shannon, who has culled together a curriculum by many different educational philosophies & methodologies, including attachment parenting, Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, Krishnamurti, and the Center for Nonviolent Education & Parenting. Just being a parent in this community has challenged my preconceptions about raising a child, & it has really inspired me to employ new strategies. The school & its staff have been a source of support for which I??m so grateful! My daughter who is 4, has been attending for over a year--and she leaves for school with a sense of excitement every time. When I go to pick her up, she rarely wants to go home! RPS is a place where kids can explore nature, get dirty, make messes, & BE KIDS. They are able to PLAY & grow. They are supported by the teachers when they experience sadness, frustration, or fear--and they are taught that their emotions are valid & also given tools to work through them, as well as how to work through conflict with other children--without anyone being a "victim" or "perpetrator." Every child is regarded as having needs, & they are encouraged to get their needs met in a healthy, empowering way--especially by communicating with others through words, even when that can be difficult. Furthermore, RPS is also aligned with many of the other values that parents are trying to foster in the lives of their families--healthy (especially non-sugary) eating, avoidance of commercialization, and community-building. RPS is truly an amazing place--I feel so lucky to have found it!

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★★★★★

Riviera PlaySchool is a totally unique, "paradise for preschoolers!" It was founded & run by a visionary woman, Linda Shannon, who has culled together a curriculum by many different educational philosophies & methodologies, including attachment parenting, Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, Krishnamurti, and the Center for Nonviolent Education & Parenting. Just being a parent in this community has challenged my preconceptions about raising a child, & it has really inspired me to employ new strategies. The school & its staff have been a source of support for which I??m so grateful! My daughter who is 4, has been attending for over a year--and she leaves for school with a sense of excitement every time. When I go to pick her up, she rarely wants to go home! RPS is a place where kids can explore nature, get dirty, make messes, & BE KIDS. They are able to PLAY & grow. They are supported by the teachers when they experience sadness, frustration, or fear--and they are taught that their emotions are valid & also given tools to work through them, as well as how to work through conflict with other children--without anyone being a "victim" or "perpetrator." Every child is regarded as having needs, & they are encouraged to get their needs met in a healthy, empowering way--especially by communicating with others through words, even when that can be difficult. Furthermore, RPS is also aligned with many of the other values that parents are trying to foster in the lives of their families--healthy (especially non-sugary) eating, avoidance of commercialization, and community-building. RPS is truly an amazing place--I feel so lucky to have found it!

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Terrific school! The teachers (to include Linda :-D) are bright, loving, patient, highly involved- the list goes on! Great outdoor experience with an added bonus of an awesome hiking trail. Tons of hands on education. Terrific environment if you want your child to be met on his or her level and respected as a person with feelings and ideas (who wouldn't?)!

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Terrific school! The teachers (to include Linda :-D) are bright, loving, patient, highly involved- the list goes on! Great outdoor experience with an added bonus of an awesome hiking trail. Tons of hands on education. Terrific environment if you want your child to be met on his or her level and respected as a person with feelings and ideas (who wouldn't?)!

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Playa Riviera PlaySchool is a hidden gem in the South Bay. Nestled on the top of a hillside, in a big, beautiful back yard, the kids are free to explore, discover and create to their heart's content. Fruit trees canopy the various 'stations'...water play, fruit/veggie peeling/chopping, shelling peanuts, science table, art/craft table, veggie garden..etc.. It's a nature based organic experience in and out where the kids follow their curiosity and creativity. And are allowed to be 'pilot' with necessary guidance. The teachers and director Linda are all top notch. Each one of them has varying experiences with childcare/education but their clear and concise communication is what makes it all work. They 'intervene' when necessary and are always listening to each child's need. Amidst the energy and liveliness is always an underlying current of attention, love and respect for the kids. Each child is given the utmost respect and time.
There is a structure to each day. But it never feels 'force fed' to the kids. Especially in a day and age that is so intense with acceleration, competition, materialism etc, Playa Riviera is void of this and truly allows kids to be kids. Playing, discovering, getting muddy, covered in paint...

My 3 year old daughter is thoroughly excited to go to school every time. It is nearly impossible for me to take her home when I come to pick her up. For our family, this can only be a good sign. I highly recommend this school!

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★★★★★

Playa Riviera PlaySchool is a hidden gem in the South Bay. Nestled on the top of a hillside, in a big, beautiful back yard, the kids are free to explore, discover and create to their heart's content. Fruit trees canopy the various 'stations'...water play, fruit/veggie peeling/chopping, shelling peanuts, science table, art/craft table, veggie garden..etc.. It's a nature based organic experience in and out where the kids follow their curiosity and creativity. And are allowed to be 'pilot' with necessary guidance. The teachers and director Linda are all top notch. Each one of them has varying experiences with childcare/education but their clear and concise communication is what makes it all work. They 'intervene' when necessary and are always listening to each child's need. Amidst the energy and liveliness is always an underlying current of attention, love and respect for the kids. Each child is given the utmost respect and time.
There is a structure to each day. But it never feels 'force fed' to the kids. Especially in a day and age that is so intense with acceleration, competition, materialism etc, Playa Riviera is void of this and truly allows kids to be kids. Playing, discovering, getting muddy, covered in paint...

My 3 year old daughter is thoroughly excited to go to school every time. It is nearly impossible for me to take her home when I come to pick her up. For our family, this can only be a good sign. I highly recommend this school!

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We just moved to LA at the beginning of this year and I felt my son should get amongst kids asap so he could make new friends quickly and feel settled in. I had found Riviera Playschool online and loved the idea of having an organic garden, hiking trail, lots of outdoor play. I actually didn't know anything about NVC teaching but I knew we needed someplace where he would feel very secure - moving can be a little traumatic for kids(not to mention adults). My son felt immediately at home. In fact the first day we went to meet Linda and see Playschool, he wanted to stay the day!! Well that was the decider.
I had thought he liked the two daycare schools he had attended in the past but he often acted angry with me when I came to pick him up. However from the first day he started at Riviera Playschool he would grab me by the hand and show me his wonderful little world in the Playschool yard - where they have music, the painting, the 'cooking', explaining about the vegetable garden, all the different types of trees - apple(which he loves climbing), banana, cherry, the new orange tree, and the peas, carrots, strawberries, I can't remember. I think he knows all of them.
The kids here are really heard and shown how important their thoughts are so they are happy and confident, and my son wants me to learn about all the things he is discovering and I just love that.
As for Linda, well she not only listens to the kids but really cares about us parents as well and makes sure we are completely part of the learning process. All the teachers are so aware of how the kids are developing and growing and they love to share little details about the day with you. I feel very connected with the teachers, whereas at other places you feel like you need to drop your child off, disappear and then come back at the end of his day and leave quickly.
I could go on and on. We just came back from a trip to Australia(my home country) and have been a little jetlagged but the day after we arrived back in LA, my son was already asking if he could go to school. Well mum was too tired so he had to wait another couple of days. After being away just over a month and going back to school, he got straight back into it with the same enthusiasm he always has there. So we are very happy. Highly recommend this school.

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We just moved to LA at the beginning of this year and I felt my son should get amongst kids asap so he could make new friends quickly and feel settled in. I had found Riviera Playschool online and loved the idea of having an organic garden, hiking trail, lots of outdoor play. I actually didn't know anything about NVC teaching but I knew we needed someplace where he would feel very secure - moving can be a little traumatic for kids(not to mention adults). My son felt immediately at home. In fact the first day we went to meet Linda and see Playschool, he wanted to stay the day!! Well that was the decider.
I had thought he liked the two daycare schools he had attended in the past but he often acted angry with me when I came to pick him up. However from the first day he started at Riviera Playschool he would grab me by the hand and show me his wonderful little world in the Playschool yard - where they have music, the painting, the 'cooking', explaining about the vegetable garden, all the different types of trees - apple(which he loves climbing), banana, cherry, the new orange tree, and the peas, carrots, strawberries, I can't remember. I think he knows all of them.
The kids here are really heard and shown how important their thoughts are so they are happy and confident, and my son wants me to learn about all the things he is discovering and I just love that.
As for Linda, well she not only listens to the kids but really cares about us parents as well and makes sure we are completely part of the learning process. All the teachers are so aware of how the kids are developing and growing and they love to share little details about the day with you. I feel very connected with the teachers, whereas at other places you feel like you need to drop your child off, disappear and then come back at the end of his day and leave quickly.
I could go on and on. We just came back from a trip to Australia(my home country) and have been a little jetlagged but the day after we arrived back in LA, my son was already asking if he could go to school. Well mum was too tired so he had to wait another couple of days. After being away just over a month and going back to school, he got straight back into it with the same enthusiasm he always has there. So we are very happy. Highly recommend this school.

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I am very pleased and excited to have my kiddos spend some time at Riv PlaySchool. Mainly because of their philosophy and support in building emotionally intelligent children but also because of the messy art, yoga, music and physical activity that they are exposed to. I highly recommend this playschool.

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I am very pleased and excited to have my kiddos spend some time at Riv PlaySchool. Mainly because of their philosophy and support in building emotionally intelligent children but also because of the messy art, yoga, music and physical activity that they are exposed to. I highly recommend this playschool.

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PlaySchool is truly an amazing place - and I don't think there is anything quite like it anywhere else in the southbay. After doing some pretty extensive searching for preschools for my son, I called PlaySchool and was invited to come up for a tour that very morning. From the moment I stepped in the gate, I knew that I had found the perfect fit for my son!!

PlaySchool is not a preschool that stresses academics for kids - so if that's what you are looking for, this isn't the right fit for you. Rather, it is an environment that encourages kids to just be kids. They are surrounded by every kid's dream: space to play outside, DIRT and MUD!!, creative toys, tons of daily craft projects, quiet space to just hang out, a couple turtles, and even their very own kid's garden. The children are encouraged to play with whatever they want, whenever they want. They are given the freedom to chose activities that interest them, and given the opportunity to be a creative as they want.

But what really sets PlaySchool apart is the amazing staff. Linda, the owner/director, has really created a unique and wonderful space. You can tell she truly loves being surrounded by all the energy of the children & always has time to stop to talk or give advice. The main teacher, Tasha, has been nothing but wonderful with all the kids - she is patient & kind, yet firm when she needs to be. The other teachers, Andrea, Dawn and Heather, are all equally wonderful as well. All of the teachers take the time to actually get to know each child & spend so much time helping the kids learn to communicate, problem solve and grow & mature into great little people.

We were so very happy with our time at PlaySchool and would recommend it without hesitation!

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★★★★★

PlaySchool is truly an amazing place - and I don't think there is anything quite like it anywhere else in the southbay. After doing some pretty extensive searching for preschools for my son, I called PlaySchool and was invited to come up for a tour that very morning. From the moment I stepped in the gate, I knew that I had found the perfect fit for my son!!

PlaySchool is not a preschool that stresses academics for kids - so if that's what you are looking for, this isn't the right fit for you. Rather, it is an environment that encourages kids to just be kids. They are surrounded by every kid's dream: space to play outside, DIRT and MUD!!, creative toys, tons of daily craft projects, quiet space to just hang out, a couple turtles, and even their very own kid's garden. The children are encouraged to play with whatever they want, whenever they want. They are given the freedom to chose activities that interest them, and given the opportunity to be a creative as they want.

But what really sets PlaySchool apart is the amazing staff. Linda, the owner/director, has really created a unique and wonderful space. You can tell she truly loves being surrounded by all the energy of the children & always has time to stop to talk or give advice. The main teacher, Tasha, has been nothing but wonderful with all the kids - she is patient & kind, yet firm when she needs to be. The other teachers, Andrea, Dawn and Heather, are all equally wonderful as well. All of the teachers take the time to actually get to know each child & spend so much time helping the kids learn to communicate, problem solve and grow & mature into great little people.

We were so very happy with our time at PlaySchool and would recommend it without hesitation!

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Riviera Playschool has changed all our lives. Our 4 year old son started at another preschool at 2 1/2 and went there for a year. During that time he never seemed excited about school and each day was a struggle to get him there. After a year of trying to make it work we decided to make a change. We are so fortunate to have found Playschool. In the 4 months since we started our son has been transformed. He wakes up in the morning and asks if it is a Playschool day. We arrive at the gate and he is off like a shot, ready to explore, examine and play. The learn through play atmosphere allows children the freedom to create on their own terms. The mostly outdoor environment is so unique. The kids plant/harvest fruits and vegetables, core apples from the fruit trees and take daily nature walks. The teachers are nurturing and respectful of each child's needs and they truly listen. Linda Shannon, the owner/director, has created an intimate, harmonious oasis where children are encouraged to investigate the world around them. My family has learned so much about conflict resolution and compassionate communication from Linda. Lastly, we are so delighted and inspired to be part of such a supportive community of parents and teachers.

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Riviera Playschool has changed all our lives. Our 4 year old son started at another preschool at 2 1/2 and went there for a year. During that time he never seemed excited about school and each day was a struggle to get him there. After a year of trying to make it work we decided to make a change. We are so fortunate to have found Playschool. In the 4 months since we started our son has been transformed. He wakes up in the morning and asks if it is a Playschool day. We arrive at the gate and he is off like a shot, ready to explore, examine and play. The learn through play atmosphere allows children the freedom to create on their own terms. The mostly outdoor environment is so unique. The kids plant/harvest fruits and vegetables, core apples from the fruit trees and take daily nature walks. The teachers are nurturing and respectful of each child's needs and they truly listen. Linda Shannon, the owner/director, has created an intimate, harmonious oasis where children are encouraged to investigate the world around them. My family has learned so much about conflict resolution and compassionate communication from Linda. Lastly, we are so delighted and inspired to be part of such a supportive community of parents and teachers.

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Riviera Playschool is truly a fantastic place for your little one. The teachers are well-trained, the environment is very supportive, and there is nature all around (they even go on hikes!) My son has thrived in their care and I would strongly recommend it.

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Riviera Playschool is truly a fantastic place for your little one. The teachers are well-trained, the environment is very supportive, and there is nature all around (they even go on hikes!) My son has thrived in their care and I would strongly recommend it.

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Riviera Playschool has been the best experience for our daughter and family.

We sent our daughter to a different school that claimed to be developmental hoping to help her with her social skills. The school did the exact opposite, she became angry and stopped communicating with us and others. After one week of attending Riviera Playschool I GOT MY DAUGHTER BACK, and myself too.

The amount of knowledge and resources that Riviera Playschool has is unsurpassed. If I have any issues at home I know that they will be able to help point me to the right book or will have a positive way to help me handle it. They also have classes that you can attend and they communicate different events that are happening in the area.

Every day I am amazed at the amount of time that you can tell went into providing a great balance of activities for your child. The fact that they allow your child to pick and choose what they want to do each day is wonderful. They also allow the program to be child lead. If my daughter came to school excited about something they will help her explore her idea.

I love the fact that I can see all of my daughter's daily activities ALL over her. One day she went to school with a purple dress on and wanted to paint it green (my favorite color) and they let it happen, I love that.

The night before school days my daughter makes up songs about school and tells me all the the things she wants to do and who she wants to play with, etc. The first thing she does in the morning is run to her closet to get ready (when does that ever happen) I love seeing the pure joy in her face, the sparkle that she had lost is back.

I cannot say enough about Riviera Playschool...I just wish I found it sooner!

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★★★★★

Riviera Playschool has been the best experience for our daughter and family.

We sent our daughter to a different school that claimed to be developmental hoping to help her with her social skills. The school did the exact opposite, she became angry and stopped communicating with us and others. After one week of attending Riviera Playschool I GOT MY DAUGHTER BACK, and myself too.

The amount of knowledge and resources that Riviera Playschool has is unsurpassed. If I have any issues at home I know that they will be able to help point me to the right book or will have a positive way to help me handle it. They also have classes that you can attend and they communicate different events that are happening in the area.

Every day I am amazed at the amount of time that you can tell went into providing a great balance of activities for your child. The fact that they allow your child to pick and choose what they want to do each day is wonderful. They also allow the program to be child lead. If my daughter came to school excited about something they will help her explore her idea.

I love the fact that I can see all of my daughter's daily activities ALL over her. One day she went to school with a purple dress on and wanted to paint it green (my favorite color) and they let it happen, I love that.

The night before school days my daughter makes up songs about school and tells me all the the things she wants to do and who she wants to play with, etc. The first thing she does in the morning is run to her closet to get ready (when does that ever happen) I love seeing the pure joy in her face, the sparkle that she had lost is back.

I cannot say enough about Riviera Playschool...I just wish I found it sooner!

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It??s only been a month, and our daughter has been loving going to school and playing with her friends. We love this place of love, nurturing and whole LOT of FUN just for her!

So Yes! Big happy smiles are on all of our faces as our daughter comes home in her well soiled clothes full of dirt, sand, paint and food stains. She shares with me all about her day at school, good or bad. She let??s me know how she cooperatively played with her school mates, how a problem came up and how she resolved the conflict with a friend. She tells me about the apple she cored, the food she churned up for the turtle, and any art projects she had made that day (she loves cutting feathers!).

We couldn??t have been happier when we found Linda's little haven she calls Play School. Her friendliness, nurturing, kind and compassionate nature shines through every minute you spend time talking to her and watching how special she is with the children attending her school. There is no better place than this school for my children, and I believe yours.

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It??s only been a month, and our daughter has been loving going to school and playing with her friends. We love this place of love, nurturing and whole LOT of FUN just for her!

So Yes! Big happy smiles are on all of our faces as our daughter comes home in her well soiled clothes full of dirt, sand, paint and food stains. She shares with me all about her day at school, good or bad. She let??s me know how she cooperatively played with her school mates, how a problem came up and how she resolved the conflict with a friend. She tells me about the apple she cored, the food she churned up for the turtle, and any art projects she had made that day (she loves cutting feathers!).

We couldn??t have been happier when we found Linda's little haven she calls Play School. Her friendliness, nurturing, kind and compassionate nature shines through every minute you spend time talking to her and watching how special she is with the children attending her school. There is no better place than this school for my children, and I believe yours.

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Riviera Playschool is a wonderful environment for kids to learn and enjoy their childhood years. Linda runs a fantastic program that really puts the child first and allows them the freedom to explore and learn.

It is set in a wonderful natural environment with fantastic access to the outdoors - a really important feature for us. Linda and her team really helped helped me in the area of transitioning my daughter to being comfortable and happy away from home, they achieved this in such a loving manner that she now can't wait to go playschool.

The teachers are all of a fantastic calibre and my daughter adores them - and you just can not do better than the wonderful teacher/pupil ratio of 1:4. The difference over other places is easy to see.

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Riviera Playschool is a wonderful environment for kids to learn and enjoy their childhood years. Linda runs a fantastic program that really puts the child first and allows them the freedom to explore and learn.

It is set in a wonderful natural environment with fantastic access to the outdoors - a really important feature for us. Linda and her team really helped helped me in the area of transitioning my daughter to being comfortable and happy away from home, they achieved this in such a loving manner that she now can't wait to go playschool.

The teachers are all of a fantastic calibre and my daughter adores them - and you just can not do better than the wonderful teacher/pupil ratio of 1:4. The difference over other places is easy to see.

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Riviera Play School is a great place if you want to children to be loved and cared for like family. If I had to go back to work this is the only place I would leave my children. Linda and her teachers are peaceful, respectful and compassionate. The children are provided an environment where they can have lots of fun and freedom with clear boundaries and are still listened to and heard. If you are looking for NVC, this your place. - Ruth - mother of two

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★★★★★

Riviera Play School is a great place if you want to children to be loved and cared for like family. If I had to go back to work this is the only place I would leave my children. Linda and her teachers are peaceful, respectful and compassionate. The children are provided an environment where they can have lots of fun and freedom with clear boundaries and are still listened to and heard. If you are looking for NVC, this your place. - Ruth - mother of two

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17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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Riviera play school is exactly what I was looking for.
They have good environment and many attractive toys. Linda(owner/director) always thinks something creative and give many play ideas to the kids. Kids can think by themselves and play in liberal mind. They can draw a big picture on the paper of the white wall, hike backyard, etc. My two-year-old daughter loves kids yoga class (optional, free). Linda also give parents soem advice about parenting.
We love riviera play school and we are lucky to meet Linda and find this place.

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Riviera play school is exactly what I was looking for.
They have good environment and many attractive toys. Linda(owner/director) always thinks something creative and give many play ideas to the kids. Kids can think by themselves and play in liberal mind. They can draw a big picture on the paper of the white wall, hike backyard, etc. My two-year-old daughter loves kids yoga class (optional, free). Linda also give parents soem advice about parenting.
We love riviera play school and we are lucky to meet Linda and find this place.

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You really have to see and experience this environment to appreciate it. It offers young children a place to experience the outdoors, explore their feelings as they learn to get along with others, and to essentially get lost in their creativity...a place where they can get fully immersed in play! Both of my children attended Riviera Playschool and absolutely loved it. It was also a valuable experience for me as a parent because I gleaned many useful parenting tips from Linda Shannon (owner/director). Riviera Playschool is a place for you and your children if you are excited to see them up to their elbows in goopy, sticky, sandy, grainy, painty, slimy substances!

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You really have to see and experience this environment to appreciate it. It offers young children a place to experience the outdoors, explore their feelings as they learn to get along with others, and to essentially get lost in their creativity...a place where they can get fully immersed in play! Both of my children attended Riviera Playschool and absolutely loved it. It was also a valuable experience for me as a parent because I gleaned many useful parenting tips from Linda Shannon (owner/director). Riviera Playschool is a place for you and your children if you are excited to see them up to their elbows in goopy, sticky, sandy, grainy, painty, slimy substances!

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My husband and I were on the hunt for a preschool for my 2 year old son. One where he felt comfortable saying good-bye, where he had fun and felt cared for. We searched and searched and found nothing that fit.

Until my sister found Riviera Playschool online. We walked into Linda's yard and immediately knew that this was the place. It was charming, warm, and oozed of creative energy. The kids were all busy at play, focusing on their own individual tasks and seemed as happy as could be.

We hit it off with the owner / director Linda Shannon right off the bat. She was friendly, relaxed, and confident, esspecially in the area of separation anxiety which was a concern with my son.

We've been attending Riviera for a couple of months now and my son talks about Linda's house and all his friends there. I pick him up and he is happy, messy, and bright-eyed from his experience, which makes me very happy for him.

I've seen a big change in my son's play time away from playschool. He is more content to entertain himself, his imagination has blossomed and he is very focused when exploring new things, esspecially all things in nature.

Linda is always willing to listen to your concerns as a parent and quick to offer some interesting insight. She has a library of books supporting her philosophy on child development / parenting and will always have just the right book to offer when you need it.

Not only is my son learning and growning from the experience at Riviera, I, as a parent am learning and growning, too. To my husband and I, Riviera Playschool was a natural choice.

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★★★★★

My husband and I were on the hunt for a preschool for my 2 year old son. One where he felt comfortable saying good-bye, where he had fun and felt cared for. We searched and searched and found nothing that fit.

Until my sister found Riviera Playschool online. We walked into Linda's yard and immediately knew that this was the place. It was charming, warm, and oozed of creative energy. The kids were all busy at play, focusing on their own individual tasks and seemed as happy as could be.

We hit it off with the owner / director Linda Shannon right off the bat. She was friendly, relaxed, and confident, esspecially in the area of separation anxiety which was a concern with my son.

We've been attending Riviera for a couple of months now and my son talks about Linda's house and all his friends there. I pick him up and he is happy, messy, and bright-eyed from his experience, which makes me very happy for him.

I've seen a big change in my son's play time away from playschool. He is more content to entertain himself, his imagination has blossomed and he is very focused when exploring new things, esspecially all things in nature.

Linda is always willing to listen to your concerns as a parent and quick to offer some interesting insight. She has a library of books supporting her philosophy on child development / parenting and will always have just the right book to offer when you need it.

Not only is my son learning and growning from the experience at Riviera, I, as a parent am learning and growning, too. To my husband and I, Riviera Playschool was a natural choice.

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I love the atmosphere of fun, creativity and love that Linda and her staff provide at Riveria PlaySchool. My daughter adores Cinnamon, the box turtle, and taking hikes while collecting treasures. I feel confident that her feelings will be considered and her needs attended too and that I will be informed about what her day looked like. I highly recommend Riviera PlaySchool for anyone interested in care for their children where they will be considered as valuable human beings with important things to do and say.

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I love the atmosphere of fun, creativity and love that Linda and her staff provide at Riveria PlaySchool. My daughter adores Cinnamon, the box turtle, and taking hikes while collecting treasures. I feel confident that her feelings will be considered and her needs attended too and that I will be informed about what her day looked like. I highly recommend Riviera PlaySchool for anyone interested in care for their children where they will be considered as valuable human beings with important things to do and say.

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This is a great place for kids to go and feel comfortable and have a great time in nature. Our 4 year old has been attending for over 2 years and he has grown into a very happy, self-assured, fullfilled, and able little guy. Riviera PlaySchool is one of the few places in the south bay where children are immersed in nature, and learn by doing.

We were looking for something more than what mainstream preschools offered, and my husband and I both feel we found it at Riveria Playschool. We love the way they help the children solve their own disputes. We know our son will be strong enough to speak his truth, and yet empathetic at the same time when he enters the next level of this education, wherever that is. He will be able to stand on his own feet. We feel really lucky to have this place!

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This is a great place for kids to go and feel comfortable and have a great time in nature. Our 4 year old has been attending for over 2 years and he has grown into a very happy, self-assured, fullfilled, and able little guy. Riviera PlaySchool is one of the few places in the south bay where children are immersed in nature, and learn by doing.

We were looking for something more than what mainstream preschools offered, and my husband and I both feel we found it at Riveria Playschool. We love the way they help the children solve their own disputes. We know our son will be strong enough to speak his truth, and yet empathetic at the same time when he enters the next level of this education, wherever that is. He will be able to stand on his own feet. We feel really lucky to have this place!

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Riviera PlaySchool in Redondo Beach, CA

TEACHING FROM BALANCE

A Mindful program for the 'Whole Child,' inspired by the best of Attachment Parenting, Reggio Emilia, Bev Bos, Montessori, Waldorf and Non-Violent Communication.



Riviera PlaySchool offers incredibly engaging, nature-ful, experiential "hands-on" learning. Set in a clean, loving, organic environment, with hiking trail, large lush yard with fruit trees, children's vegetable garden, insect hatching and study, hands-on science and math plans, and dedicated school house/ studio. One of the best Redondo Beach preschools, Riviera PlaySchool is a small, private, "kid-centric" "play-school" program with exceptionally empowering and compassionate teachers, where people of all sizes can learn, grow, be, and enjoy. Ages 2.5 years to 1st grade, with a great Toddler program to help younger children transition smoothly into the preschool program. (License #197414775) Riviera PlaySchool is very special...it's the only one like it in the south bay. Come visit us today!

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Hiking, art and science projects, children's yoga, hiking, farming, nature lessons, various hands-on projects that change often to offer a great variety of opportunities for experiential learning.

 

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