Welcome to Redwood Little School!
In an ever-changing and complex world, we believe balance and simplicity are core fundamentals of raising and educating children. Our goal and passion are to inspire children to develop a love for education that they can use for the rest of their lives. We provide a warm, inviting, and joyful home-like environment.
Our program ensures Russian immersion experiences with 70% of Russian language exposure throughout the day. The language immersion is built upon children's daily exploration to support their language and cognitive development. This is a philosophy that balances developmental and traditional academic principles.
We provide academic, enrichment, and physical education classes. We schedule time outdoor to explore Nature in an expansive park playground where there are endless opportunities for discovery.
We strive to give our children the education they need to build a foundation for a successful life and to do so in a way that excites children to continue learning when they walk out of our doors.
Warm, inviting, and joyful home-like environment
Open year-round with convenient hours from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM
Hot Lunch and Dinner cooked from scratch daily mostly from organic and GMO free ingredients. Raw fruits and veggies for AM and PM snacks
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Closed fewer days per year than most other schools
A philosophy that balances developmental and traditional academic principle
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Academic, Enrichment and Physical education classes
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Low teacher to child ratios: 1:6
Natural open playground with endless opportunities for exploration and discovery
Highly educated teacher: PhD and Bachelor degree level
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Specially reserved and equipped bedroom for nap with individual age appropriate beds
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Our mission is to provide a home-schooling educational experience that develops and nurtures the individual needs of every child in our program. We do this using both Russian and English languages and culture, and by providing dynamic music, nature, and traditional daycare classes.
We joined this home daycare 2 months ago. I brought my 15 months old daughter, and at the beginning I was worried about the adaptation period. I was afraid of terrible separation anxiety issues, etc. But Svitlana made the whole starting period just perfect. My daughter loved this daycare from the very first minutes. There is always so much fun going on. When I drive up to the house, she is ready to jump out of the car seat and runs towards the entrance door. I feel absolutely happy about leaving her there.
Moreover, homemade food was very important in our decision making. Svitlana makes breakfast, lunch and dinner all by herself. It is very important for building right eating habits. And all the meals are so delicious. I envy my daughter :)) I am very observant and if anything went wrong with my girl's behavior (if she was negatively affected by the atmosphere of the daycare), I would have noticed that immediately. After we joined this daycare, I can see only positive changes in her character. She became well organized, eager to help, very responsive and social with other kids.
Svitlana does amazing job working with kids' development. She has a lot of awesome ideas for developmental games, that are aimed to enhance speech, overall understanding, and communication capabilities. Svitlana takes the kids to the playground twice a day. They spend a lot of time outdoors, which is very important for their growth and health. Kids get physically strong and active. And the result is good appetite and sleep.
Svitlana provides you information about menu and activities on daily basis (what they eat, how long the kid napped, how many times did #2 :) etc. So that you have a very good understanding of your kid's state when you pick him/her up in the evening.
Moreover , Svitlana takes a lot of photos and video and sends them to you. Great memories. I find it very touching and nice of Svitlana.
At this daycare I found even more than I could have ever expected from a childcare provider. Great home made food, discipline, a lot of fun, developmental games and activities, russian speaking (very important for keeping the culture and making kids bilingual).
Local american day cares do not provide as good and focused care as Svitlana's day care does. Here you get a lot of nice "extras" which you don't get in regular day care centers.
I definitely recommend this day care to those parents who truly care about their baby's well being, culture, education and health. We could not have found a better place to meet all our high demands and expectations.
We love our daycare, Redwood Little School, because they are so passionate and structured about childhood development. Instead of only 2 teachers for 12 children in this home-like daycare (as required), they utilize 3 teachers to provide better care and an individualized approach to each child.
As parents, they truly partner with us in support of our 3-year-old daughter's growth and learning. She has regular music lessons, arts and crafts instruction, language learning, and group projects that motivate her to interact with other children. Since we have a multi-cultural marriage (my wife is originally from Russia) I am very excited that this daycare teaches both English and Russian language. My daughter is now bi-lingual.
Even though we recently moved away from Irvine, we continue going here for the reasons I mentioned. The commute is well worth it because we find that everything about this daycare is very convenient for us. They're ready and open at 8 a.m., and are usually returning from a nearby gorgeous park by 6pm. The location also works well for us--located right off the 405 on Michelson between Culver and University. They accommodate their schedule to our needs when necessary--such as when my daughter has swim class, or if something unexpected has arisen to complicate the day.
But in general, they're strong on consistency and routine. They stick to a weekly schedule inside the daycare, and provide feedback and guidance to ensure a child's healthy routine outside the daycare as well. For nap time, kids sleep in a dedicated bedroom on personal toddler beds with individual sheets just like as they do at home. For meal times, daycare prepares home-cooked, balanced meals which have helped out daughter with some digestive issues she experienced when bringing her own lunch to another daycare.
I always look forward to our daycare's posts on its private Facebook group. There's no better feeling than my taking a moment to look back on how much joy my daughter experienced during the day. Through photos and videos, we are able to see what activities they did. And our daughter frequently brings home the results of her arts and crafts lessons. Thank you, Little Red Hill Daycare, for being so awesome. "Awesome", by the way, is now our daughter's favorite word. AWESOME!
Dear Parent, Svetlana Sidelnikova has been our 2-year old daughter’s care provider for the past seven months. We would like to highly recommend Svetlana as an outstanding teacher and child care provider to any parent.
Svetlana has years of experience in dealing with small children and impressive academic credentials in child speech therapy. From day one, our daughter felt happy and excited to attend to Svetlana’s little school, and we as parents have felt comfortable and satisfied with the quality care provided.
After having attended several other highly ranked day cares in the past, we can now compare and conclude that our expectations with Svetlana have been exceeded. Individual attention that our daughter gets, home-made food, fun and safe environment, abundance of toys and gym equipment, age specific and child developmental activities, daily video updates are just a few that stand out above anything we saw in other places.
With her knowledge and experience, she has lots of valuable parental tips to share, provide feedback on various developmental aspects (speech, social, behavioral) and a good advice how to work on them. We could not have done a better job educating and raising our daughter without Svetlana’s involvement.
Overall, we are very happy to have found Svetlana and strongly recommend her as a child care provider. If you would like to discuss anything directly with us, we would be happy to do so. Sincerely, Diana and Chiril Cernisenco
I have 3 kids and two of them enjoy spending time in this amazing Russian daycare. My boy 3.5 years old has been there almost 2 years and my little girl started 3 months ago. I was impressed from the first time when I met Svitlana how perfectly she deals with little kids. She cares about everything but the huge point is her balanced and healthy food!!! Also, she has a separate room where kids sleep without any distractions like they do at home. Every day she has something new to take children's attention and it is always interesting and educational. She has a great park in her neighborhood and kids do not just run around, she plays with them all the time. Svitlana is so dedicated to what she is doing and being with Svitlana 2 years, I can definitely say she really loves kids and kids love her :) My boy and a girl are always happy with Svitlana. There is no better place than Red Wood Little school with Svitlana. She is the best!!!