Preschool of the Arts places a strong emphasis on creating an aesthetically pleasing environment inspired by nature that can optimize the learning experience of each child. We believe a well-planned environment and an intentional placement of our structures, objects and activities encourages interactions, communication, and relationships.
Amenities include beautiful state of the art classrooms, a spacious outdoor playground, an inspiring natural play space, our Garden of the Arts, indoor Children’s Marketplace, fully equipped indoor and outdoor art studios, a large social hall, and a commercial kosher kitchen.
Our modern classrooms are specifically designed to meet the needs of young children. Each classroom is beautifully furnished with a modern, soft, and natural aesthetic that embodies the Reggio approach. Each classroom is developed around the following educationally stimulating centers:
For our youngest learners, the classroom is modeled after a home with real furniture and warm tones to mimic a loving home setting.
Our Outdoor Classroom is an enchanting and magical outdoor space where children balance on wood beams, rest in a shady arbor, make music on wind chimes, and play in a messy mud kitchen. The nature discovery playscape is composed of many micro-environments that are meant to engage children in multi-sensory learning. The all-natural materials are open-ended invitations to play, inspiring children to fully interact with the outdoors.
Our state-of-the-art outdoor playground is equipped with carefully chosen equipment that promotes children’s gross motor development and interactive play. From swings to a climbing wall, a balancing bridge to toddler safe areas, there is something for everyone. The highlight of our playground is a custom built “roadway” where children can ride trikes, bikes, and scooters (with helmets!) ‘round and ‘round the busy lanes. The playground is covered by two large sunshades. The sunshades not only enhance the aesthetics of our outdoor playground but allow our children to spend even more time outside while being protected from the harsh rays of the sun.
Garden of the Arts
Our professionally landscaped Garden of the Arts offers a comprehensive, natural outdoor space that lets children play an active role in planting our vegetable and sensory garden. POTA’s botany expert works to make outdoor exploration time an extended sensory and learning process through integrative art and science projects as children observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn.
POTA’s one-of-a-kind Children’s Marketplace is an engaging dramatic play center where children practice a multitude of skills in a true-to-life setting. The fully conceptualized play market is a shared space on campus where the children enjoy the shopping experience while building important school readiness skills. The cutting-edge educational learning center allows children to explore and practice a multitude of concepts and skills in a safe, real life setting.
Studio of the Arts
Our art studio is where children are introduced to the pleasures of art. The beautiful and fully equipped art studio offers children a wide variety of natural materials and high-end art tools. With tons of natural light, our children are encouraged to use our professional art materials to get creative in this space curated to spark curiosity and exploration. Our dedicated art instructors guides children as they explore different mediums and discover different artists and artistic styles.
Our commercial kosher kitchen is run by POTA’s in-house chef who creates a delicious and nutritious kosher meal program for our students. All students are offered morning and afternoon snacks, with a hot lunch option. Children also have the opportunity to explore the kitchen in POTA’s culinary exploration program. In Little Chefs, children learn basic cooking skills, healthy eating habits and advance their math skills when measuring the ingredients. Children prepare different dishes, building their self-confidence in their ability to create.
The “big blue blocks” are a part of our innovative Imagination Playground equipment system that encourages learning, social development, movement, and above all, fun. The specially designed blocks allow children to build a new world every day. They make new dramatic scenarios, settings, and games to play. Because Imagination Playground is child-directed and open-ended, it encourages self-expression through deep, joyful play.
Located in the heart of Naples, Preschool of the Arts is nestled in the Coquina Sands neighborhood. Our building is conveniently located just one block west of the south end of the Coastland Center Mall. We are approximately one mile east of the beautiful Naples beach!