Penny Pumpernickel Pants is an award winning educational outdoor playcare offering half-day preschool programs as well as drop-in care. We offer play-based learning for children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. Keep reading to learn more.
OPHELIA DE SERRES
Teacher Ophelia a.k.a Miss. Penny
Ophelia is a second generation childcare provider, spending her formative years in her mum’s home daycare in her native Toronto. Her philosophy is informed by her experience as a homeschooling mother, children’s advocate and artist.
A Reiki Master, Ophelia's approach to learning invites slowing down, simplifying & being more present in play.
Ophelia has served as an ESL teacher, nanny and home daycare provider for a combined 20 years. Her approach to child safety is influenced by her background as an assaulted women and children’s counselor advocate. She founded the nonprofit organization (Wo)Men Speak Out in 2007 with her husband Chris, which seeks to increase dialogue in our communities and schools on abuse and safety. She previously served as a volunteer with the Seattle Police Department, working with victims of domestic violence. Ophelia co-created and runs Northwest Community Chatter, an online community building platform in North Seattle.
CHRISTOPHER DE SERRES
Chris is an advocate for victims of domestic violence and child abuse. He seeks to educate our communities about abuse and helps implement preventative measures to protect our most vulnerable populations. He is an occasional ‘pennypants professional’ and is a self-professed instigator of fun. He believes strongly that all children should jump often and works diligently to assist the kids in the proper way of pretending to be a pirate and/or knight of the round table. It takes practice. He loves to read children’s books aloud. He learned to eat his vegetables at a very young age, but he never quite outgrew juice boxes. Chris is a long-time Climb Leader with the Seattle Mountaineers and is currently working towards his Masters degree in Couples & Family Therapy.
Learning IS fun!
Our curriculum is rooted in a play-based approach. Young children learn most effectively through play. Our activities challenge children to use all 5 of their senses. An apple needs to be touched, sliced open, examined, and eaten. We need to explore where that apple comes from by creating crafts of apple trees and orchards. We want to know what season produces apples and why. Stimulating a child’s mind to be curious and inquisitive is our priority. Whether it be music, painting, sensory exercises, or group projects, we want to fully engage our children in a way that is meaningful to them. We are inspired in many ways by the Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf approaches.
However, our approach is uniquely our own.
PENNY PUMPERNICKEL PANTS PLAYCARE MISSION
Our belief is that early childhood is the most crucial period of development. We aim to provide a safe, creative, and encouraging environment that will feed their ever-evolving passions. Our outdoor space is one in which creative self-expression, kindness & collaboration are encouraged and emphasized. We believe healthy play allows children their own discoveries, joy and mutual respect. It is with great love that we look forward to playing a role in evolving their unique spirit in this amazing period of life. Get in touch to learn more about us.
Registered & drop-in care options for children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old.
Penny Pumpernickel Pants Playcare offers year round enrollment, based on availability.
4 HOUR SESSIONS
Drop-in care dates can be reserved up to two weeks in advance and are based on availability. Pre-payment is required to reserve your spot. This option works best for people who do not need consistent dates and/or would like additional dates to add for appointments, emergency care etc. Registered families can add additional drop-in dates as needed.
We also offer quarterly date night drop-in events where Littles can enjoy 4-hours of fun and caregivers can enjoy some alone time. Details are posted on our public Facebook and private Instagram pages.
1-4 DAYS PER WEEK OPTIONS
Penny Pumpernickel Pants Playcare is open year-round and enrolls on an ongoing basis. Children are accepted monthly as space becomes available. Parents and children are welcome to visit by appointment. First visits are typically scheduled after preschool hours to ensure we have an opportunity to connect and discuss your families’ interests and how they align with the program we offer. Please email in advance to schedule a visit with your little one.
Please take a moment to review our frequently asked questions.
What age does my child have to be to attend drop-in playcare?
Children ages 2.5-5 years old are the perfect playmates for playcare.
2.5 years old is our minimum age requirement.
My child is still in diapers. Is that okay for drop-in?
Children should be in the potty learning stage when attending care. If your little one is still in diapers, we ask that you bring a supply with you to playcare. Children must be accident free for a full week before underwear is worn to class.
What is the cost of drop-in care?
Playcare is $10.50/hr, including snack.
$42.00 per session (Cash or check)
Do I need to bring food with my child?
You provide a lunch and water bottle for your child each day. I provide a snack.
My child is allergic to animals. Do you have any?
A: Yes, we have a dog and 2 guinea pigs on-site.
I see that you have drop-in care for 4-hours at a time. Can I book less time?
Children must stay for 4 hours of care to take advantage drop-in option. This ensures that pumpernickel play schedules are uninterrupted. Email for additional information.
Are there forms that I need to complete before attending?
Yes. Once we book a walk-thru date for you to visit with your child, we’ll send you the appropriate forms. Bring these with you on your first day of care.
My child reserved drop-in care but is now sick. We gave less than 24 hours notice. Do I get a refund?
Unfortunately, reservations with less than 24 hours notice do not receive a refund as your spot was held specifically for your child. Alternatively, cancellations with more than 24 hours notice will receive a care credit in the amount paid valid for 30 days from payment.
Do you stay outside for 4 hours?
Yes! Rain or shine, our classroom is outdoors. There's a quote "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing" and we agree. Layers and trusty all-weather gear make play easy & fun. See below.
My child hasn't attended an outdoor preschool before. Do you have a gear list?
Yes! Littles need to come prepared for varying weather conditions. We have a list for parents as well as a 25% discount code for Oaki available to our registered and drop-in families. Just let us know!
HOURS OF OPERATION
Join the Fun!
Monday & Tuesday 9am - 1pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 10am - 2pm