Established in 2018, Nest Playgarden is a Waldorf inspired, home-based preschool program for children ages 18 months to 5 years.

Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in west Petaluma, within walking distance to a community garden and an open space park, Nest is a cozy home away from home. With a fully fenced backyard play area and indoor playroom that opens to the home’s kitchen, this program’s strengths are it’s small group size and a warm home environment.

This play-based program emphasizes daily outdoor play & exploration, practical life skills, and creativity. Attention is given to providing a strong daily rhythm, nourishing meals, and individualized, relationship-based care.

There is a maximum of 6 children enrolled for any one day.


Indoor play & Practical Arts
Circle songs & games
Outside Play, Creative Arts, Neighborhood Walk
Lunch & Story time 


Program days and hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:30 am. 
The program runs year round. During the school year, program closures typically align with the Petaluma City Schools calendar.


A nourishing, nutritional morning snack and lunch are are provided. Primarily plant-based, meals are balanced and homemade, including organic whole grains, legumes/lentils, vegetables & fruits, milk/cheese/eggs, and nuts/seeds.

Sample Menu

Monday -  Snack: nuts/seeds, raisins, apple slices  / Lunch: “Rice Day” - brown rice with scrambled eggs, carrots, peas, & green beans, dried seaweed, pineapple

Tuesday - Snack: oatmeal, hard boiled egg / Lunch: “Taco Tuesday” homemade corn tortillas with pinto beans, cheese, avocado, mango

Wednesday - Snack: plain yogurt, applesauce, banana / Lunch: “Bread & Butter” - homemade bread or muffins, homemade honey butter, cheese, sweet potato or squash, seasonal fruit

Thursday - Snack: hummus/nut butter, carrot, apple slices / Lunch: “Stone Soup” Vegetable & bean/lentil soup, millet, melon

*Adjustments will occur, depending on the season and individual dietary restrictions.*


Admission is on a rolling basis, as space permits. As a licensed small family daycare home, the program capacity is a maximum of 8 children. An in-person interview with both parent(s) and child(ren) is a required step in the admission process.

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