A Spanish-Immersion Nursery for Children in San Francisco
Here at Banana Fana Nursery we believe that every child deserves to be nurtured, respected, appreciated and loved. We are more than just a child care, here your curious little one can explore their five senses that will help stimulate and develop their growth. We provide a “home away from home” to make your child feel safe and secure. We also believe that a child learns to trust when needs are met quickly. Therefore, it’s a safe place to learn and explore.
Social-emotional skills give infants and toddlers the self-esteem and self-confidence they need to continue building loving and supportive relationships. We are able to embrace this through playtime.
Young children pick up language quickly. Here they will pick Spanish. Our teachers speak, read, and sing in Spanish. Music is a huge part of our program and the children will be exposed to different rhythms and beats from Latin American countries.
We are currently are enrolling for Fall. Ask us about our enrollment tuition special!Join the Banana Fana community in four easy steps:
1. Explore our website
We’ve provided information about our philosophies and offerings to help you decide if our program may be right for your family.
2. Tour the school
Come see what makes Banana Fana unique. Please schedule a tour by filling out the “Schedule Tour” form.
3. Submit an Enrollment Application
If you would like to enroll, please submit an application at www.wonderschool.com/bananafananursery/apply Please note that we require tours for all prospective families. Do not submit an application if you have not toured.
After reviewing your application, we’ll send an enrollment invitation. Upon accepting your invitation, you’ll pay your deposit (usually equal to one month’s tuition), fill out enrollment documents and review our Parent Handbook.
Banana Fana Nursery is a sister school to Banana Fana Preschool. When your child graduates from the nursery they will have priority enrollment to our Spanish Immersion Preschool program (where Maestra Gloria is) which is only one block away.
Banana Fana Nursery is located in a home in the Park Merced complex. Park Merced was built in the early 1940’s. The community is very family friendly. The best part of our location is the natural life we hear, see, smell and touch! The colors of a butterfly will capture a child’s eye and if we are lucky, we will see hummingbirds on our patio. Hearing the crickets chirp will have your curious child search for it. We are steps away from a new gated playground that we will utilize on a daily basis.
At Banana Fana Nursery, we offer a home like environment with an educational twist. Children will have their gross motor play area where young ones can use their upper and lower body strength. The toy section has been thoughtfully laid out for children from 6 months - 3 years old. Our reading corner is full of Spanish books along with a cozy chair where we expect our students to engage with literature.
Banana Fana is an in-home nursery—“home” is at the essence.
Use of Spanish in the classroom/ Uso del Español en el aula
Research shows that young children are uniquely suited to learning a second language and there are many developmental benefits that arise from learning language at a young age. Gloria has designed her curriculum at Banana Fana Nursery to be fully Spanish Immersion. For children who have not been exposed to Spanish, Adriana will create a plan that your family is comfortable with. Both Gloria and Adriana are passionate about Latin Culture and music. At Banana Fana, children are exposed to the Spanish language through “musica” and sing and dance while hearing great Spanish nursery rhymes.
Our goal is to create a program that is like a second family for your children. We hope to build close relationships with you, the parents. While we ask that parents do not stay past drop-off each day as that can disrupt transitions, we do welcome parent volunteers in the classroom! Parents have the option to volunteer one day in the classroom every 2 months. Please let Gloria and Adriana know if you are interested in helping, we’d love your support!
Adriana is a San Francisco Native who was born and raised in the Mission District. Adriana has a passion to teach, care and love young children. She believes that every child is unique in their own way and learn and their own pace. Adriana has two daughters one who enjoys playing the violin in her school orchestra and her youngest is in kindergarten who is fascinated with space and she plans to visit one day. She has over 10 years experience in child care from ages 0-13+. Adriana has a fascination with owls and collects owl ornaments for fun. You will see them in her nursery. Her favorite past time is being outdoors in nature. Fitzgerald Beach is her place to go to with her family
Gloria Morales Nova
Gloria is a San Francisco Native who was born and raised in the Ocean View neighborhood. She opened up Banana Fana Preschool in June 2017 but she felt as if her program was missing something- younger infants! This inspired her to open Banana Fana Nursery. Gloria received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University. She has also completed some courses in Early Child Education From City College of San Francisco. Gloria has a “child-like” soul which allows her to play, sing, and dance with children. She believes children are so curious and that curiosity brings her so much joy. Her mother and father were born in Managua, Nicaragua which allowed Gloria to grow up in a Nicaraguan culture at home. Gloria has traveled to Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico where she fell in love with the vibrant colors and has brought each country’s culture into her classrooms.
We are a proud member of the Wonderschool network.
Wonderschool is a group of early childhood programs that combine the quality standards of the best child care centers with the warmth of an in-home program in your neighborhood.