Do you know about Luma Yoga’s Playschool program? Does your child frequent one or many of our weekly Playschool sessions? We hope you will find this information useful if you have children who’ve attended Playschool in the past, as well as those considering this service and interested in hearing what we have to offer.


But first, a little about me!


You may have seen me behind the front desk, in the garden room studio, or beside you in class. My name is Nina Hoffer and I am the Assistant Studio and Playschool Manager at Luma. I started with Luma as a member of the Playschool staff in August of 2016, and Luma has, as many of you have also experienced, offered me a unique and warm community here in Santa Cruz. Born and raised in Los Angeles, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Science at UCSC in June 2018, and am now preparing myself for Nurse Midwifery school. I share my time with Luma working as a nanny to wonderful families around Santa Cruz.  I am educated in child and infant development, have many years of experience as a sleepaway camp counselor and coordinator for children from third to ninth grade, and I’ve nannied for families with newborns up to preteens, since I was a preteen myself! Following the footsteps and tools brought to me by our beloved co-founder, Lynda Meeder, and with years of experience working with children, we have developed an appropriate and fun curriculum for Playschool at Luma.


Why did you change childcare to Playschool?


For a while now we didn’t feel that the term ‘childcare’ was a sufficient enough word to describe what actually goes on during those times when children are under our care. It’s so much more than simply watching them while you do your class or get a massage. Our program has always been a play-based program with a balance of social and emotional learning and play! That’s why we are so excited to announce the changed program name to Playschool.



When can I use Playschool?


Playschool is currently offered five days a week, and is designed for children six months to six years old. We accept up to nine children on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and up to six children Saturday and Sunday. Parents take advantage of this time to either take a yoga class, enjoy one of our many wellness treatment options, or to simply sit with a cup of tea and a book in the lounge. Playschool is meant for parents or caretakers who are enjoying our services onsite at Luma. {See our schedule} 



Can I afford Luma’s Playschool Program?


You might be thinking, “But Nina, $20 for one Playschool session adds up!!” It’s true that playschool may seem pricey if you are only ever taking advantage of our playschool drop-in classes at random. However, we have multiple payment options for Playschool that are far more affordable for those seeking regular care. 


We are here to help. Are you a Luma member? We have developed an amazing and affordable option for parents with the Unlimited Playschool membership add on. If you yourself have a membership, you can add on UNLIMITED Playschool for your kiddo for as low as $30 a month. For example, if you already come two times a week to yoga and decided to bring your child along for Playschool, you would be paying a mere $3.75 per Playschool session. That’s less than a latte and surely less than any babysitter I know!


To our members that joined Luma for Prenatal and Postnatal yoga, we find that the Unlimited Playschool add-on is perfect for you. You came often to Prenatal Yoga, brought your little one with you to Postnatal and Postnatal with Crawlers… now what? You can start Unlimited Playschool at any time in your membership, that way your child can become accustomed to and enjoy Luma’s Playschool while you attend classes for yourself! It’s a win-win!


In addition to a non-committal single Playschool session, you could purchase a 10-pack Playschool bundle, or a Kids’ 4 class pass. Both of these options make Playschool significantly more affordable. 


If your little one has never been to Playschool or a kids’ yoga class with us before, they can qualify for our New Student Challenge–$39 for 10 Playschool sessions over the course of three weeks. The New Student Challenge offers many  opportunities to introduce your child to Playschool at Luma!


Making Playschool work is a process of trial and error!


If you have tried to bring your little one to Playschool before, and for some reason it didn’t work for you or your kiddo, please don’t hesitate to reach out. My biggest piece of advice would be to try, and try again. Adjusting to any unfamiliar childcare is a process of trial and error, and we find more often than not, that children soon get over the stresses of transitioning into playschool and end up never wanting to leave! Our Playschool staff members are trained in acclimating new children and their parent/caretaker to Playschool, as it is extremely important to us that both you and your child feel safe and comfortable. If there is ever an issue or your baby/child needs parental comfort, someone from the front desk will always get you from wherever you are in the studio, and you will never be far away!


Have I convinced you yet?


Here are a few tips to make playschool a successful experience:

  •   Bring a bottle of water and a peanut-free snack. Even if your child has recently eaten, sometimes they surprisingly become very hungry once they see their friends eating 
  • We strongly discourage sharing of foods as well for allergy reasons.
  •   If your child has an allergy of any kind, or if there is any information you believe would support our playschool employee in taking care of your child, please let the working playschool employee know at the beginning of class.
  •   Feel free to bring a toy or blanket that might be comforting for your child
  •   Sign up in advance if possible to save your child’s spot; if your kiddo has never been to the studio before, plan on attending at least 15 minutes early to get them registered, and to introduce them to the studio, toys, and people so that you can enjoy your time as well. 


What if I still have questions?


If you have any questions regarding Playschool or are interested in adding Unlimited Playschool onto your membership, feel free to email me anytime at [email protected] Always remember, we are here to support you!