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Conversations with the Inspiring Louise de Villiers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Louise de Villiers.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Green Beans Preschool started as a small home daycare called Green Beans and Little Sprouts Home Daycare. I was a preschool teacher when I had my son Henry. Bring a single mom, I combined wanting to be a stay at home working mother and Green Beans Home Daycare was created. After two years in business, it was time to expand. I moved my business to an off-site Center I Need Hillcrest and Green Beans Preschool was created. I have now been in business for seven years.

Green beans are a unique preschool because above everything we find love nurture of small children our top priority. We focus a lot on music and art with lots of undirected play. We try to take our play outside as much as possible.

I am very passionate about nutrition and food is made by me on site. An organic balanced lunch with lots of whole grand, fruits and vegetables is served daily. Green Beans also offers vegetarian and vegan options.
I absolutely love coming to work every day and because of our small ratios, we become more like a family than just a preschool.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a business in San Diego is near impossible, especially if you don’t have any money. I have really had to work extremely hard to get all the permits from the city. Being a single family income, I have had to actually move into the preschool space with my son because the city of San Diego takes so long approving permits. I would say the most difficult part of this business is dealing with permitting and such. I have had to go into major debt to get my vision of a preschool. Even though loving what I do and seeing the impact on little lives, it has all been worth it.

What should we know about Green Beans Preschool? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am the proudest of our school really letting children just be children. Our schedule is free-flowing. I don’t require potty training because every child is different. At Green Abrams, we really value and support each child as an individual.

I have a hand in every part of Green Beans. From shopping and cooking to working in the classrooms and cleaning. I really want the teachers to focus on the children so I try to do as much behind the scenes, like cleaning and taking out the trash, so the focus is always on the children.

I would definitely say that our music program, organic meals, and nurturing style sets us apart from other preschools.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I try to do the Calm app every night before bed. I walk my dogs to relax. My dogs also come to school with me. They really help when children are feeling sad.

I am also constantly looking at preschool resource pages on the internet to get ideas for projects and different ways of setting up our classrooms.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3975 Front Street
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • Website: greenbeanspreschool@weebly.com
  • Phone: 8589452302
  • Email: greenbeansandlittlesprouts@gmail.com

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Louise

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