We believe that the intellectual and emotional lives of young children develop best in a setting in which teachers, the environment and the program support play and exploration and the construction of relationships and ideas.
In the Nursery and Kindergarten Program, children learn to play and play to learn. They enjoy opportunities to take initiative, make friends, experience a sense of belonging, expand language, increase logical thinking, and develop social awareness. During community meeting time, children learn to share ideas, listen to each other, and experience being a member of a group.Throughout the year, teachers organize long-term projects based on the interests of the group. Particular attention is paid to activities that support mathematical and spatial thinking, literacy, knowledge about the physical world and the development of empathy. Children explore a wide variety of materials, learn to write using developmental spelling, use books for pleasure and as sources of information and encounter many opportunities to learn about things of interest. The outdoors is viewed as an extension of the classroom and affords daily opportunities for a great variety of physical challenges, social play as well as an exploration of the natural world.In nursery school, there are twenty-two children in each class, with a head teacher and two assistant teachers. Children can enroll for half-day which ends at 11:45 or full day, which ends at 2:10. All classes meet five days a week. All kindergarten classes are full day. There are up to 24 children in each class with one head teacher and two assistant teachers. Kindergarteners go to specialized music and PE teachers three times a week, and to the library for storytelling once a week for 30 minutes.A Learning Consultant and counselors are available to consult with teachers and families about children’s social and emotional growth.