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Belmont Cooperative Nursery School Inc

421 Common Street
Belmont, MA 02478

(617) 489-3259


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Belmont Cooperative Nursery School (“Belmont Co-op”) offers a unique and positive preschool experience for children ages 3 to 5 years. Children learn and play in an environment ideally suited to their needs as developing individuals. They discover their own special capabilities and the world around them through independent and group activities. The school’s flexible atmosphere gives each child the freedom to participate at his or her own level of interest and development. A low child-to-adult ratio (four or five-to-one) ensures the opportunity for personalized attention.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Each day starts with a period of free play during which the children move among various activities. One area provides games, puzzles, and books for quiet play. Painting and other art projects are always available. The sand, water and playdough tables encourage experimentation. A dress-up corner with a playhouse also stimulates the imagination. An extensive block and toy collection facilitates cooperative or solo play. During free play the children are encouraged to participate in a project that is part of a unit they are studying.
Later, clean-up time leads into circle time. The children come together to enjoy stories, songs, dramatic play and simple games based on concepts such as matching, counting and letter recognition. Then the children eat a healthy snack provided by a parent helper. The morning ends with active play on the outdoor playground, weather permitting, or indoors in the church social hall."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school