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Garden Nursery School

24 Farwell Place
Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 354-4229


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Garden Nursery School is a parent and teacher run cooperative designed for families who want a part-time first school experience for their children. The school was founded on the belief that active parental involvement helps establish community and that this, in turn, naturally eases the transition for children as they make their way in their new school environment. We believe that each child is unique, full of potential and continually evolving. Our school aims to provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing early school experience.

Play is the heart of the curriculum, and the day is designed to provide a combination of structured activities and self-directed play. This allows the children to develop skills they need to participate in a group, as well as ample opportunity to explore and experiment independently with the wide range of materials set out each day. Our teachers tailor activities to the interests and needs of individual students. The classroom is at once calm and joyful. Teachers and parents work together to create an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect in which our children can play, learn and thrive.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:45-9:00 Arrival and reading in the cubby room
9:00-10:00 Free play
10:00-10:20 Meeting time
10:20-10:30 Hand washing
10:30-10:50 Snack
10:50-11:00 Bathroom/Diapering
11:00-11:45 Outside time
11:45-12:00 Small groups
12:00-12:15 Story and hand washing
12:15-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:00 Meeting and goodbye song
1:00-3:00 Optional extended day program
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 able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school