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Beaver Country Day Nursery School

791 Hammond St.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

(617) 738-2773

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

teachers work with individual children to form letters, provide physical support for children who have difficulty sitting and attending, provide special attention to children whose first language is not English, help older and gifted children to take on additional responsibilities and offer materials (more difficult puzzles, books, etc.)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our nursery school is a play based program and because of its small size, mixed age group, experienced teachers and high school interns, it has a warm, family feel. Children often stay with us for 2 or even 3 years and each year they have a different experience and role in the classroom. We benefit from being in a larger school with excellent indoor and outdoor facilities, weekly music class, library visits, access to a full sized gym and more.

A Typical Day

8:30-9:45 Free Play (many choices available, includes different art activity each day)
9:45-10:00 Clean up
10-10:30 Circle (including singing, calendar jobs, story)
10:30-10:50 Snack
10:55-11:30 Playground or Gym
Extended day includes longer gym or outdoor time, lunch, free play, rest and another art project.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers meet individually with parents the first week of school to gain information that will help us to better understand the child and to discuss parents' goals. Group parent meeting early in the year. Conferences twice a year with written reports describing child's performance in the classroom, to set goals, and to offer parents advice on ways to foster development at home. Additional parent conferences as needed to discuss issues that arise. Informal chats at drop off and pick up. Frequent emails and phone calls to inform parents of upcoming activities and classroom events.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have three short days of orientation at the beginning of the year. Parents stay in the classroom with the child as long as needed during these mornings or they can have coffee in a nearby room if the child is amenable. If a child needs longer than this to feel comfortable in the classroom, we work this out on an individual basis with the parents. A parent can stay additional days (or even weeks) if we agree that this will help the child to adjust. Teachers pay special attention to children who are having separation issues and show them materials and activities that might induce them to become engaged and comfortable.