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Mrs Murray's Nursery School

11 Hale Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

(978) 462-2441


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The main concern and emphasis for children attending our preschool is that they first feel comfortable while "at school", to know that school is a friendly place to be. In existence for 30 years now, we are a traditional preschool (nursery school), and we work to balance a child's day between free time and structured time.

At preschool age, a great deal of emphasis needs to be placed on the social and emotional development of each child. This is simply because it's usually a child's first time in a formal teaching program. Because of this, we want them to be happy while they're at school, and to look forward to each day they will be attending.

There are three age groups at our preschool school. The youngest group is 2 years and 9 months to 3 years old. Next, we have a group that includes four year olds. Finally, we have a class of children that not old enough for kindergarten (who are turning five). Our preschool separates children into the three groups; so they can be around children of the same approximate age and that have the same general abilities. All three groups get involved in folk dancing, finger plays, games, songs and other activities.

We're also multi-cultural in our approach, and we try and celebrate as many holidays as possible. Our children enjoy being involved with art projects for Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Cinco de Mayo, Easter and Passover. We also throw in a few of our own favorites; including "Teddy Bear Day" and "Dinosaur Day".

We also take the children on many fun field trips during the year. We visit places like the city library, fire station, the hospital and even an apple farm (to name a few). We also have a wonderful gym that the children enjoy. We have them work on their gross motor skills on a weekly basis.

Basically, we want to give your child the most well rounded foundation before his/her next step in the schooling process. To achieve this, we focus on the development of the "whole child"; meaning their emotional and social awareness as well as the building and reinforcement of cognitive skills.

A Typical Day

A Typical Day at Mrs. Murray’s Nursery School

8:45 - Free Play

9:30 - Cleaning up toys

9:40 - Circle Time, singing songs, Reading stories

9:50 - Project time, using glue, scissors, painting, listening to directions from the teacher in a group setting.

10:15 - Bathroom and washing hands.

10:30 - Snack time, having a healthy snack with friends that is sent in from home.

10:45 - Puzzle and book time

11:00- Group time with the other classes, or Gym time

11:25 - Put coats on singing good bye song , review of the day

11:30- Children dismissed to parent, caregivers

NOTE: It's important to know that this is just a general outline of daily activities. Days can vary quite a bit; depending upon the needs of the students.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have open houses prior to the start of school. We offer Parenting education classes, at the request of a parent we have conferences. We send home progress reports twice a year. Parents are always free to stop in or contact teachers by email, or phone. We post a monthly newsletter of events going on at school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Email


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have two teachers in each classroom. One teacher can help the parent and child to say good bye upon their entrance to school. We encourage the parents to be positive with the child, saying they cannot wait to see what you did at school today and to say good bye and that Mom/Dad will be back to pick you up at 11:30. The teacher can work with the child to find an activity they would like to be involved in, or read them stories until they feel comfortable to choose an activity or friend they would like to play with on their own.