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Upper Falls Nursery School

45 Pettee Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

(617) 332-6488


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children learn BEST through a great variety of PLAY opportunities.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Sign language, simple yoga

From the Director:

Children are able to relax and learn in our nurturing environment where they can explore independently, play with peers or participate in more structured activities. The development of social skills and language are our first priorities. Children learn the skills to compromise and negotiate through teacher interactions...Teachers model the appropriate language for the children who then begin to internalize this and problem solve on their own. Children learn through carefully planned play activities that have specific developmental goals. Teachers observe and future plans are based on their observations and chlidren's interests.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers are very skilled in observing and documenting each child's progress. They work with children individually and in groups

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school is known for our nurturing environment. It is important for children to love to come to feel safe physically and emotionally so they can relax and play (the work of a child)

A Typical Day

Our routine is predictable. We begin with a mini meeting to review the days' activities; Free" play; then music/creative movement/yoga/ every day; then small group story time and related activites; The day finishes every day outside. Our full size gym is used when it is rainy or fridgid.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

UFNS encourages parent participation in numeorus ways: as a board member; classroom participant; mystery reader; monthly coffee hosts; annual service project leader....
WE connect with families daily through direct contact and email. We encourage communication to develop a team in regards to their child's development. We have formal conferences twice a year but meet with parents whenever needed. We share photos and curriculum information via email so parents are informed of the classroom activities

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
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We treat every child's needs individually. We respect direction from the parents and work together to make the best transition possible for the child.