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Lasell Child Study - Rockwell Nursery

70 Studio Road
Newton, MA 02466

(617) 243-2355


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that young children learn through their play experiences, through intellectual challenges, and social interaction with both peers and teachers. Young children need to explore at their own pace and in their own style and be given ample and appropriate choices and experiences throughout the day.

The curriculum, therefore, offers a balance between planned teacher initiated activities and supervised free play that allows children to explore areas that interest them and thus to contribute their ideas to the program. Because children can best master and integrate information through their direct, personal experience, free play using a wide variety of materials is an important part of each day.

Children need to be nurtured by warm, responsible adults who are knowledgeable in child development in order to help children develop as healthy, happy, competent individuals. Our position as a laboratory school ensures that our staff is highly qualified and well experienced.

Along with these important basics, we add the following:

Provision of appropriate developmental learning materials and activity areas, both indoors and outdoors.
Aesthetically pleasing and inviting rooms.
Impeccable health standards.
Parent communication and involvement.
Staff selection procedures that ensure teachers who will nurture children’s self-esteem and enhance their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development, while applying the theory of Multiple Intelligences, developed by Dr. Howard Gardner.
A strong support system for teachers.
Our program provides for all of the above, as it is our belief that all are necessary for quality early childhood education.

The Holway Child Study Centers admit children without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disabilities, or political beliefs, sexual orientation of their parents or guardians. This nondiscrimination policy applies to the hiring of staff for the Centers, as well.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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