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Presbyterian Church Nursery School

75 Vernon Street
Newton, MA 02458

(617) 332-9255


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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 We offer activities that promote children's curiosity and hands on learning that are of individual interest to our students. We study artistis and authors each year.

From the Director:

Our carefully crafted curriculum provides developmentally appropriate avtivities that builds children's skills and confidence. We believe that children learn best by discovery.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our staff is passionate about fostering each child's growth and designs curriculum that is centerd on individual developmental needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

PCNS is a non-profit Christian preschool dedicated to providing a nurturing and safe environment where each child can grow developmentally and spiritually. We value each child as a unique gift from God. Our goal is to establish positive relationships, so that each child develops respect for others and becomes a confident member of our community.

A Typical Day

Children start their day at 'Hello Time' with thier parents which builds our family community. Many Interest Centers are offered during Open Exploration Time, followed by Group Time, Snack, Reading, Art, and Playground.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are an important part of our PCNS community. We encouarage parent involvement in the classroom. A Parent Coffee are offered each month. Classroom Newsletters go home each week, and two conferences are offered each year. We have an open-door policy to parents.

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
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We offer individual support for eah child as school begins. When children experience separation anxiety our staff provides extra attention to needs and support as needed.