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United Parish Nursery School

1 Church St
Upton, MA 01568

(508) 529-6382


We are a loving, nurturing preschool that is accredited through NAEYC! We offer programs for children age 2.9 through 6. They do not need to be potty trained. Please check out our website for more details about our program options.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our school has children of all faiths as well as staff of all faiths. We have a warm, loving environment where each child is respected and taught to their strengths. We are a high quality preschool experience and the only accredited preschool in our town.

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 Social Studies (backyard animals, community helpers, our neighborhood, maps and points of interest etc)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The philosophy of the United Parish Christian Nursery School is to promote the emotional, social, physical and spiritual growth of each child according to his or her developmental ability. In order for children to grow and prosper both socially and intellectually, they need the support of a warm, friendly environment where
adults make them feel secure and appreciated. Our school is a place where children can act and interact without fear of ridicule, retribution or neglect.
At our school you will see games to play; materials with which to create; ideas to talk about and relate to; opportunities to compare, match, try out, reinforce, invent, discover and enjoy! You will see laughter, hugs, and self-expression!
Our program includes art, music, creative movement, fine and gross motor activities, cognitive activities, cooking and self-awareness. Our main concerns are the health and safety of your children along with appropriate learning experiences given in a warm, loving environment. We encourage your active
participation as a partner in your child's early learning experience."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Greeting Time is at the beginning of each day when teachers and children greet each other. Table activities are available as children “settle in�? for their school day.
Circle Time is when the children come together to learn about the day's theme and classroom activities.Also included are songs, movement, stories, and finger plays related to the theme of the day.
Free Play is when the children move freely to all areas of the classroom. Activities include art, dramatic play, library, construction, science, manipulatives, creative play, math, sand, water.
Clean-up Time is when all children are asked to help clean up the classroom in preparation for the next activity.
Group Time is when small groups of children meet with a teacher for a learning activity or art project.
Snack is supplied by the school. The main consideration when supplying snack for the children is nutrition.
Outside Play takes place weather permitting. The children are taken outside to the playground whenever possible, including the winter months."
Excerpted from the preschool's website


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our teachers have all been here for many years and are used to handling most any challenge. We offer children with separation anxiety the chance to bring in a "lovey" toy or blanket, a photo of mom and dad or anything else that they "need" in the beginning to adjust to school. We can offer later start times or earlier pick up times if the day is too long for the child. We have a "goodbye" window in each classroom so the child can wave to their loved one as they walk to their car. Most children only need this extra help the first few days or weeks of school. We will work with the family to assist any child that needs extra attention in any area.