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Wellesley Nursery School in the Hills

207 Washington Street
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

(781) 237-9137


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Here is some more information on the school and you can also find them at The Wellesley Nursery School in the Hills provides developmentally appropriate opportunities for three and four year olds to progress academically, emotionally, physically and socially within a warm and nurturing environment. Our non-sectarian preschool, founded in 1967, has been nationally accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) for more than 20 years.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our classes have a long choice time built into the schedule. It is during the time that children have free choice of any activity available to them, including snack which is served in a small group. Some activities are teacher directed, but all are based on exploration and discovery by children, the best way for them to learn.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Well educated teachers are responsible for creating curriculum that is exciting and vibrant, and which meets the needs of all children in the classroom. We are constantly mindful of the skill levels of all children, and work hard to create an environment which challenges their skill levels without frustrating the children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To provide developmentally appropriate opportunities for three and four year olds to socialize and learn together in an informal atmosphere, develop self expression and a wholesome self-image, foster creativity and stimulate enthusiasm for learning.

A Typical Day

A flexible and varied program offers music, games, stories, creative activities and imaginative play, all of which are designed to develop a strong foundation for learning. Nutritious snacks are served. Weather permitting, outside play is a daily event. Separate programs and facilities are scheduled for each class.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Nothing is more powerful than the connection the school has to the families. In order to best support children, this partnership must be a strong one. We welcome feedback from families, as well as visits to their child's classroom to share any of their talents or time! Two room parents per classroom are the liaison between teaching staff and parents, recruiting help when needed or helping to spread communication.

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • 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

At the beginning of the school year, our younger classrooms are staffed with extra adults to help with the separation process. On the first day, children come in 1/2 class at a time, so that the process of building trust with their teachers is eased a bit. Children are encouraged but not forced to participate in activities, and allowed to cry if they feel the need. Our teachers are experts on child development and know how to handle separation in the best ways.