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Wellesley Colllege Child Study Center

Page Building , 106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

(781) 283-2695


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The program is designed to meet the diverse social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs of individual children and foster independence, self-respect, concern for others, and age-appropriate competencies. Drawing from all major educational theorists, the CSC offers a learning environment that is a structured, open classroom, emphasizing hands on experience, individual choice and process within a group setting.

A Typical Day

Each class is staffed by a Lead Teacher (usually with a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development), an Assistant Teacher/intern, plus a varying number of students and volunteers who are committed to a regular schedule for at least one semester.

Most days offer opportunities for children to have an appropriate balance of quiet and active, indoor and outdoor activities. Our curriculum is carefully planned to meet the social and emotional, physical and cognitive needs of each child. We know that children may make independent but suitable choices from a variety of activities.

While new materials and activities are regularly introduced, materials that are considered essential for all young children are always available in each class, such as: Playdough, sand, water, blocks, books, easel paints, manipulative toys, puzzles, crayons, dress-up clothes.

Depending on the age group and individual child's ability, the materials and activities will be used in various ways. In addition, the program offers a wide range of other appropriate activities including music, creative movement and dance, and cooking.

Classes occasionally take short impromptu walks on campus or more organized "field trips" to facilities like the Jewett Art Museum and the Greenhouses. We sometimes ask parents to accompany the group on these excursions.

All groups follow roughly the same schedule, with the Middle and Oldest groups beginning the morning outside and the Youngest group starting inside. The remainder of the morning is generally structured as follows:

9:00-10:30 Free-play , work time
10:30-11:00 Snack and group time
11:00-11:30 Outdoor play

We offer an Extended Day (until 2:30PM) for children in the Middle and Oldest groups only. On these days, the afternoon is structured as follows:

12:15-12:45 Lunch Time
12:45-1:15 Mat time
1:15-2:00 Indoor free play/special projects
2:00-2:30 Outdoor Play

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


Separation is Handled through:

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