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Woodbine Playtime

8 Woodbine Road
Wellesley, MA 02482

(781) 237-2288


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led, Montessori

From the Director:

Although not only a Montessori program, we use the approach to help children learn to become independent and successful in a small group.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We recognize, and expect, that two-year olds mature at many different rates. Our small group size enables us to work one-on-one with parents and children to address any issues that arise.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Woodbine Playtime is a transitional play school designed to help two-year olds become ready for a larger nursery school setting. Our goal is to help children learn to separate successfully from their parent or primary caregiver, and learn to interact with peers in a small group setting. Our two or three mornings per week schedule is designed for those children who do not meet the minimum age requirement of larger nursery schools.

A Typical Day

Our morning begins with free play until all children have arrived. We then gather for story and snack time. After story time, we break into two smaller groups. One group is offered the art project of the morning while the other works on cooperative play. The children then alternate with the other group. After all children have had an opportunity to participate in art, we gather together for a group clean up. Following clean up, we have music/movement as a full group. After music, we gather for circle/story, then end our morning outside with recess.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our small group enables one-on-one interaction with parents and caregivers at the beginning and/or end of each day. Monthly newsletters are distributed to inform parents of goals, curriculum and center information. Parents are always welcome to call the director by phone to address specific concerns that require further discussion.From our program, children move on to traditional 3 and 4 year old nursery school settings. We actively discuss with parents which type of school we feel would be a good match for their child.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are welcome to stay for a short time on the first or second days of school. Parents send their child for abbreviated mornings in the first few days. Parents are asked to share specific separation concerns with the director prior to opening day.