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Red Barn Nursery School

724 Boston Post Road
Weston, MA 02493

(781) 893-8020


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

Through age-appropriate developmental, hands-on activities we provide the environment, materials and guidance in which children will: - Develop a positive sense of self and learn to be self confident. - Be able to function as part of a group; cooperate, share, problem solve, listen and participate. - Learn to be independent according to their ability. Be able to think, reason, question and experiment. - Develop early literacy skills along with a love of books. - Develop language and communication skills which will enable them to be able to articulate needs, express their feelings, develop negotiation skills, initiate conversation and share experiences. - Experience the thrill of creativity and discovery. Recognize that they are part of a classroom community. - Feel comfortable experimenting with all kinds of materials. - Develop respect for others; learn to respect differences and recognize similarities. - Be exposed to many different types of artistic expression.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Red Barn Nursery School, children's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development is encouraged by providing an environment in which children are activley involved in the learning process through different play experiences.

We work to make Red Barn a place in which children have the freedom to make choices, the safety to take risks, and the opportunity to express themselves.

Our curriculum reflects a diverse community of learners where individual learning styles are honored. We create an atmosphere where children learn to love learning and experience a sense of wonder about the way things work.

Red Barn supports a philosophy which is respectful of family, culture and community. We value the cooperative experience in which parents are actively involved in their child's learning.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent helping is one of the things that makes the experience of Red Barn Nursery School special. Instead of asking "What did you do today at school?" you can say "Tell me about...." because you will know the daily routine, the other children's names, and many of the activities that take place during the school day. Parent helping gives you an opportunity to observe your child with other children, it provides you with many chances to see your child's teachers in action and, often times, it gives you great ideas to use at home. You get to know the other families and the staff and we get to know you. Most importantly, you participate in your child's growth and development in these wonderful, formative years. Oh, and it's lots of fun!

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year