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Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School

6601 Bradley Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20817

(301) 365-2909


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BHPCNS is a center for early childhood education of excellence. Our play based curriculum provides the foundation for success in elementary school and beyond.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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 Monthly supplements to the curriculum include Music, Creative Movement, Science and Literature

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School provides a relaxed, loving and caring atmosphere in which a child is encouraged to develop his/her own talents, uniqueness and self-esteem.

The school nurtures all aspects of a child's growth: social, emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual.

Since school is a group experience, our program places equal emphasis on helping the child learn the disciplines of social interaction and personal responsibility.

The child's development is enriched by a variety of learning experiences, such as free play, art, dramatic play, field trips, poetry, films, books, music, science, stories, show and tell, and aerobics.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletters and calendars are set home as well as posted on our school website. Formal Parent/Teacher conferences are schedule yearly or more often at either parent or teacher's request.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year