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Nutfield Cooperative School

Po Box 182
East Derry, NH 03041-0182

(603) 434-2602


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Nutfield Experience
A school not a child-care center, Nutfield provides a nurturing, stimulating environment where your child can grow to be their best.

Social growth comes from peer group interaction, associating with adults other than relatives, and cooperating to solve problems and share materials.

Emotional growth is encouraged by the considerable attention each child receives, and positive reinforcement that fosters an “I'm OK� attitude. This gives children the confidence to attack new challenges with a great deal of success.

Intellectual growth is triggered by our teacher-devised programs, tailored for each specific group. Hands-on experience plays an important role: cooking, blocks, dress-up, and water play all contribute to a child's understanding of their world.

Physical growth is achieved though daily outside play on large equipment and a bimonthly gym class.

We invest our resources in qualified, creative personnel rather than commercial teaching aids, thereby giving us the flexibility to meet the needs of each new group of children.

Nutfield has enjoyed an excellent reputation for the past thirty-five years: we are now teaching the children of our earliest students!

Why a Cooperative School?
Parents choose Nutfield because they see themselves as an important part of their child's education.

Parents participate in a rotating schedule and every class has a mom or dad working alongside the teachers and students. Parents are encouraged to join the children on our many field trips, and to share their hobbies and professional experiences.

The two-way communication that occurs every day contributes to the most positive preschool experiences possible.

Your participation also assures your child that you are interested in their activities at school, and that you support them in their first venture into a world away from home.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"The daily schedule varies in each classroom, but for the most part, each class session begins with a choice time, in which students can choose from the centers in the classroom to spend time with their classmates.
Then there is a circle time in which the class works together exploring current topics, and academic and developmentally appropriate concepts are introduced and taught.
There is a snack time, time for outdoor play with peers, story time, and another large block of choice time in which students again select from the centers in the classroom to explore. During this extended choice, projects designed to engage and support the student in learning concepts are supervised by the aide and the parent. There are also gym and music classes.
Excerpted from the preschool's website