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Community Nursery School

270 Woodbridge Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840-0203

(732) 491-2240


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At CNS our primary focus is on the child. The children know they are loved, valued and respected and their needs are met with flexibility and accomodation.
The school's curriculum addresses individual and group needs, interests and abilities and materials are offered in an attractive and utilitarian setting.
The staff is qualified and experienced and their dedication to the children creates a welcoming family atmosphere.

A Typical Day

8:55 - 9:00 Arrival
9:00 - 9:45 Active learning with blocks, paint-
ing, arts & crafts, sand & water
9:45 - 10:00 Clean-up & toileting
10:00 - 10:45 Outdoor play or indoor exercise
10:45 - 11:00 Snack time
11:00 - 11:20 Circle time
11:20 - 11:30 Closing activities...take home
papers, goodbye song,
parent pick-up

Home-School Connection

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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year