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Cherry Hill Nursery School

50 Cherry Hill Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 921-0489


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Cherry Hill Nursery School is a cooperative, educational center that seeks to further the full development of the child and the successful functioning of a group of young children. The school tries to maintain a balance between spontaneous behavior and conformity to society's standards. It is concerned with the feelings and abilities of young children and their potential in all areas of growth. At the same time, it aids them in accepting the limits of life in a democratic society.

A Typical Day

9:00-9:10 arrival and setting in time
9:10-9:15 quick clean up
9:15-9:30 circle time/story
9:30-10:10 free play
10:10-10:15 clean up
10:15-10:35 outside play
10:35-10:40 handwashing
10:40-11:00 snack time
11:00-11:10 quiet time story
11:10-11:40 group time
11:40-11:55 outside play
11:55-12:00 dismissal inside

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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child's separation success is handled individually. The child may spend time on the teacher's lap until ready to separate. The teacher and parents develop a consistent drop off routine to comfort and ease the child into the classroom.