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Packanack Cooperative Nursery School

120 Lake Drive East
Wayne, NJ 07470

(973) 696-1260


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"As a cooperative nursery school we have close parental involvement. Our philosophy is that children feel best about themselves when they know that school and home are working together to give them educational and creative experiences.
Our school emphasizes socialization. We strive to help children's physical and mental growth and provide opportunities for developing good social habits like sharing, working together and respecting others. The children are presented with opportunities for both quiet and active play.
The children's senses are stimulated through clay, paint, collage, cutting, finger paints and crayons. The experience and enjoyment that the child gets from doing the projects is more important than the finished product.
We teach our children to share, operate in a group, follow simple directions and illustrate some independence and responsibility. Small motor coordination is targeted with use of the sand table, blocks, trucks, puzzles, clay and manipulative table games. To develop large motor coordination we have large stairs, ladders, rocking toys and other indoor toys. Outside, various playground equipment and tricycles give the children additional opportunities for development. Physical well being includes proper nourishment and good nutrition is stressed as a learning unit, during daily snack and through food preparation. Ample time for language experience is given during free play, circle time, story time, show and tell and other ways throughout the year. Classes also have exposure to age-appropriate computer games. Each classroom also has a library of books for the children to enjoy
Excerpted from the preschool's website

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
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school