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Battery Park City Day Nursery

215 South End Avenue
New York, NY 10280

(212) 945-0088


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Battery Park City Day Nursery is a private non-sectarian preschool which provides a comfortable, developmentally appropriate learning environment where nurturing teachers build trust, self-esteem and self-confidence.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We use a thematic approach in a developmentally appropriate environment where learning is exploratory and fun. There is individual choice time as well as small and large group activities. Teachers challenge the children and help them see relationships which will lead to a better understanding of their world. Our Best Practices approach to education allows us to adjust the program to the child rather than forcing the child to adjust to one philosophy. We are a NYC Pre-K For All and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Their philosophy may be reviewed by visiting

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught The Nursery encourages social and communication development. Children are taught to use manners, be polite, help each other and use developmentally appropriate self-help skills. For example: toddlers are encouraged to drink from 'sippy cups' and later from open cups. Children first learn to put on their own jackets, and as they mature, they learn to fasten zippers, buttons & snaps.

From the Director:

Enrichment programs are available to all children who attend the Nursery. Ms Sheri teaches yoga and cultural dance weekly. Six times a year, Gabby from The Art Farm in the City brings small animals to the Nursery in the spring. Lou Gallo teaches music & movement on Monday afternoons.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Nursery is known for quality interactions and low teacher to child ratios. Teachers challenge children by presenting new ideas and building confidence through reinforcing previous knowledge. Through small group and child initiated activities children can develop at their own pace. 45% of our staff have been at the Nursery for at least five years and 25% have been here for at least fifteen.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Battery Park City Day Nursery accepts each child as an individual, recognizing and regarding each one's unique needs. We maintain a safe, nurturing, learning environment where children, parents and teachers are mutually respected. With commitment and affection, we help your child develop a love for learning and the desire to become a life long achiever.

A Typical Day

8:00 A.M. Morning Arrival - Free Choice
9:15 A.M. Clean Up - *Bathroom/Diaper Change
9:30 A.M. Snack (provided by Nursery)
10:00 A.M. Circle Time (Large Group Activities)
10:30 A.M. Theme Related Small Group Activities
11:00 A.M. Outdoor Time
11:30 A.M. Lunch - *Bathroom/Diaper Change
12:00 P.M. Morning Dismissal - Naptime Begins
2:00 P.M. Afternoon Arrival - Free Choice - *Bathroom/Diaper Change
3:00 P.M. Theme Related Small Group Activities
3.30 P.M. Snack
4:00 P.M. Circle Time (Large Group Activities)
4:30 P.M. *Bathroom/Diaper Change/Free Choice
5:00 P.M. Outdoor Time
5:30 P.M. Table Top Choices
6:00 P.M. Afternoon Dismissal - Good Night!
*Bathroom allowed as needed. Hands are washed upon arrival & frequently throughout the day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to speak daily to classroom teachers. Parent/teacher conferences are held in November, March and June. Monthly newsletters & event calendars are sent home via email. Evening Parent Group meetings are held monthly with guest speakers and early childhood experts. Parents are welcome to come in the classroom to share holiday or family cooking traditions, theme related art activities, or simply to read a story to the class.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Your child's first month at school may be a stressful time for both of you. The adjustment to separation is individual and varies from child to child. We are here to support you while your family gets used to the new routine. You are welcome to stay in the room if this helps your child. If your schedule demands that you need to hurry out, no problem. We will comfort your child and help him/her stay busy until you return.