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The Poppyseed Pre-Nursery

424 West End Ave. (@81st)
New York, NY 10024

(212) 877-7614


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

a consistant routine including interactive play, singing with instruments, snack & story-time, arts & crafts, and dancing is provided for the group at each meeting, but children are also free to explore on their own and develop a sense of individuality and integrity.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

individual attention is given to the needs of each child's unique personality; and expectations and stimulation is always at a developmentally appropriate level

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Enrich your child’s day with music, art and play at The Poppyseed Nursery, where big things are happening for little people. Small-sized, one to two hour groups for toddlers, 2s and 3s with parent or caregiver, meet two or three times a week, providing individual attention and the continuity and consistency needed for forming special friendships. The perfect bridge between the home and school experience, Poppyseed offers age-appropriate activities that foster self assurance and creativity. Self expression through singing and dancing with musical instruments accompanied by the piano cultivates sensitivity to harmony and rhythm. Children explore the sensory world of art with pleasure and spontaneity, developing imagination and creativity through brush and finger painting, collage-making, clay and play-dough, water play and cooking. Special equipment, such as the balance beam, mats, parachute and tunnel, offers a healthy environment for developing self confidence. A professional, highly educated staff helps children learn at their own pace in a perfect setting for each child’s growth. Summer programs for toddlers, 1s, 2s and 3s are in June and July. Field trips are included.

A Typical Day

interactive social play with toys & equipment (mini-gym)
music: singing w/ instruments accompanied by guitar or piano
snack & story-time
arts & crafts: painting, collage, play-dough & clay, planting..
dancing w/ scarves & instruments
ending circle-time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

since this is an adult participation program there is constant feed back at every class

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Poppyseed is an adult participation program