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Village Kids Nursery

244 W14th Street 2nd floor
New York, NY 10011

(212) 337-2587


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
  • 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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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Emotional awareness and coping skills, Reading social cues, Valuing community, Sensory differentiation, Silliness, Cooking.

From the Director:

We have a detailed set of developmental objectives so that we can be conscious and accountable to how we're meeting children's needs. Goals for the children are integrated into all the many decisions that go into planning the environment, the schedule, and the ways the teachers facilitate interactions between children and with the environment as a whole. Children are capable of amazing things, they show as many higher level cognitive processes as adults, and like adults they happen when they are inspired by genuine curiosity.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Village Kids Nursery is based on the premise that kids growing up in downtown Manhattan have rich lives full of various kinds of stimulation. Their exposure to sights, sounds, flavors, and people are unique in both quantity and quality. These children deserve a school experience that helps them make sense of their world. Children should be developing the skills needed to create meaning and joy from their real experiences, rather than an arbitrary set of “pre-school” clichés.

Our school is a socially and environmentally responsible community, stimulating children creatively and intellectually while nurturing the joy and awe that ultimately give life it's meaning. Our small half-day classes are uniquely designed for each group and individual child. We carefully identify objectives across multiple developmental areas to present curriculum that is ambitious without being aggressive. Though the emphasize is on problem solving, self expression, and emotional and social awareness, pre-academic skills are acquired gently and naturally through curiosity and exploration. From relaxed admission process, to congenial home visits, to our gentle separation policy, relationships with parents are warm and non-judgmental. We do everything possible to support as many kinds of diversity as possible - a generous percentage of tuition discounts, inclusion of children who's needs fall outside the typical spectrum, teachers who come from a variety of progressive educational paradigms, flexible ways for working and non-working parents to be involved, a genuine commitment to reflective practice - constantly challenging our own assumptions and behavior.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year