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Huguenot Nursery School

901 Pelhamdale Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803-2928

(914) 738-6346


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Philosophy of the Program
The philosophy of a school largely influences the types of activities and the curriculum that will be present in the school. Therefore it is imperative that parents become familiar with the philosophy behind the school in order to understand the focus of the program.
Faculty at Huguenot Nursery School feels that the program should focus on the development of the whole child. In order to do this, we look at the cognitive, physical, emotional and social development of each child. Our philosophy is largely based on the work of Erikson and Piaget; therefore we believe that children develop sequentially from one stage of development to another. Because of this, we feel that children must be provided with opportunities that will challenge them and aid their progression from one stage to the next. We also believe that children construct knowledge through experience; therefore, our program will provide children with a large variety of activities that will allow for success and encourage advancement in all areas of development.
In addition, we feel that, in order for children to grow, they need to exist in a setting that meets their basic needs. Therefore, it is our utmost concern that our program provides a nurturing, comfortable environment that is specifically structured to meet the physical, emotional and developmental needs of each individual child. In order to do this, it is imperative that we individualize our program to meet each child's specific growth needs. Last, we feel it is most important that we work closely with the families in order to secure an environment that is most beneficial to the child.
As a nonsectarian nursery school sponsored by Huguenot Presbyterian Church, we honor our Judeo-Christian heritage in modest ways that children can understand: a prayer of thanks before snack, some songs which recognize God as a presence in our lives, and, above all, a curriculum that stresses dignity and respect for everyone and care for one another. During the year we hold several brief services in our chapel, where the children gather informally to sing and participate in "church chats" with our pastor on subjects such as love and friendship, nature, and seasonal events. Services may include a prayer, a verse of scripture, or a simple parable. Parents are always welcome to join us.
In sum, Huguenot Nursery School is committed to provide:
an atmosphere of love in which children have no cause for timidity and in which they are treated with courtesy and tenderness;
an atmosphere of patience, allowing unhurried responses to children's natural inquisitiveness;
learning opportunities designed to promote physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual growth;
an environment free of racial or sex-role bias, stereotype, or prejudice;
an atmosphere of warm and active cooperation between parents and teachers."
Excerpted from the preschool's website