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Tarrytown Nursery School

15 W Elizabeth St
Tarrytown, NY 10591-3908

(914) 631-8227


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

Learning Through Play is a developmental, child-centered approach. Children learn to communicate and thrive in their environment through the joining of play and language: through play, both vocabulary and thought are extended and enriched. Play allows children to learn from their actions and experiences, to solve problems, and to develop self-confidence, creativity, and independence. In cooperative play, children learn about the nature of social interactions. The Tarrytown Nursery School program is designed to facilitate this growth. Each classroom is set up in different activity centers, and periods of free play encourage children to make their own choices and follow their own inspiration. Structured group activities complement these periods by supporting development of a variety of learning concepts and social skills. The environment is supportive, friendly, and enthusiastic. Teachers and parents actively work together to promote learning for the whole child. Play is the foundation from which children venture out to investigate their world and their relationships with others. As children mature, they assimilate and integrate their play experiences. Social, cognitive, language, and motor skills all benefit from the practice that children get while they are playing. Tarrytown Nursery School students Ć¢??graduateĆ¢?? with excellent social, academic, and expressive skills that prepare them especially well for kindergarten and beyond.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Tarrytown Nursery School grounds its curriculum in a Learning Through Play philosophy. Play is the work of childhood. The chief vehicle for the development of imagination, intelligence, language, social skills, and perceptual-motor abilities in young children. The focus of the program is the individual growth of each child through exploration, experimentation, and first-hand experience"
Excerpted from the preschool's website