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The Nurturing Nest

3634 Maxton Road
Dayton, OH 45414

(937) 890-4245

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The curriculum is alligned with Ohio's Early Learning Content Standards and Ohio's Infant and Toddler Guidelines. The Teachers plan based on each child's developmental needs by setting goals and creating activities designed for the child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to provide quality child care to
compliment the child’s home life by providing love,
safety and a sense of security through
a developmentally appropriate practice that guides the young child’s social, emotional,
intellectual and physical growth.

A Typical Day

7:20 - 8:00 Child centered activities/toileting/washing hands
8:00 - 8:40 Breakfast
8:45 - 9:55 Circle times/ Child centered activities/small groups activities
9:55-10:55 Switch rooms & child centered activities/small group activities/toileting
10:55 – Transition to outside play
11:30 – Transition inside/wash hands/lunch
12:00- Child centered activities
12:20 – 1:00 Clean up, quiet play, prepare for nap
1:00 – 2:30 Naptime or quiet time w/ activities on cot
2:30 – 3:00 Wake up & prepare for snack
3:00 – 3:20 1st group snack 2nd group Child centered
3:20 – 3:40 2nd group snack 1st group Child centered
3:40 – 4:00 Clean up and prepare to go outside
4:00 – 4:30 Outside play
4:30 – 5:00 Teacher directed activity
5:00 - 6:00 Child centered/prepare for parents to arrive

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We provide one-on-one attention, redirection, and a familiar item from home.