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Providence Nursery School

9019 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031

(703) 250-6101


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The cooperative preschool program at Providence Nursery School provides an environment in which the child is encouraged to develop appropriate skills, attitudes, and behaviors. These skills help the child become aware of him/herself as a unique and worthwhile individual.
Our curriculum is based on the idea that play is the most appropriate way for a young child to learn about the world. It is the natural way for children to try out ideas, to exercise their imaginations, to practice grown-up behavior, and to develop a sense of control of their environment.
Our staff acknowledges the diversity in children and strives to foster the learning process by encouraging each child's individual interests. Therefore, learning is often child directed. The teachers guide the children in learning respect, fairness, and tolerance of others. They oversee large, cheerful classrooms containing many interest centers for creative play, including housekeeping, arts and crafts, block-building, large and small manipulatives, painting, water and sand tables, music, and a book comer. Children also play with an assortment of riding and digging toys on the outdoor playground.
Providence believes that the most rewarding preschool program is one that involves parents. Through classroom participation, parents are able to observe successful teaching methods, suitable play materials for various age groups, the progress each child is making, and his/her relationship with other children and with adults. The participating parent, acting as a teacher's assistant, lends to the cooperative school skills, talents, and a sincere interest in providing the best possible education for all of the children.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily activities include working with small manipulatives, puzzles, and sequencing games, process art, circle and reading time, lunch and snack time, Star of the Day program, show-and-tell, discussing the calendar, weather, and current events, outdoor play and bike day, and "big-room" centers. Specialized music instruction once a week from a professional music instructor."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

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 required to make donations ourselves
  • 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