- We provide traditional values taught in a warm and caring environment -
- Over forty-six years (since 1970!) of experience preparing children for kindergarten -
- Small class size -
1/2 day morning classes from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
1/2 day afternoon classes from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m.
Full day 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Optional extended day programs from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- TWO, THREE or FOUR DAY PLAYGROUP for 2-1/2-year-olds (9:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)
- THREE or FOUR DAYS for 3-year-olds (morning or afternoon)
- FOUR or FIVE 1/2 DAYS for 4-year-olds
- FOUR or FIVE FULL DAYS for 4-year-olds
- PRESCHOOL ENRICHMENT
- LUNCH BUNCH - optional extended day activity for 3- and 4-year-olds
- DANCE AND MOVEMENT - optional extended day activity for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds
- SCIENCE DISCOVERY - optional extended day class for 3- and 4-year-olds
- GEOGRAPHY - optional extended day class for 4-year-olds
- LITERACY - optional extended day class for 4-year-olds
Parents/caregivers are always welcome in our classrooms and we embrace your participation
- An open house is held in January each year for you to tour our facility, meet our amazing teachers, and see our classes in action, OR make an appointment with our director to visit at any time.
Two or three mornings per week, from 9:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
The Playgroup is designed for the younger child as an introduction to a structured environment without the parent. The Playgroup provides supervised play with age-appropriate toys, simple songs, easel painting, nursery rhymes, story telling, and story reading. We also include some gross motor activities through music and occasional outside play. The children in Playgroup do not have to use the potty on their own, though it is desirable. The class begins in September after a "Meet-the-Teacher" day, and continues through the month of June.
Three or four mornings per week from 9:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Three or four afternoons per week from 12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m.
The 3-year-old program is designed to allow the child to transition from his or her parent into a nurturing environment. The child is encouraged to play cooperatively, to share, to learn self-control, to develop a relationship with the teacher, and to take ownership for the classroom. Instruction is individualized which allows the teacher to determine the needs of each child and guide him or her in developing self-confidence and friendships. The program includes free-play, small group work, language development through literature, music, and dramatic play. Also included are the study of colors and shapes, name recognition, seasonal and holiday activities, and units of study about staying healthy, metamorphosis, the farm, helping others, community helpers, and so much more. Gross motor development is encourage through outside play. Children must be three years old on or before October 1st of the current school-year.
Four or five mornings per week from 9:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
The 4/5-year-old program is designed to continue the social development of your child with an increased academic emphasis. The children should transition more easily from their parents and will learn that they are members of a caring community at the school. Helpful and cooperative behavior is emphasized. The alphabet is introduced through a phonetic and project approach. Patterning, sequencing, directionality, concrete counting, visual discrimination, and fine motor activities will be added to the curriculum. Children are encouraged to visually recognize their first names and are assisted with the manual configuration of their letters. Math is introduced through games. Large and small group activities help to foster your child's love of talking, listening, and reading - the foundations of early literacy. Our 4/5's do unit studies about dental health, emergency services and safety, reptiles, insects, people with physical and mental challenges, and lots more. The curriculum for the 4/5-year-old is enhanced by fields trips during each season. Children must be 4 years old on or before October 1st of the current school year OR be eligible for their district's kindergarten program for the following school year.
Four or five mornings per week from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
For families requiring a full day of education and care for their child, this program provides a positive environment and stimulating curriculum fostering children's creative and intellectual abilities appropriate for their developmental stage. The children follow the regular 4/5 year old curriculum (see description above), with the addition of our enrichment classes (Pre-reading Literacy, Science Discovery, Geography). In all of our programs our objective is to nurture self-esteem and independence and to set the stage for future learning through a positive first experience at school. This full day option will utilize much of our enrichment curriculum in a seamless 5-hour day, extending upon the traditional 4/5 year old curriculum.
Available five days per week from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for morning students
Available five days per week from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for afternoon students
Lunch Bunch is a very popular program which allows the children to extend their time at nursery school in a supervised environment for lunch (which you provide for your child) and playtime with their friends. We always play outdoors when the weather permits! Lunch Bunch is available for 3-year-old students and 4/5-year-old students Monday through Friday. It is available for Playgroup students on Wednesdays. Participation is per diem and very flexible, making it easy to work into your own schedule. This is an optional program with and additional cost.
One afternoon per week from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
This is a rigorous class for the developmentally ready 4/5-year old. It includes introduction to letters, sounds, high frequency words, and "chunks". Included in the class are fine motor activities, journal writing, projects related to the letter/sound being studied, and gross motor activities. The class requires regular attendance and builds on continuity - once the class starts, it continues through the end of the school year. We know that not all four-year-old students are quite ready for such an intense learning experience; therefore, participation in the fall class will be limited to students who have been evaluated by the teacher. The same class will be offered later in the year so that children who have progressed in the necessary skills will have the opportunity to participate.
One afternoon per week from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
This hands-on class allows 4/5-year-old children to explore science concepts in a fun learning environment. the studens will marvel at the countless scientific demonstrations and will delight in the abilty to perform fun-filled, hands-on experiments themselves! Students explore a new science topic each month. From chemistry to magnets to animals - every class brings out the natural scientist that lies within your child, as well as encourages a lifetime of love for the fascinating field of science. This is an optional program with an additional cost which requires a one month commitment.
Two afternoons per week from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Come directly from kindergarten and have lunch (which you provide) at 12:00 noon!
Kindergarten Enrichment is aligned with the public school curriculum and is designed to build on that curriculum by taking your kindergartner on an even more in-depth exploration of thematic subjects through individual and group projects while developing his or her basic reading, writing, math, and science skills. Each student is encouraged to think critically, solve problems, explore, and share ideas. The curriculum emphasizes literacy through active engagement with books, storytelling, writing, and visual arts; curiosity, imagination, and creativity; mathematical concepts through hands-on, real-life experiences; social skills, self-confidence, and a positive outlook toward learning; listening skills, problem solving, expressing ideas, decision making, and conflict resolution.
July and August for six weeks, Monday - Thursday, 9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (extended day available until 1:30 p.m.)
Our summer program for preschool through kindergarten aged children is designed to provide fun-filled mornings with supervised outside play, crafts, and games. A teacher and teenager supervise the children with a ratio of at least 1:5. The program utilizes the playground, which is enhanced by water on the slide, T-ball and sand play. Following outside play, the children come indoors for snack and activities until dismissal. Children must be a t least three years old and have completed one year of a nursery school program and be less than seven years old. Children who have completed kindergarten are welcome to attend. Summer Program applications are available at the beginning of April.
July and August for six weeks
Preschoolers entering kindergarten Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Kindergartners entering first grade, Monday and Wednesday, 9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
or 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. .
Summer slump is designed to prepare the 4-, 5-, to 6-year-old student for success in kindergarten or first grade. Summer Slump was designed to help students maintain skills taught the previous school-year. Our six week Summer Slump program seeks to enrich your child's academic development as he/she prepares for the next grade level. Our teachers will assess students' knowledge of academic skills taught during the prior school-year and develop hand-on activities to either remediate or strengthen those skills.
July and August for six weeks, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Summertime Playgroup is designed for the younger child (starting at approximately 2-1/2 years old) as an introduction to a structured environment without the parent. Summertime Playgroup provides supervised pay with age-appropriate toys, simple songs, nursery rhymes and stories. We also include gross motor activities through music and occasional outside play. Through our Summertime Playgroup program, we promote independence and develop your two-year-old's emerging awareness of social behavior.
The Colts Neck Reformed Church Nursery School was founded in 1970 and is a New Jersey licensed, non-profit, cooperative school committed to Christian values. Children of all faiths and races are welcomed and embraced. Our aim is to nurture self-confidence, and to guide children in the joy of discovery and learning. The daily schedule is flexible and programs are developed to provide different opportunities for socialization and independence based on the children's ages and, more importantly, their developmental stages.
We understand that families have different availability during the the day; therefore, we offer two options for parent/guardian classroom participation:
- Cooperative option means that a parent/guardian/designated family helper is available to assist in your child's classroom throughout the school year. The teacher assigns helper days on a rotating basis (this works out to be approximately once every four to six weeks). On a parent/guardian's assigned helper day, the helper assists the teacher in the running of the class for the day and is also responsible for providing juice and snack for the class.
- Non-cooperative option means that a parent/guardian/designated family helper is not available to assist in your child's classroom throughout the school year. The director will schedule a teacher assistant (employed by the school) to be the assistant on your assigned helper day. These days will be assigned on a rotating basis (approximately once every four to six weeks). The parent/guardian will still be responsible for providing juice and snack for the entire class on the assigned helper day.
- Personal references are required on all parents/guardians/family helpers regardless of the option a family chooses.
Your child is important to us, and the director and teachers are always available to the parents to discuss your child's progress. A conference is scheduled in the beginning of the September to familiarize the child and parent with the teacher and the physical layout of the school. Conferences are held in January to discuss your child's progress.
Our combined staff education and certification includes: Bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Music Education, art Education, and Psychology. We are CPR and first Aid certified and have Epi-pen training.
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