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Welcome to Temple Shalom's Nursery School!

Temple Shalom Nursery School (TSNS) is an early childhood center for children ages 18 months through five years old. The learning experience at TSNS is informed by the fundamental Jewish values of community, kindness, respect, strive for knowledge, and justice. Our school also carries the honor of being the first school in Massachusetts certified as a Nature Explore Program.

WE ARE PROUD TO OFFER OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES A THRIVING JEWISH LEARNING COMMUNITY, NATURE-RICH CURRICULUM, OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS, CARING AND TALENTED EDUCATORS, AND FULL-DAY EXTENDED OPTIONS.

Please fill out an application for the 2023-2024 school year! 

2022-2023 CALENDAR

FEATURES OF OUR SCHOOL

  • Enrolling ages 18 Months through Pre-K
  • Offering a rich Jewish curriculum, outdoor classrooms, and Nature Explorer certified program
  • Featuring a nurturing learning environment & staff
  • Our day runs  from 9:00-1:00  offering extended day options (7:45 am-5:30 pm, except Friday closing at 3:30)
  • Open to Temple Shalom members and non-members. A tuition discount is available for members.
  • Priority registration available for Nature Explorer Summer Camp 

  A PEEK INSIDE OF TSNS!


SCHOOL STRUCTURE

Our school is divided into 5 Cohorts, all with their own outdoor classroom (and indoor space if necessary). We have two toddler cohorts and three preschool mixed-age groups.  The main part of the day runs from 9:00-1:00 with extended day options. (see extended day)

RATIO & COHORT SIZE

Toddler Cohorts:

6 children with 2 teachers 

Preschool Cohorts:

12-14 children with 2 teachers

These ratios support a warm and nurturing educational approach with close individualized attention to every child.


OUR APPROACH

Children develop their capacity to think through communication and dialogue. When children explore, pose questions, or solve problems in partnership with adults and peers, they recognize the “how” of their own thinking. This is the philosophy that guides our nursery school. 

  • Teachers carefully observe, listen, and interact with every child to understand the process of learning.
  • Teachers engage children in meaningful activities that encourage investigation and expand children's interests, curiosity and inquiry.
  • Teachers skillfully combine open-ended explorations with guiding instructions. Teachers encourage children to work together.
  • Collaboration with others builds experience through collective learning. In a community of learners, children appreciate their own abilities, motivation, and grow to value the participation of others. They learn empathy.
  • Teachers document children’s learning through pictures, notes, stories and portfolios.


TUITION

2022-2023
*A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $750 is required upon enrollment. 

 Enrollment Priorities

Enrollment is considered in the following order:

1) Currently enrolled children
​2) Siblings of enrolled children
3) Temple members

  • Starting at the end of December 2022, decisions for admission for new families will be made on a rolling basis as spaces are available. Please expect a response within two weeks of your application being submitted. You will also have an option to be added to the waitlist. 
  • A $50 non-refundable/transferable application fee is due with each application.
  • Children should be at least 18 months old by September 1st, 2023 to be considered for fall admission.
  • If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a tour, please reach out to Becca Yudkoff: byudkoff@templeshalom.org
2023-2024 Tuition will be published the week of December 8th

 

 

 

For multiple children in a family in the Nursery School, a $300 discount is applied for each child beyond the first one.

EXTENDED DAY TUITION

Extended Day Fees:

Very Early Drop Off (7:45 AM or Later)
$420/day for the year
Early Drop off (8:30 AM or Later)    $210/day for the year
3:30 Pickup: $950/day for the year
5:30 Pickup: $1680/day for the year (excluding Friday)
**For example: if you choose to drop off your child at 7:45am on Tuesdays and Thursdays (only twice per week) you will be $420x2 for the whole year in addition to the main tuition.                            

Our Values & Beliefs

Jewish tradition emphasizes that each child is born with infinite potential and is an active learner. This belief is central in our practice.

We view education as a process of building thinking relationships with people, ideas, materials, and the self.

We respect children’s rights. We strive to build a school culture which centers on children’s needs, interests, and ideas.

Through play, children deepen their relationships with people, materials, and ideas. They deepen their understanding of the self.

Children benefit from trustful, collaborative relationships .Warm and respectful interactions at the school create a strong sense of community.

Play is a child's right, need, and a biological drive; it is as integral to healthy development as sleep and nutrition.


 Lucy Banerji, Nursery School Director

Lucy has spent her career in the field of early childhood education in a variety of settings. Lucy studied psychology and sociology of childhood at Saratov State University, Russia and holds a doctorate in Sociology of Childhood. She is passionate about children's rights, equity, inclusion and anti-bias curriculum. Lucy's professional experience includes work with preschool children, academic research and teachers' training, including at Tufts University. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching in the classroom, mentoring and coaching teachers, supporting families, collaborating with therapists and directing  early childhood programs. Lucy became director of the Temple Shalom Nursery School in 2017.

Connect with Us!

Interested in learning more about Temple Shalom Nursery School? Please complete the form below and we will be in touch to schedule an introductory conversation.

 

Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783