Our Classes


The beginner class is a great first step for pre-school with a positive, safe, secure atmosphere. Children learn routines, how to get along in a group, listen to adults other than parents all in a play-based environment. The beginner class is comprised of 14 children that are 2 ½ years of age by September 1 and two lead teachers.

Schedule Options

Mornings: 9:00-11:30am

  • Monday + Wednesday mornings
  • Tuesday + Thursday mornings
  • Tuesday + Thursday afternoons (not offered in 2017-2018)
  • Any 2-day class + Friday mornings


Children work on independence in the beginner classroom by learning to put on their coats, shoes and clothing without assistance, clear their places after snack and to carry and hang-up their own school bag.

Toilet Training

Children are working on toilet training, but are not required to be completely toilet trained at the start of the school year.

School Routines

School routines are learned and practiced such as clean-up time, listening to stories, using polite table manners during snack time.

What Our Parents Have to Say

ECNS's play based approach, affordability, and wonderful history of educating preschool aged children made our choice to attend Eliot Chapel easy!  The amazing staff we've experienced solidified that ECNS was the perfect fit for us!

— Jill Krussel

We chose ECNS because we were looking for a welcoming environment where kids are encouraged to enjoy the fun of childhood, while also learning from caring, qualified teachers.

— Jill Rhoads

Our Staff

About Eliot Chapel Nursery School

Eliot Chapel Nursery School offers play-based, hands-on learning for the whole child. With an amazing playground and garden space, the children experience outdoor play every day. Each half-day class is led by two lead teachers that are caring, experienced and nurturing.

A typical day for all classes includes:

  • Exploration and discovery of art materials, blocks, dramatic play, sensory materials, science, the outdoors and more
  • Yoga
  • Music
  • Outdoor play
  • Read-alouds
  • Snack

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