Our Classes


The multi-age class offers the opportunity for a wonderful neighborhood-like grouping with 16-18 children ages 3 through 5 years  with two lead teachers. The students are encouraged to grow in their independence, confidence and creativity through thoughtful play experiences. In these classes, children are building observation skills, speaking skills, self-regulation, problem-solving, and their love of learning through the promotion of their creativity and curiosity. (Children entering these classes are required to be fully toilet-trained.)

Schedule Options

Mornings: 9:00-11:30am

  • Tuesday + Thursday mornings
  • Monday + Wednesday + Friday mornings

Build on children’s’ interests

Teachers actively listen and use what they observe to build on children’s’ interests and provide materials and experiences that promote the children’s predisposition to learn.

Individual learning styles

Individual learning styles in the children are valued and teachers work to provide individualized help so children can succeed.

Positive peer relationships

Positive peer relationships are encouraged and nurtured as children mentor one another throughout the day.

What Our Parents Have to Say

We chose ECNS for our children because we liked the idea of a play based learning environment and the emphasis on getting the kids outdoors.   We've continued to stay because everyone on staff really cares about the children and works so hard to address each child's individual needs.

— Steve Salmons

We are so happy we made the decision to send our children to ECNS. We were initially drawn to the school for its overall small size and play-based teaching methods. The small size lends itself to a tight community feel...The outdoor learning space and playground is the best around. My children are safe, happy and challenged at ECNS. They love it here!

— Brittany Manier

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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