The New Nursery School of the United Church of Christ, Norwell, founded in 1977 was created as a mission of the church. The school is operated by a Board of Directors made up of church members and parents. The school is nondenominational and is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
New Nursery provides a warm and nurturing environment where the spirit of discovery is encouraged through activities appropriate to children’s developmental levels. Small class size and low teacher/child ratios allow children to develop socially, emotionally and intellectually in a setting where they are valued and respected as individuals.
The daily schedule includes active and quiet indoor and outdoor play, art, dramatic play, music and creative movement, block building, sand and water play, science experiences, stories, manipulative materials, cooking, exploring, thinking, questioning, talking and laughing. Children learn to be participating members of a group and build a sense of community with the help of teachers who encourage the awareness of emotions and the responsibilities of social behavior.
Because children learn by doing, we emphasize process rather than product and problem solving rather than answer giving so that children can build self-reliance and a positive self-image. Self help skills are encouraged therefore clothing that is child friendly is suggested. We also suggest that children come to school in clothing that can get dirty. The New Nursery School values exploratory art and outdoor play.