Q: Is GCNS academic enough? Or does it just provide playtime for my child?

Research affirms that children learn most effectively through a concrete, play-oriented approach to early childhood education.

Basic to quality early childhood education is the fostering of an atmosphere where children feel secure, nurtured and confident. It is essential to start here in order to build on everything else. A play-based, child-centered program includes a period of time for children to choose activities from a rich environment as well as planned activities such as circle time, story time and music.

At the same time, children are constantly engaged in academic learning. Activities at Garden City Nursery School are carefully selected by the teacher to teach academic skills in a fun way on an individual basis as well as in small and whole group settings. The teacher has given much thought to the environment of the classroom so that children will have the opportunity to experience many types of activities that incorporate language, gross and fine motor skills, problem solving and other skills essential for academic success.

The benefits to a GCNS child:

Children learn many things through play. Play activities are essential for their development across all developmental domains – the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative.
Play enables children to do the following:
Learn concepts
Develop social skills
Develop physical skills
Master life situations
Practice language processes
Develop literacy skills
Enhance self-esteem
Children should enjoy school and have fun while acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to be lifelong learners.

Q: What is a cooperative?

A cooperative nursery school represents the joint effort of parents and educators to provide young children with the best possible experience for wholesome growth and development.
A cooperative nursery school means parents taking an active role in their child’s nursery school experience. To that end, parents participate in the classroom about once every 6 weeks, serve on a committee and help maintain our building and grounds.
By participating in the classroom, parents have the opportunity to observe their child in a group learning environment. Young children need a secure bridge between home and the world. A cooperative nursery school provides that bridge through family participation. Parents also have the opportunity to develop friendships with other parents while working on a committee. Together, parents and teachers are working for the highest educational standards.

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