St. Paul’s Nursery School of Fairfield, Inc.
661 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 255-1902; Directors@stpaulsnurseryschool.net
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—“You Can’t Build a House Without a Foundation” -- Cindy Rzasa Bess
Established in 1969, St. Paul’s Nursery School is a non-sectarian school serving children from three to five years old. The school is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs, which is managed by the Association of Early Learning Leaders (AELL). St. Paul's is fully licensed, meeting all the health and fire regulations of the State of Connecticut and the Town of Fairfield.
ARE YOU NEW TO FAIRFIELD
& IN NEED OF A PRESCHOOL FOR YOUR YOUNG CHILD?
2015-2016 ENROLLMENT IS UNDERWAY
Current and returning families please call for your applications.
New families please call to schedule a tour
We continue to accept
aplications for 2014-2015 3's, 4's and Pre-K classes
Please phone (203) 255-1902 to schedule your tour.
for Accreditation Information
for the School Calendar
St. Paul’s Nursery School presented Peg Tyre
In 2009 The Fairfield Citizen News published a very interesting story on Peg Tyre and "Bridging the Gender Gap in Adademic Achievement," featuring St. Paul's Nursery School. On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, Peg Tyre spoke at Roger Ludlowe Middle School. See the article here >
• Our Philosophy
• Our Program
• Our Directors and Staff
• Information on Applications and Program Schedule
• Contact Us
Young children learn through play. Play helps children begin to socialize and share, to learn through their senses and hands-on experiences, to build upon ideas and concepts and to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills. At our school, we create a safe and nurturing environment that provides children with ample opportunities to explore the world around them through play, independently or with teacher guidance.
Our goal is to help our children develop into self-confident, curious and productive members of society who are kind, empathetic and considerate of others. We present a developmentally appropriate curriculum that fosters the growth of the whole child: cognitive, physical, social, emotional, aesthetic and moral. We teach respect for one another’s interests and needs by offering our children choices and the opportunity to learn through a variety of stimulating activities. We recognize individual differences and strive to create an atmosphere in which every child succeeds. We believe in working together with parents to support children’s development both inside and outside of the classroom, and encourage parents to share time with their children in our school whenever possible.
We are fortunate to have a first-rate teaching staff trained in early childhood development. Their professionalism is matched by a genuine warmth and camaraderie that creates a positive, supportive and loving environment for our children and lays a foundation for life-long learning.
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The curriculum at St. Paul’s Nursery School is designed to provide our children with hands-on experiences and activities that allow their curiosity and cognitive skills to develop spontaneously. The rooms at our school are especially designed for children, geared to their size, needs, developing interests and intellectual capacities.
Our program includes time for the children to try a range of activities for themselves, including large and small blocks for building and pretending; trucks and trains; sand and water play; and toys that develop fine motor skills, including puzzles and other manipulatives. A Dramatic Play area provides an area for dress up and dolls to promote cooperative, social and imaginative play.
Our teachers encourage self-expression and creativity. The children participate in a wide range of art projects that include all forms of painting, gluing, play dough and a variety of other media. The focus is on the process rather than the end product, an approach which fosters creativity and builds self-confidence. Music is also an important part of the curriculum, including singing, rhythm instruments and listening to a variety of musical genres. The music program is further enriched through monthly classes led by a professional early childhood music instructor.
The school’s outdoor playground offers children an array of activities including swings, tricycles, balls, sand toys, play structures and other large muscle equipment. The older children also enjoy a weekly gym class led by a fitness instructor who emphasizes creative movement and other activities designed specifically to develop gross motor skills.
Our curriculum also includes time for the children to come together as a group with their teachers for circle time and discussion, stories, science projects and pre-number and pre-reading activities. We provide a setting in which language skills can thrive. We listen to the children and encourage them to speak, and respect their opinions. While our curriculum introduces themes or general topics, the children’s interests often lead the discussion. We communicate with them at eye level, speaking to them the way we believe they should speak to others. We help them learn appropriate language to express their feelings, and to be respectful of the feelings of others.
We teach our children self-help skills, and how to be working and cooperative members of their class. We also believe that they should begin to understand their role as part of the greater community. We encourage parents to participate in our classroom activities, and to share their skills, interests, cultures and holiday traditions. During the holiday season, we collect gifts for children in need and distribute them through a partnership with St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The children also bake cookies for the local firefighters, which are delivered to the Fairfield Fire Station by our four and five year old classes. Throughout the year, our children participate in a variety of in-house and off-campus field trips.
We communicate frequently with families about classroom and school activities. We hold conferences with parents in the fall and spring to discuss their children’s growth and total development, but are always accessible to address any needs or concerns. The school also sponsors speakers that address issues of concern to parents, such as “Helping Children Cope With Loss” and “Talking to Your Young Child During Violent Times,” and holds Directors’ Workshops throughout the year on such topics as “Milestones for Threes,” “Academics in the Four Year Old Class” and “Kindergarten Readiness.” Working in partnership with parents and involving them in the educational process is an integral part of helping our children reach their full potential.
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Our Directors and Staff
The Director of St. Paul’s Nursery School is Margee Ready. Margee Ready, Director and teacher, joined St. Paul’s in 1974. She received her B.S. degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College and has completed graduate courses at Fairfield University. Margee was recently awarded her Connecticut Director's Credential. She is active on the Board of the Fairfield County Association for the Education of Young Children (FCAEYC), is a State Liaison for the National Association of Childcare Professionals (NACCP) and is an Accreditation Validator for the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care & Education Programs.
The Assistant Director of St. Paul’s Nursery School is Jeanne Bartko. Jeanne Bartko joined our staff in 1994 and moved into a head teaching position in 1996. She graduated Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. In addition, she recently completed coursework for her Early Childhood Education certificate and earned her Connecticut Director's Credential. Jeanne is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and of the National Association of Childcare Professionals (NACCP) Prior to joining our staff, Jeanne was an in-home childcare provider.
We are extremely proud of our teaching staff at St. Paul’s. They are a wonderful family of professionals who share a love for education, children and a great sense of humor. All of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified, and our teachers regularly attend workshops, seminars and conferences on issues related to early childhood development and education. These are sponsored by the NACCP, National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Connecticut and Mid-Fairfield Associations for the Education of Young Children, and local colleges, universities and libraries.
School policies are overseen by a Board of Trustees. The board is made up of a chairperson, parent representatives (both non-parishioners and parishioners of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church), a teacher representative, a liaison to the church’s governing board, a member of the clergy of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Nursery School Director.
It is the dedicated teachers and directors, wonderful involved parents and a terrific, supportive board that make St. Paul’s Nursery School so successful.
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Information on Applications and Program Schedule
St. Paul’s offers classes for three year olds and four year olds, as well as a pre-kindergarten program for five year olds. Extended days are available to children in the four and five year-old classes. Registration for September 2014 classes begins in September 16, 2013 for all age groups. Parents interested in applying should contact the school at (203) 255-1902.
Our Enrichment Program is available to children in the 4 year-old and Pre-K classes. The Enrichment program consists of 5 6-week programs surrounding a specific content area, such as arts & crafts, cooking, author study, science & playground games. Children may enroll in 1, all or any combination of the 5 sessions offered on their designated Enrichment Day. Enrichment is a 2-hour extension to the school day 1 day per week and children also bring their lunch. It is available to children attending morning classes from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. on either Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons. It is available to children attending afternoon classes from 10:30 - 12:30 p.m. on Monday mornings.
An Extended Day Program is available to children in the 4 year-old and Pre-K classes. Children in morning classes may stay for lunch and activities until 2:00 p.m. on their designated Extended Day, while children in the afternoon classes start their Extended Day program at 10:30 a.m. and have lunch before joining their regular class. You may sign up for a permanent spot for the year or you may choose to sign up daily on a space-available basis.
We would be delighted to answer any further questions you might have about St. Paul’s Nursery School. Please call us at (203) 255-1902 or email us at Directors@stpaulsnurseryschool.net.
St. Paul’s Nursery School of Fairfield, Inc.
661 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
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Please call us at (203) 255-1902 or email us at Directors@stpaulsnurseryschool.net.
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