Our mission is to provide a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment in which children can learn through play. We strive to foster the community of the teacher, parent & child to help support the total development and growth of the child.
Established in 1969, St. Paul’s Nursery School is a non-sectarian school, serving children from two to five years old. The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs, a division of the Association for Early Learning Leaders has accredited St. Paul’s Nursery School since 2008. For 17 years prior to that, the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of NAEYC, accredited us. St. Paul’s is fully licensed, meeting all the health and fire regulations of the State of Connecticut and the Town of Fairfield.
Our Philosophy and Goals
We believe that:
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.
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 believe parents are a child’s first teachers and we value their partnership. During the COVID-19 pandemic we will seek activities to include parents while maintaining physical distance and COVID safety.
We are fortunate to have a first-rate teaching staff trained in early childhood education. 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.