nursery school

first circle nursery school

Are you ready to enroll your child in an exceptional nursery school program? Welcome to First Circle’s Nursery School (formerly Chestnut Children’s Center), a nurturing and engaging environment for your toddler or preschooler. Serving the Needham community for over 25 years, our nursery school gives young children their first opportunity to learn in a structured environment while making friends! At First Circle, your child will learn through play, exploration, and hands-on experiences. 

Why choose First Circle’s nursery school for your child?

We believe that every child is unique and has their own way of learning, so our curriculum is flexible and adapts to your child’s interests and abilities. Our mission is to foster their innate curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. 

Foster self-confidence and independence:

Nursery school builds your child’s self-confidence and independence. This allows your child to develop confidence in themselves and their own abilities, as they tackle a variety of tasks and learn their way in the world as their own person.

Prepare your child for school:

Toddlers and preschoolers are enthusiastic and active learners, ready to learn new concepts and stretch their cognitive skills and imagination. They are eager to expand their worlds through language, problem-solving, imaginative play, artistic endeavors, and scientific investigations.

Build social skills:

Nursery school is a wonderful place for making friends, with lots of other children on the same exciting new adventure of starting school. Attending nursery school allows children to have a greater understanding of the outside world, as they mix with other children outside of their family unit and learn about other people’s feelings, cultures, and ways of life.

IN NURSERY SCHOOL, CHILDREN:

accomplish
new physical milestones

 

learn to say
thank you and please

 

learn self-help
skills and to be a helper

 

learn to use their words to express their feelings

 

practice
following rules while developing independence

learn math concepts and how to count

 

explore
their creativity
in art

develop citizenship, respect, and helpfulness

 

our program

toddlers

The nursery school offers a half-day toddler program for children who are two years old by August 31 of the school year they wish to enroll.
 
AVAILABLE SCHEDULES:
2-DAY, 3-DAY, and 4-DAY
 
HOURS:
8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
 
 

preschool

The preschool program is open to children who are three years old by August 31 of the school year they wish to enroll.
 
AVAILABLE SCHEDULES:
2-DAY, 3-DAY, 4-DAY, and 5-DAY
 
HOURS:
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
EXTENDED-DAY OPTION:
until 2:15 on TUE, WED, and THU

nursery school playing

prekindergarten

The prekindergarten program is open to children who are four years old by August 31 of the school year they wish to enroll.
 
AVAILABLE SCHEDULES:
2-DAY, 3-DAY, 4-DAY, and 5-DAY
 
HOURS:
8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
EXTENDED-DAY OPTION:
until 2:15 on TUE, WED, and THU

curriculum

Each day has a balance of structured learning and free play. Children engage in activities such as storytelling, music, arts and crafts, outdoor play and exploration. Our goal is to help them build communication, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and executive functions skills—the 21st century skills they’ll need to thrive in school and in life.
nursery school

our classrooms

First Circle’s nursery school classrooms are set up for intentional learning: organized and engaging, equipped with fun, playful, and purposeful materials that foster independent exploration, play, and socialization. The classrooms encourage learning in all the domains and are designed to support their needs for activity, sensory stimulation, outdoor activity, and rest.

our teaching team

Our expertly knowledgeable educators are dedicated to ensuring that your child receives the highest quality education, tailored to their individual needs. Our nursery school teachers help foster a focused learning development for your child, providing them with the structure that serves as great preparation for their later school life.

interested in enrolling?

School starts in September approximately one week after the Needham Public Schools begin. The year ends the first week in June. The nursery school follows the Needham Public Schools calendar with a few exceptions.