Kensington Nursery School is dedicated to providing a nurturing and enriching environment for preschool children, ages 2–4 years, and their families. Play is the major activity through which children develop social skills; work out difficulties; and exercise their physical, sensory, emotional, and cognitive abilities. We accept each child as a person, encouraging individual strengths and fostering a positive self-image.
Daily experiences are structured to broaden the child’s understanding of the world. The wide variety of materials is used selectively to give children many opportunities for exploration. The atmosphere of the classroom encourages freedom of expression, while respecting the rights and feelings of others. Specially trained teachers guide a thematically based program and work with cooperating parents to ensure that each child is attended to as part of a group and as an individual. At Kensington Nursery School, children are able to expand their appreciation of their community, the environment, and the natural world.
Parent perspective is broadened through participation in the classroom and the Parent Education Program. Skills and insights learned at school can be used at home. Children value parents’ participation, and they begin to learn the meaning of community involvement. Teachers, parents, and children alike benefit from the exchange of ideas inherent in the cooperative structure.
Last updated: Oct. 8, 2021
– 2-year-olds (morning): T/Th, 9–11:30 a.m.
– 2- and 3-year-olds (afternoon): T/Th, 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
– 3-year-olds (morning): M/W/F, 9–11:30 a.m. with extended day option until 2 p.m.
– 3- and 4-year-olds (afternoon): M–Th, 12–2:30 p.m.
– 4-year-olds (morning): M–F, 9–11:30 a.m. with M/W/F extended day option until 2 p.m.
3- and 4-year-olds have extended day option until 2 p.m.
Masks are optional at KNS for both students and adults.
All adults who wish to be child-facing, including staff and co-opers, are required to be fully immunized against COVID-19 and prove vaccination with documentation from their healthcare provider or administrator of the vaccine.
All children and co-opers are required to wash hands with soap and water at school drop-off, when moving from outdoors to indoors, before and after eating, and after toileting. Every effort will be made to use warm soap and water but when this is not possible, hand sanitizer may be used.
Classroom and Toy Cleaning Procedures
All high touch surfaces will be cleaned with bleach and water at the end of each class. Toys and all surfaces will be cleaned regularly with a bleach and water solution.
COVID Symptom Protocol
Children and adults who develop signs or symptoms consistent with COVID, including runny nose, congestion, sore throat, coughing, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home for a duration of 10 days, or may return to school with a negative test either PCR or rapid at home OR a note from a healthcare provider indicating an alternative diagnosis. Symptomatic children and adults who test negative for COVID can return to school if their symptoms are improving AND they are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medications.
Children and adults who test positive for COVID must stay at home for 5 days. They can return to school on day 6 if their symptoms are improving and they can wear a well fitting mask at all times other than eating. They must mask through day 10.
Children who develop symptoms while at school must be picked up within 30 minutes of parent notification. Adults who develop symptoms during school should leave immediately.
Parent Education Programs (PEP) scheduled throughout the year and a variety of school community activities
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