Philosophy & Mission


The philosophy of Meeting House Nursery School is learning through play. We firmly believe that “To Play Is To Grow,” and continually strive to foster an environment for our children to thrive while actively learning in play-based activities.101_4227

According to the Alliance for Childhood (2006):

“Child-initiated play lays the foundation for learning and academic success. Through play, children learn to interact with others, develop language skills, recognize and solve problems, and discover their human potential. In short, play helps children make sense of and find their place in the world.”

The mission of Meeting House Nursery School is to:

  • Provide students with an educationally sound program in an atmosphere of warmth, friendliness, and freedom
  • Offer opportunities for exploration, experimentation, and inquiry
  • Encourage curiosity and expression of ideas
  • Accept each child as an individual, helping the child grow in accordance with his/her own needs

To accomplish our mission, MHNS offers developmentally-appropriate educational programs that focus on the “whole child” in terms of his/her:

  • Social development: how the child interacts with other children and adults as well as their environment
  • Emotional development: how the child feels about him/herself and the ways the child accepts and expresses personal feelings and ideas
  • Cognitive development: the thinking skills that are needed to catalog new information, formulate ideas and solve problems
  • Physical development: the awareness and control of the physical body that the child acquires through the five senses, rest, exercise, and nutrition

Growth in these four areas occurs simultaneously; together they form the foundation for lifelong human development. It is our honor, privilege and expertise at MHNS to nurture children along this exciting journey.