The preschool hours range between 8:30am-3:00pm, depending on level. Optional early and late pick-up is available through our Preschool ACE program
After School Care options:
WNS offers early and late care through our ACE (After Class Enrichment) Program. Early drop-off begins at 7:30am and late pick-up extends to 6:00pm. Preschoolers will have the option to participate in the ACE program.
Class groupings are based on age with a range of approximately 9 months - 1 year. WNS values the advantages of mixed-age groupings and schedules opportunities daily for children to play and collaborate with older and younger classes for the most diverse experiences.
Young children can begin to participate in meaningful and successful conflict resolution with the support of caring adults. Teachers help young children express themselves verbally, model appropriate responses and provide opportunities for children to listen to and care for one another.
In an effort to align social learning approaches and instruction, WNS embarked on the adoption of the Responsive Classroom approach to social-emotional teaching and learning. The approach has a number of facets that support children in the development of social skills and conflict resolution.
Several aspects of the program are key. First, the daily Morning Meeting begins the day for each class. During this meeting all children are greeted by name, a sharing activity helps them get to know one another, and a game helps them have fun together at the beginning of their school day. The RC approach also has clear methods on setting goals, or "hopes and dreams," for the year and for co-creating and observing classroom rules that help students achieve those goals. Our faculty is also trained to understand the cognitive building blocks of social learning and differentiate social learning to support each child's growth in this area.
WNS is a Preschool-8th grade private independent school that embraces a constructivist, child-centered approach. We incorporate a growth and maker mindset into our entire program while providing a very strong core academic program along with visual and performing arts, Spanish instruction (beginning in preschool), and integration of technology-based tools and strategies. Admission to the WNS Preschool is an entry point for our entire K-8 program.
WNS's mission is to create a community of lifelong learners that nurtures students from diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential and inspires them to contribute to the world with confidence, creativity, curiosity, conscience and compassion.