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The Beth El Nursery School has designed a comprehensive program to enhance your child's growth and potential, by creating a unique, non-competitive and nurturing atmosphere.
The Beth El environment is one where children can experience a sense of belonging, trust and encouragement. Children are encouraged to take risks and explore in a nonjudgmental setting. Our goal is to provide a developmentally appropriate experience for all of our students. "Play" is fundamental to our program. Through play children investigate their world, discover how to get along with others, test their skills and muscles, try out new ideas, and feel competent enough to try different activities. Curiosity, self-esteem, language, mathematics, cooperation, coordination and endurance are just a few of the many kinds of learning involved in play.
Beth El's program is based on three pillars:
Socialization - A Nursery School is often a child's first independent experience away from home and family. Children begin to learn the social skills necessary to navigate through their world. They make choices and problem solve together with their peers and teachers. Children are empowered to deal with conflicts in a direct manner.
Hands-on Experiential Day - Children learn about their world through their senses. Our goal at Beth El is to present children with a variety of choices where they can develop a sense of wonder and discovery. Our curriculum is rich with songs, literature, baking, creative dramatics, manipulatives, block building, sand and water play, As they experience a wide variety of activities in art, children make decisions about how they will spend their time. Art at Beth El emphasizes process over product. Children are free to experiment, change, invent and create with a large assortment of materials and media.
Judaic Program - At Beth El we begin to instill in children a love and appreciation for their Jewish heritage, in a developmentally appropriate manner. As we move through the calendar year, our students experience the Sabbath and the holidays through song, cooking, art literature and dance.
What Makes Us Special?
- Nationally recognized, award-winning nursery school
- Warm & nurturing faculty certified in Early Childhood Education and dedicated to meaningful childhood practice
- State-of-the-art facility including two outdoor year-round playgrounds
- Assorted enrichment specialists, including music, movement, creative dramatics, sports and nature
- School selected by the Jewish Theological Seminary to participate in an exciting program to enhance Judaic knowledge and classroom curriculum
- School selected by UJA Federation/Board of Jewish Education/Westchester Jewish Community Services to participate in PROJECT SEED, an ongoing innovated program to enhance knowledge in guiding early emotional development in young children
- On site child psychologist consultant
All programs are staffed by at least two teachers. Class size is limited by age category and/or room size. In an effort to increase the Hebrew language component of our programs, our classes are given Hebrew names according to the parts of a tree, which is reflected in our logo.
First Seeds: A "Mommy and Me" style program for children between the ages of 18 and 24 months when the program begins in October. A parent must attend with the child.
Shoresh Classes ("roots") for Two-Year-Olds: Children must be two years old by December 31st of the entering school year.
2-Day classes (older 2's) (9:00 - 11:45 AM)
3-Day classes (older 2's) (9:00 - 11:45 AM)
5-Day classes (9:00 - 11:45 AM) if space allows
Optional 2's Extended-Day Lunch Bunch: Until 1:00 PM
Gezah Classes ("trunk") for Three-Year-Olds and Anaf Classes ("branches") for Four-Year-Olds: Children must be three or four years old by December 31st of the entering school year.
- 5-Day classes only:
* AM Classes (9:00 - 11:45 AM), with optional Extended Days
* Full-Day threes (9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.)
* Full-Day fours (9:00 AM - 2:30 PM.)
The children of Beth El Nursery School are welcomed into the Beth El Library on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Our librarian selects and reads age-appropriate books to share and enjoy with the children and teachers.
Our school calendar is determined in part by the New Rochelle Public School schedule and by the Jewish holiday calendar.
Shabbat and Jewish holidays are celebrated. Transportation is available through private bus companies.
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Please call the Beth El Nursery School at (914) 235-2700, ext. 250 to arrange a tour or to receive further information. You can also email us at Nursery@bethelnr.org.