At WCNS we strive to advance each child’s optimal learning and development. We meet the needs of the whole child by providing a safe, consistent, and nurturing environment that encourages the social emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of children. We know that children develop within a context, and we work in partnership with parents and families to understand the individual needs and strengths of each child. By providing a rich and creative curriculum, highly qualified staff, opportunities for parental involvement and partnership, and a sense of school community, Winnetka Community Nursery School strives to be a model of excellence in early childhood education.
At WCNS our philosophy is play-based and child-centered. We firmly believe that play is the foundation of learning, and the vehicle through which children acquire skills and knowledge. We view children as collaborators in their education, and have a deep respect for their ideas and inquiries.
Philosophically, Winnetka Community Nursery School strives to:
Foster positive self-identity and a sense of emotional well-being.
Develop social skills and knowledge.
Encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment.
Encourage language and literacy development.
Enhance physical development and skills.
Encourage and demonstrate sound health, safety and nutritional practices.
Encourage creative expression, representation and appreciation for the arts.
Respect cultural diversity.
Include parents as partners in the education of their children.