Age 3 & 4 (Nursery/Preschool Program)

Nursery/Preschool Age

Joy in Learning begins at age 3. The Harley School’s Nursery program for ages 3 and 4 is focused on school readiness and creating a positive foundation for learning. At The Harley School, problem-solving comes to life through hands-on projects and exploration. Children are involved in a variety of daily activities, providing a balance between individual and group experiences.  These activities include group projects, dramatic play, art, music, gym, and outdoor play. Students also participate in school assemblies and field studies. We emphasize the importance of language arts and provide a strong foundation for future language development through group discussions and storytelling.

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At Harley, we encourage children to develop, test, and pursue ideas.

Questions--"How?" and "What if?"
are crucial elements to problem solving. 

Our program offers a thoughtful exploration of complex ideas where students think though possibilities.

A strong foundation.

Education begins at birth. Early experiences can forever enhance the development of a young brain. At Harley, children flourish as they experience critical growth and development. Language-rich classrooms foster collaborative problem solving to help students become capable, eager learners.

A curriculum designed by educators.

Our experienced faculty guide children through a program that cultivates curiosity and builds confidence, while offering a balanced approach to academic disciplines, the arts, and project-based learning.

Our experienced Nursery teachers are committed to working with you and your child.

Our program is a full day. Parents have a choice of a three-day or a five-day plan. Our low student-faculty ratio allows teachers to give individual attention to each child in a small class setting. In addition to class activities, a creative arts specialist incorporates dance, language arts, music, and creative dramatics into her daily sessions with the children. All Nursery students receive instruction in Spanish. Students also attend gym classes with the physical education teachers. Lunch is served daily in the classroom.

Sample Nursery Schedule

Morning meeting
Playtime in “Big Room” indoor play area
Circle time, healthy snack
Creative Arts (dance and movement)
Choice time and projects
P.E. or Spanish instruction
Story time
Outside play
Rest time

At The Harley School, 3 and 4 year olds experience Joy in Learning through play and exploration in a safe and caring environment based on mutual respect.

  • Creative arts, music, and dance every day
  • Indoor/outdoor playgrounds
  • Spanish instruction begins at age 3
  • Swimming lessons are part of PE class
  • Classes are staffed by experienced educators who have a commitment to teaching 3 and 4 year olds
  • Sunny, spacious classrooms
  • Healthy lunch program (lunch included in tuition)
  • Outdoor experiences and gardening in the Harley organic Micro-Farm
  • Weekly Assembly builds confidence and knowledge through sharing activities
  • Developing compassion & empathy in students is a core value
  • Collaboration between school and home to meet the child's needs

Beyond 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Wrap Around Care and Extended Day services until 6 p.m. available
  • After school programs in developmental sports, world language instruction, and academic topics enrich the school day

Supplementing the Cost of Tuition

Harley's Nursery program tuition begins at $12,000 per year

  • Acorn Grants provide up to $5,000 and are available to help offset the cost of tuition
  • Financial Aid is also available to families who qualify




Call (585) 442-1770 to make an appointment for a personal tour.

Our Nursery Program is part of the Lower School Division.




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