Nursery Ages 3 & 42019-01-30T10:44:20-05:00


Ages 3 & 4

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Joy in Learning

Our experienced early childhood educators understand how children develop, viewing each moment as  teachable and masterfully guiding their class with consideration for each student. The children are engaged in a highly intentional way. By creating classroom environments filled with lively discussion, collaboration, social interaction, and play, the wonder of learning is opened up to young children.

Daily music instruction. Creative arts and music is a daily elective offered to Nursery students. Our children take full advantage of our entire campus.

Our Key Values in Nursery:


All Learning Starts with Questions

“Why is water wet?”, “What are shadows made of?”, “How do fish breathe underwater?”

Relentless curiosity is part of every child’s natural drive to understand the world. It makes perfect sense that those who are fresh in the world long to learn more about it. Whether using questions to learn about a topic of interest, test a boundary or explore the world, this is an integral part of a youngster’s life.

Our Responsive Classroom approach focuses on the essential relationship between academic success, cognitive growth, and social-emotional learning. This empowers our faculty to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant.


Where Community and Independence Meet

As a member of both a classroom and a larger school community, our Nursery students learn social confidence in a vibrant learning environment. They are encouraged to explore and forge their own understandings through inquiry-based experiences. Our teachers model and coach social interactions so that children can discover ways to negotiate their world as their own social skills develop. They teach to each child first and are acutely aware of how to engage them at their level, offering appropriate challenge. Students understand that they are known and valued as part of their classroom family.


Door-opening Experiences Engage Young Learners

The way young children grow and mature can be seen through changes in their play and social skills. Our faculty, who are specifically trained in early childhood education, encourage learning through play in all areas. They follow an evidence-based approach to teaching that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, and developmental awareness. By creating a shared sense of purpose in the class, children are ready for positive and productive learning where risk-taking is encouraged and each individual voice matters. 


Readiness for a Lifetime of Growth and Problem Solving

From pretend play to flexing their gross- and fine motor skills, our students engage in experiences that stimulate growing minds and trigger imagination. They begin learning Spanish, swim in our pool, explore outdoors, make and move to music, play on our natural playground, develop confidence as they build skills in physical education classes, help in our microfarm, and participate in creative arts. They are provided with a broad experience as they build their foundation for exploring the world around them.


Children are activators of their own learning. They thrive when new opportunities and topics are provided and gain confidence from meaningful practice to move from exploration to mastery. Nursery maximizes discoveries with other children and guidance from trusted teachers.The social-emotional components of early childhood include:

  • sense of self-feeling good about themselves and what they can do.
  • social skills-getting along in life with others.
  • emotional skills-recognizing, expressing, and managing a wide range of feelings.
We love the outdoors! Our summer program features our faculty and curriculum in our natural setting playground, complete with musical instruments.
We love the outdoors! Our summer program features our faculty and curriculum in our natural setting playground, complete with musical instruments.
Joy in Learning! We build, we collaborate, we play, we learn.

Being in a supportive community allows students to learn from each other. As Nursery students’ language, thinking, and planning capabilities increase, they are better able to wait for things they want, to negotiate solutions to everyday problems, and make decisions for themselves.

About Our Faculty

The average tenure of our Nursery faculty is 11 years. They are trained to create safe, joyful, and engaging classroom and school communities. Their emphasis is on helping students develop academic, social, and emotional skills in a learning environment that is developmentally responsive to their strengths and needs. Each Nursery classroom has two teachers.

 “I’m connecting individually with my students from the moment they walk in the door, and I have one-on-one conversations with them through­out the day..” – Marlene Heuer, Nursery Teacher

Physical development. Confidence building in the outdoors!

Harley’s Nursery Program

The Harley School’s Nursery program is specifically designed for children ages 3 and 4, positioning play as the vehicle for learning while engaging curious, growing minds.

With a 25-acre campus, beautiful outdoor facilities, and a summer option that allows for a seamless year, Nursery at Harley provides a positive foundation for learning, and a joyful experience for both you and your child.

Nursery students gradually develop age-appropriate independence within the safety of our classrooms which encourage curiosity, creativity, and exploration. The days are saturated with social learning that takes place while students experience collaboration, partnership, and community.

At Harley, we believe preschool education sets the tone for learning—inspiring and igniting meaning– which students carry with them from age 3 to graduation day and beyond.

Purposeful play is a vehicle for learning. Nursery students build language and fine motor skills while learning about colors.

Harley Highlights

  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Year-round program with our summer option
  • Extended day before and after care
  • Spanish, swimming, creative arts, and music
  • Discovery and outdoor play
  • Small class sizes, allowing faculty to build deep connections with students
  • Experienced, vibrant educators who understand and are passionate about children as learners
  • Thoughtful, structured schedule
  • Healthy lunches and snacks are included (gluten-free, allergen-free and diet-sensitive options available)

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