Questions and Answers
What type of programs do you offer?
We offer an intimate, theme-based, preschool experience for students in both age-separated and mixed-age programs. Our typical morning program includes separate circle time and curriculum activities for each age group. The dual programs create developmentally individualized opportunities where older students can explore a pre-kindergarten curriculum and younger students can work on building classroom fundamentals. Every day for about 20 minutes, we open the door between the two classrooms and offer mixed-age play. This allows our older students to serve as ambassadors for the younger students, and allows younger students to learn academic and social skills from their older schoolmates. See below for our Extended Day Fun Bunch Program.
Is your program licensed?
We are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to operate a Large Group and School Age Child Care Program.
How many students can you enroll and what is the student to teacher ratio?
We can accommodate a maximum of 35 students per day between our two classrooms. Our daily class sizes vary depending on family schedule preferences, but the resulting student to staff ratio usually runs 7 to 1 or lower.
How many days may my child come?
Students enroll for three, four or five mornings per week. Since our preschool is curriculum-focused, we believe students benefit from attending as many days as possible. More frequent attendance allows students to enjoy the full breadth and depth of the curriculum offerings and to make developmental connections from one activity to another. Our Fun Bunch program (See below.) extends each day until 2:00 p.m.
What ages do you serve?
Children must be 2 years 9 months by September 1st and stay with us until they enroll in kindergarten at age 5 or as early 6 year olds.
What are your hours?
Our morning program runs from 9:00am until 11:30am. We have an early drop off option at 8:00am and a late pick up option at 12:30pm. See below for our Extended Day Fun Bunch Program.
Do you offer extended hours?
Our optional Extended Day Fun Bunch Program, is offered every day from 11:30am until 2:00pm. We explore different enrichment themes each day of the week for the entire year. Students register for Fun Bunch day(s) for the entire school year although Drop In days may be available, space permitting.
How many classrooms do you have?
We have two classrooms: the first serves students from 2.9 to about 3.11 years of age; the second classroom serves pre-kindergarten students, from about 3.8 to 5 years of age. Each classroom has two distinctive activity areas.
Does Noanet Nursery School teach religious classes?
Noanet Nursery School is owned and operated by The Dover Church which shares our educational mission: Our mission is to nourish strong roots of integrity, decency, and empathy in children by expanding their appreciation of the world while stimulating their natural love for learning, their belief in themselves, and their thoughtfulness toward others. We do not offer religious programs.
How do I visit the school and when should I visit?
Tours are scheduled at a time that is convenient for you and your family. Please contact our director, Gita Coutts, 508-734-3466. A school visit is the first step in the registration process and typically lasts thirty minutes.
How do I register?
Registration opens in the fall for the upcoming school year and remains open until all slots are filled. Registration materials are given to prospective parents/guardians who visit the school. Confirmation of enrollment in the program is communicated in mid-December. Registration forms are available on the registration page under the enrollment tab for your convenience, but please note that the registration process begins with a school visit.