Soulard School Nursery - Birth to 3 Years

 

Our Nursery Program offers Infant and Toddler classrooms and is located off campus.  

Hours of Operation: Regular school day is 8:00am-4:00pm, with limited "full day" spots 8:00am-5:30pm.

Forms:

2017-18 Application for Placement

2017-18 Tuition & Scheduling

Overview:

Nursery enrollment is generally done on a school-year schedule, with applications reviewed in March for enrollment to begin in August. Mid-year placements are made as space becomes available. 

The Nursery runs on a school-year calendar, with Winter and Spring Breaks. Tuition rates are for the school year (late August through Memorial Day), with separate weekly rates offered for summer. 

Infant Room

6 weeks to 18 months

Ratio 1:4 One teacher to 4 infants

The daily schedules are flexible to best fit the home/school environments.  There is time each morning to talk with the classroom teacher regarding schedule changes and any other needs specific to the child. At the end of the day the parent takes home a form about the day, it includes resting, fluids, foods, diapering and any other pertinent information.  

  • At this time we are accepting applications for placement starting August 2017. 

 

1s Room

12 to 30 months

Ratio 1:4 One teacher to 4 toddlers

Toddlers make the transition from infants to 2s together. The schedule remains flexible to accomodate nap needs, while beginning regular outdoor exploration time, and group meals.  The curriculum is loosely structured with a focus on self-help skills and building interpersonal relationships, as well as gradually expanding attention spans and communication skills. 

  • At this time we are accepting applications for placement starting August 2017.

2s Room

24 to 36 months  

Ratio 1:6 One teacher to 6 children

This is a time of rapid development.  As the two year olds demonstrate their growing abilities, the teachers plan and implement curriculum to help them feel successful, as well as, challenged to grow more.  Through observation and communication with families, lesson plans are built around the interests and experiences of the class.  The daily schedule is below.

  • At this time we are accepting applications for placement starting August 2017.

 

Admissions Process

  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 
  • The Nursery does not offer sliding scale tuition.
  • A one-time $40 application fee should accompany your form. 
  • Most new students begin in August, with admissions decisions made in March.

Our Nursery is a very small facility, with its limited capacity. Priority is given to teachers' children and siblings of our pre-k and elementary students. When there is space available, we welcome new families. Admissions decisions are made based on seeking a balance of ages, genders, and scheduling needs. 

The Nursery is open during our two annual Open Houses in October and January. We also offer periodic group tours during the school day. Our spring tours will be Tuesday, March 7 and Tuesday, April 4. Both are from 10:00-10:30 - please RSVP to info@soulardschool.org or (314) 865-2799. 

We also offer regular tours of our pre-k and elementary campus. Tours include a discussion of the school's philosophy and other aspects of our approach that can be helpful to prospective Nursery families.

 

More about our Nursery

At The Soulard School Nursery we learn though play. We sing, dance, create,  learn, play, and most of all we enjoy our time with each other. The classroom design includes areas for sensory development, art, manipulatives, dramatic play, building, and literature. The themes and topics that we create as the curriculum for our classroom are based on the interests and developmental needs of the children. A few of our studies have focused on our bodies, shapes, colors, animals, and author studies including Eric Carle, Leo Lionni.

The Nursery is divided into three rooms. Our younger classroom is designed for infants up to 18 months. These children transition to the 1s classroom, then on to the 2s. To benefit all children, the older children are very involved in assisting the younger children (putting on shoes, clearing the table, picking up toys, etc.). The younger children benefit from this assistance while the older children learn responsibility and practical life skills.

We introduce meal times as a calm and enjoyable part of our day. The children bring their own food from home and take the responsibility to serve themselves, as well as, clear their spots when they are done.

 

Parent Communication

Daily communication, highlights of the day, messages, wish list items, and napping times are posted on a board as you enter the Nursery. This can be helpful to begin discussions with your child about his or her day and incorporate school learning into the home environment. Calendar information will be posted on the bulletin board, as well as, bi-weekly lesson plans, laundry schedule, the all-school calendar, and student schedules. 

The Nursery Newsletter will be emailed at the end of every week including important notes and our weekly highlights and pictures. Infant Daily Sheets are sent home at the end of every day with eating, sleeping, and diapering information about your baby’s day.

 

Conferences

Toddler students will receive developmental reports at the end of both fall and spring semesters. During the beginning of December parents will have the opportunity to conference with teachers about their child’s current development.

 

Daily Schedule

8:00-8:30am Drop-off  & Free Choice Time 

8:30-9:00am Outdoor Exploration

9:00-9:10am Wash Hands

9:10-9:20am Morning Snack 

9:20-9:30am Diapering/Potty Training

9:30-9:45am Morning Meeting

9:45-10:30am Choice Time &  Small Group Projects

10:30-11:15am Outdoor Exploration  

11:15-11:30am Wash Hands/Diapering/Potty Training

11:30am-12:00pm Lunch

12:00-2:00pm Story & Music Appreciation & Rest Time

2:00-2:15pm Wash Hands/Diapering/Potty Training

2:15-2:30pm Afternoon Meeting

2:30-3:00pm Afternoon Snack

3:00-4:00pm Outdoor Exploration or Continue Small Group Projects

4:00pm School Day Ends

4:00-5:30pm Classrooms Combine For Extended Care