Now accepting registration for September 2013!
We are a ministry of Upper Dublin Lutheran Church. We welcome children of any denomination. We enjoy diversity and look forward to incorporating other traditions in to our program. The mission of Upper Dublin Christian Nursery School is to help children experience the joy in knowing Jesus and learning and in sharing God's love. We encourage you to visit our school at any time. Please call for information. 215-646-7812.
Stacey Condeelis, Interm Director, has taught preschool students for nine years at Upper Dublin Christian Nursery School. She has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College. Stacey is also a certified reading specialist. Sharing God's love with the children of the nursery school and providing a safe and nurturing school experience is Stacey's main goal of her ministry. Children learn best through their play and need many opportunities to socialize with their peers to develop to their full potential. Stacey is married to Alex and they have three boys and two dogs.
Our lead teachers are degreed, caring individuals committed to God and to the students and families of our school. Our Classroom Assistants share those same commitments.
All areas of growth and learning are integrated into a Christ-centered program which includes language and reading readiness, communication and socialization, fine and gross motor skills, self-reliance, listening and sharing and recognizing oneself and others as children of a loving God. We offer programs for two, three, four and five year old children. Please see each age level for schedules of classes offered.
Our school is enhanced by our beautiful grounds with ample space for special events and a shaded playground. We have open space for large group activities, a wooded area with paths and a stream for observing nature and a great front lawn area. Inside we have bright and airy classrooms, and full use of all facilities including the church kitchen and Fellowship Hall. Child-created work is always on display not only in the classrooms, but in the halls as well.
Classes for Twos
Two year old students meet two mornings per week - Monday and Friday, Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. Children are nurtured as they are introduced to the concept of being without Mom. A gathering time, free play, project, snack and outside play time fill up the two and one half hours. Curriculum is centered around early literacy concepts of colors, shapes and word play, though Bible stories and nursery rhymes.
Tuition: Two Days (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) $155/month. Three Days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) $227/month.
Classes for Threes
Three year old students have the option of attending two or three days per week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, morning or Tuesday and Thursday morning. Three year olds "work" on letter recognition and beginning number skills. Again these challenges are casually introduced through discovery, play, stories, nursery rhymes and literature. Three year olds also receive the Scholastic magazine, "Clifford... the Big Red Dog" on a monthly basis. This publication is a wonderful resource for use in both the classroom and at home.
Tuition: Two days (Tuesday and Thursday) $155/month. Three days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) $227/month
Classes for Fours
Four year old students who will probably attend pre-kindergarten are encouraged to attend our three day per week program. This program is presented Monday, Wednesday and Fridaymorning. These classes are low pressure with emphasis on beginning consonant sounds, letter recognition review, storytelling, number sets, and review and reinforcement of all skills aquired thus far.
Tuition: Three days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) $227/month
Pre-Kindergarten classes are designed to provide children ages four and five with the classroom experiences needed to allow a successful transition to kindergarten. The curriculum is similar to that of the four year classes. However, because the teachers have more time with the children and the curriculum is expanded. These children will do more science experiments, more storytelling, etc. They will have greater opportunity to interact with their classmates and therefore practice the social skills that they are learning more frequently. Classes meeting for a full day will eat lunch together, have a recess period and then resume class time.
Tuition: Five mornings - $340/month. Two half days, three full days - $510/month
Our enrichment class is offered for any three or four year old, each Monday from 12:30-3. It is designed to compliment the child's regular nursery school class. The teacher has designed a curriculum that uses science, music, art and drama in very effective ways. Children have their own art show, present dramatizations of nursery rhymes and use science experiments to make a wide range of discoveries. Tuition: $85/month All Classes attend Chapel weekly. This is a fun, relaxed time in our sanctuary with one of our Pastors. It is a wonderful introduction to church. Children also have a music class each week with our Director of Music and a Physical Education period with an experienced phys ed teacher.
Lunch Bunch is offered each day from 11:45 - 2:30. Cost is $15 per session. Children may attend from 11:45 - 12:30 (Lunch Only) for $4.00. Sign up is weekly, payment at the time of attendance.
Throughout the year we have several special events. Families are invited to attend our Fall Festival in Oct. In December we have a Christmas pageant; Father's Night in February, Grandparents and Special Friends in March, our Spring Fling in April and then Mother's Day Teas in May. We also have Nursery Rhyme Olympics in May! It is really a year full of Special Events!!