Philosophy

Westminster Nursery School provides a Christian atmosphere of care and concern for young children while encouraging them to develop positive feelings about themselves and others.  Experienced, qualified teachers guide children in learning opportunities in accordance with each child’s individual rate of growth and development.
Westminster believes it is important to give children opportunities to express ideas freely and spontaneously, to encourage individuality and originality in their work, to provide a flexible environment without so many rules that spontaneity would be inhibited, and to continuously stimulate children to approach problems and situations with a searching and endless curiosity.
Teachers remember that too much freedom leads to insecurity, while too little freedom stifles spontaneity and creativity.  Guided freedom allows for testing and trying out different approaches to situations with the comfort of knowing that positive guidance from the teacher keeps the experimenting within the realm of safe, creative learning.
Westminster embraces all aspects of young children:  social-emotional, intellectual and physical growth.  The goal is to develop happy, well adjusted children in a climate of freedom with discipline, affection, and positive reinforcement.  Developmentally appropriate academic experiences are offered.  Each child is encouraged to acquire skills at their own individual level of readiness.  Westminster believes that “early childhood is not only where the future beings, but that childhood should be a joyous journey, not a race.”

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