Hastings Nursery School seeks to promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of young children. Its staff and board believe that the real work of a preschooler is play and exploration. Consequently, the school offers a rich environment of activities each day that allows children to develop social and emotional skills, fine and gross motor skills, a sense of the world around them, creativity, the ability to listen to others and to express themselves. These activities, including special arts and crafts projects, focus on the process rather than the finished project.
Activities such as molding clay between fingers, exploring weight and balance with wood blocks, investigating color and line while painting, and creating and acting out stories with costumes and props are all important learning activities for preschoolers.
The nursery school’s staff and board believe that young children are natural learners. The school provides a rich and comfortable environment where children can interact with a professional and caring staff and can seek out enjoyable opportunities for learning.