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601 N. Parham Road Richmond, Va 23229   804.741.4118
About Canterbury Nursery School

Canterbury Community Nursery School's philosophy of educating children is based on the learning theories of Jean Piaget. He demonstrated that children learn best when they are experiencing the world around them. Canterbury is committed to providing children with the tools and guidance they need to learn. We view teachers, children and facilities as a partnership in helping the whole child develop intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically.

We are licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services and accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) through NACCP (National Association of Child Care Professionals). Every year, approximately 125 families enroll their children at Canterbury to give them the best possible start to learning.

Quick Facts

  • Year Established: 1978
  • Year Accredited: 1998
  • Is a not-for-profit, school for children ages: 16 months to 5 1/2 years old
  • Current Enrollment: 100 children
  • Program Hours: Jr. Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Full Day Jr. Kindergarten 8:00 am to 2:00pm and 
  • Preschool 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Early Morning Drop Off: 7:30 am, Monday through Friday
  • Afternoon Enrichment 12:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Teacher/Child Ratios: See Programs Information
  • Registration Deadlines: Registration forms are accepted throughout the year
  • School Term: September through May



Canterbury has been part of the Richmond educational community for over 30 years. We are a not for profit (501(c)3) secular preschool, dedicated to providing high-quality programs for children ages 16 months to 5 ½. We believe in partnering with families, working together to meet the developmental needs of children.

We recognize and respect children as unique individuals - each with varied learning styles and developmental needs.

Let us know how we can help you on your journey to finding the best preschool for your family.

Mission Statement

We will educate children in a creative, supportive, nurturing environment in partnership with family and community.

Canterbury has been part of the Richmond educational community for over 30 years. We are a non-profit secular preschool, dedicated to providing high-quality programs for children ages 16 months to 5 1/2. We believe in partnering with families, working together to meet the developmental needs of children.

Canterbury's philosophy of educating children is based on the learning theories of Jean Piaget. He demonstrated that children learn best when they are experiencing the world around them through play. Canterbury is committed to providing children with the tools and guidance they need to learn. We view teachers, children and families as partners in helping the whole child develop intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically.

    We are licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services and accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) through NACCP (National Association of Child Care Professionals). Every year, approximately 125 families enroll their children at Canterbury to give them the best possible start to learning.

    Canterbury admits students of any race, color, or national and ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies and School administered programs.

    Let us know how we can help you on your journey to finding the best preschool for your family. Please feel free to contact the Canterbury office at 804-741-4118

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