601 N. Parham Road Richmond, Va 23229   804.741.4118
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Canterbury Community Nursery School offers a variety of age-appropriate programs for children from 16 months to 5 1/2 years old.
Our programs include 2-Day Toddler Classes, 3-Day and 5-Day Three Year Old Classes, Younger Pre-Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, and Junior Kindergarten classes.

Please click on the classroom icon to learn more about these programs. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you may have, please feel free to contact us at 804.741.4118

Classroom:Junior Kindergarten Teacher / Child Ratio:2:14
Age Guidelines:5 yrs. by 1/31 Classroom / Flag Color:Blue, Rainbow and Green
Days:Monday - Friday - 1/2 Day or Full Day
Class Description
Our Junior Kindergarten is a 4 hour, 5 day program that provides a creative, supportive, nurturing learning environment for children 5 years old who are age eligible for Kindergarten but not quite ready and for those whose birthdays are just beyond the kindergarten cutoff date.

Our Junior Kindergarten includes activities encouraging creativity, exploration and discovery in a developmentally appropriate learning environment. We have a strong emphasis on learning independence, self-concept, reading and math readiness, critical thinking along with fine and gross motor development. Our Junior Kindergarten class participates in open-time.



Classroom:Pre-Kindergarten Teacher / Child Ratio:2:14
Age Guidelines:4 yrs. Classroom / Flag Color:Yellow
Days:Monday - Friday
Class Description
Our Pre-Kindergarten class is a 3 hour, 5 day a week program that provides a creative, supportive, nurturing learning environment for children 4 years old who are age eligible for Kindergarten in September or our Jr. Kindergarten program. Early literacy skills are an important component of the Yellow Room lesson plan with cognitive activities and group discussions based on children’s literature. Children also dictate stories that are then acted out with the help of their friends, allowing their own words to come to life. We also use masterpiece art to support our curriculum through a weekly artist study. We learn about the life and art of each artist by discussing featured works and exploring techniques with a variety of materials. Many of the artists we study have pieces on exhibit at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, so our year culminates with a field trip to the museum for students and their parents.
Our Pre-Kindergarten activities include encouraging creativity, exploration, and discovery in a developmentally appropriate learning environment. We place a strong emphasis on learning through play. The children develop their self-concept, and are exposed to reading and math readiness skills, and fine and gross motor development in an age-appropriate setting. Our Pre-Kindergarten class participates in Open Time.



Classroom:Younger Pre-Kindergarten Teacher / Child Ratio:2:14
Age Guidelines:3 1/2 yrs. by 6/30 Classroom / Flag Color:Red
Days:Monday - Friday
Class Description
Our Younger Pre-K class is a 3 hour, 5 day a week program for children who are 3 ½, turning 4. The Green Room is a place for learning through play, where children are encouraged to fully experience this wonderful time. Learning personal responsibility and independence, decision-making, and navigating the art of making friends are evident in every aspect of the morning. The children practice skills at the tracing, cognitive, and play dough tables. The children can also be found immersed in thought and conversation as they explore varied sensory opportunities. The children love to move to music and enjoy listening to stories at circle time.





Classroom:Three Year Olds Teacher / Child Ratio:2:14
Age Guidelines:3 yrs. by 7/30 Your child must be Potty Trained Classroom / Flag Color:Polka Dot
Days:Monday - Friday
Class Description
Our five day three hour program for younger 3 year olds helps children with the developmental tasks of separating from home, sharing, and ease of task switching. Learning is achieved in a developmentally appropriate setting involving the five sense, self-concept. Our classroom fosters a positive self-image, verbal communications skills and pro-social behavior. These goals are obtained through art, music, free play, motor development and open time.



Classroom:Three Year Olds Teacher / Child Ratio:2:14
Age Guidelines:3 yrs. by 7/30 Your child must be Potty Trained Classroom / Flag Color:Orange
Days:Monday, Wed., Friday
Class Description
Our 3 year-old class is a 3 day-a-week, 3 hour program. Your child must by 3 by July 30th. Emotional and social growth through developmentally appropriate activities is the cornerstone of the Orange Room. Three and half year olds begin the school year and quickly learn the school routine. Learning personal responsibility and independence, decision-making, and navigating the art of making friends are evident in every aspect of the morning. The children practice these skills at the tracing, cognitive, and play dough tables. The children can also be found immersed in thought and conversation as they explore varied sensory opportunities. They use language and conversation when sharing bucket toys on the floor. The Orange Room loves to move to music and enjoys listening to stories at circle time. As some of the youngest members of Canterbury’s Open Time Community, the Orange Room loves to explore the many opportunities available. Often, a Jr, K friend can be found assisting an Orange Room friend. On any M-W-F, happy sounds can be heard in the Orange Room!



Classroom:Purple Room Teacher / Child Ratio:2:14
Age Guidelines:3 years (by January 30th) Classroom / Flag Color:Purple Room
Days:Monday, Wednesday, Friday (Optional Thursday)
Class Description
Our three day three hour program for 2 1/2 turning 3 year olds helps children with the developmental tasks of separating from home, sharing, and ease of task switching. Learning is achieved in a developmentally appropriate setting involving the five sense, self-concept. Our classroom fosters a positive self-image, verbal communications skills and pro-social behavior. These goals are obtained through art, music, free play, motor development. This is a wonderful transition class for students. They will start participating in Open Time starting January.



Classroom:24 - 30 Months Teacher / Child Ratio:2:10
Age Guidelines:24 months by 8/30 Classroom / Flag Color:Pink
Days:Monday, Wednesday and Friday/Tuesday, Thursday or 5 Day option
Class Description
The two-day (with optional third day) class for 24 to 30 month old children is a fantastic beginning to preschool! The hours are from 9-12:00. As your child moves from parallel play to interactive play, will enjoy a fun filled day in a loving nurturing environment. The program helps develop independence and self-control while enhancing all areas of development such as Social, Emotional, Physical and Intellectual. We know that children learn through play. Your child will experience play! They begin their day with free-play and have circle time, art, creative movement, snack, motor development, story time and outdoor play.

This class is self-contained and does not participate in Open Time.



Classroom:Toddler Teacher / Child Ratio:2:8
Age Guidelines:18 months by 8/30 Classroom / Flag Color:Pink
Days:Tuesday & Thursday
Class Description
The two-day (with optional third day) class for the 18 to 24 month old children is the perfect introduction to preschool! The Pink Room meets from 9-12:00. The focus of the class is on your child learning independence, experiencing social interactions and enhancing emotional development. Your child will enjoy learning through play, art, music and creative movement. He/She will enjoy our positive nurturing environment and become more confident and independent.
This class is self-contained and does not participate in Open Time.



Classroom:Afternoon Enrichment Teacher / Child Ratio:1:10
Age Guidelines:Must be potty trained ages 3 - 5 years old Classroom / Flag Color:Orange, Polka Dot, Green,
Days:Monday - Friday (12:00 - 2:00pm / 4:00pm / 5:30pm)
Class Description
Canterbury teachers will offer a developmentally appropriate mix of physically active and quieter activities. We will begin each day by welcoming one another in friendship and sharing lunch & conversation. Then, we will stretch and move our bodies with “movement and music” or motor development activities to include play on our fabulous new playground. We will stretch our curious young minds as well with topics ranging from science, nature, changes of season, the Animal Kingdom and geography. Once a month, our Junior Detective Series will investigate curious cases such as “Mysterious Math”, “Awesome Astronomy” and “The Case of the Missing Letters. Also included in our Afternoon Enrichment Club…celebratory sessions such as “Pumpkin Patch Bash”, “Gobble Gobble Good Times” and “Happy Hearts & Other Shapes”.
Children who attend after 2:00 PM will also have a storytime and rest period. This will be followed by a snack and additional opportunities to enjoy physical fitness and classroom activities.




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