Round Hill Nursery School

Round Hill Nursery School

Nursery School in Greenwich, CT

Address: 466 Round Hill Road, Greenwich, CT, 06831

Phone: (203) 869-4910



Round Hill Nursery School (“RHNS”) is an independent nursery school located in the backcountry of Greenwich for over 70 years, offering a comprehensive learning experience, beginning at age 2 through Pre-K.

Round Hill Nursery School was founded in 1946 to provide a quality first learning experience for three and four-year-old children in the back country of Greenwich.

In 1984, recognizing and responding to the changing needs of families in Greenwich and the surrounding communities, the “First Step” program was established. This program provides for the social and emotional development of 16 two-year-olds exclusively. Today, seven decades after its founding, Round Hill Nursery School provides a superior early learning experience for children from Greenwich and neighboring towns.

The Curriculum at RHNS offers our children experiences which encourage growth in social, physical, cognitive and creative areas. Activities which focus on gross and fine motor skills, language development, pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-math skills, the creative arts and social and emotional growth are the emphasis of our program.

RHNS is a community school with the best interest and safety of our children and teachers as our priority. We are guided in our decision making by local and national authorities and health experts, collaboration with local preschools, and mandates of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. Under the guidance of the RHNS Covid Response Team, protocols have been established with the goal of keeping our community safe, including daily wellness checks, formation of cohorts, frequent handwashing, disinfecting of toys and surfaces and routine inspection of the environment.

We are prepared to transition to a virtual learning delivery format or hybrid approach should circumstances require us to move to these models. As part of the transition process, we are prepared to support our families (both students and parents) as well as teachers as required.

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We welcome the opportunity to connect, and answer all questions you might have!

Contact us today to learn more about this special community. Round Hill Nursery School is a magical place where you will feel welcome and your children will thrive. Come “see” what we are all about!

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Our Mission

The right beginning for a lifetime of learning.


Our Philosophy

We support and nurture the growth of each individual child in all areas of development: social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative.

We respect and support rituals, routines and home language of our families in support your children's growth. These areas are critical to the development of the whole child.

We want each child’s experience to be a positive one, filled with activities that are both challenging and rewarding. We will provide and maintain a classroom setting that is emotionally secure, supportive and planned for independence. Our program is aimed at teaching the child “how” to think rather than “what” to think and is more concerned with “forming” the mind rather than with “filling” the mind.

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Our Faculty

Round Hill Nursery School is fortunate to have a faculty that come from diverse life experiences, educational backgrounds and perspectives, unified by a sincere care and respect for our children and families.

Teachers observe the children to assess their educational needs and set appropriate individual and group goals. Learning goals for your child include all aspects of growth and are grouped into four domains: Personal and Social, Physical, Cognitive and Creative Development. This process of planning and observing and continuously repeating the cycle ensures that not only are your child’s developmental needs being met, but they are continuously challenged to their fullest potential. Emphasis is placed on teachers and children engaging in active exploration, oral language, higher order thinking and integration of basic skills. These elements promote the development of language competence, learning through active engagement, encouraging children to use complex thinking and teaching children through rich conversational exchanges that take place during play.

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Our Curriculum

The Curriculum at RHNS offers our children experiences which encourage growth in social, physical, cognitive and creative areas. Activities which focus on gross and fine motor skills, language development, pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-math skills, the creative arts and social and emotional growth are the emphasis of our program.

• Piaget: learning opportunities are based on past learning/experiences and should be concrete and hands on
• Vygotsky: the teacher is the model/facilitator in the process of a child learning a new skill and learning happens through social interactions (PLAY)
• Erikson: learning opportunities should support the development of self-image

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First Step

Established in 1984 to provide for an early learning environment for your two-year-old.

The First Step Program runs Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a student to teacher ratio of 4:1. Each child is encouraged to explore the environment at his or her own pace. The emphasis is on social, emotional and language development as children begin to develop a sense of their place in the world around them. Within the structure of safe, consistent routine there is room for individual growth and experimentation. Activities include free play, puzzles, manipulatives, arts and crafts, music, gym, fine and gross motor activities, and outdoor play.

To be eligible for admission to the First Step program, a child must celebrate his or her second birthday before December 31. Children do not need to be toilet trained for this program.

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Upper School

The Upper School program at RHNS is our threes and fours programs.

We are in session Monday through Friday from 8:00-11:45 am. We provide small class sizes with a maximum ratio of 8:1 for each age group. The physical arrangement, daily schedule, and routines are designed to suit individual and group needs. Within this arrangement, children are encouraged to make their own choices and participate in self-directed activities along with planned ones. The classroom environment is welcoming, stimulating and challenging. Problem-solving, experimentation, and social relations are encouraged through the use of developmentally appropriate materials and activities. Enrichment activities are embedded into our daily routine fours day per week. Enrichment instruction includes music, art, and physical education.

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Threes Program

To be eligible for admission to the threes program a child must celebrate his or her third birthday by December 31st.

Threes have the option of extending their day on Tuesday and Thursday to 1:45 pm.

Our threes teachers will work on fostering strong social and emotional skills that are foundational to success in all areas of development. Children are encouraged to engage in PLAY that is purposeful and to develop positive relationships with peers and teachers.

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Fours Program

To be eligible for admission to the fours program a child must celebrate his or her fourth birthday by December 31st.

Fours have the option of extending their day Monday -Thursday until 1:45 p.m.

Our fours teacher will foster a sense of community and relationship. Children are encouraged to develop respect for routine and a balance of independence with the ability to follow directions. Preacademic skills that will help the child transition to kindergarten are promoted within the context of learning through play and teacher-led activities. The emphasis is on developing curious, capable learners.

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Enrichment activities are embedded into our daily routine.

Four days per week children engage in music, art and physical education outside of the classroom environment with trained professionals. Also, field trips and on-site visits expose children to the excitement of live theater, a variety of natural environments and inform children about our community. Field trip has included: Greenwich Audubon, SUNY Purchase Theater, Fairfield Gardens, Bruce Museum, Stamford Nature Center. On-site visits have included Dinosaurs Rock, Oceans Rock, The Bartlett Arboretum, and Animal Embassy.


Extended Day

Our upper school students have the opportunity to extend their day and participate in classes like Bricks and Motors (robotic Legos), Mad Science, Martial Art, Nature Sprouts (Audubon), Theater, Music, and Sports.

Threes can participate up to two extended days. Fours can attend up to four extended days. Offerings are specific to age groups.


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Our Families

Round Hill Nursery School believes in a close, cooperative and supportive relationship between the school and the home.

We encourage our parents to share their time and interests with us in whatever capacities most comfortably suit them – as room mothers, field trip drivers, art room volunteers, benefit committee members, and board members.

We strive to be supportive of parents, responsive to their needs and concerns and work at developing a trusting, sensitive relationship with them. There is a steady informal flow of communication between school and home daily, as well as the more regular mother/staff coffees and parent/teacher conferences at which time progress is shared and concerns discussed. Our parents become very involved in the life of our school.

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Additional Information

Name: Round Hill Nursery School
Address: 2466 Round Hill Road, Greenwich, CT, 06831.
Phone: 203-869-4910


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