Our goal is to…

…provide each child with a meaningful experience favorable to growth and development. To that end, we create a friendly, social atmosphere, where a child’s feeling of self-respect and self-confidence is developed, as well as respect and consideration for others. We believe that play is the work of the preschooler. As a result, or preschoolers focus on fun, while benefitting from the “hidden” advantages of play-based learning.

For example, when children are playing in the block corner, they are learning...

The relation of part to whole
Eye-hand coordination – a writing skill
Concepts of shapes, size, color, location
One-to-one correspondence – one peg for one hole, an essential math counting concept
To make patterns and repeat patterns, a math concept
Possible left to right progression – a reading skill
Concepts of addition, adding one peg at a time
To recognize and distinguish between colors and sizes
Symmetry, shapes, order and design

When children play with pegboards, they are learning...

To understand concepts of shape, size, length and location, all relative to mathematics
To exercise their imagination and creativity
To create and repeat patterns
To express ideas and cooperate with others to solve problems

Our Director

Sylvia Walsh is the new Interim Director of the First Congregational Nursery School, where she is responsible for the daily oversight of the Nursery School’s 120 students and 20 faculty members.

With a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from College of New Rochelle, Sylvia has years of teaching experience at the pre-school level as well as in first and third grade. She has been an Assistant Principal and a Principal of a Lower School (Pre-K- grade 4). Her career has spanned multiple school settings, including Catholic school and public schools as well as an independent school.

As the mother of four grown children and twelve grandchildren under the age of seven, Sylvia also brings significant personal experience to our Nursery School. We are delighted to welcome her to the First Congregational Church Nursery School community.

Interim Director Sylvia Walsh

The First Congregational Church Nursery School
14 Brookside Road
Darien, CT 06820
Director: Sylvia Walsh