I have a strong background of Early Childhood education from a multitude of settings, including Elementary Schools, NAEYC accredited preschools, and preschools of various philosophies, including the Reggio Emilia philosophy. When came time for me to choose a preschool for my daughter, I felt I could not possibly find what I was looking for. When I found IRNS, I was skeptical. I did all of my research. And then, I fell in love. First and foremost for me, as a mom, is safety. Of course, I also needed a place I could AFFORD. Then, the feel of the environment. I wanted a warm, small community. Finally, I did not want my child sitting at a desk, or being required to do non- age-appropriate work, like worksheets. I found everything I was looking for at IRNS. It is small, with, I believe, a max of 15. The two teachers are highly motivated and passionate about being the best teachers they can be, and meeting the needs of every single child. The philosophy of using play as the natural, developmentally appropriate way for preschoolers to learn is one that jives with my research. I also LOVE the mixed age-group, and the emphasis on getting outside. There is always movement, art and music daily, but they also have special guests. One time, it was a PIGLET! (They were learning about P ). They also go on field trips: We just went to the Lebanon Opera House to see some Tales from Peter Rabbit. I also love the security they have on the door. That makes a big difference to me. At the same time, they maintain an open-door policy which makes me feel welcomed and valued as someone who wants input on my daughter's education. As a non-profit, they have a Board, and I was welcomed at the meeting I just attended, my ideas and thoughts heard and appreciated. Every parent I talk to couldn't be more pleased with IRNS, but the biggest advocate is my daughter. 8 years before, I had a terrible experience with my son at a different place. He never wanted to go. They would take him away kicking and screaming. What a dream it is to have my daughter say, "Is tomorrow preschool?? YAY!!" and not want to leave. She obviously feels safe and valued...I am so very happy with this place! Even the drop-off time: 8:15....I don't have to battle neighborhood school buses.
IRNS is a fantastic preschool. Very warm and welcoming, the teachers treat each child as an individual. My son has advanced greatly in his social skills, and they do a great job with the alphabet, calendar, and everything! He was very resistant to singing and dancing with the group but they got through to him in that department too! They have really helped my child blossom! Their rates are reasonable and they have tuition assistance available based on need. No one has to be left out!
This school is nothing short of wonderful! The teachers are absolutely dedicated to providing a warm, nurturing, learning environment. I can't say enough about the effort they put in every day. My child comes home with happy stories and super creative art projects. She loves being there; any day that's not a school day she asks me when she can go again. What a great way to introduce her to the concept of school!
The teachers at IRNS are amazing and there are a lot of great families here too! I am amazed at what my three year old has learned plus the field trips!! They are also moving to a new location this fall in downtown Canaan. Highly Recommend!!!
Both of my children have attended Indian River Nursery School. I love the fact that the curriculum covers both academics and play! The children loved this school, and their teachers. Parent involvement and support is phenominal! It's a network of both family and friends. I highly recommend this school. Honestly, I think this is the best preschool in, not only the Mascoma Valley, but the surrounding Upper Valley area!
I checked out 6 preschools before enrolling my child here and I've been impressed with the quality teachers, the bright, cheery appearance of the classroom, and all that my child learns there. Fantastic playground too. It's a diamond in the rough.