Mayflower Nursery School focuses on play-based experiences while following Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and developmental domains. Mayflower understands the importance in allowing children to explore their surroundings through experiences and encourages children to engage in opportunities that spark the child’s interests. We focus on the child as an individual and provide an individualized learning experience. Activities are planned as a unit, or theme plan, and remain flexible throughout the unit to accomodate childrens’ interests, art instruction and music time. Activities are carefully chosen based on teacher observations, feedback from Ages and Stages assessment tools, parents communication, and parent-teacher conference outcomes.

Mayflower Nursery School teachers carry out the school’s purpose throughout the year:

1. Offer each child the opportunity to grow and develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially through play experiences.
2. Provide an environment conducive to the fullest development of the social, emotional and physical maturity of the child.
3. Coordinate the efforts of home and school in fostering understanding of the child’s individuality and heritage.
4. Offer the child varied appropriate creative materials permitting him/her to work at his/her own level and in his/her own way without the imposition of adult standards, ideas or pressures.
5. Prepare children for living in a democratic society where the individual’s freedom must be coordinated with the general welfare of all.
6. Foster the child’s curiosity in the world about him and extend his horizons.

All classes work through a daily routine including active and quiet activities, indoor and outdoor activities – although not required in a 3.5 hour program. While there will be provision for appropriate group activities, each child will be provided with extensive opportunities to make an individual choice to do an activity, repeat a satisfying activity, or reject an activity, thereby increasing his/her ability to make
effective personal choices. Transitions are kept light and fun with the use of finger plays, games, songs, books and lear

Students working on a project for the annual Art Show.

ning activities.

At Mayflower, we offer dedicated art time for all of the classes. Children are introduced to basic art principles and techniques while encouraging creative expression and nurturing artistic abilities through a variety of opportunities. Dedicated music time is also offered to all students to introduce them to the world of music through songs, movement, simple instruments, and a variety of instructional materials, resources, and experiences. These dedicated art and music times are typically held twice each month, but both are also incorporated into each day’s activities on a less formal level.


Mayflower Nursery School achieved national accreditation in 2017 from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which was a natural fit for Mayflower.

For more than 30 years, NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs has worked with programs to implement best practices and develop a consistent understanding of how to achieve and maintain high quality. Research shows a direct correlation between high-quality early learning and children’s positive long-term outcomes in life, including increased educational attainment, healthier lifestyles, and more successful careers. NAEYC Accreditation helps teachers and other staff at early learning programs develop a shared understanding and commitment to quality. The accreditation process leads to increased staff morale, greater staff retention, and a more positive, energetic work atmosphere overall—enabling centers to provide a solid foundation for all children’s success in life.

NAEYC Accreditation helps families recognize quality early learning programs and feel comfortable knowing that their children are receiving a high-quality, research-based education that will prepare them for future success. NAEYC Accreditation offers programs access to continuous quality-improvement resources, the latest research on best practices, training, technical assistance, visibility on family-focused search engines, and much more.

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