The school day is 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. Preschoolers have the option of Early Drop Off, 8:30 – 9 A.M. and/or Extended Day, 12 – 2 P.M. for an extra charge.

Registration for the fall program begins in late January on a 1st come, 1st served basis and continues year round as space remains available.

F.C.N.S. opens the second week of September and runs through mid-June. We follow the Swampscott Public School schedule for Federal and State Holidays, weather related closings, and vacation weeks.

Visit our website: fcnursery.org


Philosophy: The philosophy that drives our classroom design and curriculum at First Church Nursery School is an understanding that young children learn best by doing. Play is the “work” of children. As they interact with classroom materials, nature, other children and adults, they begin to make sense of their world and build confidence in their abilities. Curriculum: The goal of our curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. Through “hands-on” learning centers and “open-ended” activities, we encourage children to be active and creative explorers as well as independent, self-confident, and inquisitive. An emphasis is placed on introducing children to quality literature and developing a love of reading.

Environment: First Church Nursery School is a cheerful, bright and busy place where children and caring adults are growing together. We strive to maintain an atmosphere that supports families in all stages of development, celebrates diversity and promotes Christian values.

Faculty: The teachers at F.C.N.S. are carefully chosen for their experience working with young children and for unique talents they can bring to the program. Most of our teachers have college degrees in Education. All have years of teaching experience and current First Aid and CPR. Certification. Faculty participate in at least 16 hours of additional training each year.

We are a mission of The First Church in Swampscott, Congregational, that provides quality education in a nurturing Christian environment for the children of the church and community.