Nursery School

First Church Nursery School

In between Sunday services, the voices and laughter of toddlers and preschoolers fill First Church with excitement and energy. The FCNS program consists of three classrooms divided by age and teaches children ages 2 to 5 from the surrounding communities. FCNS is a ministry of First Church in Swampscott; however, children from all faith backgrounds are welcome!


The driving philosophy of the 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.


FCNS seeks 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. A strong emphasis is placed on introducing children to quality children’s literature and encouraging a love of reading.


We provide a quality education in a nurturing, loving and caring environment for the children of our New England community. Life values are taught through example and gentle encouragement.


Teachers are carefully chosen for their experience working with young children and for the unique talents they can bring to the program. Our teachers are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. All have teaching experience and current First Aid and CPR certification. Faculty participates in at least 12 hours of additional training each year.

School Details

The school day runs from 9:00 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. An 8:30 – 9:00 A.M. Early drop off and/or 12:15 P.M. -2:00 P.M. extended day is available for preschoolers who are 3 years old and fully potty trained. There is an extra charge for extended hours. FCNS opens after Labor Day and runs through the first Friday in June. The school follows the Swampscott Public Schools for Federal and State Holidays, weather related closings, and vacation weeks.

Joining Our Program

Registration for the fall programs begins in mid January on a first come, first served basis and continues year round as space remains available. Tours of the school are available. For more detailed information on the program, please visit the FCNS website at or contact the Director at [email protected] or 781-596-0353.