Classes and Daily Schedule

Prior to the COVID pandemic, The Nest was open Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 6pm but we do not plan to return to a 10.5 hour school day in the post-COVID world.

Since June 2020, due to decreased enrollment and staffing, we have operated from 8:30am to 4pm. The difference in the shorter school day has been profound, even in the midst of a pandemic; we have realized that the 10.5 hour school day made it impossible for us to ensure we were providing the kind of high-quality care that children deserve.

Once we return to normal operations, we are considering operating hours of 8am-5pm, but we are still brainstorming scenarios for staffing a day like this. As a school community, The Nest has always been experimental and oriented towards problem-solving. We are confident that we can support families in brainstorming solutions for challenges that a shorter school day may present. 

The school operates on a year-round basis with the exception of breaks and holidays.  Dates for breaks and holidays are noted on the school calendar and generally follow the Atlanta Public School calendar.  Families that do not need childcare during the summer months of June and July can opt for a 10-month schedule.

The Nest Nursery School has four classrooms as follows:

  • An class for infants (Yellow Room)
  • A class for 1-year old children (Green Room)
  • A class for 2-year old children (Orange Room)
  • A multiage class for 3-, 4-, and 5-year old children (Blue Room)

Children are assigned to classrooms based on their age at the beginning of the school year.  The birthday cutoff for entry into classes is September 1.  However, the school reserves the right to make class placement decisions based on the best interests of the individual child and the school.

Looping Policy

Because we believe strongly in the value of relationships, children move between classrooms in a process called “looping” in which a group of children and educators remain together for two or more consecutive years.  Each class transitions to the next age group together at the beginning of each school year.  Typically at least one teacher from each class will move up with children in order to maintain the strong relationships that have formed the previous school year. 

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