Mission Statement

Granby Nature Preschool seeks to provide a child-centered learning program for preschoolers that aligns community, farm and nature-based lessons and activities with authentic research-based educational models and with Connecticut Standards of Learning.

Location: Holcomb Farm (The Main Barn)

We are hiring!

Do you love being outside exploring in nature with young children? Do you enjoy witnessing the wonderment and excitement of young children while assisting them in a guided activity? Granby Nature Preschool is currently seeking subs for the 2022-2023 school year! If interested in applying, please send cover letter and resume to amanda@granbynaturepreschool.com.

Immersion Excursion

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Our Philosophy

We believe in educating the whole child, that real learning comes from the integration of social, emotional, physical, academic and sensory areas of growth. We know that young children learn best in nature, in an experiential environment, and that deeper learning comes when they learn within the context of their towns and neighborhoods. We encourage children to investigate their world through their senses and empower them to take charge of their own learning. Our role as teachers and parents is to guide their learning by providing a structural foundation of basic concepts and skills and supporting learning through inquiry-based prompts and activities. We also believe that we can further support learning by guiding children to apply and transform their learning through music, movement and art.

News & Announcements

Thank you for visiting us! We are so glad you are here! Social media will continue to be your best place to find the most up-to-date info! We will however do our best to update our website on a weekly to bi-weekly basis.

EARLY BIRD registration is now OPEN for the 2023-2024 school year! We will also be host several events throughout the rest of the year. Please visit our facebook page for more information regarding dates and times!

We are happy to announce that we will be adding  Kindergarten to our program for the 2023-2024 school year!

Would you like to know what we have been up to? Here is a preview of our latest weekly newsletter :

 

 

 

Registration

EARLY BIRD registration is now OPEN for the 2023-2024 school year, and will remain open until June 14th! After June 14th, pricing goes up. Any questions may be directed to Granby Rec & Leisure Services by calling (860) 653-8947.

All information about program options and pricing can be found here on our website.

Spotlight

Did you know that we were featured in the Granby Drummer? Click below to read full article!

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Testimonials

What Friends and Families Are Saying

“I am so excited and grateful you are setting the program up! This will be very helpful to me in the fall!”

“For our family Granby Nature Preschool has been a far superior option compared to day care, or “preschool” via daycare. GNP provides an environment of learning and exploring for young minds. It has helped our son with his communication skills in regards to his feelings and emotions. GNP has also helped teach him about community, teamwork, and selflessness. Their daily time spent outside in the fields and woods, regardless of weather, has been wonderful for his education on the earth and how to treat and respect it. He has taken a much bigger interest in plants and wildlife since being at GNP. Perhaps most importantly I have noticed the teachers always teaching kindness towards each other and others. They are always open to encouraging the kid’s curiosities even if it takes them off course from their planned activities for the day. Instead of putting their fires out, they stoke them. I hope to see more schools like this in the years to come.”

“I can honestly say I am truly excited for the curriculum you're assembling for our little community! You have been so wonderful with my kids and are such a beautiful soul. Your program puts my mind at ease from the stress from educating my kids during these uncertain times. Nature based curriculum is essential to the learning development of young children.”

“I can’t think of anyone more qualified to provide this educational opportunity than Judy and Amanda! It’s so inspiring and exciting. Granby is so fortunate to have you in its midst, bringing the joy of all it has to offer.”

“Kids deserve a 100% child-centered place to learn that encourages free play, exploration and guided learning in an outdoors setting. Learning about their world using all of their senses, engaging them physically & emotionally, and encouraging authentic curiosity… My preschooler has moved from the constant “why” to “how” and has truly grown as a human being, fostering a new sense of confidence and of self over the past six months.
I truly hope more families find themselves lucky enough to be able to register their children at GNP. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable, caring, and invested in early childhood education through nature-based learning. This place is truly a gem and we feel so fortunate to have been part of the community and the school in its inaugural year.”

Location

113 Simsbury Road Granby, CT 06090