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About Us

Introduction | Curriculum | Philosophy & Mission | Facilities | FAQ


In 1943, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College established the Nursery School for its campus families as well as the community. The original half-day program was dedicated to providing quality education for young children. Today, we continue this tradition of excellence with more options for today’s working families.

Currently we offer a program for 3-year olds (Juniors), 4-year olds (Seniors) and 4-5-year-olds (Masters). A 5-day class is offered for all age groups, and we are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Parents may choose from the following options:

  • Half-Day Program A: 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Half-Day Program B: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Full-Day Program: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Click here to for more about our Enrollment Options.

Parents interested in having their child considered for enrollment should return the Enrollment Application as soon as possible.

For more information or to visit our facility, please contact Jennie Munson, director,, (434) 947-8787.

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Our emphasis is on educating the whole child – the entire emotional, social, physical, creative and intellectual being. We value and respect each child as an individual and as an important part of our school family. Social development is a central focus of our program, which builds the foundation for successful learning. Children are given many opportunities to make their own choices and participate in decision-making. Conflict resolution skills are taught and practiced.

We use the High Scope Curriculum which is child -centered, play -centered and based on developmentally appropriate practice as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) . We believe in providing interesting and fulfilling learning experiences for children to guide their social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. Encouragement, love, understanding and a sense of comfort are the spirit of our success. Click here for more on High Scope.

Qualified teachers staff each classroom, each trained in child development and appropriate practices. Our teachers bring a wealth of experience to the classroom and particpate in ongoing staff development opportunities. By example, they show the children that learning is exciting and that healthy self-expression is highly desired.

In addition, the abundance of regularly scheduled college students provides the children with plenty of individual attention. The children are quick to develop special and lasting relationships with their “college friends.”

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Philosophy and Mission

We believe that the learning patterns and attitudes a child develops the first six years of life are the ones that guide future learning and behaviors.

Because we believe that children learn best when they:

  • Have a positive self image
  • Feel respected and valued as individuals
  • Are allowed to develop at their own rate
  • Actively explore their world
  • Are given time to construct meaning
  • Make choices
  • Ask questions
  • Solve problems
  • Feel safe enough
  • Know they are loved
  • Play

Teachers support learning by:

  • Recognizing that play is the work of children
  • Supporting and extending their play
  • Facilitating their ideas
  • Making appropriate choices available
  • Appropriately challenging children
  • Providing interesting, multi-level and real materials
  • Going beyond the classroom with outdoor activities, field trips and special visitors
  • Providing positive and loving guidance
  • Enabling children to solve problems and resolve conflict
  • Engaging different learning styles
  • Modeling acceptance
  • Modeling a love for learning
  • Working closely with families through open and frequent communication
  • Emphasizing the positive in each child
  • Having a deep understanding of childhood development and a commitment to continue their own learning.

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The Nursery School is located in the lower level of Terrell Health Care Center (park and dropoff in the rear) on the campus of Randolph College. Classroom format includes two large rooms for the Juniors and Seniors, one large room for the Masters, and a centrally shared commons area. Each classroom is equipped with its own bathroom. Our outside area is a classroom in itself, where children are able to participate in dramatic play, large and fine motor activities, and to explore nature. The setting of this beautiful college campus adds a unique dimension to the children’s learning experience. The children get to take advantage of the large open play areas and facilities like the gymnasium and student center. It is not unusual for the campus community to see the children searching for a pumpkin, running through the Dell or taking walks around campus.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Randolph College Nursery School admit local children that aren’t associated with the College?
Yes! While children of campus employees are given priority in enrollment, we welcome applications from families in the community.

Does my child have to be toilet trained?
Although our facility is not equipped for diaper changing, we are happy to help children make the transition from pull-ups to “big kid pants.”

Are you open in the summer?
In the summer, we offer a half-day summer camp program.

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