Hearts in Harmony Nursery School, where happy hearts sing
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The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct - Carl Jung

Our Program


Daily schedule
Weekly schedule
Yearly schedule

08:45am-09:00am Arrival and welcoming
09:00am-09:30am Freeplay, indoors or outdoors depending on season
09:30am-10:00am Daily structured activity (e.g. painting, music-making, baking, craft, etc.)
10:00am-10:10am Clean-up time, bathroom break, handwashing
10:10am-10:30am Snack
10:30am-11:00am Circle w/finger plays, stories or puppet plays, and songs
11:00am-12:00pm Outdoor time, with appropriate seasonal activity
12:00pm-12:10pm Clean-up, bathroom break, and handwashing
12:15pm-12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm-12:55pm Clean-up, preparing for departure
1:00pm Pick-up time

Day Activity Snack
Monday Painting, drawing Grits or polenta w/ veggies, milk
Tuesday Music & Movement Steel-cut oatmeal, fruit, milk
Wednesday Bread-baking Barley, fruit, milk
Thursday Age-appropriate craft Quinoa, fruit, milk
Friday Building, woodworking Millet, sweet potato, milk

sandbox playCraft activities are ongoing as time allows. Outdoor activities include free play, gardening (e.g. digging, watering, raking, harvesting), sand and water play, simple age-appropriate outdoor games, walks through the neighborhood. While more intensive music-making is done on Tuesdays, singing & chanting is done throughout every day, to accompany various activities, at transition times, and simply for pure pleasure.

Extended day options are available on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00-5:30 p.m. Priority for ongoing extended day care is given to those families whose children are enrolled for the greater number of days, and space allowing, may be available for others on an occasional basis, even for those who do not attend the morning program. Fees are commensurate with those of the morning program. Drop-ins are welcome on a space available basis.


We follow the vacation schedule of the Durham Public Schools with the exception that our school year starts after Labor Day. Summer camp starts the second week in June and runs for 8 weeks until mid August. New families are encouraged to bring their child(ren) for at least a few weeks in the summer prior to their start date in September. Summer camp welcomes school-age siblings of current enrollees, or children who formerly attended Hearts in Harmony.

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