Outstanding Quaker Education Since 1845 | Nursery - Grade 12

Take a Look at the Early Childhood Programs at Friends' Central


What’s Inside?

  • The role of guided play in our early childhood programs
  • Details about our curriculum, including the "Specials" offered to our youngest learners: Spanish, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Science
  • Examples of what a typical day looks like in Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten
  • How our early childhood programs fit into our broader mission to cultivate the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of our students

Early Childhood Education

Where joy-filled learning is embedded in play, exploration, and discovery

When you submit this form, you'll receive a free brochure titled "Early Childhood Programs at Friends' Central."

You will also receive a follow-up email containing details about opportunities to see Friends' Central in person, from attending one of our upcoming admission events to scheduling your visit.

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About Friends' Central Lower School

Friends' Central's Lower School campus is located on 18 idyllic, rolling acres on Old Gulph Road in the heart of Wynnewood. Complete with an extensive organic farm, chickens, playgrounds, fields, trees, ponds, and a bird blind, nature is as much a part of our classroom as the facilities themselves.

For over 175 years, Friends’ Central educators have celebrated the connection between mind, body, spirit, and the natural world. The time and freedom our Nursery through grade 5 students are given to connect to one another and to the world around them are profoundly important to their well-being. Whether inventing their own games, working in the garden, catching tadpoles, or listening to bird calls in the woods, Friends’ Central Lower School students are soaking in the joys and benefits of time in nature.

As they are playing and learning indoors and out, our students are also developing the cognitive, physical, and psychological skills they will need to succeed in our challenging academic environment.

Launched in the fall of 2021, our Nature Nursery is a magical place where important lessons about sharing, friendship, math, art, science, and reading happen in the context of the woods, gardens, stream, fields, and classrooms of our beautiful 18-acre campus. Highly qualified teachers guide our youngest students beginning at age 2 years and 7 months through their first steps in the Friends’ Central School community. Nursery students play on their own playground and take “field trips” to explore and learn from different facets of our campus.

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