Early Childhood

Building Fundamentals While Nurturing the Whole Child

At Heathwood Hall, we believe our youngest learners thrive when they know they are safe and loved, and they are provided with opportunities to explore, create, and play. In the Early Childhood program, this belief guides our work with our twos, threes, and fours, as we build a foundation for a love of learning. 

Through experiential learning opportunities such as nature walks on Heathwood’s beautiful campus, exploration of a variety of hands-on materials, and organic day-to-day “teachable moments,” our youngest learners are provided with a rich and developmentally appropriate foundation in a secure and nurturing environment. Our early childhood students have access to many of the same facilities and related arts classes as our older students, including weekly library, physical education, art, music, guidance, tinker lab, and Spanish. Students enjoy a busy morning of play and learning, then relax and restore themselves during an afternoon rest time.

Heathwood is known for its deeply committed teachers who develop meaningful relationships with their students and families. We pride ourselves on knowing the unique gifts of each student, and in Early Childhood, we allow their interests and passions to become the framework for the curriculum as we lay the foundation for lifelong learning.

Curriculum Overview

Heathwood’s Early Childhood program is designed to foster a love of learning in a nurturing and engaging environment. Our teachers follow the interests of the children while seamlessly incorporating foundational lessons to address all areas of learning: social/emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual. With a learn-by-doing approach teachers use hands-on learning and play-based teaching to engage and excite their students. Our youngest learners enjoy experiencing their learning on our beautiful campus that serves as a classroom and a playground. The Early Childhood program complements the core academic fundamentals by offering Related Arts classes for the students in Spanish, Art, Music, PE, and Library. Habitat Day serves as a culminating experience each year in the Early Childhood grades with students demonstrating their learning through presentations and public displays of their work.

Early Childhood Experience

Early Childhood Twos Program


Related Arts

While  providing a strong academic foundation through the fundamental skills or reading, writing, and mathematics is essential to an excellent education, Heathwood understands the value of a well-rounded education starting from the earliest of ages.  As such, we provide our students with a curriculum that includes fine arts, foreign language, physical education, library, and hands-on science, all taught by teachers who are specialists in those fields.  This is one of the many advantages to sharing a campus with students in grades Pre-K to 12th grade.

EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC

The Early Childhood music class is a time to ignite the musical mind and imagination of the young learner in a child-centered music classroom. The EC music program cultivates an environment that encourages each child to discover and express their unique musical abilities through singing, sound and instrument exploration, as well as playful creative movement. Children have the opportunity to engage in a variety of musical activities which promote and nurture the child’s cognitive, emotional, social, language and physical development.

Exhibition of Mastery: Habitat Day

Heathwood Hall believes that even our youngest students are capable of the advanced learning that comes from engaging in purposeful and relevant research projects, and that students of all ages gain confidence through the public presentation of their work. Our longstanding Habitat Day event creates opportunities for all Early Childhood students to do both, through a sustained project culminating in a presentation to the Early Childhood families.


Given our unique setting, we view the outdoors as an extension of the classroom, and our expansive campus provides an easily accessible resource for our young students who are curious about the world beyond. Once spring rolls around, our youngest learners begin venturing out to explore the bio-diversity of the five habitats represented here on campus - pond, field, wetlands, forest, and river. After their initial exploration, each class decides on a specific area of interest and the children embark on a six to eight-week deep dive into a particular aspect of nature. Through research, exploration, and hands-on activities, the children and their teachers become fully immersed in the topic. When Habitat Day finally arrives, the children are excited to share their newfound expertise during a performance for family members.


Whether it is ladybugs, animals that hatch from eggs, pondlife, camouflage, homes made by animals, or any of the many other previous habitat topics, our Early Childhood children are thoroughly engaged in inquiry-based learning. The habitat unit of study truly embodies our philosophy of following the children’s interests, as well as supporting our commitment to scaffolding experiences that will help begin preparing for future Exhibitions of Mastery in which they will be participating.


Extended Day

While the work that our students and teachers do from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm each day forms the heart of the academic journey at Heathwood, the hours from 3:00 – 6:00 pm are an important time in the growth and development of our students. The Extended Day program provides a safe, fun, and caring environment for our students after the school day. The program provides after school care for our students while also offering a variety of enrichment activities that include tennis, golf, PEAK outdoor adventures, and cheerleading.

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Total Students

817

Early Childhood Students

68

Student : Teacher Ratio

6:1