We are implementing a new registration process for the upcoming school year. We are no longer using a first-come, first-served process. We will hold an open registration period from Thursday, January 2, 2020 through Thursday, January 16, 2020. During this time, a registration form will be available for download on our website after 10:00am on Thursday, January 2nd. After printing out and completing the form, please enclose a $75 non-refundable check with the registration form and return via US Mail to Hilltop Nursery School, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading, MA 01864. The registration form and payment must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday, January 16th to be considered for the enrollment lottery selection process. Any forms received after this time and date will be added to the end of the wait list.
If you prefer to drop-off in person, there will be two drop-off sessions on Friday, January 10th from 7:00am – 8:30am and on Wednesday, January 15th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Please do not drop off registration forms in person at any other time. We are not accepting registration forms in person except for these two designated days. Please use the US Mail or the in-person drop off times. We will send an email confirmation when your registration form is received.
On Friday, January 17, 2020, a lottery system will be used to begin filling available openings for the 2020 – 2021 school year. This system will draw names randomly and children will be placed according to their birthdate and available openings. All of our classrooms are grouped according to age – 3 year olds are grouped together, 4 year olds together, etc. Once all spots are filled, we will continue with the lottery system to establish a wait list (if necessary).
We will send out notification letters the week of January 27, 2020. The letter will let you know what program your child will be enrolled in (2, 3, 4 or 5 day) or whether your child has been placed on the wait list.
If you want to enter the lottery, please return to this website on Thursday, January 2, 2020 after 10:00am to download a registration form. Thank you for your interest in our program.
Please see our forms section for our Tuition & General Info Sheet for 2020 - 2021.
Hilltop Nursery School operates from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday*. Our daily schedule is adaptable for special children’s activities, and school wide enrichment programs which occur throughout the year. Our program is flexible to ensure that children have an opportunity to feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction and allows time for transition so that children do not feel rushed.
9:00-9:45 Free Play/Free Choice - Art, blocks, dramatic play, water play, manipulatives, writing and a variety of individual or group activities
9:45-10:00 Meeting/Circle Time - Attendance, weather, calendar, discussion of weekly topic or theme.
10:00-10:30 Centers/Project Time - Hands-on project relating to special weekly topic or theme. Opportunities for exploration, experimentation and discovery.
10:30-10:50 Hand Washing and Healthy Snacks - We teach the importance of washing hands using liquid soap, running water and friction. Snack (peanut free) is provided by Hilltop.
10:50-11:30 Literature, arts, music relating to themes
11:30-12:00 Wrap-up and preparation for dismissal - Depending on the weather, outdoor play using the play structure, triple hoop, sand play area or other equipment/toys will take place before dismissal or as needed throughout the morning.
Noon - Pick Up Time - children are escorted to the walkway and exit doors for dismissal.
*Extended hours are offered on Wednesday and Thursday until 1 p.m. for an additional fee, payable on the desired day.
If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our programs, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
148 Haverhill Street, North Reading, MA 01864, US
Monday - Friday: 8:15am - 1:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed