Welcome to Hilltop Nursery School

Registration for 2019 - 2020

Registration for the 2019 - 2020 school year opens on Friday, January 11, 2019. Doors open at 7:00am and registration forms will be distributed at 7:30am. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Most years, all available spots are filled on Registration Day. If you are interested in securing a spot for 2019 - 2020 school year, you should plan on attending Registration on 1/11/19.

Hilltop - Where Fun and Learning Begin!

Dedicated Staff


  • Hilltop Nursery School's educators are all fully licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care. 
  • The staff works closely with families, our parent group, and our community to assist your child's growth towards self-discovery and learning. 
  • Hilltop's teachers are dedicated to helping your child learn and grow in a highly nurturing and supportive environment. 
  • Our teachers plan a rich variety of learning experiences. Curriculum is developmentally appropriate while focusing on the children's interests. 
  • The teachers at Hilltop foster a love of learning - a love of learning that will last a lifetime!

First-Rate Curriculum


  • Curriulcum and planning is based on the Massachusetts' Guidelines for Early Learning Experiences. 
  • Teachers develop themes/units based on seasonal topics, topics of interest to children and use the Guidelines as a foundation for all lessons. 
  • Activities are developmentally appropriate, hands-on and meaningful to the students.
  • The 3 year-old program focuses on social and emotional growth as well as creating  a strong foundation for learning. There is an emphasis on learning to be part of a larger group, pre-academic skills and most importantly, developing friendships.
  • Our programs for older students build on our 3 year old program, and include additional pre-academic skills.
  • We believe that play is essential to children's learning and is incorporated into all aspects of our day.

Click here for MA Guidelines for Early Learning Experiences

Our Mission


  • We believe that all children deserve love, attention, and nurturing. 
  • We believe that a safe environment allows children to explore and grow. 
  • We believe that hands-on learning experiences foster age appropriate development. 
  • We believe that positive reinforcement is important for children to develop self-esteem. 
  • We believe that children learn best from experiencing the world around them. 
  • Most importantly, however, we believe that children need to have fun!  

A Day At Hilltop

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.

Sample Daily Schedule

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. 

Schedule A Tour Today

The best way to determine if Hilltop is the right match for your child is to come and see us. We offer tours while the program is in session on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9:30am and 11:00am. Email Melissa Grew to schedule a tour.

Schedule a Tour

Contact Us

Get in Touch!

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.

Hilltop Nursery School

148 Haverhill Street, North Reading, MA 01864, US

(978) 664-4532


Monday - Friday: 8:15am - 1:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed