535 Canton Ave Milton, MA
Milton, MA

The Carriage House Schools

Carriage House Nursery School 

The Carriage House Nursery School offers a warm, nurturing environment for children to grow and learn. Each child's self concept is greatly enhanced by the caring teachers’ interacting with him/her on an individual basis, identifying his/her unique needs and abilities.

The developmental philosophy of the Carriage House School offers a secure environment in which a child experiments while forming a basis for successful relationships and fostering openness to learning, so crucial in later years. Based on the theory that children learn through play, our self directed activities allow children to "discover for themselves" while the staff act as enablers of learning. Activities and daily routines are presented to challenge sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills, as well as offering practice of social and self help skills.

We advocate a love of earning by allowing each child to experience their own stage of development and helping them to feel success without pressure moving one step at a time. Each child's level of cognitive development will be respected and challenged. Just as a child cannot run before they strengthen their leg muscles by standing, creeping, crawling and walking they cannot do elementary school math before understanding the spatial relations and classification concepts best learned through hands-on building, sorting, filling, emptying investigating and collecting in the preschool years. Our learning centers offer these developmental challenges through a variety of activities.

-Develop a love of learning and a positive attitude about school

-build self esteem

-challenge each child's developmental abilities 

The goal of the Carriage House is to provide a life skills program that fosters each child's growth, because we believe that, "play is a child's work, children play to learn, to grow and to experience the world around them." We have created an atmosphere that entices each child to play and learn, providing the age appropriate tools to reach his/her maximum potential in a safe, loving environment.

The Carriage House has been designed:

For the child:

  • To feel secure in the safe environment while they play and leran.

  • To feel welcome and loved by other children and adults while practicing communication and social skills.

  • To experience growth and self satisfaction while performing learning activities based on their own developmental abilities and interest.

  • To stimulate a foundation of high self esteem, autonomy, and confidence built on trust developed within the center and at home.

  • To feel acceptance and encouragement in their proficiency level of performance and routine tasks. 

For the parent:

  • To feel comfortable leaving their child in a safe, warm, nurturing environment where their needs are met on an individual basis.

  • To experience open communication with the center, enhancing the parents feeling of security for their child.



Three year old program
The three-year-old program is geared to children who are 2.9 years by September. If there is space available, a child turning 2.9 during the school year will be accepted into the program. The primary goal of the three-year-old program is to develop the child's social skills and encourage a love of the school setting.

Four year old program
The four-year-old program is geared to children 3.9 years by September. This program is developmentally designed to build on social and educational skills acquired in our three-year-old program. It is designed to provide the child with the needed readiness skills to enter Kindergarten the following fall. Our mission is to develop in the child a love of school and learning. We continue encouraging the child's listening, social and readiness skills. 

Intake Procedures  

The school year is September through June. The preceding November private tours may be scheduled; an application packet will be available at this time. Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis beginning November first. Applications are accepted only when accompanied by the registration fee. Acceptance letters will be mailed out between January and April. A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of acceptance to guarantee the child's placement. Any open slots will be filled on a rolling admissions basis. Any family who has been a member of the Carriage House family will be given priority status if the application has been passed in a timely manner.

Executive Director: Nancy McCarthy, M.Ed.
For more information, please call 617-696-3030 or email Nancy at