Established in 1951 by the Session of the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, Westminster is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit nursery schools in the state of New Jersey. This year Westminster Nursery School completed our 59th anniversary as a preschool. WNS is an integral part of the Christian Education program of our church under the Commission of Christian Education of our Session and administered by a Board of Directors. Our Fall enrollment of 510 children consists of 300 four year olds and 210 three year olds. Many of our families ask about our church and church school programs for children. As a result, Westminster is an important outreach to the community. Some families become church members each year. The purpose of our school is to provide a Christian atmosphere where experienced, qualified teachers encourage young children to develop positive feelings about themselves and others. The focus of our curriculum is on the total child: their social-emotional, intellectual and physical growth. Developmentally appropriate academic experiences are offered, enabling each child to acquire skills at their own individual level of readiness. At WNS, we believe that “early childhood is not only where our future begins, but that childhood should be a joyous journey, not a race.”
The school is accredited by the NJ Department of Human Services. It occupies rooms in the education wing of the church. The staff consists of more than 27 certified teachers and assistants and operates September through June on the public school calendar. Further information can be obtained by calling Westminster Nursery School at (732) 349-0535 or visiting our website at www.wnstr.org.