Located in Woodstock, Vermont, Woodstock Nursery School offers a warm, caring and stimulating preschool environment for children ages 3-5.

Our 4 STARS accredited program integrates the Vermont Early Learning Standards with open-ended play, art, music, and natural science. 

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Our classroom is located on the first floor of the beautiful and historic Little Theater in Woodstock, Vermont. The open, airy space is filled with natural light and has an attached kitchen allowing us to bake healthy snacks. We have created a homey, simple environment where the children may comfortably explore and play.


Our Philosophy

At WNS, we encourage independent thinking and problem solving to help children gain respect and confidence in themselves. Social and emotional development are key components of WNS daily practices. This includes positive reinforcement and inspiration to use language and strategies for sharing.

WNS provides opportunities involving creativity, exploration and discovery. Exposure to music, dance, yoga and mindfulness are embedded in the weekly schedule. We are grateful to partner with the Music Together Program for fun exposure to songs and instruments. A strong community relationship is a priority including frequent excursions to the town library, post office, Faulkner Park, Vail Field, “Butternut Park” and Mount Peg. We value fresh air, open sky and nature which is expressed in the time we spend in the outdoors.

A Typical Day at WNS

When the children arrive in the morning, they first place their backpacks and lunches in their cubby before choosing from one of several activities for open free play. We then gather for our morning meeting, which always includes time for moving our bodies and getting excited for the day. After snack, we head outside; we dress for the weather and find fun even when it's a little chilly or wet. We often visit Vail Field, the library, or walk to the Village Green. We come back in for another activity inside before eating lunch and enjoying a story.

The preschool portion of our day ends and some students leave at 12:45PM; those who remain enjoy a nap/quiet time with books to recharge. Our afternoons include another snack time and a second dose of time outside. Our extended care wraps up at 4:00PM. It's been another full day at WNS!

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Meet Our Teachers

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Kelsey Keith

Director + Head Teacher

Kelsey thoroughly enjoys the role as Director and Head Teacher of the Woodstock Nursery School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Colby-Sawyer College in Early Childhood Development and is certified to teach nursery through third grade. After graduation she lived in Southern California, before teaching at Sharon Elementary and directing the After School Program at the Woodstock Elementary School. Kelsey spent three summers as the Summer Camp Director at ArtisTree Community Arts Center. She took the helm of WNS at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Her passions include the outdoors, arts, mindfulness and yoga, which are intertwined with her teaching philosophy. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding and taking hikes with her dog, Pannikin. She makes trips down to her hometown in Massachusetts to soak in the ocean water as much as possible!


Doria Ware

Assistant Teacher

Doria is a Woodstock native who raised children here and is grateful to have grandchildren in town now too. She's been involved with young children and education most of her life, working in Woodstock and Pomfret schools, full-time,  and the Upper Valley Waldorf Early Childhood program for several years as an assistant part-time. A life-long learner, Doria acquired her bachelor's degree through studies at University of Vermont, University of Nevada and Norwich University before earning her Elementary Education teaching license from Upper Valley Teacher’s Institute. She obtained a Masters of Education from Plymouth State University in 2012. She joined Woodstock Nursery School in 2017 as an individual aide and teaching associate. 

Doria enjoys sharing the wonders of the natural world with students, having volunteered with the Four Winds Environmental Program for two years. She nurtures interests in art, design, knitting, cooking, skiing, hiking, paddling and pets in her free time. 



Enrollment & Schedule


Open daily, Monday through Friday
7:45 am - 12:45 pm (pre-school)
12:45 pm - 4:00 pm (after care; available Monday-Thursday)


Learn more about our tuition rates in our registration packet.

Please note: Universal PreK, Act 166, provides all students at least 3 years old (by September 1st) 35 weeks of 10 educational hours per week. There is no cost for families who elect to send their child two mornings a week, as long as they complete the Universal Pre-K paperwork.

Families must complete the required Act 166 Universal Pre-K paperwork in order to qualify for the free 10 hours/week. If you are a resident of Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, or Woodstock you may access the Windsor Central Supervisory Union for Act 166 forms Here. If you have any questions at all, please feel encouraged to reach out to us!

How to Register Your Child

Registrations are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. If you have any questions about the application or the Universal PreK hours, please feel encouraged to reach out to Director Kelsey Keith at kelsey@woodstocknurseryschool.org

Contact Us

We are happy to answer any questions you may have! 

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We only have good things to say about Kelsey and the Woodstock Nursery School. Everyone there has been very calm, kind, and attentive with our daughter. The children spend a lot of time outdoors, both with free play and long walks, and our daughter often comes home with rocks and acorn treasures in her pockets. The classroom is simple, clean, orderly, and engaging. Much of the classroom routine is done incorporating songs and verbal cues so the kids have a good idea of what is expected, and what comes next.

Our daughter comes home happy and excited about what she did during the day.
— Sarah Allen, parent
Woodstock Nursery School is a gem. Kelsey’s natural warmth and calm energy create a solid foundation for a classroom community where children feel welcomed and accepted. She exemplifies kindness and respect, helping students to navigate social situations while strengthening their emotional intelligence. The school environment is comfortable and feels like home, with cozy nooks for reading and imaginative play. Situated on the Ottauquechee River, Woodstock Nursery School is the ideal place for a child to develop their early identity as an independent learner.
— Lisa Piccirillo, Music Together Instructor
Your teaching style and interaction is calm and welcoming and creates a peaceful learning environment for the students.
— Gina Rocque, Speech Pathologist