Beacon Hill Nursery School was founded in 1955. Our primary mission: to nurture our students’ innate curiosity and lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Teachers, children, and parents all play important roles in the educational process.


Located in the heart of Boston, Beacon Hill Nursery School leases a large space at 74 Joy Street, a 19th century brick building, which has recently undergone extensive renovations.


Because children best master and integrate information through first-hand experience, play using real materials has a major role at BHNS. Each classroom has a book area, a science area, a computer, a water/sand table, a dramatic play area, art supplies, large and small blocks, and a variety of manipulative materials and games.


Our library is central to fostering a love of reading and writing, housing over 5,000 books, tapes and videos for children as well as a parent resource area. Each class enjoys weekly library time; library books are also used for daily story times, and to furnish the Book Area in each classroom.

Play Areas

We are proud to announce the opening of our natural playscape in the back of the school, featuring rolling hills, a butterfly garden and outdoor learning space. Additionally, we have a custom-designed front playground, where children play daily, honing gross motor skills, exercising both bodies and imaginations. We have access to a gym for creative movement, dramatic play, yoga, music and special events. During inclement weather children run and play in the gym rather than outside.