Magic Years Cooperative Nursery School In Manchester-by-the-Sea welcomes preschoolers from the following communities on the North Shore  - Beverly, Wenham, Hamilton, Gloucester, Essex, Magnolia, Prides Crossing

Latest News​

- Actively enrolling! A few spots left for the current year & Fall 2017. Contact us with any questions or to set up a tour.

- Check us out featured in The Gloucester Times and Northshore Kid!

Magic Years Cooperative Nursery School in Manchester-by-the-sea


The Magic Years Cooperative Program is based upon the belief that the preschool years are critical in a child’s physical, intellectual, and emotional growth.  This is a time of discovery and exploration—a time in which creative potential is encouraged, self-assurance and self-confidence are developed, and children learn the social skills necessary to get along with their peers.   

We break out the children into two groups based on age, we call them Dolphins and Starfish.  Both groups spend a considerable amount of time together as peers. The multi age experience allows the Starfish to be leaders while also learning from peers of all ages. Each group has time in their own classrooms to focus on developmentally appropriate activities.

Dolphin Class
Children must be 2.9 on or before August 31 of the enrolling school year to join the Dolphin Class. Children engage in play, games, projects, and routines appropriate for their first year in school. They learn to take turns, get along with their peers, and engage in circle time.

Starfish Class
This class is for our Pre-K children ages 4 and 5. Children experience early literacy, math, science skills. They continue to engage in hands on learning while also continuing to develop  all of the necessary skills academically and socially to be prepared for the start of kindergarten.

Magic Years

Daily Schedule

8:30-9:15: drop off and free play (fine motor development, early letters and sounds, building)
          **Tuesday yoga 9:00
9:30-10:30: morning circle time (games, movement) , art room project
           **Thursday music 9:30-10:15
10:30- snack
11:00-11:30: movement and games
            **Thursday- library day
11:30-12: outdoor time
NOON - pick up

Afternoon Adventure
  lunch and free play
1:15-2:00: rest time
2-2:30: activity/game/movement
2:30: pick up

Discovery Play Activities Include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Puzzles & Games 
  • Play Dough, Play Stix
  • Water/Sand/Exploratory Tables
  • Carpenter's Bench
  • Science Area
  • Role Playing "Lets Pretend" Area

Outdoor time Activities Include;
Magic Years’ playground is spacious with both a large grass and asphalt area. It is well equipped with safe, fun and age-appropriate play structures. There is plenty of space for games of tag, wiffle ball, baseball, street hockey, riding tricycles and playing hopscotch.


Interested in making a donation to Magic Years?

Use the 'Donate' button to make a contribution