Old First Nursery School - Brooklyn NY Child Care - Pre School

729 CARROLL STREET, BROOKLYN NY 11215
(347) 460-6367

About the Provider

Description: Old First Nursery School (OFNS) was founded in 1959 as a parent-run cooperative and is the oldest cooperative pre-school in New York City. The school is licensed by the New York City Department of Health for children ages three to five years. The school has rented space from the Old First Dutch Reformed Church on the corner of Carroll Street and Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, for over 40 years. While we are proud to have such a special, community-based location, the school is unaffiliated with the church and is a non-parochial institution. The school has an integrated-art, active-learning and play-centered approach to education. We believe that academic skills arise in pre-school children through shared discovery experiences and games, rather than through formal lessons or drills. The program aims to foster inquisitiveness, self-discipline and self-motivation within a living and secure environment. Daily activities include living skills (eating, dressing, washing, cooking, sharing, etc.), art projects, language games and skills, block play, house-corner play, and daily indoor and outdoor exercise. Dance and music are also incorporated into the curriculum. The program also takes advantage of the neighborhood — for example, walks in Prospect Park, visits to the fire station and other special trips, as well as bringing in local specialists such as yoga instructors and local farmers. The school is small, only 16 students, which encourages close interaction among parents, teachers and children.

Additional Information: Years in Operation: 44

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 30
  • License Number: 1648
  • Age Range: 2 - 5; 2 - 5
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • District Office: New York City Department of Health
  • District Office Phone: 311 or (212) NEW-YOR (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Regulation Status
2017-02-08 47.41(k)(1) CORRECTED
Brief Description: Violations requiring correction within two weeks (Critical Violations)<br/> Interior entrances and exits monitored and secure; Panic bars required on exterior entrances and exits by May 1, 2016
2016-10-05 47.37 (a)(1) CORRECTED
Brief Description: Violations requiring correction within two weeks (Critical Violations)<br/> At time of inspection it was determined that child care service failed to ensure staff received required training within time frames and/or failed to maintain training records.
2015-01-29 47.23 (e) CORRECTED
Brief Description: Violations requiring correction within two weeks (Critical Violations)<br/> Child care service providing care without a staff member trained in First Aid/CPR on site at time of inspection.
2014-12-19 47.23 (e) CORRECTED
Brief Description: Violations requiring correction within two weeks (Critical Violations)<br/> Child care service providing care without a staff member trained in First Aid/CPR on site at time of inspection.
2014-12-19 47.59 (g) CORRECTED
Brief Description: Violations requiring correction within two weeks (Critical Violations)<br/> Required smoke and carbon monoxide detectors not provided or maintained at time of inspection.

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