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Clayton – Middleton

Preschool and Daycare in Clayton, North Carolina

Welcome to The Nest Schools of Clayton, North Carolina!

We are proud to offer Clayton families childcare and early childhood education for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Our curriculum and program design incorporate the most current research in early development to best prepare children for their future in and out of the classroom.

At The Nest, we work every day to create a culture of kindness, build the foundations for wellness for life, make learning fun, and continually take our best and make it better. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about our child care options and schedule a tour!

Located right off I-70 behind Bojangles and next to Clayton Fitness.

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The Nest Difference

At The Nest, we take every precaution to ensure your child’s health and safety when they spend their day with us. Our schools provide layers of security measures to protect the children in our care.
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Our curriculum and program design incorporate the most current research in early development to best prepare children for their future in and out of the classroom. Each element of our Nest Play curriculum shares one goal: to help children love to learn.
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Communication with our families is a top priority at The Nest Schools. Everything from the face-to-face interactions during pick up and drop off times, individual conference times, school e-newsletter, daily reporting app, and interactive displays outside every classroom allow for parents to be fully involved and in the know on their child’s learning and progress.
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At The Nest Schools, we hire teachers who have a genuine love for young children and share our vision of raising a world of kind, healthy, and inspired kids. All of our teachers are highly-trained youth developers who are dedicated to bringing out what is special and unique about each child.
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At The Nest, we set out to create outdoor environments that entice children to engage with nature. Our playgrounds are rich with plants and natural elements, exciting play themes, and physical challenges. Children can learn to assess risks and test their boundaries within an environment that was created with their safety, health, and skill-building in mind.
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Our Clayton Leadership Team

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Heather Brown

Director
Heather Brown has been in the early childhood education field for about 20 years. She has her Bachelor of Psychology from UNC- Wilmington and her Masters in Human Services – Marriage & Family!

She is fascinated by behaviors and how they can be influenced and impacted. Heather finds it so rewarding to be able to help children learn to accept and manage their big emotions. Plus, they say the funniest things!

She has been married to her husband, Ryan for 22 years. Together, they have 1 child. Their son, Griffin, just finished his freshman year at NC State. They also have 3 dogs!

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her BFFs of almost 40 years. She also likes to refinish furniture and spend time on the boat with her family.

Heather’s favorite childhood book is The Pokey Little Puppy. As a child, she absolutely loved dogs (still do) so this book with the adorable puppies really spoke to her. We love having Heather on our team!
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Lisa Varner

Assistant Director
Lisa Varner has been in the early childcare field for over ten years; she has her NCECC credentials I & II, and is First Aid/SIDS/CPR/BSAC certified.

Lisa initially started working with infants and fell in love with it. Lisa realized quickly that children learn so much in these first years and loves to be a part of this developmental stage. Lisa’s passion is to teach children how to be good friends, take turns, learn patience, follow directions, and much more.

Lisa and her husband have four children together. Their oldest child is 29 and his passion is cooking; the second is 22, and he attends APP State for Music Education. Their two youngest children are 14 and 15. They are into every sport at school and they enjoy youth group at church.

A fun fact about Lisa is that she loves to garden; she starts every plant in her yard by seed!

Where the Sidewalk Ends is Lisa’s favorite childhood book as she enjoyed the funny poems and pictures. We are so grateful to have Lisa on our team.
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Krista Lewis

Regional Director
Krista has been in the early childhood education field since 1996 and has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family studies. She has served in many roles throughout her career, from serving as a floater, teacher, cook, lead teacher, assistant director, director, and now regional director. She can do it all! Krista has always had a special place in her heart for children, and she loves being able to make a difference in children’s lives every day.

Krista lives with her husband, son, daughter, and their dog in Thomasville. Krista’s biggest fear has always been flying, but she recently overcame that fear on a trip to Chicago and will fly again with less anxiety! Her favorite childhood book is The Baby-Sitters Club because she likes that it is about friends that will accept each other no matter what. We love having Krista on our team!

Our Clayton Educational Programs

Hummingbirds

We understand that infants need nurturing, and parents need to feel secure knowing their child is in good hands. Our infant teachers are hand-picked natural caregivers who focus on meeting the individual needs of every child. While your child is in our care, you can rest assured that they will receive the attention and interaction they need and deserve.

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Ducklings

We recognize that your young toddler has the capacity to learn so much in the first few years of their life by simply having opportunities to explore and play amongst peers. Our teachers encourage learning through daily routines and experiences involving health and physical development, social-emotional development, language and literacy development, and so much more.

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Cardinals

Our Cardinal program supports older toddlers and their increased independence, exploration of emotions and feelings, and fast-developing use of language. We also understand and support their continued desire to explore everything about their world. We believe our play-based philosophy and learning center structure gives them the best opportunity to do this.

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Penguins

The early preschool years are nothing short of amazing! Children at this age have an overwhelming eagerness to learn and you will notice that their ability to experiment, explore, and focus on set activities begins to change rapidly. Our Penguin program supports young preschoolers and their need to be challenged, engaged, and encouraged in their learning and personal interests.

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Robins

The older preschool years consist of so much learning and development! Their peer relationships are strengthening, they have a more complex understanding and use of language, and their overall motor skills have developed rapidly. Our Robins program continues to provide for preschoolers and their need to be challenged, engaged, and supported in their learning and personal interests.

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Full-time, Private

GREAT things come from great BEGINNINGS! Our private kindergarten programs will help your child excel in a small classroom environment giving them a successful start to their elementary years. Our comprehensive curriculum will use a mix of requirements from the Department of Education alongside our Nest Play curriculum to prepare children for first grade and beyond.

Private kindergarten is not available at our Clayton location.

Pelicans / Before & After School

Our School Age program provides children with opportunities for exploration, creativity, and fun challenges to support them in becoming their best selves. Our program consists of a mix of guided activities planned by the children and teacher-guided activities.

We offer before and after-school care to Polenta Elementary and West Clayton Elementary.

Summer Fun for Your Child

Summer is one of the things children look forward to the most. School’s out, and children are ready to get back to their much-awaited playtime. But instead of letting your child become glued to TV screens, computers, or mobile devices watching cartoons or playing video games, this may be the perfect time to encourage them to engage in activities that offer the right balance between learning and fun. This is where summer camps come in!

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What Our Families Are Saying

“We are so grateful for The Nest Schools! We have had amazing teachers so far, and our son loves every minute of school! What I love is that even the teachers that our son hasn’t had yet all know him by name, and treat him like he is one of their own students. We would (and do) recommend The Nest to anyone that asks.”

Amanda Lacks

“The things we like best about our child care experience at The Nest Schools are that we’re always greeted each morning with the staff’s friendly smiles and positive attitudes. Both of our children feel welcomed and have developed wonderful relationships. We are also impressed by the level of safety and the daily curriculum.”

Stephanie & Ryan Briggs

“To us, The Nest Schools has meant more than just childcare; they have been our partner in the development and success of our kids! ”

Stephen Starr

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