Plymouth Nursery School: Our Mission

Plymouth Nursery School provides for the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of each child in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes learning through play, creative expression and parental involvement.

Plymouth Nursery School offers your child an excellent half day preschool experience thoughtfully planned by dedicated, experienced staff using the research-based Creative Curriculum. Spacious, inviting classrooms feature interest centers for experiences that support each child’s developing cognitive and social skills with a focus on play-based learning, developmentally appropriate pre-academics and creative art. Special events, resource people and field trips enrich the experience as children grow through the program. An age appropriate playground and full-sized gym provide plenty of space for active play to support children’s developing large motor skills. Parents are actively involved as helpers in the classroom throughout the year.

More about us:

  • A non-profit, non-discriminating half day program for children ages 2-5
  • Licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Alignment with the Iowa Early Learning Standards
  • A strong partnership with Plymouth Church


Since 1954, Plymouth Nursery School has been providing high-quality preschool experiences for children in the greater Des Moines area. We value our heritage and have our eyes fixed on the future as we seek to provide an excellent preschool experience that will help your child become a “life-long learner”.

Director: Jan Van Wyk
Plymouth Nursery School

Class Offerings for 2023-2024 School Year

Priority Registration for current and former families and Plymouth Church members runs from January 10-31. We will accept registrations from families new to the program beginning February 1.

Submit a registration form and $100 registration fee. September tuition will be due June 1, 2023. All of these payments are non-refundable.

PLAYTIME FOR TWOS: For children who are two by September 15, 2023                      

  • 9-11:15 a.m. | Choose 1 morning per week: Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday | $75/month


PLAYTIME PLUS: For children who are 2 ½ by September 15, 2023, Born by March 15, 2023

  • 9-11:15 a.m. | Monday & Tuesday | $150/month    


THREE YEAR OLD PROGRAM: For children who are three by September 15, 2023 and toilet trained.

  • 9-11:30 a.m. | Monday to Wednesday | $175/month
  • 9-11:30 a.m. | Thursday & Friday | $155/month
  • 9-11:30 a.m. | Monday to Thursday | $195/month


PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM: For children who are four by September 15, 2023 and toilet trained. Arrival begins at 8:45 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.

  • 8:45-11:15 a.m. | Monday to Thursday | $200/month
  • 12:15-2:45 p.m. | Monday to Thursday | $200/month


PRE-K PLUS: For children who are 4 ½ or 5 by September 15, 2023 and toilet trained. Parent provides sack lunch each day.

  • 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Monday to Friday | $260/month


PRE-K EXTENSION: For children who are enrolled in Pre-K Plus

  • 12:15-2:45 p.m. | Monday to Thursday | $200/month

In accordance with Federal Law and Internal Revenue Service regulation, Plymouth Nursery School is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, creed, sex, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational, admissions, and employment policies; and scholarship, tuition and other school administered programs.  Plymouth Nursery School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, creed, sex and ability to all the rights privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Plymouth Nursery School.