Welcome to A Child’s Nature ChildCare Center

A Child's Nature offers families in the Monadnock and Souhegan communities a unique, whole-child program of loving care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. We care for every part of a child's nature. Guided by the principles of Waldorf education, A Child's Nature strives to educate the whole child: heart, hands, mind and spirit.  Our daily schedule includes two to four hours of outdoor play. We provide opportunities for children to imagine, explore and invent through play and work. A strong focus on community ensures that children feel their worthiness both in the classroom and in the world.

ENROLL NOW FOR FALL 2014!
Infant/Toddler, Preschool and After-school Classes

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We are a new daycare center located on the beautiful wooded campus of the Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton, NH.

  • Integrated Full Day childcare program
    for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old  
  • Open 6:45 am to 5:30 pm, weekdays
  • Flexible scheduling with 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day options
  • YEAR-ROUND, Open all summer
    (Closed for only 5 major holidays and a one-week winter break) 
  • Before & After School care for Pine Hill grade school students up to age 14
  • Less than 2 miles off Route 101, convenient for working parents commuting to Nashua, Milford or Peterborough.  
  • NH DHHS licensed, able to serve low and moderate income families by accepting State Financial Aid.

Surround your child with goodness, beauty and the joyous fun that every child deserves.  

For more information or to enroll, please call our Director, Peggy Waterhouse:
 (603) 654-2662 or (603) 933-2231
 
email: contact@achildsnature.org

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Fall Michaelmas Celebration and Work Day with Pine Hill School

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th   9:00 am 

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Local families with young children are welcome to come join A Child's Nature families and teachers for the Michaelmas Celebration.  Our children dress up in their capes of courage, watch Pine Hill's all-school pageant about conquering a Dragon, and enjoy a snack at the big school. Then we return to our play yard for some outdoor work and play.

 

 

Visit our "Feed the Chipmunk" Game Booth at the Milford Great Pumpkin Festival

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11th
and SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12th

Come visit A Child's Nature's information/game booth at the Milford Great Pumpkin Festival.  Children can toss some acorn bean bags to feed our big HUNGRY CHIPMUNK!  Meet our director, teachers and parents with children already enrolled.
Chippy says "Hurry, hurry, we must all get fat and furry!  Not a moment to be lost-- I can smell old Jackie Frost."

For more details see our News Page.

 

Our Home on the Pine Hill Campus

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  This June, we celebrated our one-year anniversary of being at Pine Hill with a family barbeque and summer solstice festival attended by children, parents, grand parents and teachers. In 2013, the Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton NH offered A Child's Nature (formerly the Pine Hill Child Care Center in Peterborough NH) a new home on their campus. Our Preschool class (Sunflowers, ages 3 to 5 years) is housed at one end of the central building in a large, open classroom with a kitchen.  Our Infant / Toddler class (Bluebells, babies from 6 weeks old and toddlers up to 3 years) is in the homey Bluebell Cottage.  Both classes use the wonderful natural playgrounds surrounding the Bluebell Cottage, while the older children also explore the nearby woods and trails.  

 

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Our Mission

A Child’s Nature provides flexible, full-day child care and education for families of diverse backgrounds. Surrounded by goodness, truth and beauty, our children achieve their full potential through daily outdoor adventures, purposeful work, artistic experiences and imaginative play with a curriculum inspired by Waldorf education. Through close personal relationships with caregivers, teachers and nature, our children grow into capable, caring individuals who can step out into the wider world with confidence.

A Child’s Nature — Care and Education is a non-profit organization, with 501(c)(3) status, registered in Hillsborough County NH, Tax ID# 46-2288583.  Our childcare center, located on the Pine Hill campus in Wilton, is licensed by New Hampshire DHHS (#CCCB-06593), so we are able to serve moderate/low income families by accepting state financial aid.   

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings,
who are able of themselves to impart 
purpose and direction to their lives.”

   – Rudolf Steiner

What Our Parents Say: 

“The staff is outstanding, well-trained, and truly passionate about working with kids providing high-quality  childcare based on imagination and a community-rich model of early childhood education.  The Center's commitment to positive experience and wellbeing of the children is clear.”  –Kate

“My son has been with the teachers of A Child's Nature since he was 4 months old; he is 3 now.  When a new "state of the art" childcare facility opened close to my work we experimented with trying them part time. Our son's experience at this main stream facility was very traumatic. He went from an environment of love/ respect/ friendship to being a number ($$). After weeks working with the "state of the art" facility to try and overcome my son's newfound fear and depression caused by their environment, we returned him to A Child's Nature full time to help him heal his soul. Thanks to ACN he is back to being his happy and imaginative self. Every morning I leave him with a quick kiss and smile as he runs off to start his day of adventure at ACN. Our brief experience comparing the 2 types of daycares taught us a valuable lesson. The most expensive "state of the art" facility with shiny new toys cannot compare to the value of what ACN offers with nothing more than homemade projects, warm meals, walks outside and the care of people who NOTICE the children in their care. ACN is the family we have chosen to care for our child during the times of day when we cannot be there for him ourselves.” –Michelle

”Thank you kindly for the exceptional care and love you have provided this past year in the preschool room. Our son had a blast, everyday, playing with friends and "adventuring" with teachers. All the best as this wonderful program grows and grows.” –Kristen

What the community says about our Director, Peggy Waterhouse:
“What she offered touched everyone in attendance. Not only  the breadth of her knowledge was evident, but also the depth or extent to which she has internalized each stage of early childhood and ways to meet a child's needs at each stage. Above all, her warmth, passion, and presence were felt by all. She is a captivating speaker.” –Becky, Candice and Lisa, Co-leaders of Hillsborough County Holistic Moms Network 

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