Our Mission

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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.

 

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Nurturing Children, Supporting Families – All working parents deserve affordable, trusting care for their children. A Child's Nature addresses this essential need by offering full-day childcare and education for families of diverse backgrounds. 

 

 

Waldorf Education

There are over 1000 Waldorf Schools and 2000 early childhood programs worldwide, serving many cultural streams, each working out of the philosophical and pedagogical indications of a brilliant scientist and educator, Rudolf Steiner. Waldorf education is different from other streams of education in that the main focus of the teacher is not to impart information, but to awaken capacities. Education is thus an artistic activity, where the teacher must sense the needs of the individuals and the group, adapts the developmental curriculum to their needs , and then presents the lessons in a way that enlivens the children and serves them in their development. 

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For the young child, the emphasis is on imaginative play, practical work, outdoor adventures, and artistic activities that are all modeled by upright and joyous adults. The teachers strive to awaken a sense of reverence for life in every child, building a foundation of good health in all realms: physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and spiritual. The child cared for in a Waldorf inspired setting is valued for her/his gifts, and learns consideration and kindness for others through the group work with the guidance of caring adults. 

 “The first two-and-a-half years are the most important of all…During this time the child has the gift of being instinctively aware of everything that goes on around it, especially as regards the people who come in daily contact with it…Everything that takes place in its environment imprints itself on its physical bodily form…so that our behavior will influence its disposition to health or disease for the whole of its life.”

 – Rudolf Steiner

Our Children at Work and Play (slideshow)

See the complete slide show of our children with music created by Kate Preftakes, a professional photographer and mother of four wonderful children who have come to the center. You can visit her web site at Kate Preftakes Photography.