The Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton NH has offered A Child's Nature (formerly the Pine Hill Child Care Center in Peterborough NH) a new home for the school year. In mid-August, the daycare center moved from its summer location in the Children's Village up the hill to the main buildings. The Preschool class (The Sunflowers, ages 3 to 5 years) are at one end of the central building in the large, open classroom with a kitchen. The Infant / Toddler class (The Bluebells, babies from 6 weeks old and toddlers up to 3 years) are in the homey Bluebell Cottage. Both classes use the wonderful natural playground surrounding the Bluebell Cottage, while the older children also explore the nearby woods and trails.
Joint Press Release: Pine Hill Waldorf School and A Child’s Nature Offer Breadth of Educational and Childcare Programs
WILTON, NH – Pine Hill Waldorf School and A Child’s Nature (formerly the Pine Hill Child Care Center located in Peterborough) announce a new collaboration to provide childcare and educational services to families with children six weeks old through Grade 8. The two organizations are now both serving families at the Pine Hill Waldorf School campus in Wilton.
After seven successful years serving families of the Monadnock region with childcare services inspired by Rudolf Steiner and the principles of Waldorf education, the former Pine Hill Child Care Center in Peterborough was ready to branch out on its own. In 2013, A Child’s Nature was incorporated under the continued direction of Peggy Waterhouse. Services were expected to continue in Peterborough, using existing space at Con-Val High School.
The separation from Pine Hill simplified the accreditation processes for both organizations and opened new funding opportunities as well. Pine Hill focuses on mixed-kindergarten through 8th grade education. Its new Children’s Village facilities are a flexible-use space designed to meet the needs of parents looking for Waldorf-inspired parent-child classes, part-day and full-day mixed age Kindergarten, and community courses..
In the fall, this past year, A Child’s Nature learned that it would lose use of its space at Con-Val High School and worked until this June to try to find suitable space in Peterborough or the surrounding area. Pine Hill and A Child’s Nature worked quickly to ensure that families relying on A Child’s Nature for childcare would be able to continue receiving these services. A Child’s Nature opened its doors on the Pine Hill campus on July 1, using space in the Children’s Village that otherwise would have been vacant for the summer.
Under a new agreement, A Child’s Nature will continue its operation on the Pine Hill campus so that together, the two organizations offer a breadth of programming that covers children six weeks old through Grade 8, including before- and after-school care for this age group.
“We are pleased to welcome A Child’s Nature to the Pine Hill campus and see this as an opportunity to broaden the services available to families seeking a warm, nurturing environment for their children,” said Mary McDonough, Pine Hill School Administrator. “Pine Hill Waldorf School provides a central place for an educational community that supports children, parents and families in their growth. A Child’s Nature now offers a new starting place for the youngest of children in our community.”
“A Child’s Nature is delighted to be on the Pine Hill campus working in conjunction with the school. Bringing these spaces into compliance for child care licensing was a snap compared to other locations we researched,” explains Peggy Waterhouse, director of A Child’s Nature. “Our goal to continue child care services in Peterborough still exists, but this opportunity to have a branch in Wilton in these beautiful surroundings fits perfectly into our mission and we are so grateful to all who have worked to keep us going.”
Enrollment inquiries may be directed as follows:
Full-day childcare for children 6-weeks through 5 years old: Contact Peggy Waterhouse, Director of A Child’s Nature at (603) 654-2662.
Waldorf education for mixed-age kindergarten through grade 8: Contact Sarah Lind, Enrollment and Marketing Director at Pine Hill Waldorf School, at (603) 654-6003.
About Pine Hill Waldorf School
Pine Hill Waldorf School is dedicated to teaching from our knowledge of child development based on the work of Rudolf Steiner and the principles of Anthroposophy. We help to inspire and cultivate these qualities in each of our students:
A creative and curious mind
A warm heart and strong sense of morality
A love for meaningful work
A deep commitment to the tending of all living things
A sense of joy for the evolving human spirit.
As part of a growing international network of Waldorf Schools, we are committed to protecting the innocence and integrity of childhood by serving school-aged children through grade 8.
About A Child’s Nature
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.
Pine Hill Waldorf School and A Child’s Nature are now both situated on historic Abbot Hill, south of Wilton town center. Abbot Hill is also home to High Mowing School (Waldorf high school), the Temple-Wilton Community Farm, the Hilltop Café, the Antioch New England Waldorf Teacher training, and the Center for Anthroposophy’s adult renewal courses. Together, these non-profit organizations are surrounded by hundreds of acres of conservation land, hiking trails, and agricultural open space which form the backdrop for learning and working as a community.
Press release by: Sarah Lind, Director of Enrollment and Marketing, Pine Hill Waldorf School and Peggy Waterhouse, Director of A Child’s Nature