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.
Imagine a setting which so envelops a child in nurturance and warmth that they come to view the staff as an extension of family. This is the goal of A Child's Nature. True human care of the infant and young child includes diligent attention to providing an environment which optimally suits the child's development.
The warmth exuded by the staff extends to the provision of beautiful, calm classrooms with limitless opportunities for the young child to imagine, explore and invent through play and work. Through the mastery of age appropriate tasks which have been carefully woven into the curriculum to build skill and competence, the child grows from infancy to school age with all of the necessary faculties for success in school life
Our littlest babies are cared for according to their own rhythms: having bottles in teachers' arms, playing and rolling on the floor, and napping in cozy cribs. Older mobile begin to fit into a group rhythm eating and napping together, playing and exploring movement indoors and outside.
Each day, our toddler and preschool children spend about three hours outside, running, climbing, playing and distance walking. Inside, the children participate in community work for about an hour each day. They participate in a circle, and they listen to a story. They have time for imaginative free play and art activities. The activities generally follow a weekly rhythm, painting and baking on specific days of the week.
In the morning, everyone has a wholesome morning snack provide by the center which the preschoolers help prepare. Lunch and afternoon snack are brought from home, but eaten together.
Our Moon Children are in our youngest classroom (6 weeks - 18 months). Our Star Children range in age from 18 months - 3 years. Our oldest childcare group, the Sun Children, is comprised of 3 - 6 year olds. Finally, our Earth Children come before and after their regular school day.