Nursery (18 months - 3 years old)
Core program: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Monday - Friday.
The 3-day program runs Monday - Wednesday.
In our hectic, modern lifestyle, it is not always possible to stay home with young children. In AWS's Nursery Program, we provide children ages 18 months to 3 years old a homelike environment in which to play and participate. It is no wonder, then, that activities in the nursery classrooms mirror those activities one may participate in at home: room care, food preparation, and preparing for holidays and seasonal festivities.
Just as when young children are at home, the nursery students may choose to join the adults in their work, imitate work the adults are doing, or play nearby under the watchful eyes of his or her teachers. The children are wrapped in a comfortable, secure routine which gives them great confidence to explore their surroundings and immerse themselves in the all-important work of the child: play. Since young children absorb the world primarily through their senses, our biggest job in the Nursery and the Kindergarten is to provide an environment which is worthy of their absorption and imitation. We feel it is healthy and important for the children to spend time outdoors each day if at all possible. Unless it is a high ozone day or actively storming, the children spend a portion of each day outside, experiencing the world as the seasons change.
Children dress appropriately to be outside in the weather. We also ask parents to remember that the children's work is play, and play can be messy business! A hallmark of Waldorf Early Childhood Education is that all of the academic skills the children learn are embedded in the experiential curriculum: building rich vocabulary in Circle Time, counting for setting the snack table, observing the changes in seasons, and categorizing objects during tidy up time.
In addition to the core program, we offer Early Extended Care from 7:15 - 8:30 am, as well as Afternoon Extended Care until 3 pm and then 5:30 pm. Read more information about Extended Care here, or sign up online.