INFORMATION FOR PARENTS REGARDING LITTLE NEST FOREST PRESCHOOL AGED PROGRAM
We are excited to become part of the Bowen Island Community. We are an outdoor immersion forest school that meets two mornings a week in Crippen Park rain or shine from mid September until June.
RULES OF EMPATHY: At Little Nest we have adopted the rules of empathy modeled from Vashon Island's Cedarsong Nature School. RULES OF KINDNESS: As naturalists we are committed to inspiring and teaching respect for the earth and all its creatures and this includes modeling and fostering respect for self and for others at all times. We shun competitiveness in favor of cooperative activities, guiding children into co-creative adventures. We have a zero tolerance policy for hitting, grabbing, pushing, name calling, aggressiveness or any other demeaning behavior.
DRESSING APPROPRIATELY: Making sure your child is dressed appropriately for their time outdoors is CRITICAL to their enjoyment of our program. Remember that this is an entirely-outdoor school. Make sure that you and your child are both okay with that. Remember too that your child may not experience cold in the same way that you do and to resist overdressing them. Send extra clothes and know that we will be very diligent about when to insist they put on more outer wear. Most important, keep YOUR attitude positive about blustery cold rainy days as some of our most fun days have been in this type of weather!
CREATING COMMUNITY: We strive to create a community among our Little Nest families. To facilitate that, we host several gatherings throughout the year, including a winter solstice party, a parent-student nature play day, and an end-of-the-year party. We also hold Parent-Teacher conferences in January so that you can be informed about your child’s progress.
This is an entirely-outdoor school. We will be out in all kinds of weather, rain or shine.