We provide a nurturing and creative environment to gradually make the transition from life at home to elementary school in our Early Childhood programs. Our experienced teachers have the inclination and special training to create an unhurried atmosphere where children listen to stories, learn to work with others, practice life skills, and enjoy seasonal craft and artistic opportunities. The young child learns about the world through movement and naturally imitating everything he or she experiences.
Our school is a member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and they have produced these short lovely videos about the six essentials of a Waldorf Early Childhood program. Watch these videos and come take a tour to see these principles in action.
Ample Time and Space
Real Life Activities
Relationships Based on Love
Our programs provide ample opportunity for active, creative play indoors and out and are full of activities, attitudes, and interactions that are worthy of imitation. Healthy physical, social and emotional development in a young child form a strong foundation for academic study in elementary school and beyond.
Our main enrollment season is from the middle of October through the middle of January although we welcome inquiries throughout the year.
Our Parent-Child classes are for children 12 months to 3 years old. To attend Chickadees Nursery Preschool a child must be 2 by May 1st and learning to use the toilet. To attend Buttercup or Sweet Peas preschool a child must be 3 by May 1st and toilet learned. For our multi-age kindergartens, Lavender and Thimbleberry, a child must be 4 by May 1st. Kindergarten enrollment can be for one or two years. The Early Childhood teachers may do an individual assessment of a child close to the cut-off date to ensure best placement.
The Chickadee, Buttercup and Sweet Peas Preschools, and Lavender and Thimbleberry Kindergartens follow the general schedule of the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, from early September to mid June. Our preschool students arrive between 8:35 and 8:45 and the program ends at 12:45. Kindergarten classes begin at 8:30 am and end at 12:30pm. Parents can add afternoons, which end at 3:00pm and afterschool care is available until 5:30.
Our Parent Child Classes have two terms per year and you may enroll in one or both terms per year.
Our Early Bird drop-in group starts at 7:30 am and is a flat rate of $2.50 per day. The official time for the school day to begin is at 8:30 in kindergarten classrooms, 8:45 for preschools. The Sunflower program is an extension of the early childhood school day for those students needing a full day program. This program starts at the end of the school day and lasts until 3:00.
After school care is available on school days until 5:30pm for children four years old and older, is billed at $6 per hour for preregistered children. If space is available, there is the possibility of drop-in care which is billed at $8 per hour. Planned after school care is reserved in advance; a form is available in the office and needs to be turned in by the 20th of the preceding month.