Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are we a day care?
No, we are a part-time preschool offering learning opportunities in a stimulating, nurturing environment.
2. What age can children start?
Children must be three years old by December 31st to join the Junior or Afternoon class and be four years old by December 31st to be enrolled in our Senior class.
3. Can parents choose any time of day from more than one class to send their child?
Each of our classes has set hours and days of operation. Children enrolled in a class may only attend during those specified days and times.
- Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
NOTE: Senior and afternoon classes enjoy an extended Friday LUNCH DAY class every second week.
4. Can children in the three-day classes come only two days? And pay for only two?
Children enrolled in three-day classes are welcome to attend only two days per week, however payment of the full tuition fee for three days is required!
5. How much French is part of the class?
In 2003, the school began to include more French and a bilingual teacher was hired in 2005. The children learn routine instruction, sing songs, hear stories and do some special events in French. French is spoken on a daily basis during small group interactions with the teachers and the other children. The overall objective is to promote a positive attitude toward learning French which will set the stage for their future school years.
6. Are the classes structured to include music, stories, crafts, etc.?
Our program is proud to offer a wide variety of fun, stimulating and engaging experiences throughout the year. Daily activities will include art, songs, games, sensory exploration, dramatic play and gross motor fun, just to mention a few!
8. How many children are there in class?
As a Forest School, our teacher to child ratios are 6-1. That means we have a maximum of 12 children per class. Every day as well as the teacher, there is a volunteer duty parent in attendance.
9. What are ‘Duty Days’ like? Can siblings come?
Duty days are designed for parents to have fun and share the learning with their preschool child! Parents are required to provide snack for the class that day as well as help out with the daily activities and do a quick clean up at the end! As our school promotes families and community involvement we welcome younger siblings to join the duty parent and share in the fun!
10. How often do duty days come up?
In the Tuesday/Thursday class parents can expect to have a duty day about once every six weeks. In the Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes parents should expect a duty day once a month.
11. What kind of fundraising activities? Is it mandatory?
In 2004, we recently streamlined our fundraising efforts to focus on a large community auction. Parent involvement is mandatory. There are many ways to volunteer to support the auction, ranging from helping with set-up and clean-up, to decorating, to advertising, to calling for donations. Smaller fundraisers are held if needed. These events are well organized and fun to be part of!
12. Is the registration fee required to hold a spot in the waiting list?
No, if a child is on the waiting list parents will not be required to pay the registration fee until a vacant spot becomes available!
Forest School FAQs
1. How does Forest School prepare my child for Kindergarten?
Forest School develops confident, inquisitive life long learners . Studies have shown that children who attend Forest School are ahead of their peers in cognitive, problem solving and social skills when entering the regular school stream.
2. How do they go to the bathroom if outside all the time?
There is a bathroom in our building, and regular bathroom time is incorporated into our day. In warmer weather, this will happen before leaving on an adventure and in cold weather we are back in the building for snack so will all go to the bathroom before eating. In the event that a child need to go the bathroom while we are out on an adventure, they will be brought to an appropriate spot and taught to go outdoors. We always carry soap and water for washing hands after wards.
3. Are the children really outside all the time? Even in January?
While the weather is warm enough we will be outside for the entire day, with brief visits indoors to use the bathroom. Once it is too cold or wet to eat snack outside, we go inside our building for snack and circle time, usually leaving our snow/rain pants and boots on to facilitate a quick return outside.
Rainy weather provides a multitude of opportunities for full sensory learning and enjoyment of nature in all its forms. We will of course go inside in the event of a thunderstorm.
In extreme cold, we still start our day outside, and monitor the children closely. Once we start getting too cold, we will go inside for some alternative activities, coming back out once we have all warmed up!
The children learn how to dress appropriately for the weather and valuable skills such as how to regulate their body temperature by keeping moving and adding or removing layers They become resilient quite quickly and seldom complain about being out in any weather.