Parent and Child
Ages 1 to 4 years
Thank you to all our new and returning Parent & Child families for you patience. Westdale Children's School is pleased to announce our Autumn program! The 8 week session will begin Tuesday, October 12th with a morning (off site) and afternoon (on site) option. Please note the program will take place outdoors for the time being and will include poems and songs in both English and French.
The Parent and Child program provides an opportunity for young children to experience a nurturing, protective learning environment full of warm, flowing colours and natural objects and toys that invite imagination and interaction through play. Parents/caregivers attend with their children, providing a wonderful transition between home and Kindergarten.
Children play with and alongside the other children in the group, with the security and comfort of a trusted adult nearby. During the program there is a focus on free play for the children both inside and later, in our natural outdoor space. In the rhythm of our relaxed morning together, we also enjoy and share snack preparation, cleanup, circle time--with seasonal rhymes, movement and repetitive songs, handwashing, blessing and snack.
Adults discuss parenting issues and share experiences and conversation, sometimes originating from the articles made available. The program is an opportunity to observe your child as they are finding their place in the social world, and explore an approach to raising young children inspired by the Waldorf philosophy. Handwork is encouraged for the adult, and refreshments are provided. An experienced facilitator leads the class, well versed in an approach to child development inspired by Waldorf education. They are attentive to the needs of both children and adults.