"A Child s Nature provides flexible, full-day child care and education for families of diverse backgrounds. Surrounded by goodness, truth and beauty, our children achieve their full potential through daily outdoor adventures, purposeful work, artistic experiences and imaginative play with a curriculum inspired by Waldorf education. Through close personal relationships with caregivers, teachers and nature, our children grow into capable, caring individuals who can step out into the wider world with confidence." This mission statement was written by a group of parents, teachers and other community members, and I think it really does express what happens at our childcare center. I have been a teacher/caregiver for 7 years, in all the classes (infants, toddlers, and preschool), and it is wonderful to see how the children learn and grow here -- and they do have so much fun out in the woods.
If you are looking for good quality dawn to dusk childcare for ages 6 weeks to 6 years, then check out A Child's Nature. Their Waldorf-inspired philosophy of education helps children build confidence, creativity and social skills. State aid is accepted which is a big help. Going outside in nature is an important part of what they do everyday. At this age, the emphasis is not so much on academics, but being active and learning how to explore and do things that stimulate curiosity. The children and parents who go here all seem to really love it.
My son has been with the teachers of ACN since he was 4 months old; he is 3 now. When a new "state of the art" childcare facility opened close to my work we experimented with trying them part time. Our son's experience at this main stream facility was very traumatic. He went from an environment of love/respect/friendship to being a number ($$). After weeks working with the "state of the art" facility to try and overcome my son's newfound fear and depression caused by their environment, we returned him to A Child's Nature full time to help him heal his soul. Thanks to ACN he is back to being his happy and imaginative self. Every morning I leave him with a quick kiss and smile as he runs off to start his day of adventure at ACN. Our brief experience comparing the 2 types of daycares taught us a valuable lesson. The most expensive "state of the art" facility with shiny new toys cannot compare to the value of what ACN s offers with nothing more than homemade projects, warm meals, walks outside and the care of people who NOTICE the children in their care. ACN is the family we have chosen to care for our child during the times of day when we cannot be there for him ourselves.