Saplings Outdoor Program operates several nature-based active preschool and childcare programs in West Vancouver.
Saplings Multi-age Program is for children ages 2.5-5. Forest School Programs lend very well to multi-age play, as children can play and explore at their own level. Mixed aged classrooms have the benefit of “muddying” age-based comparisons and competition between children. The program is designed to introduce children to the natural world, teach them to find meaningful ways to connect to each other, and explore the living world around them through play.
Saplings preschool is licensed, based in nature, and provides children an opportunity to connect with the natural environment in a safe and enjoyable way. We view children as imaginative, resourceful, and inquisitive beings who are most comfortable in a natural setting. Children are encouraged to engage in activities that interest them, while our educators act as facilitators in the natural learning process.
Our after-school programs allow kids to explore and experience the natural world through practical involvement. We believe the outdoors encourages imaginative play, creativity, hand-eye coordination, physical strength, and mental clarity. Our educators encourage children to develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Additionally, a multi-age environment promotes cooperation and teamwork, while raising children’s emotional awareness.
West Bay Pro-D days run from 9:00am-5:00pm on days school is not in session due to Professional Development. The cost of Pro-D days is $36/day for children registered in other Saplings programs, and $50/day for those not already registered with Saplings.
Please note: prices are subject to change without notice.
If you are a parent interested in coming out to join us at Saplings, we would love to hear from you! This is a free program to anyone who is interested. Please fill in the form below to register for parent participation in 2018/19.