SAPLINGS PRESCHOOL & BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Location: 250 Bayview Rd, Lions Bay, BC V0N 2E0
Saplings Preschool at Lions Bay allows children 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.
Our Unique After School care program provides children with opportunities to learn about math, science, art, and movement through inquiry in the natural world!
Please include the following in your email:
- Your child's age
- Your childcare needs e.g preschool only, before school care, after school care
*2 day registration minimum
Is this program eligible for Supported Child Development funding?
Is this program eligible for the Affordable Childcare Benefit?
What is the educator to child ratio?
In our preschool programs we try to keep our ratios small. Legal ratio for preschool is 1 to 8, however, we try to operate at a 1 to 6 ratio. For school age programs, we typically have a 1-10 ratio.
Is there an inside facility?
Yes, we have an inside classroom inside Lions Bay Elementary School. But remember, we are a forest school! So you won’t see us inside too much!
What happens if it rains?
At Saplings, we believe there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. When you register, you will receive a list of suggested gear to keep your child comfortable in all weather. When it rains, we use tarps to build shelters, share hot tea and bring reusable hand warmers for the children. But the most vital thing we do is keep a positive attitude! Our attitudes about the weather influence the way we feel about it and the way the children feel about it. When we hit rain season, we’re sure you’ll see our educators joining the children in jumping through puddles and singing in the rain!
Do my children have to be potty trained?
No, however, it is important to note that due to the outdoor nature of our program, frequent diaper changes are not possible. We recommend our program for children who are transitioning out of diapers / currently potty training / completely out of diapers.
What do the children do at Saplings?
Each day at Saplings is a little different. Our program capitalizes on children’s intrinsic desire to learn, play and discover the world around them. We adapt our program to the natural pace of the children, and allow them to explore their interests to the fullest. Some of the nature based activities include fort and shelter making, fairyhouse building, and nature art.
What’s the cancellation policy?
We require one-months written notice for all cancellations.
Why is this after school program multi-age?
We believe that multi-age groups programs provide immense benefits to children including:
Children are viewed as unique individuals. Their educators focus on meeting children where they are at, according to their own strengths and interests, rather than setting children expectations solely based on their age.
Children are more likely to cooperate than compete. The spirit of cooperation and caring makes it possible for children to help each other as individuals, not see each other as competitors.
Children develop a sense of family with their classmates. They become a "family of learners" who support and care for each other.
Older children model more sophisticated approaches to problem solving, and younger children are able to accomplish tasks they could not do without the assistance of older children. This dynamic increases the older child’s level of independence and competence.
Children are invited to take charge of their learning, by making choices at centers and with project work. This sense of "ownership" and self-direction is the foundation for lifelong learning.
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