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Nature Playcare - One morning a week


We’re Back with Nature Playcare - Autumn Mornings!

Nature Playcare

Calling all afternoon nappers to come NaturePlay Friday mornings!

Featuring one adventurous morning each week for a total of eight sessions. (note this program ends in early November due to colder temps in the mornings.)

Ages 3-5, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

What exactly is Nature Playcare?

Nature Playcare provides young children with an opportunity to immerse themselves in play-based learning in a natural environment. The Nature Playcare experience promotes respect for our natural environment and a sense of well-being in nature. Parents can expect age-appropriate nature experiences, which are designed to foster the development of each child's resiliency, confidence, creativity, imagination, and independence.

What does Nature Playcare look like?

Each session will begin with a short gathering followed by unstructured play and exploration
in the beautifully wild Gabriel Dumont Park. This includes children taking carefully managed and supported risks appropriate for their capabilities and the site (for example, sliding down a hill and
climbing or balancing along a log). Wildernook facilitators Jana Miller and Zoe Arnold will use holistic, child-centred practices to support each child’s development.

Requirements: This is a fully outdoor program that will proceed in all types of weather. To ensure your child has the best possible experience, outdoor clothing that can get dirty such as rain pants, jacket, rubber boots or winter boots (weather depending) are required. Suggestions for types of clothing and layering will be provided on registration.

Is Nature Playcare the right fit for my/our child? we require that each child is able to communicate a need to go to the bathroom. Please contact zoe@wildernook.com if you have any questions about clothing or other requirements.

Parents will receive a detailed information package in advance of the program outlining the following information:

  • Program guidelines

  • Information on risky play

  • How we approach weather and illness

  • Recommended Clothing and Supplies

  • Washroom access

  • Emergency Procedures and First Aid

  • Location

Age Range: 3-5 years old

Location: Gabriel Dumont Park

Program Cost: $200.00 for 8 two hour sessions. This cost of $25.00 per session allows us to maintain a low child to teacher ratio of one to four. Note: We are not offering subsidized accessibility spots at this time.

Full registration requires our receipt of payment, health information and completed waiver forms. We are open to having children with additional needs, however, facilitators require advance notice of each participant’s health information in order to prepare for the session. Families who do not disclose pertinent health and learning considerations (e.g. illness requiring additional care, life threatening allergies, learning disabilities, etc.) before the program start date will not be permitted to participate and no refund will be provided.

Cancellation Policy: A refund, minus a 10% administration fee, can be issued up until 2 weeks prior to the event. After that time no refund will be issued.

She never hesitated to say yes once when I asked if she wanted to go back to nature camp tomorrow. Learning by playing is such a confidence builder for her. I love it. Thanks for doing this!
— Nature Playcare parent
Earlier Event: September 12
Damsels in Wilderness