Full Day Toddler
Program Location: Elm Bank & Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Program Ages: 18 months- 2.9 years
Program Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (early pickup at 3:00 PM)
Program Options: Monday - Friday Only
Program Schedule: School Year (Sep - June) & Summer (July-August), separate school year & summer enrollments
A Nature Immersive Program for Our Littlest Explorers!
Our full day toddler program aensures children are getting the high quality outdoor time they need each day. Toddlers can run through open fields and meadows, recognize the earth as provider in the vegetable garden, and delight in the sensory encounter that smelling roses and herbs bestows on young learners.
Meeting in the same spot every day provides our students with the routine and structure essential for success. At the same time, every morning outside brings something new! After the class has arrived, the group hikes to a different "adventure spot" each morning. We carefully select these outdoor "classrooms" for safety and diversity of natural elements that support children's imagination and creativity. Regular spots include Dirt Hills, a shady forest refuge where students can climb, explore, and engage in joyful mud play on rainy days, Construction World, where children can build forts, ships, and canopys, and Nest World, where children can play in a life-sized nest, re-enacting the life-cycle of a bird!
Before heading indoors for a nap, the children sit for a gratitude circle. If you were a robin in the tree, you'd hear some children cheer about jumping off logs, others beam about bugs, and still more who find fortifying friendships to be most memorable!
"As a science teacher myself, I searched long and hard for a pre-school that shared my values. I wanted to find a place that truly lived the research around teaching outdoors and valued play as learning for our youngest learners. As our world becomes more fast-paced and disconnected from nature, children who are grounded in the natural world will be better able to flourish. Children who find peace and connection in nature are more likely to become citizens with a strong stewardship ethic, leading the charge to conserve our planet."
The summer program will run for eight weeks, Monday through Friday. Children in this age group rely upon consistency for a sense of well-being. As such, it is best to have the same teachers and peers for the entire summer, so there is only one “session” which runs the entire eight weeks. Tuition is charged for the whole summer and remains the same regardless of whether children miss days or weeks due to vacation.
Week 1: July 5 - July 7
Week 2: July 10 - July 14
Week 3: July 17 - July 21
Week 4: July 24 - July 28
Week 5: July 31 - August 4
Week 6: August 7 -August 11
Week 7: August 14 - August 18
Week 8: August 21 - August 25