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Wild Roots Nature-based Early Childhood Family Collaborative to Hold Information Session

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Wild Roots Nature-Based Early Childhood Family Collaborative will be holding a come-and-go information session from 3:00 – 6:30 pm at St. Kateri Outdoor Learning Centre, in preparation for the upcoming fall session.

If you have been looking for a community that will support your family’s interest in a nature-based early childhood approach, then Wild Roots is the place for you.

Wild Roots is a licensed preschool program under the Child Care and Early Years Act, using a parent cooperative model, and is run by Little Lions Waldorf Child and Family Centre. It is designed for children 2.5 – 5 years of age and takes place solely in a local outdoor natural space. This half day program integrates the Ontario government’s early learning vision with aspects of Waldorf and nature-based approaches.

“Growing research indicates that there are many benefits to spending time with nature for all. Our program embeds this knowledge in an early childhood education setting that fosters ecological consciousness, and builds healthy, respectful relationships with each other and the rest of the natural world” says program creator and supervisor Andrea Welz.

Within this cooperative model, collaboration is key. While led by a registered early childhood educator, parents or designated family members take on an active role as on-site facilitators who work with the early childhood educator. Through this model, we maintain a ratio of 1 adult: 4 children which allows us to provide many varied learning experiences. Training is provided to prepare for this role. Family members who are not facilitators may also participate in the parent meetings and other learning/decision making opportunities.

According to one Wild Roots parent “Wild Roots would not have been a successful

program without collaboration.  Parents were able to be a part of their child’s day, while

interacting and communicating with other children.  I found it really nice to see my child in a group setting with children his age, and how he responds to other adults’ guidance and ideas. It allowed for me as a parent to explore my strengths and use those with the children.  Having other parents in the same role – it was nice to communicate with them and see how everyone can bring a little something different to the program.”

Wild Roots will offer your child an opportunity for growth through a collaborative, play/inquiry-based learning environment with many opportunities to learn with others. This engagement will build relationships as they deepen their understanding and respect for the world around them.  And it is also an opportunity for you to be part of and learn with a community keen to explore a nature-based early childhood approach.
“I love Wild Roots” said one child eagerly. “I get to play outside, find things in nature. Get dirty. Each day I go there is a surprise. And something else I get to find out.”

Interested in learning more about the program and/or our fourth seasonal session scheduled in the fall? Please join us at the information night on June 25, 2019, 3:00 – 6:30 pm at St. Kateri Outdoor Learning Centre located at 1639 Goulais Ave. Please send any questions and your RSVP to wildroots@littlelionswaldorf.ca. And if you are unable to attend, send us an email anyway – we will be happy to chat with you another time.

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