Early Years

Playschool and Kindergarten

The Whistler Waldorf School has a strong Early Years program. Licensed group childcare is available for ages 30 months – 5 years old in Little Cedars & the Early Years Centre.

Kindergarten, also known as Briar Rose, is available for children in September if they turn five years old in the same year.

Early Years Centre @ Spring Creek (New)

Enrolling Now: Space is available for children 30 months – school age. 

Days: 2, 3, 4 & 5 Day options available – Monday-Friday all year long (2 day min. ongoing registration required.)

Times: 8:00-4:00PM

Tuition/Fees: Starting from $70/day*; monthly rate is equal to min. 2 day/week total cost for approx. yearly rate of $600/month* (*as of June 2020).

Little Cedars @ Spruce Grove

Enrollment: Applications are accepted for 30 months – school age children for the 2020/21 school year. 

Days: 2, 3, 4 & 5 Day options available – Monday-Friday for September – June. 

(2 day min. ongoing registration required. Care is offered over the school year, but can be accommodated over summer months though Spring Creek.).

Times: 8:30-3:00PM (Mon-Thurs.) 8:30-12:30 (Fridays)

Tuition/Fees: Starting from approx. $4400/year* based on min. 2 day/week total cost (*as of June 2020).

Please Note

WWS has been accepted into B.C.’s Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI), which may provide a reduction of up to $350 per month. Qualified families are also recommended to apply for the Affordable Childcare Benefit for more assistance (for Little Cedars & Early Years Centre participants only).

Kindergarten (Briar Rose) @ Spruce Grove

Enrollment: Applications are accepted year-round for Kindergarten enrolment. Children can start Kindergarten in September of the year they turn five years old.

Days:  Monday-Friday from September – June (as per school year).

Times: 8:30-3:05PM (Mon-Thurs.) 8:30-12:35 (Fridays)

Tuition/Fees: Please see current yearly fee schedule.

Little Cedars, Early Years Centre & Briar Rose Program Details

The licensed Whistler Waldorf Little Cedars (ages 30 months – 5 years) and Briar Rose (ages 5-6) programs are led by qualified Early Years professionals and educators. The program is developed with age-appropriate activities in mind, with an emotionally supportive and carefully structured environment to help children gain self-confidence and acquire a deep connection to all that life has to offer.

The licensed Whistler Waldorf Little Cedars (ages 3-5) and Briar Rose (ages 5-6) programs are led by qualified ECE professionals.

The early years are a very special, tender time in child development, often the first entry into a social group outside the family for many children. A Waldorf early years classroom emphasizes a calm, homelike environment, with homelike tasks and an unhurried pace.

Our strong rhythm includes an organic hot snack with fruit each morning, plenty of time spent outdoors gardening or going for nature walks, rest time, and lots and lots of work and play! We bake bread from scratch and learn to paint with watercolors every week. We start and finish every day with un-directed free play – the children are free to follow their imaginations. Our daily songs ensure the transitions from one activity to the next run smoothly as children recognize what’s coming up next and music often helps them move along. As well as our daily songs, we learn rhymes and stories for all seasons of the year too. This way we connect to the changing seasons and passage of time in our everyday lives.

Home Life: Recommendations for Parents

We encourage plenty of sleep, a healthy diet, and a less is more approach to scheduling for your child. We very strongly recommend that young children don’t have access to screen time, through TV, computers, smart phones or games, allowing children freedom from powerful images that so easily invade self-created imaginations. We also have a policy of character and logo-free clothing and personal belongings. Our Waldorf playschool provides a rare opportunity for your child to experience a space that is totally free of advertising and media: a space for them to truly be themselves.

Whistler Waldorf is a member of WECAN

Welcome to WECAN, the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. Their mission is to foster a new cultural impulse for the work with young child from pre-birth to age seven.

Whistler Waldorf follows the guiding principles of WECAN as do many Waldorf schools.

View WECAN for more specific details on childhood and education principles for the schooling of young children.

Registration For Early Years Programs

Whistler Waldorf School accepts applications on a rolling basis. Read more about our current rates and application process. Contact our Admissions Manager to learn more about our tuition adjustment program and making a Waldorf education possible for your family. 

We encourage you to apply at any point during the year and will be happy to consider your application. Registration is based on space availability and the school’s ability to meet the needs of your child. Our goal in the admissions process is to ensure there is a good fit for children and their families, in support of Whistler Waldorf’s Mission, Vision and Values.