Who is eligible to apply for childcare?
Whistler Waldorf School is licensed to accept students from 30 months-school age so if you have a child that needs care and is that age, you can apply for enrollment. Due to licensing specifics, we have two spaces at each location that are allocated for children 30-36 months.
Applications will be accepted for children 24 months of age and up to be ready for when they are 30 months and can attend the program.
Which location is right for me?
- Little Cedars (LC) is located on the Spruce Grove campus.
- Early Years Centre (EYC) is located in Spring Creek.
What are the differences in the locations?
The two programs are more alike than they are different but there are key differences in the program schedule. EYC offers year-round care, and Little Cedars’ schedule mirrors the K-12 program.
- LC runs from September-June and is closed over the summer. When you enroll in LC, you are committing to a Sept-June period of time. In addition, Fridays at LC are ½ days and care is offered 8:15-3:15.
- EYC is open 8-4 M-F and has a 3-week summer closure. Enrollment is ongoing year-round until the 2-month advance notice of withdrawal is submitted
What time of year can I apply?
If you are interested in Little Cedars, it is important to apply in Jan-Feb for the following September. Enrollment is ongoing in EYC and we recommend applying as soon as possible (once your child is 24 months) or at least 6 months in advance of the time care is desired.
Is there a price difference between the two programs?
EYC is $70/day and LC is $75/day. The slight difference in tuition fees is due to differences in overhead costs. These prices do not include CCFRI or the Affordable Childcare Benefit. Please note these costs can change, so refer to the tuition rates page for current details.
When is enrollment confirmed?
We are typically able to confirm enrollment for a September start in Little Cedars in the spring (April). Space in EYC is generally confirmed 1-2 months in advance. We are often able to give more advance notice of this for September starts in EYC when space opens due to children moving into kindergarten.
Do you have a waitlist?
WWS does not utilize a chronological waitlist, but rather a wait pool. This means that there is no benefit to applying well in advance of the desired start time. Applications are not accepted for children under 24 months of age.
After completing the admissions process, any child who has been granted enrollment after the class has reached maximum capacity will be placed in a waiting pool. The child’s name will remain in the waiting pool until he or she is enrolled, or the child’s removal from the list following refusal of an opening offered. Generally, the school utilizes the following criteria to determine the wait pool ranking:
First Priority: Students already enrolled in WWS are offered the opportunity to re-enrol and have first priority for the subsequent year. Re-enrollment agreements, tuition deposits, and an initial payment are typically due mid-March.
Second Priority: Siblings of currently or newly enrolling students and faculty members wishing to newly enroll their child.
Third Priority: Students who have attended other Waldorf Schools
What is the typical waiting period for enrollment?
Unfortunately it’s impossible to predict how long exactly a child will be in the waiting pool as enrollment is always changing. Generally the wait for children 30-36 months can be months long since we are unable to accommodate more children of this age. However, we are generally able to enroll children 36 months+ more quickly. We can likely give you a better idea of timing as we go through the enrollment period.
We understand that being placed in a wait pool can be challenging for families. We sincerely appreciate your commitment and dedication to attending WWS and hope to make the wait pool process as stress-free as possible for you.
How will I know my status in the WWS wait pool?
Based on your desired start date and age of your child, our admissions office will contact you when a position becomes available. At that time, you will be issued an enrollment agreement and invited to participate in a welcome visit.