FAQ

How old does my child have to be for Preschool?

Preschool children must have their 3rd birthday at least 3 months prior to their first day of school, and MUST be potty trained at least 3 months prior to their start date as well.

How old does my child have to be before I can APPLY?

Applications can be submitted at any time. Once your application and application fee have been received, your child/infant/baby will be placed on our wait list for their relevant enrolment year.

How do I apply for my child?

To apply for your child, please visit our Application page.

If I register my child online will I be guaranteed a spot in my chosen class?

The Forest School philosophy has proven to be both beneficial and highly popular among today’s families. As such, we have a growing wait list. If there is no room in your chosen class, your child will automatically be placed on our wait list.

How does your wait list work?

Once a spot becomes available, we will contact you by phone or email, and you will have 14 days to accept or decline that spot. If we do not receive your response within 14 days, your spot will be given to the next child on the wait list. Students are offered spots in the following order:

1. Current students
2. Siblings of current students
3. New applicants

What is your enrolment process for children with special needs requirements?

It is Langley Forest School’s philosophy to be an inclusive school with integration as our main method of inclusion, however, there are certain limitations given the outdoor education format, the size of our school and the lack of full independent school certification this year.

What days and times are your classes?

Preschool
Monday + Wednesday (9:30am – 1:30pm)
Tuesday + Thursday (9:30am – 1:30pm)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday + Thursday (9:30am – 1:30pm)

Outdoor Experience Days (Kindergarten + Grade 1)
Friday (9:30am – 2:00pm)

My child has a peanut allergy – can we still apply?

Yes, your child can attend with a peanut allergy. Be aware however that there are tree nuts all over the forest floor and avoiding those would be quite impossible. Of course we don’t encourage children to put them in their mouths.

What does a typical day at forest school look like?

Our day begins with a gathering activity, attendance, free play/ exploration time and a hike. As with all early learning environments, cooperative play is a main focus. We also build community by the children & teachers cooperatively creating our rules and keeping each other safe. The curriculum revolves around the children’s interests and where their play and inquiries lead us. We act as their forest  research assistance and facilitators of any challenges of the day. An art experience is available almost every day and children are encouraged to self-regulate, choosing to eat when they’re hungry or add or remove clothing if uncomfortable.  Mostly, we have a ton of fun in the forest together!

How much time will I need to volunteer as a parent/guardian at Langley Forest School?

The success of Langley Forest School (LFS) and the subsequent development and maintenance of the school depends on our family volunteers. A minimum of 2 hours/month or an annual total of 20 hours of volunteer time must be provided to LFS per family per school year. If multiple children (of the same immediate family) are registered in the same school year only 2 hours/month or an annual total 20 hours of volunteer time is required for the school year. There are many opportunities, which if volunteers did not fill, would result in several integral aspects of the forest school not being available to students. It is a mandatory registration requirement to write a volunteer deposit cheque of $250, payable to the Langley Forest School and  dated June 30 2017. The deposit cheque will be collected at the time of registration, as will your choice for volunteer activities. Volunteering for our annual gala fundraiser is mandatory.

When can I come to visit your school?

We regularly run mock days throughout the school year so that you can take a peek at what learning outside looks like! Check here for upcoming dates for our Mock Days. We also provide limited visits for educators and education students. Professional Observation Days are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Upcoming dates are listed here.