PRESCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS
Williams Park and Municipal Natural Park
STEP 1: APPLY FOR PRESCHOOL
Application to Langley Forest School will place your child in a time-stamped, dated waitlist order for both our Williams Park and Municipal Natural Park programmes. There is no fee to apply. Completing the application does not ensure that your child will be offered registration (Step 2). To be eligible to apply, the child must be born and under 5 years of age.
Currently enrolled children and siblings of alumni will be placed ahead of new applicants regardless of their application date. You will be contacted within 2 weeks of submitting your application to provide further information and to identify that the form was received. We are unable to identify the position of your child on our waitlist due to many circumstances (number of children returning, number of siblings, number of children who may no longer want the space ahead of your child etc.)
STEP 2: REGISTRATION
When a place becomes available, we will contact you with an offer of registration. This typically occurs in February or March for the upcoming September, but spaces may become available at any time.
To be eligible for registration, children must be 3 years 3 months prior to attendance. Therefore, for September enrolment, children must be 3 years old by June 30. A child registering for preschool must be under 5 years of age at the time of registration into the class; they can turn 5 during the year and remain in the school until year-end.
Children must be fully toilet trained at least 3 months prior to school start.
If you accept the offer to register your child, you will be directed to complete an online registration form and send a non-refundable $50 registration fee to secure your child’s space in the programme.
If you decline the spot your child will be removed from the waitlist.
If you pass on the spot because you want another location, your child will remain on the waitlist in the same position as the original application (date and time).
If you ask to place your application on hold (defer) until a future date, your child will remain on the waitlist in the same position as the original application (date and time).
STEP 3: ORIENTATION & ENROLLMENT
Once the registration form has been completed and the registration fee paid, your child will be placed on a pending class list and you will be invited to an Orientation. In order to approve your child’s enrolment into the school, you and your child must attend an Orientation at Langley Forest School where you and your child and the educators will meet, the school details will be provided, documents will be collected, you will be looped into our communication system and your child’s fit with the forest school pedagogy will be observed.
On a very rare occasion, it may be determined by the school that your child cannot be appropriately supported and enrolment may be denied or your child may be enrolled conditionally if there are support measures that must be put into place prior to the first day of school. Langley Forest School is an inclusive school, integration being a hallmark of inclusiveness, however, on occasion the unique needs of certain children cannot be met in a forest school setting.
After the orientation day, if your child is deemed by the parents and the school to fit with the forest school pedagogy, instructions will be provided for tuition payment beginning June 1. The June 1 tuition deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. A welcome package of materials will be provided to all class enrollees.
STEP 4: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Time for school! Langley Forest School completes a gradual entry phase. At the end of the two-week period, your teacher will communicate and work closely with parents to determine if forest school is right for your child and if any further gradual entry processes are required.
OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE DAYS (OED) APPLICATION PROCESS
Outdoor Experience Days (OED) are once per week outdoor days providing opportunities for children of early primary age (Kindergarten to Grade 2) to enhance their regular curriculum with outdoor experiences. These classes are especially are suitable for children being homeschooled. Class sizes are small (12-16) and the leader/adult to child ratio is 2:16.
Children are registered by year (2 terms) and a waiting list is not kept from year to year. A term is 10 classes. A parent/guardian of each registered child will be invited to attend as the adult volunteer, once in each term. Volunteering is encouraged but optional.
STEP 1: APPLY FOR OED
To be eligible to apply, the child must be eligible for Kindergarten to Grade 2. Children must turn 5 during the term and cannot be older than 7 at the start of the term. Children must be physically capable of hiking in the forest on uneven and hilly terrain, capable of carrying a backpack with food, water, changes of gear and extra layers, and have the ability to remain safe in the forest (e.g. respond to commands to stop, stay with the group etc). There is no fee to apply. Completing the application does not ensure that your child will be offered registration (Step 2).
Outdoor Experience days are held by term. Classes will only be held if there is full enrollment for the term (minimum 12 children).
Fall is Sept/Oct/Nov
Winter is Jan/Feb/Mar
Spring is April/May/June
Each completed form will be digitally timestamped. Currently enrolled children and siblings and LFS preschool alumni will be placed ahead of new applicants regardless of their application date. You will be contacted within 2 weeks of submitting your application to provide further instruction and to identify that the form was received.
STEP 2: REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT
If your child is placed into a class for the term, you will be notified to register. At that time, you will be asked to respond by accepting or declining.
If you accept the offer to register your child, you will be directed to complete the online registration form. Once completed and to secure your child’s spot in the class, tuition will be due for the term.
If you decline the spot your child will not be enrolled.
On a very rare occasion, it may be determined by the school that your child cannot be appropriately supported and enrollment may be denied. Langley Forest School is an inclusive school, integration being a hallmark of inclusiveness. However, on occasion, the unique needs of certain children cannot be safely met in a forest school setting.