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 for Outdoor Experience Days?

SAPLINGS must be Kindergarten eligible at the start of the class. PANDOS must be Grade 3 eligible at the start of class. SAPLINGS cannot be older than 7 and PANDOS cannot be older than 10.

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 apply for my child online will I be guaranteed a spot in my chosen class?

When you apply, your child will automatically be placed on our waitlist in time and date-stamped order. We have a 3 tier registration process for both Preschool and OEDs beginning with Tier 1 – returning students; Tier Two – siblings and alumni siblings and LFS preschool alumni; Tier Three – new applicants. Children are offered an opportunity to register in the order in which they were waitlisted within their tier.

How does your wait list work?

Once a spot becomes available, we will contact you by email, and you will have 7 days to accept, defer or decline that spot. If we do not receive your response within 7 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 who wish to return (Preschool – end of Jan; OED – end of each term)
2. Siblings of current students or alumni and LFS preschool alumni (Preschool – Beginning Feb; OED – 3 mths prior to next term)
3. New applicants (Preschool – mid Feb- Apr; OED 2-3 mths prior to next term)

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. Each child will be met with prior to final enrolment to ensure that they can be supported appropriately.

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 to Grade 2 or Gr 3 to Gr 5)
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, and free play/exploration time. The curriculum revolves around the children’s interests and where their play and inquiries lead us. Outdoor Education and Environmental stewardship is woven into each lesson. The environment is the teacher and the adults in the classroom acts a forest  research assists, facilitating learning through support and guidance, provocations and invitations. Children are encouraged to self-regulate, choosing to eat when they’re hungry or add or remove clothing if uncomfortable; self-reliance and resilience are fostered.  Each day the children go on a hike or two. Much time is spent at the river when its warmer. Mud and dirt are an every day affair. There is reflection time at the end of each day and a movement activity such as yoga or stretching is common. Forest Canada Pedagogy is well integrated as is environmental stewardship. The programme is play-based and child-emergent. 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.
Preschool: A minimum of 2 hours/month or an annual total of about 20 hours of volunteer time must be provided to LFS per family per school year for preschool parents. If multiple children (of the same immediate family) are registered in the same school year only 2 hours/month or an annual total of about 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  post-dated for the end of June of the school year. 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 an additional mandatory volunteer requirement.
OED Parents volunteer 1 day per term as the second adult in the class. The role is mandatory due to safety.

When can I come to visit your school?

We run an annual mock day in Spring so that you and your child can take a peek at what learning outside looks like! Check here for upcoming dates for our Mock Days. We also provide observation opportunities for educators and education students. Professional Observation Days are held in most months. Upcoming dates are listed here.