The Nature Preschool at Good Shepherd Episcopal School will open in the fall under the direction of Sarah Sinclair. Sarah started Oakwood House in 2016 when she was unable to find a nature-based preschool for her daughter in Richmond. We are fortunate that Sarah will be sharing her expertise with us! The preschool will be certified by the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS) and will be a member of ERAFANS, the Natural Start Alliance, the American Forest Kindergarten Association, the North American Association of Environmental Education, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
What is a nature-based preschool? It is an early childhood learning environment where nature is at the heart of the program. Nature-based preschools combine high-quality early childhood education and environmental education practices. These nature-focused programs lay the foundation for environmental literacy and academic success while supporting the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the whole child. Outdoor play is a crucial component of nature-based preschools.
The preschool will start in September and have its home classroom in the basement. Preschool students will spend most of their time outdoors and only come in for breaks, rest time, and inclement weather. There will be two sessions: one will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; and the other will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our website will be updated with more information in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah at email@example.com.