Farm and Nature Preschool

Is your family interested in a 9-month nature-based preschool program for your child? Will your child be at least 3 ½ and fully potty-trained by the beginning of the school year?

If yes, then the Farm and Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park may be the perfect fit for you!

The mission of The Farm and Nature Preschool is to provide a nature and play-based experiential learning environment to help foster a sustainable culture in our community. Located in the unique setting of a working farm and forested park, our preschool program supports the learning and development of our students mentally, emotionally, physically, and socially. Through time spent outdoors in nature as well as through free play and group time in our preschool cottage, we work to provide all children with the opportunity to learn about what interests them in ways that are effective and meaningful.

Our preschool’s curriculum is grounded in the philosophies of learning through play, emergent curriculum, and discovery. In addition to play-based, experiential learning, our curriculum includes science, math, language, visual arts, music, movement, and environmental education. These are coordinated into theme-based units which follow the natural cycles of change on our farm and in our forest, stream, and meadow. Through our program, children gain independence and self-esteem as they are encouraged by caring and experienced teachers to be active participants in their own learning.

2017-2018 Preschool Classes

Creative Play (Age: 3 ½ - 4 ½ years)

Through songs, stories, and role playing, your Preschooler will be introduced to the amazing animals, plants, and habitats of the Pacific Northwest. Offering a gentle introduction to the world of school, Creative Play is the perfect first preschool class for your young one with our lowest student to teacher ratio, a very open curriculum, and a two mornings per week schedule. In the homey setting of our preschool cottage, your Preschooler will experience all of the classic preschool activities of circle time, snack time, free play, and arts and crafts. We also spend time outside in the meadows, forest, and farm of Farrel-McWhirter Park. Your Preschooler will spend about half of each school day playing, exploring, and learning about nature through inquiry based, hands-on activities!

Location: Farrel-McWhirter Park
Fee: $321 Redmond Resident/$385 Non-Resident
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 5 - May 31, 9-11:30am
Max class size: 12
 

Preschool Adventures (Age: 3 ½ - 5years)                                                 

If your Preschooler is ready for adventures in nature three mornings a week, Preschool Adventures is the perfect class for them! Preschool Adventures is our mixed-age class and welcomes students who are both one and two years away from Kindergarten, creating a rich classroom environment with opportunities for students to mentor and learn from each other. The additional school day offers more opportunities to explore math, language, and science concepts as students are encouraged to ask and answer questions about the world around them. Our daily outdoor adventures in nature and on the farm are opportunities for your preschooler to gain experience, confidence, and self-esteem. Through individual and group activities in our cottage classroom, our students learn the personal and social skills that are the foundation of future school success.

Location: Farrel-McWhirter Park
Fee: $363 Redmond Resident/$435 Non-Resident
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, September 6 - May 30, 9-11:30am
Max class size: 14
 

Pre-K Discoveries (Age: 4-5 years)

This is our Pre-Kindergarten class with a longer school day and added opportunities for exploring science, math, and language arts through the lens of nature. In addition to cornerstone preschool activities like circle time, songs, and stories, Pre-K Discoveries students explore academic subjects and scientific thinking as a means to enrich their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. As with all our classes, we seek to support the learning and development of our students cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially. This class shares the half indoor, half outdoor model of all of our classes. Pre-K Discoveries students spend lots of time playing, exploring, and learning outdoors every day in the forests and meadows of our unique park setting.

Location: Farrel-McWhirter Park
Fee: $435 Resident/$522 Non-Resident
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, September 5 - May 31, 12:30-3:30pm
Max class size: 14

To arrange a possible visit to the preschool, please contact our Director Becky Pittman.

Registration Information for New Families for the 2017-2018 School Year

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NEW: Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will open ONLINE ONLY on Tuesday, January 31 at Noon for Redmond Residents (if you live or work in Redmond) and Tuesday, February 7 at Noon for Non-Residents. A non-refundable Enrollment Fee of one full month’s tuition is required to secure your child’s spot at the Farm & Nature Preschool for the upcoming school year. If you stay for the duration of the 2017-2018 school year, this amount will be applied to the final month of the school year. Note: You will need to set up an account for your family prior to registering, and can do so by clicking here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/redmondparksandrec/Create_Account

Our program runs for 9 months, and all students must be 3 1/2 and potty trained prior to the first day of school.

For full 2017-2018 registration information, fees, and withdrawal policy, please visit the City of Redmond website: https://www.redmond.gov/ParksRecreation/farrel-mcwhirter_farm_park_programs/Farrel-McWhirterPreschool.

 


Open House Playdates at Farrel-McWhirter Park:
This summer the Farm and Nature Preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park will host three Open House Playdates for enrolled and prospective families! Please join us to find out more about our preschool program, meet our teachers, and explore beautiful Farrel-McWhirter Park. Please bring a picnic lunch or just stop by for a while to learn more about our play-based, nature-focused preschool. Siblings are welcome!

Saturday, June 17th from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Hutcheson Picnic Shelter for prospective or enrolled families
Saturday, June 24th from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Mackey Creek Picnic Shelter for prospective or enrolled families
Saturday, July 22nd from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Hutcheson Picnic Shelter for enrolled families only
*For questions, please contact Becky Pittman, Preschool Director.  We hope to see you there!

Contact Us

If you have general questions about the preschool registration, please contact the City of Redmond Recreation Office at 425-556-2300.

To speak with Becky Pittman, Preschool Director, please email bpittman@naturevision.org.  To speak with Ginny Ballard, Executive Director of Nature Vision,  please email gsanchez@naturevision.org or call 425-836-2697.

Farrel-McWhirter Preschool 425-556-2324.  Phone may not be answered during class sessions.