Founded in 2004, Rowan Tree Preschool is a children’s program for ages 2.5 – 6 years. The program currently runs Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 3 pm. The group size for each day is capped at ten children, allowing for a small and intimate classroom experience. In 2011, we became a provincially licensed day care centre and added an Early Childhood Educator to our staff.
Rowan Tree Preschool is located at 534 George St. N. in George Street United Church, in downtown Peterborough.
Inspired by the principles of Waldorf education, we provide an environment that is tuned to the sensibilities of young children. Through music, art, stories, rhythm and rhyme, we foster a child’s curiosity and desire to discover the world around them, with a particular emphasis on outdoor education. We want our children to become stewards and caretakers of not only each other but of their own community. We feel we can only instill a sense of caring and compassion in children, if we, as teachers and parents, act with dignity, love, reverence and respect.
Our morning verse:
Good morning dear earth,
and good morning dear sun.
Good morning dear flowers
and dear bushes everyone.
Good morning to the bears
and the birds in the tree.
Good morning to you
and good morning to me.
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Our Program at Rowan Tree Preschool
Our goal is to nurture and expand upon an already living imagination and to foster in children curiosity and love for the things around them. At Rowan Tree Preschool, we strive to set up a social, physical and imaginative environment that does not shock or impose upon the child’s senses and integrity. Rather, we create a wholesome space by providing multi functional toys and play structures, natural materials, textures and colours and room for a soaring imagination.
A well established “rhythm of the day” is key to the children’s experience at Rowan Tree. Children feel safe and secure if the daily routine is consistent and fine tuned to their needs. A time to breathe out (active and lively play) is then followed by a time to breathe in with quiet time and story telling.