Tucson Waldorf School’s Extended Care program serves the families of our school community by offering a relaxed, stress-free, and home-like environment for nursery, kindergarten and all grades children. The program runs daily for nursery and kindergarten children with separate programs for the children in grades 1 – 8.
The Extended Care Program is based on the same nurturing, pedagogical approach that guides the children’s day in school. It provides a restful contrast to the busy school day within which children are free to explore. It is often called the ‘out breath’ of the day.
The truth is, most children are so happy in the Extended Care Program that they are reluctant to leave when their parents arrive! – Ms. Sophie, Extended Care Director
Preschool/Nursery and Kindergarten
Early morning care is available from 7:45 am to 8:30 am. The afternoon extended care provides a gentle afternoon rhythm of indoor play, drawing, nap-time, snack and outdoor play. Afternoon snack is shared together at 3:30 pm. Outdoor play time and stories continue until pick up at 5:30 p.m.
Early morning care is available from 7:45 am to 8:30 a.m. At 2:10 p.m., first and second graders are dismissed and are received by the Extended Day teacher. Grades 1-3 children enjoy a rhythm as dependable as their school day: they enjoy free play outside and each day of the week is dedicated to a craft or art activity. Each week unfolds their cycle of daily activities: painting, yarn, beading, sewing, and cooperative games.
Clay modeling is a favorite with many. Turtles, birds, fairy furniture, nests and baskets full of eggs, pancakes and s’mores, pots and bottles all come to being out of the children’s bountiful imaginations when working with the clay. They exhibit such joy in the process of creation. They recently burst with artistic inspiration upon discovering our beautiful new ground chalks. The concrete of the old basketball court is now bedecked with rainbows, planets and princesses in fancy dresses.
Each day at 3:30 pm, all children and the teacher sit together to enjoy a nutritious snack made of whole grains and/or soup with a cup of tea. Outdoor free play with fort building, sidewalk chalk drawing, games and more continue until pick up at 5:30 p.m.
Early morning care is available from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. In the afternoon, students are dismissed from class at 3:00 pm and are received by the extended day teacher . They may choose free play outside, games, crafts or reading, and will go into a classroom for homework or other indoor activities towards the end of the day. pick up at 5:30 p.m.
*Please note, students in grade 3 spend the morning before care with grades 4-8 and are with grades 1-2 in the afternoons.