The Nature Kindergarten program was a pilot program that started in September 2012. Since September 2017, it has been offered at two locations. The program is offered at Sangster Elementary School and Saseenos Elementary School.
The Sooke School District seeks to be innovative in providing learning opportunities for our children. Research suggests that providing children with an opportunity to spend consistent daily time outdoors in a natural setting will develop their physical and mental health and foster deep connections with nature, and strong ties to their surrounding communities.
This program also fits well with current District goals of enhancing our programming to improve social and emotional learning; to engage in differentiated instruction and assessment; and to focus on Aboriginal Ways of Knowing with input from our local Aboriginal organizations and the School District’s Aboriginal Education Department.
Students spend up to 2.5 hours outside every morning in natural settings. Children return to school for their lunch and for indoor learning in the afternoon.
Step 1: Attend an information session
To ensure the greatest success for the children in the program parents must attend an information session if they are interested in registering their child in this program. These sessions will allow parents to develop a better understanding of the Nature Kindergarten program, and what it will mean for their child and family. Nature Kindergarten Parent Information Sessions are offered in January.
Please visit the SD62 website to find the dates for this year’s information sessions and registration dates.
Step 2: Read the Registration Guide
Read the Registration Guide to make sure you have the required documents ready to upload during registration. After uploading, please present original documents to your school once registration has been confirmed. We will accept original documents only – no exceptions. Students will not be officially registered until all documentation has been received.
Step 3: Register Online
Parents can register online.
Registration for the 2021-22 school year begins on January 11, 2021. Parents must attend an on-line information session in advance to receive a registration form.
New immigrant families (permanent residents, refugees or those on work/study permit or diplomatic visas):
Please contact the SD62 International Office at 250-474-9818 or in person at 200-814 Goldstream Avenue before completing the online registration.