The most popular question for an outdoor school. Yes we go out in the rain, in fact it often makes the day more fun with the creation of mud and puddles. If the children dress correctly they can stay out in almost all weathers. We also want to encourage children to embrace all weathers, rather than feel that rain means that they have to head indoors.
The short answer is no. The only time class may be canceled is if the weather is unsafe (e.g. very high winds). Even on a cold winter's day, if the children dress appropriately and keep active they'll do great. In terms of snow days we will follow the Vancouver School Board on this one. We are not associated with the VSB but to keep things safe and simple, if they close for a snow day then so will we.
Unfortunately not yet, however this is the long term plan for Woods and Waves. This would require a suitable (and licensed) indoor space which is currently proving difficult to find as well as potentially costly for a space we'd seldom use. But we are working on it.
Suitable clothing for the weather conditions (waterproofs, sun / rain hat, boots etc, I will provide links to recommended gear at registration), a change of clothes, water bottle, sunscreen (if required) and a snack.
We are pleased to offer a low ratio of 1 educator to 5 children. This offers obvious safety benefits but also allows us to quickly form close relationships with the children as well as being able to care, learn and play alongside them much more closely.
Currently no. We are an unlicensed program as we operate entirely outdoors and outdoor education is not currently able to licensed given the nature of the requirements (although steps are being taken to change this). All my previous experience has been in licensed programs so I am well aware of the regulation requirements and will meet them as closely as possible.
Yes, all staff are required to provide a clean criminal record check and have a current valid standard first aid qualification.
Pick up and drop off happens at a number of locations around Jericho Beach park. The location is communicated prior to class and is determined by a number of factors including children's interests, weather and to make sure we don't spend too much time in one area as this may have an impact on it long term. After enrolling, our Google map, which has a list of all our locations and popular spots, will be shared with you.