Field School for Early Learners

100% outdoor learning for children aged 4 to 7. Full-day, Monday to Thursday.

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Our Early Learners program is an inclusive, adventurous educational experience driven by wonder.

Inspired by Reggio Emilia and the Forest School Movement, we designed a program where life skills grow naturally through play, experiential learning and social-emotional connection.

Our learning is organised into monthly themes and season-long semesters. Our groups are dynamic and mobile, allowing us to explore the Lower Mainland’s best outdoor spaces.

Locations


To emphasize connection to community, Field School is divided into local ‘Hubs’.

Each Hub has its own local VOS parent advisors who co-design learning content and lead parent support.

Each Hub has its own unique “vibe” rooted in its community’s unique learning topics, spaces and activities.

Port Moody


Open for September registration! Sign up in the ‘fees’ section below.

Read the Port Moody Early Learners Welcome Package for more details:

Welcome Package

Vancouver


Vancouver is currently only offering Elementary Field School. If you would be interested in a Vancouver Early Learners’ program, let us know!

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Delta/South Surrey


Open for September registration! Sign up in the ‘fees’ section below.

Read the Delta/SS Early Learners Welcome Package for more details:

 

Welcome Package

Fees


Includes one instructor (1:6 ratio), all learning curriculum, VOS shuttle service, and admission.

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4 days/week

September 7th – December 17th

$1165 + GST 

Per month ($75 per day)

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Modified

Schedule

Want to sign up for a shorter semester or fewer days per week? Contact us for our modified rates and policy.

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10% Sibling discount. Fees are charged per semester. We accept monthly payments with a $500 deposit renewed each semester. If you need help with subsidizing our fees, please contact our office.

“My son went from only ever wanting to play LEGO in his room to a child full of joy and a newfound sense of adventure. Field School has ignited a part of my son I’ve never seen before and I am forever so grateful.”

Leanne Cederberg, VOS Parent

Explore Our Content

A Typical Day at Field School


Morning


Parents drop learners off at our meeting spot. We form a welcome circle and complete a wellness check-in with each Learner and staff.

Late morning
Nature exploration and games followed by a snack and nutrition lesson. We then begin learning activities related to our monthly learning theme.

Noon
Outdoor skills lesson, followed by lunch, then a siesta and ‘sit spot’ where Learners enjoy a moment of quiet time alone.

Afternoon
Led Outdoor Activities (LOA). We finish our day with a closing circle, reflect upon our time together and await parent pick-up back at our meeting spot.

 

Core Learning Competencies

Community Stewardship


Nutritional and Physical Literacy


Plant Identification

Positive Peer Relationship Building


SEL+R (Social Emotional Learning and Resilience)

Risk Management and Adventure Play 


Woodworking and Whittling

Arts, Crafts, Music and Imaginative Play 


Outdoor Skills

Field School Educational Pillars

We strive to provide these foundational experiences:

Land-Based Wellness and Self Care

Climate Change Education and Outdoor Leadership

Opportunity for Creative Expression

Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity

Day and Overnight Experiences Each Month

Classroom Settings: Forests to Oceans to Mountains to Rivers to Parks

Monthly Learning Themes

Each month, we follow a different learning theme that is based on combining our core competencies with the interestes of our learners, instructors, and what each Hub’s community has to offer.

For more detailed information on your Hub’s learning themes and more, refer to your Hub’s Welcome Package in the ‘locations’ section above.

September – WONDER: Eat Wild and Forest-ology

October – WELLNESS: Fuel Your Body, Fuel Your Mind

November – WISDOM: Junior Leadership and Community

December – Give Back, Get Ugly, and Learn to Knit!