Why does VPG provide
all the food for the children?
Village Playgarden provides lunch and snack for the children
for two main reasons.One is a simple
courtesy for busy families.The other is
in providing a communal "bread breaking" experience for the children and a
homelike family experience where we all eat together what has been prepared in
What if my child does
not want to eat what is offered at Village Playgarden?
No child will ever be forced to eat what she/he does not
want to.We will encourage children to
try new foods, but never insist that they eat something they do not care for.While we eat a communal meal there is always
room for variations within the meal.If
there is a continued inability to find a likeable combination of foods offered,
then we will work the child and the family to come up with a solution.
Can my child bring
toys from home to Village Playgarden?
Children may bring something that they need to rest with and
will be asked to keep it in their cubbies until rest time.
Can we bring a treat
from home to celebrate our child's birthday?
Birthdays are also celebrated communally at Village
Playgarden, whereby all the children in the village make the birthday offering
for the birthday child.Parents may
contribute a small addition whose ingredients does not include refined sugars.
Is Village Playgarden
a Waldorf program?
Village Playgarden is not an accredited Waldorf
program.We draw influences from many of
the teaching and lifestyle ideas of the Waldorf pedagogy.There are also other early childhood,
pedagogical and worldview influences that shape our community, namely
non-violent parenting and education, RIE, attachment parenting, and progressive
Does my child have to
stop watching television to come to Village Playgarden?
No.While are glad to
openly share our views on why we discourage tv watching in early
childhood, Village Playgarden is open to all families and their lifestyle
choices. We respectfully ask that your child does not watch television the nights prior to coming to Village Playgarden.
Does my child have to
be potty trained to join Village Playgarden?
We would like children to be on their way to self regulation
of using the toilet.And we are very
happy to support children and families in that process.
Village Playgarden ♦ (626) 296-6901 ♦ Kikanza@villageplaygarden.org