Natural Start Preschool

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"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as
one of the most important events in their lives."
-Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth





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Philosophy

Natural Start Preschool at South Bellevue Community Center


At Natural Start Preschool, we believe that nature plays a vital role in the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of young children. Research shows that children who spend time in nature are healthier, can think more clearly, have an easier time paying attention, and have the ability to cope more effectively with stress. Childhood experiences in nature help stimulate children’s curiosity and interest in the world around them, and help them grow intellectually in their desire to better understand the world and their place in it.

We believe that children’s interactions with the natural world allow for the development of a lifetime of skills. Nature serves as a living classroom for our preschool and provides an ideal environment for children to learn through direct experience and play. Our preschoolers spend time outdoors almost every day, where they can fully engage all their senses in a safe and nurturing environment. On the rare occasions when the weather is too extreme for outdoor exploration, children are able to participate in active play in the gymnasium.

We also believe that children need time to be themselves: children. They need ample opportunities to play, to practice and work out social skills with other children in a safe environment, and to gain self-confidence and self-esteem. We believe that helping children develop a positive self-image and become socially competent is the best foundation for their future. The experience of these early preschool years will last a lifetime.    






Natural Start Preschool
Bellevue, Washington


Natural Start Preschool focuses on the whole child
 through creative explorations in nature, art,
music, play and emergent learning.