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Program Readiness Checklist

Listed here are the required skills for enrollment in Forest School, camps, and programs other than the parent/child classes.


Your child's adjustment is important to all of us. The first 2 weeks of enrollment are a trial period.  

  • If you decide the program is not a good fit for your child, please email us your request to withdraw within 2 weeks from the start date. We will offer you a refund for tuition paid less the non-refundable deposit and less the prorated days.

  • If the teachers and program directors conclude the program is not a good fit for your child within the first 2 weeks, we will email you and your child will be withdrawn from the program. We will refund your tuition paid less the deposit and less the prorated days

Program Readiness Checklist​

Your child:

  • Gets along well with other children

  • Does not need continuous one on one attention

  • Can stay with a group

  • Does not wander or run away from adults

  • Responds when their name is called

  • Not prone to running or hiding when upset

  • Is comfortable and capable of being away from parents and guardians

  • Can follow instructions

  • Can remember and follow basic safety rules

  • Follows Heartwood Student Guidelines which fall under the categories: Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible

  • Able to communicate needs or issues to an adult (cold, discomfort, etc)

  • ​Fully potty trained​​

  • Can alert adults when they need to use the restroom

  • General stamina to participate in the full length of the class day

  • Generally tolerant to varying weather conditions - cold, rain, and heat

  • Willing to wear weather-appropriate clothing (e.g. raincoats, hats, gloves, boots)

  • Able to carry a small backpack with lunch and water



Separating from the group is a major safety hazard in locations as large and heavily wooded as St. Edward State Park. If your child runs away or hides from the group 2 or more times, we will withdraw your child from Heartwood for the year in order to give your child a few more months to grow and develop the impulse control needed to stay with the group. It is common for children in this age range to need some time to work on this developmental milestone and we encourage you to reapply the following year.


More than two accidents per quarter (fall, winter, spring, summer) is an indicator that your child is not quite ready for a long day at Heartwood. Under these circumstances, we will ask you to withdraw your child and reapply the following year, when their potty training skills may be stronger. 

We understand that occasional accidents may occur. Under these rare circumstances, families will be asked to come right away to the park to change their child into clean clothes. Per Heartwood policy, due to our lack of proper facilities to do so, teachers cannot change kids out of soiled clothing

If you have any questions about a specific readiness requirement or are unsure of your child’s readiness for Heartwood, please contact us.

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