NYC has an enormous amount of care for each individual child, it’s in an amazing location and spending time outside in that location is special. The curriculum meets a child where they’re rather than pulling them forward to a place they’re not ready to be academically. It’s supportive of children’s development. It has a community feel to it as it’s small scale, you can be involved as a parent. NYC is dedicated to allowing a child to be a child and become themselves.
Why NYC? I visited the Kindergarten for a Christopher Day book launch. I walked into the building and decided, “When I have children, this is where they will go”. The feeling of the place, the turf roof, the circular building, the winding entrance, windows at a child’s height, all the nooks, wooden toys, the lighting. It made me feel cosy and magical-even the drive to school through the forest. It felt like a really ‘held’ place for a child to have a childhood.
Who do children become at NYC? Before my children joined I met two students that had been through the school and they had a strong sense of self. By this I mean a sense of contentment, an understanding that they are capable people and willing to give things a go. It has given my children a curiosity and a love of learning. They learnttolerance and an appreciation that different people have different qualities. They also have a confidence in themselves and are willing to have a go at life.
What I love about NYC is that it produces happy children. And the school fairs! They are incredibly warm and wholesome, nourishing and very inclusive. There’s a sense of connection in the community and it enables children to grow in their own time and experience magic. I’m really grateful for Nant y Cwm and how special it was.