Registration is open for The Nursery at Ashwood, a new program offered by local educators Cherry-Short Lee and Joanie Dean. Offered for children 18 months through 3 years old, the program will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in eight-week sessions beginning Sept. 27. Children can be enrolled for the shorter morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, or a longer morning from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class size will be 8 to10 children, with two teachers.

Dean is a graduate of Lifeways Early Childhood Education training and Juniper Tree Puppetry school. Short-Lee is a trained Waldorf teacher, working with young children for 25 years. Both teachers are known for their local Primrose Puppets productions.

The nursery program is envisioned by the teachers as a child’s first independent program and/or an introduction to a Waldorf kindergarten day. According to Short-Lee, “Our goal is to provide an unhurried program in which your child can learn and grow, with plenty of time for exploration and discovery. The nursery mornings will be simple and rhythmic … honoring each child’s age and developmental stage. The program will be devoted to play, both indoors and out, as well as to preparing and eating healthy meals, enjoying simple stories and songs, and rest when it’s needed. “

A free introductory session will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. as an opportunity to experience the program, meet the teachers and ask questions. Please call to register.

Additional sessions will be offered Dec. 6 toFeb. 15, and April 3 to May 30. The program will take place at the Early Childhood Center on the Ashwood Waldorf School campus. For more information, costs, or to register, contact Cherry Short-Lee at 273-3045.