Looking for play-based environmentally-sound preschool
We're looking for recommendations for a new preschool for our very active 3 year old daughter. This year she's been at a Waldorf school, which we had been drawn to for a number of factors: the emphasis on play and nature, the natural environment (things made out of wood, not plastic), the small class size, healthy food, and the purported humanism of the orientation. But it hasn't been a good fit. Even after months of adjustment, she does not like being there. What we hadn't realized was that the Waldorf approach really emphasizes quiet children (the songs notwithstanding). The kids are hushed all day long and their questions about things around them -- such as how something works -- are not welcome.
We're looking for recommendations of smallish play-based preschools, where children are nurtured emotionally and socially, and where their natural curiosity is embraced. The Reggio-Emilia approach seems particularly appealing, but we'd be open to other play-based schools. Some play-based schools we visited last year seemed too large and chaotic, so on the smaller side would be idea. We also really want a place where the people running the preschool have thought about the environmental health of the kids, so that it's not full of plastic toys, foam mats, particle board, etc, which are known to emit toxic substances that harm the developing bodies of children. I realize that that's asking a lot for one place. Any direction that you can give us would be most appreciated!