"Providing quality early childhood learning and care for over 40 years"
Our program is nature inspired and play based, incorporating philosophies such as Reggio Emillia and Waldorf. (see links on link page for more info.) We spend a large portion of our day outdoors rain or shine, where children are able to expand their learning activities beyond the confines of the classroom. We believe children thrive with the security of an established routine that also remains flexible and open to their changing needs and interests.
7:30-9:20 Children's choice of all activities such as self-help art, play dough, puzzles, blocks, dramatic play, books.
8:15-9:20 Drop-in morning snack. Nature, science and/or sensory activities available for child interactions.
9:30-11:10 Outside: After using the washroom the children transition to outdoor activities including neighbourhood walks and playground visits, a variety of opportunities in our yard such a sand/water play, exploration of natural materials, gardening and more.
11:15-11:35 Circle Time: Singing, stories (books, felt board, cds) and other activities based on children's interests.
11:45-12:15 Lunch: After washing their hands children are welcomed to come and enjoy their lunch together with their peers. Fresh veggies served alongside lunch.
12:30-2:00 Rest Time: After brushing teeth and using the bathroom children are given quiet time to read and then rest and/or sleep on individual mats.
2:00-2:30 Open ended science and/or art activities, after which snack and fresh fruit is served.
2:15-3:00 Open ended art, sensory/science activities, fine motor activities. Offered outside during warmer months.
2:30-4:50 Outside: Children once again transition into outdoor activities on our play deck.
5:00-5:30 In the cooler months children are brought inside for table activities, small motor activities, books.
Our children enjoy two special additions to our regular routines:
Every other Thursday afternoon we welcome Eden Oliver, a professional musician, and trained teacher. Eden leads an inclusive music circle with instruments, songs, movement and games. The children are introduced to and develop concepts such as rhythm and beat, memory skills, balance and spacial awareness while participating in a fun, upbeat circle time!