Joy of Childhood Conference Experience

As an educator new to understanding what it truly means to be Nature Inspired, I was drawn to the Joy of Childhood Conference Experience hosted by Discovery Child Care Centre. I was particularly curious about how to implement these skills with toddler and preschool children, understand ways to use loose parts in my program, how to transform a concrete playground, …

Amy B

“My daughter has been attending Discovery Child Care since she was 18 months old and has been enrolled in the Forest ‘kinder’ program for the past 2 years. The experiences that children are getting at Discovery are unlike that of any other childcare facility in the area (if not in all of Ontario!). My daughter spends the majority of her …

Heather G

I feel compelled to send you a bottom of the heart, deep-felt kind of thank you. We are less than 2 months into Katie’s transition to her “new school” at Discovery and we couldn’t feel more pleased with the change. As expected, we had to wait for Katie to get past her initial fear of the unknown, and get comfortable with her new friends and teachers, but I think we can safely say that we are now past that hurdle, and she is super comfortable and happy with where she is now. It is easy to say that she is very comfortable with her new teachers when we see her willingly run into their arms and give big hugs at the end of the day. One observation we have noted is that she is a calmer child after pickup. We think this is due to the fact that she gets to spend so much time outside. We also think she is being fed VERY well with lots of opportunity to go back for seconds if she’s still hungry. She now even shares bits of information with us about her day which is another exciting new change. How can she not be excited to tell her stories given all the cool adventures and experiences that stand out in her memory as she reflects on her day?? We absolutely LOVE the communication that you facilitate with the parents. The blog and facebook updates are a true blessing for us as we love to get a wee glimpse into what Katie’s life is like when we are not around. I know we can’t be helicopter parents forever, but it’s absolutely fabulous to read stories about all of the amazing things that the kids get to do each week. The structure of the Forest School is truly amazing – giving kids the freedom to explore and discover and use their imaginations to create their own fun. We love how the children are encouraged to challenge themselves with the ropes and saws and more! We even love how the kids are allowed to get as dirty as they like!! We don’t mind the extra laundry since we know that it is a necessary part of having fun and enjoying nature! We feel so fortunate to have found a spot at Discovery and are so thrilled to think about all of the amazing experiences that still await as spring arrives. Katie is already talking about the changing of the seasons and we can’t wait for her to participate in the planting and growing of the gardens. We eagerly await all of the dirty clothes to come! Thank you so very very much for dreaming up and creating this amazing place! ​

April Adventures: A Sweet Start to Spring and Earth Day Celebrations!

Spring has finally sprung and we’re so excited to have been out exploring our local wilderness in April. This month here at Discovery Child Care we learnt how to make maple syrup, celebrated Earth Day and Easter, learnt about turtles and their habitats and much more! Making syrup is hard work We had a sweet start to spring in the …

Mind Mapping in Forest School

With so much happening in the Forest School program, we have decided to take a stab at “Mind Mapping” together as a way of collecting our thoughts and experiences as they occur within the program both inside and outside the Forest and it has proven to be a fun, inclusive and creative way to bring our recollections of our explorations …

March Memories: Springing Forward

March has the magic of transformation within it’s month. We all had the pleasure of watching the snow come and go, and were delighted to be in the sun more and more each day. We use @bullfrogpower to provide us with 100% green energy, and doubled down on our commitment to the planet by celebrating Earth Hour 2019 on March …

Wintry Wonders in Forest School

Our return to the forest after the Christmas holiday not only brought us a brand new year but also some rather chilly, wintry weather. While the snow didn’t come right away, the cold temperatures had us bundled up for our latest explorations of the woods. We had to take the long way to the forest as there was ice on …