Educators at Wild Child are passionate about cultivating a high-quality child care program that meets each child’s individual needs. We endeavour to ensure each child has access to nurturing, respectful, joyful, and loving care; allowing children to develop to their fullest potential.
Our half-day preschool style program offers an emergent, play-based program with an emphasis on immersion in nature in our beautiful outdoor play space. The clean and modern indoor space has been thoughtfully designed to foster a sense of home-like comfort, incorporating warm natural materials intended to spark wondrous, imaginative play. Drawing upon Reggio Emilia and Waldorf inspiration, the centre strives to provide quality materials in a beautiful, welcoming environment.
Our play-based program emphasizes free play - when children engage in unstructured play voluntarily, guided by their own interests and curiosities. Unhurried and ample time and space allow children to fully immerse themselves in their play. In order to maximize uninterrupted free play, Educators will create a relaxed environment with minimal transitions.
Through play, your child will develop positive social-emotional, self-awareness, and self-regulatory skills that will prepare them for success in Kindergarten and throughout life.
Our sandbox provides endless opportunities for fun and creativity.
Educators will use positive guidance, establish clear and consistent expectations, and model appropriate behaviour. Educators appreciate that each interaction with children is an opportunity to model positive problem-solving, pro-social skills, and respectful behaviour.
We choose to use positive phrases with simple expectations, focus on behaviour instead of the child, provide information about upcoming transitions, offer appropriate choices/options for children, remind about natural consequences of actions, offer redirection, label emotions, and collaborate with children to find solutions.
We believe children develop at their own natural pace and our goal is to meet and support children at their unique individual levels. We aim to be supportive facilitators of problem solving and to foster meaningful interactions with children. You will see Educators giving children time and space to be fully present in their learning opportunities.
We believe that extended periods of uninterrupted play are essential for quality interactions between peers. When interactions between children require intervention/assistance from an adult, Educators will respond in a calm, consistent, respectful manner. These teachable moments offer great opportunities for children to gain perspective on empathy, recognition of feelings/emotions, and cooperation. Educators intentionally provide time for children to become independent problem solvers. If Educators intervene too soon, valuable opportunities to develop problem solving skills are lost.
We love observing slimy slugs before returning them to the garden.
Play is the way children learn about themselves, the world around them, and their place within their world. Play is the way children develop essential skills in the language and literacy, cognition, social-emotional, and physical realms. Play is so essential to childhood that it is recognized by the United Nations as a child's right.
Time and space are crucial factors in enabling quality of play. Educators at Wild Child Early Learning Centre aim to create an unhurried environment with minimal transitions in order to facilitate deep play. Educators actively observe children's play, offering materials or open-ended questions/comments to extend play, encouraging children to further investigate their interests.
Collaborative art projects are some of our favourites.