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Child Care - Outdoor Preschool

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Child Care

The outdoor pre-school program operates as a private home daycare, run by Jessica Shepherd.

With a ratio of 1 adult to  4-5 children. Children are a mixed age group ranging from  15 months to 4years.
The small number of children and the low turn over can make predicting openings difficult, but are most often available in the Fall when older children leave the program to start school, other spaces are filled from the waitlist. 

To be informed of openings as the occur,  please complete the questionnaire & join our waitlist.

If you have questions or want more information, contact us.

We take a community driven approach to childcare, allowing children to explore their world within our homes and the surrounding neighbourhood. With us, little ones learn problem solving through free play and hands on activities, mastering new ideas and social skills experientially. It is our sincere belief that engaging with one another and the place we live in this way encourages children to be creative, confident and respectful of others with knowledge of the importance of diversity and a belief in social justice. 
Each week we go on outings in the community. We believe in creating a social community in which our little people may interact safely, facilitating meaningful connections and in-depth experiences.

We operate like a large family, discovering, learning, and navigating our days together. Little ones are encouraged to enjoy, experiment with, and learn about their food through gardening, shopping locally, creating meals and contributing to menus. A great deal can be learned from our surroundings; our communities, and our neighbours. Our projects, and explorations are lead by children’s interests and curiosities as we aim to take advantage of all the community & neighbourhood has to offer connceting with nature and each other–whether chasing squirrels in the park, attending outdoor theatre & music, playing in the snow, excavating in the sand pit, dropping-in at a local circle time, water play, building forts in the woods, or picking out the next days snack at the farmers market (when possible). 


Child Care hours are Tuesday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Early drop-off and late pickup can be arranged between 8am-5pm for an additional fee.
8-9am and 4:30-5pm are considered "before" and "after" care, space is limited.

Miles' Mom

"Jessica is truly a special person. Our son has had the most wonderful year in care. He has learned so much  and loves going to her house everyday. She is always patient and kind and extremely caring. He comes home each day well rested, happy and full . This seems to be more than a job to Jessica - she really cares about the kids and spends loads of extra time creating an exciting, engaging and caring environment for them. "
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