Natural Connections offers a wide variety of programs that address the four domains of early learning:

  • Social and emotional development

  • Language development

  • Cognitive development

  • Physical development

We are influenced by the teachings of Reggio Emilia and create play-based learning opportunities in both the indoor and outdoor environments. We believe in getting kids out into nature at every opportunity, rain or shine, and augment these experiences with age appropriate interest-based teaching. 

 

Multi-age Program:

Staffed at a ratio of at least one full time and one part time certified educator to every eight children, we offer a cozy, loving and stimulating environment for 3 children under 36 months and 5 from 3 to 5 years. Every effort is made to support and celebrate developmental milestones and to create an indoor and outdoor environment that balances safety with opportunity. We offer:

  • a bright, comfy and social playroom stocked with developmentally appropriate learning materials as well as enough motoring room to inspire crawling, climbing, first steps and active play

  • a sparkling clean environment that properly addresses diapering through to self monitored toilet routines

  • appropriate eating areas and carefully monitored meal times

  • a quiet, warm and cozy nap room to promote good rest routines and a sense of well-being

  • an environment created to meet individual needs and personalities

  • a terrific safe outdoor play area created for little people with room to motor, climb, roll, throw, catch and giggle under the sky!

  • 120 minutes per day of active play as described in the Early Learning Framework

  • daily hours of care from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday with the exception of statutory holidays as outlined in the Parent Handbook


3 to 5 years Program:

Staffed at a ratio of at least one full time and one part time certified educator for every 8 children,  our 3 to 5 program offers:

  • ample opportunity for outdoor adventure

  • regular walking adventures

  • a terrific safe outdoor play area featuring a playhouse, sandbox, mud kitchen and more to further enable 120 minutes of active play as outlined in the Early Learning Framework

  • a focus on nature appreciation and ethical living

  • a wonderful array of play materials including dramatic, sensory, musical, literary, cognitive, artistic, gross and fine motor

  • a fine arts program once a week in 6 week blocks that includes music, dance and mixed media art

  • indoor and outdoor gardening

  • Kids in the kitchen

  • an understanding of our community

  • daily hours of care from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday with the exception of statutory holidays as outlined in the Parent Handbook