Education. Rooted in Nature.

Education. Rooted in Nature.

Education. Rooted in Nature.

Toddler & Preschool

Toddler Program- Seeds

Ages 18 months – 2.5 years

Our toddler outdoor learning program provides children from ages 18 months up to 2.5 years with opportunities to engage with nature on a regular basis. Our full-day child-led, inquiry-based program will focus on developing social, physical, cognitive, creative, and emotional well-being while fostering a connection with the world around them. We offer small class sizes (1:5 ratio) which provides educators with the opportunity to connect with and build upon children’s learning in our unstructured-play environment.

Preschool Program- Roots

Ages 2.5 – 4 years

Our preschool outdoor learning program provides children from ages 2.5- 4 years with opportunities to engage with nature on a regular basis. Our half-day/full-day child-led, inquiry-based program will focus on developing social, physical, cognitive, creative, and emotional well-being while fostering a connection with the world around them. Our preschool program will prepare our students for the Kinder program, with references to the Ontario Kindergarten curriculum as well as introducing other learning theories such as Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio to reinforce learning.  We offer small class sizes (1:8 ratio) which provides educators with the opportunity to connect with and build upon children’s learning in our unstructured-play environment.

*Spaces for our full day programs are very limited, as we are unlicensed at this time. In order to ensure that we provide programs of the highest quality, Greenbelt Academy and Early Learning Centre Inc. follow the guidelines and standards outlined in the Ontario Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. Please inquire about our waitlist for this program.*

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00 amArrival and free play
9:30 amMorning meeting
9:40 amMorning snack
10:00 amOutdoor time – provocations to extend the learning
12:00 pmLunch
12:30 pmStory/Nap/ rest period
2:00 pmOutdoor classroom exploration:
Reference books, tools, loose parts, music, drama, and art supplies available.
3:20 pmClean up and transition time
3:30 pmHome time

Sample Weekly Menu:

Lunches and snacks

Week 1MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
SnackHomemade coconut granola with yogurt and seasonal fruitApple slices with cheeseHomemade whole grain apple-cinnamon Muffins with veggie and fruit smoothiesChopped veggies and hummus dipHomemade Granola bites with banana
LunchRice, black bean, avocado, and cheese wraps with salsa and grain free chipsWhole grain pancakes with fruit and 100% pure maple syrup.Homemade vegetable soup with whole grain crackers and cheese slicesHomemade vegetarian chili and fresh whole grain breadWhole grain vegetarian pasta with salad and cucumber dressing.
SnackChopped vegetables with tzatziki dipWhole grain crackers and hummus dipFruit salad with yogurtHomemade applesauce and whole grain crackersZucchini brownies

130 Main St. E.
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1N8

Before care and after care available, but must be booked in advance. Please inquire.