HomeGrown Childcare is an amazing child care program inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to educating young children. Emily has an amazing way with documentation and you can see her passion for play in the learning stories she shares on her Facebook page. We wish she was local!!
Q: What made you decide to open a home child care program?
A: I made the decision to open HomeGrown after working both in a centre and as a Nanny. I desired to offer children a safe space where they could grow and learn without the constraints of a strict adult agenda. I believe children learn the most from being outdoors-immersed in nature and able to explore freely!
Q: What (if any) educational philosophies influenced your program?
A: Reggio Emilia
Q: What’s your absolute favourite part of the job?
A: Watching the children grow and being able to see their every day accomplishments! There is so much to celebrate as they learn what they can do and what they are capable of.
Q: What would you say is the best part of your program?
A: We spend most of our week outside, as long as it’s not too cold. We bring all our curriculum areas outside to engage in math/science/literacy/art while surrounded by nature. We hike, bike, splash and climb through forests too!
Q: Where do you find inspiration for programming and activities?
A: The children!
Q: What’s the most popular item on your menu?
A: We love pizza!
Q: Best quote from the children you have heard to date:
A: “Oooooo….I’m just so cute!”
Q: Your favourite quote about child care, early learning, play, or children:
A: “A child who sings is a happy child!”
Thank you for sharing your amazing program with us Emily!
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