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Winter Picnic

April 9th, 2019

Teaching the children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events of their lives – Thomas Berry Here at Compass ELC Minden, we advocate for outdoor play! We believe that children should be out in nature as much as they possibly can. We are very lucky to live in [...

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Best kept secrets of a split shift

March 4th, 2019

I remember there being a time in my career where I would have never considered working a split shift; only focusing on how long a day it would be. It has now been a year of working a split shift and I wouldn’t change it.  Before applying for the role I currently have, I evaluated […]...

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Trees, ice, climbers – Risky Play in School Age

February 25th, 2019

“Risky play has many advantages for young children, and more often than not, is when children are having the most fun during their play.” At our Kawartha Heights School Age program we really try to implement risky play when we are indoors and outdoors with the children. We fully support the idea...

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Intergenerational Friendships

January 28th, 2019

It was such a special day today for Home Child Care. We braved the cold for our monthly visit to Princess Gardens Retirement Residence. This play group is my personal favourite activity of the month. Being able to witness this incredible multi-generational community grow is my absolute privilege. Th...

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What an Exciting Find

December 14th, 2018

I discovered these real honeycombs, vacated for the winter last night in my chicken coop. I took them out to our regular outdoor play space for the children to discover on their own. They were frost-bitten from the cold which was neat on its own. The children used their mittens to gently brush the f...

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Checking for signs of hibernation

December 3rd, 2018

“What are you doing?” “We’re digging for worms! They’re underground. We need to check if they’re out when it’s cold!” As the weather becomes colder our daily worm digs have been resulting in less and less worm discoveries. On Friday we talked about how some animals hibernate for the ...

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Capable, Confident, Independent

November 22nd, 2018

The last two weeks in our home-childcare programs have been buzzing with learning and activity! Each program is as unique as it’s children, and the small group sizes means that the children can focus in on and extend what they are truly interested in. Last week in Buckhorn Jenny and Emily spen...

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Depave Paradise

October 12th, 2018

Shout out to the amazing Compass crew who showed up to Depave Paradise! A small but mighty crew contributed to an exciting Green Up  project happening between No Frills and the pathway beside the river by Millennium Park by helping to depave the area so it can be planted up with greenery and rec...

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Timbernook – Respectful risky play in the forest

October 1st, 2018

“This place is good. You get to climb on things, and there’s fun things (looks up at rope swing), and you get to make new friends.” ~ Overheard at Timbernook (11 year old boy) I spent some time at Timbernook during the PA day last Friday. Timbernook is the outdoor division of Compass ELC. What...

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