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child exploring nature

Location: Gleneagles Elementary/ community centre

Our after-school programs allow kids to explore and experience the natural world through practical involvement.

We believe the outdoors encourages imaginative play, creativity, hand-eye coordination, physical strength, and mental clarity. Our educators encourage  children to develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Additionally, a multi-age environment promotes cooperation and teamwork, while raising children’s emotional awareness.

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Is this program eligible for Affordable Child Care Benefit?

What is the educator to child ratio?
For school age programs, we typically have a 1-10 ratio, however, the legal ratio is 1-12.

Is there an inside facility?
Yes, we have access to the rainbow room at Gleneagles Communiture center. But remember, we are a forest school! So you won’t see us inside too much!

What happens if it rains?
At Saplings, we believe there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. When you register, you will receive a list of suggested gear to keep your child comfortable in all weather. When it rains, we use tarps to build shelters, share hot tea and bring reusable hand warmers for the children. But the most vital thing we do is keep a positive attitude! Our attitudes about the weather influence the way we feel about it and the way the children feel about it. When we hit rain season, we’re sure you’ll see our educators joining the children in jumping through puddles and singing in the rain! 

Do my children have to bring rain gear?

Will snacks be provided? 
Yes, a small snack is provided to the children after school everyday. 

What do the children do at Saplings?
Each day at Saplings is a little different. Our program capitalizes on children’s intrinsic desire to learn, play and discover the world around them. We adapt our program to the natural pace of the children, and allow them to explore their interests to the fullest. Some of the nature based activities include fort and shelter making, fairyhouse building, and nature art. 

Where do I pick my child up?
The students often go to various forest spaces available to them at Gleneagles you’ll have to message the educator on our parent Slack to find out exactly where they are everyday. Typically we will be at the rainbow room at the community centre by 5:30pm 

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