Our Environment

Starfish Nap Room

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‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ is the theme to this room and the stars do glow! This is where our little angels make the transition between awake time and sleep time. Every child’s sleep schedule is respected and carried through by our Early Childhood Educators. A child is often found in the arms of a teacher, while being rocked back and forth to sleep with a lullaby being played gently in the background.

Visual Arts Room

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This peaceful room with streams of natural light pouring in through the large windows is designed to offer each child an opportunity to encounter a wide variety of materials. This is where the children truly get to express themselves using many different medias, such as clay, spray paint, oil paint, drawing, fiber and fabric exploration, gluing and pasting to name but a few. Where hands, mind, and emotions are all simultaneously active, giving value to the expressiveness and creativity of each child.

Art Gallery

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Through our walk way towards the classrooms, come and view our children’s ‘Art Masterpieces’ for the month.

Music Room

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A Magical experiences a waits for you in our music room as you twirl and dance with beautiful painted butterflies that are fluttered around the room. Music is a natural and important part of young children’s growth and development. Early interaction with music positively affects the quality of all children’s lives.

Successful experiences in music help all children bond emotionally and intellectually with others through creative expression in song, rhythmic movement, and listening experiences. Developmentally appropriate program of singing, moving, listening, creating, playing instruments are only some the magical moments that are going to happen in our music room.

Shadow Room

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Having a room dedicated to the language of lights and shadows, reflections and colors, shapes, sizes and spaces can support and offer a significant evolution children’s development.

Drama & Dance Room

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This is going to be one adventure after another in this wild and wacky room, zoom zoom zoom and we are off to the moon…

The Jungle

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The jungle is our indoor play area which we use on rainy days. The jungle is filled with elephants, a lion, a tiger and swinging monkeys on a tree and hanging ropes for the children to climb. It also has soft rubber flooring to make it a very safe environment for all.

Our Playground

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Freedom and safety were the key factors when this split-level playground was being designed. The lower level is geared up for running, jumping, shooting hoops, hula hoping and whatever else a wild imagination can come up with! As the Children are always respected at Harbourside, the playground is no different; we have authentic road signs and road markings in place, as well as an abundance of balls, nets, wheelie cars, trucks, cycles and carts to ride around in.

The upper level is surrounded with plants and trees, a ladybugs haven! We have a beautiful large sand pit that easily accommodates about 8 children with ease, with an assortment of buckets and spades, cars and trucks and other treasures that can be hidden in the sand. We have a large play tunnel that has a low sloping slide feed from it; the slide also has foam matting surrounding it in the event that gravity plays a role!

We have a marvelous shaded area for children to play under, in this area, you will find a picnic table as well as a couple of child sized park benches. Most often a child will be observed doing a spot of reading, this is where we bring the indoors out and the out doors in!

Family Room

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In this tranquil area, you will find that the sounds of the water trickling softly in the background and comfortable seating. Hot beverages and freshly baked goods are also available for the Families. Parents are welcome to relax and make a phone call or two, while their child attends their gradual entry week at the centre.

We also have an abundance of information that is readily available to support any of our parents with the ‘How to’ of any given situation that the parents may be currently facing.

The Kitchen

Our qualified chef prepares our breakfast, lunch and snack for the children to enjoy daily. Our chef is accommodating to the children who have specific diets.