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Old 04-22-2010, 03:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi there mamas and papas,

I have been reading a lot about the importance of free play and exposure to nature in early childhood and was wondering if anyone knew of outdoors-based programs in Toronto for young children. I am moving home from the US next week and I am looking for programs for my two-year-old daughter.

Does a Forest/Woods kindergarten program exist? Are there other preschool programs that emphasize outdoor play in the same way?

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Candice
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Does a Forest/Woods kindergarten program exist? Are there other preschool programs that emphasize outdoor play in the same way?

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Candice
You may be interested in the Toronto Island Nature School at Hanlon's Point . It's a full public school program from JK to Gr. 6 in the TDSB. There is also a nursery, but I don't know if it's a full daycare program. Cityside kids take the ferry over to attend. I'm not sure of the catchment area. About 10 years ago, I know a south Etobicoke kid from Mimico/New Toronto was attending. She loved it.
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Thank you so much! What a helpful link. They do have an associated child care program that looks fantastic. I will definitely look into it further.
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