A Tiny Lab is a place for children. This is their place to create, to explore, to wonder, to ask questions, to seek answers, to grow, to learn, to laugh, to cry, to experiment, to get messy, to sing, to shout, to problem solve, to take risks and to spend their days.
We respect all children and the value that they bring to our program here. We provide a developmentally appropriate program that fosters the ideas and experiences of the children enrolled here. Our teachers work hand in hand with the children to answer their questions, to seek out knowledge and understanding and to foster their sense of wonder and curiosity.
Our Image of the Child
Our program is influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. We view children as competent, curious, capable and full of potential. We understand that children have a need and desire to connect to the world around them and to establish meaningful relationships with others.
Our centre has been created with the premise that the environment acts as a ‘third teacher’ in the lives of children. Our classrooms and Lab space have been intentionally designed and organized to support and plan for various spaces for children to create, to learn and to explore.
We believe in emergent learning through play, exploration and discovery. An unhurried childhood. Respect for our community, environment and each other. Whole child development and life-long learning.
Green from the Ground Up
We do our best to make choices that are healthy for our families and the environment. We limit the amount of plastic in the centre; toys and equipment are made of natural materials whenever possible. We are cloth diaper friendly, breastfeeding friendly and serve food that is local, seasonal and organic first.
In planning the space for young children, we paid particular attention to indoor air quality. Careful consideration was given to the materials used within the centre – ensuring healthy air quality, avoiding off-gassing, maximizing recycled/repurposed content, and minimizing environmental impact through production.
A rainwater collection system supplies water for all of our toilets. Floor-to-ceiling, thermally-modified, custom wood windows allow for an abundance of natural light to our classrooms. Heating is provided through in-floor radiant heating with eco-friendly cork flooring. Cork is a 100% sustainable and renewable natural resource and an ideal surface to cushion young children’s play. The building has been designed and built by EcoGreen Homes, in association with Abbott Brown Architects.