Program

A Tiny Lab offers licensed, high quality, child care to children between 18 months and 5 years in Central Halifax. Our hours of operation are between 8am and 5:30pm.

We are a play-based, emergent child care centre. Children spend their days here making choices, exploring, discovering and creating. Through play children learn about themselves and the world around them.


Approach

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.


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 are a certified “Green” child care centre through the “Go Green” Rating Scale for Early Childhood Environments and one of the newest members of “Green Schools NS” through Efficiency NS. 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.

A Tiny Lab for Early Learning occupies a small part of a an energy efficient renovation of an early 20th century building by EcoGreen Homes. In planning the space for young children, we paid particular attention to indoor air quality. Our centre features state of the art air exchange and heat recovery systems, with Co2 sensors that monitor for extra fresh air intake. 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. In addition to A Tiny Lab, our neighbours in the buildings include the Centre for Arts Tapes (CfAT), Music Nova ScotiaHalifax Pop Explosion, and Leave Out Violence (L.O.V.E).