With 5 locations in the Lower Mainland of BC, Kinder Kampus is a privately owned and operated childcare program now in its 16th year of operation, caring for some 300 children. With its various infant, toddler, preschool and after-school programs running at capacity Kinder Kampus met community need by recently expanding into a brand new empty space sitting central in the heavily populated area of Port Moody. During this shift to a new space filled with light and endless possibilities, Kinder Kampus management found itself wondering what its aim should be, how to teach within it, how to furnish it, and excited by the potential for systemic shift. Within the previous environment both the materials used and also the experience gained were more ordered and predictable. Through Management’s vision that embraced both a natural environment and its related pedagogical philosophy, the spirit for natural play and wonder was ignited.
“As we looked for ways to bring more open-ended play into our daycare, we quickly became conscious of the fact that bright, plastic is what most of our old, ‘normal’ toys were made of. Soon we saw that the open-ended choice in toys was also the environmental one! By providing the children of our classroom true space and time for play with toys and furniture that neither off-gas nor unfairly burden the Earth, we give them, and future generations, the best chance possible.” Kinder Kampus Management
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