Philosophy

At Earthlings we aspire to teach children how to care for the environment (nature and all it’s creatures), our community and ourselves. Activities revolve around respect and appreciation for nature, our food is organic non-GMO and sourced from ethical practices, and children get to learn how to tend to on-site gardens and grow their own vegetables! Activities revolve around respect and appreciation for nature, our food is organic, non-GMO and sourced from ethical practices, and children get to learn how to tend to on-site gardens and grow their own food!

Our 3 Main Goals

1

To create a home-like setting with more than the required amount of qualified staff.

A better teacher/child ratio is of high importance for many reasons. It allows all children the attention they need to be happy and engaged in activities with less distractions. More qualified educators means a higher quality of care and a more natural, peaceful setting. Small groups sizes provide opportunities to pay attention to each child’s ideas and explore them further.

2

To serve healthy food. That means organic, local, and homemade.

 

Choosing natural foods that are not processed or filled with preservatives not only boosts physical development but also helps in mental and emotional stability and focus. We serve organic, local, and non-GMO snacks and lunches and talk to the kids about the benefits for their bodies and the planet in doing so.

3

To teach ‘Earth-Friendly’ philosophies.

Tending to six vegetable gardens (on the property), choosing local and organic, non-GMO food sourced from ethical practices, nature walks, visiting local farms, making recycled art projects, conserving water and minimizing waste, neighbourhood clean up day, nature exploration, participating in ‘Earth Hour’ and ’Earth Day’ celebrations, and always remembering to reduce – reuse -recycle!

About Earthlings

Roxy and Craig Norris opened Earthlings Childcare on Earth Day, 2009. Years of planning went into the idea while they travelled across Canada, Alaska, and through Central America to Costa Rica where they taught English for a year. Roxy’s experience as an Early Childhood Educator and Craig’s business background allowed them to create the space they’d always dreamed of.  A homey environment with more staff and smaller groups of children.

Provincial Standards EARTHLINGS
ECE Certification:
25% of Staff 100% of Staff
After School Teacher/Child Ratio:
1 Teacher to 20 Kids 2 Teachers to 15 Kids
(15 Kids Maximum ~ Typically 12-14)
Preschool Teacher/Child Ratio:
2 Year Olds: 1 to 5 3 to 12
3 Year Olds: 1 to 7 3 to 15 (Maximum)
4 Year Olds: 1 to 10 3 to 15 (Maximum)

What our Families Say