Early Explorers

Early Childhood Program - WinSport
Early Childhood Program - WinSport
Early Childhood Program - WinSport
Early Childhood Program - WinSport
Early Childhood Program - WinSport
Early Childhood Program - WinSport
There is no greater environment to awaken the potential of the human spirit than the natural world. With access to over 200 acres of land that WinSport calls home, there is no better place for young children to begin this journey. Early Explorers will spend the majority of their time playing and learning in the open grassland and woodland spaces surrounding WinSport’s Husky Gardens.  

The Early Explorers program builds on WinSport’s legacy of fostering resilient, confident, creative and self-directed individuals with some of our youngest of citizens aged 3-8 years old. Elements critical to the Early Explorers program include:

  • Commitment to outdoor play – Curiosity is what sparks our desire to learn. Early experiences with the natural world are positively linked to the development of imagination, creativity and a sense of wonder. Children learn best through play and educators support the interests and curiosities of the children.
  • A deep interest in movement – The program supports the whole child - social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. The program’s educators have a particular interest in understanding and supporting all areas of development in a child-led, emergent process. Movements explored in this program lead to the development of core strength and movement skills that are necessary to sport, health and wellness.
  • Emergent curriculum - Inspired by the Educational Project in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Early Explorers program approach holds an image of the child as strong, competent and capable of directing their own learning. The curriculum begins with the child and is co-constructed between learners and educators. The program embraces the theory of the environment as the third teacher and educators are committed to creating rich learning environments both indoors and out through the use of materials both natural and man-made fostering creativity and multi-modal learning and exploration.
  • Supported risk taking – Risk taking can be defined as a thrilling and exciting activity, providing opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries. Supporting children in the cognitive processes of risk-taking fosters the development of critical thinking and life-long skills for resilient, bold and fearless leaders.
Testimonials

After spending 20 minutes rolling down a hill

"This is the best day ever"

Aksel
4 years old

Educator: What is the best part of your day?

Elliot: Being in nature, when I go outside my body feels so happy, like when I’m sad, and then I go outside, then I’m happy!

Elliot
4 years old

"I like outside school because we get to be outside the whole time and do fun stuff"

Cian
4 years old
Early Explorers Open House
Join us for an Open House to learn more about Early Explorers, WinSport's Early Childhood Development program.

April 9th , 2019 • 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Click here to view where to park Click here to register for the Open House
Bring your child(ren) and meet the program leaders, explore the indoor and outdoor spaces where our child-led curriculum comes alive. Find out why other parents are raving about the program!

Come see our new space in the Early Explorers Trailer located between the Festival Tent and Bob Niven Centre. Parking is available for free in front of the Bob Niven Centre.

Please note printed tickets are not necessary for this event and register as one ticket per family.
NEW - Early Explorers – Ages 5-8
Our new, older age group can enjoy diving deeper into play and expanding their learning. Becoming outdoor leaders and environmental stewards, the older children can enjoy making connections between their play, their community and the natural world.
Early Explorers – Ages 3-8
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Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Program Type Full Day Option
Half Day Option
Total Days
8
8
Program Day(s) Tuesdays and/or Thursdays Wednesdays and/or Fridays and/or Saturdays
Program Time(s) 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Semester dates
(Click date to register)
 March 2019 Start April 2019 Start May 2019 Start  May 2019 Start
Program cost $440 $240
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Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Program Type Ages 3-5 - Full Day Option
Ages 3-5 - Half Day Option
Ages 5-8 - Half Day Option
Total Days
8
8
8
Program Day(s) Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays and/orThursdays Fridays and/or Saturdays Fridays and/or Saturdays
Program Time(s) 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Semester dates
(Click date to register)
September/October 2019
November/December 2019
January/February 2020
March/April 2020
May/June 2020
September/October 2019
November/December 2019
January/February 2020
March/April 2020
May/June 2020
September/October 2019
November/December 2019
January/February 2020
March/April 2020
May/June 2020
Program cost $440 $240 $240
Want to secure your spot in our programs for the upcoming year? WinSport is pleased to offer an automatic enrollment plan for all semesters September 2019 – June 2020. WinSport will give priority to your child and will automatically enroll them into the following semesters. Please email hcressy@winsport.ca for more details.
Please Note: Children must be completely toilet trained to enroll in the Early Explorers program.