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Our Program

Our program is designed to provide

a well balanced,child-led, play based learning environment that emphasizes the


image of the child as capable.

We recognize the importance of providing and fostering a caring and


nurturing environment where children can develop socially, emotionally and physically.

We see all children as unique individuals. We respect  the children's needs and interests,


ensuring that each child is supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Exploring in nature, having access to a wide variety of creative learning opportunities and having the


time to discover and learn are all important factors in the child's development.

Children participate in weekly yoga and dance classes provided by Nikki from Wild Roots Studio


Music classes provided by instructor Dylan, from The Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Seasonal field trips to gather pumpkins, exploring at the beach and visiting

Butterfly Gardens


The Centre for the Salish Sea,

 neighbourhood walks to the duck pond and the gardens  at Government House

or to Craigdarroch Castle

are some of our excursions and field trips.

Our well established and progressive long term staff team, 

are continually  researching and implementing  ways to enhance the children's experiences.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child .


                                                          Our Daily Rhythms

This serves as a guide only. Allowing children time to complete tasks and activities is important, and we adjust our times as needed.

  •     the centre opens at 7:30 a.m. 

  • children begin their day in the cozy kitchen where they may choose from a variety of activities such as play dough, puzzles, books, Lego and a variety of natural loose part play items. 


  • 8:00 a.m. the creative art studio opens.

  • Painting, collage, cutting and gluing etc. are available for the children to engage in.

  • Process vs Product is our philosophy around art and the children are free to create as they choose, all the while developing their skills.


  • 8:15 a.m. the dramatic play room is opens.

  • Children can choose from a wide variety of items, many natural elements and baskets of creative play items to create their world of imagination. We believe that children need to use real and beautiful objects, many found in nature, to engage with. 


  • 8:45 a.m. the block room opens.

  • Heavy solid wooden block play, huge tubes from our collection of loose parts, wooden trains and a variety of other building and imaginative materials are available for the children to choose.


  • 9:00 a.m. the play yard opens

  •  Exploration in the Nature Kitchen, rock climbing, the sandbox and our wooden Big Toy climber structure are but a few of the wonderful attractions in our big natural play space.


  • 9:15 a.m. The Castleview Café opens.

  • The kitchen transforms into an inviting café where healthy and child friendly snacks are provided by the centre and served on tables set with seasonal centre pieces and items selected from our collection of "beautiful things". Children are invited to come for snack throughout our free play morning to enjoy snack items such as melted cheese on crackers, mini pancakes, veggies and hummus, vegan smoothies, homemade muffins, apple slices etc. etc.

  • We respect dietary concerns and allergies. 


  • 10:00 a.m. Circle group time.

  • Children meet up in their age based groups. There are 4 to 8 children in a group with one teacher who they remain with for most of the year. Activities in these groups are planned with the children's interests and developmental levels in mind. The three youngest groups have circle time until  10:45 or 11 a.m. while the two older groups are outside playing. The groups switch at 11 a.m. when the younger groups go back outside and the older groups come inside.


  • Dylan from the Victoria Conservatory of Music comes in once a week and shares his music program with the children....usually Wednesday mornings.


  • please note that all field trips, special guests, Yoga classes and Music classes, neighbourhood walks etc. happen in the morning part of our program. ALL children in both the fulltime and half day programs have the same opportunities to experience all that the morning part of our program offers.

  • 11:45 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. the children come inside for lunch.


  • 12:30 p.m. as lunchtime ends, the bathroom routine begins, including  tooth brushing as the children prepare for rest/nap time.

  • 12:30 - 12:45 Lunch Program children  are picked up


  • 12:45 to 2:30 p.m.  resting/napping time.

  • Please note that there is an early up time at approximately 2 p.m. for children who aren't sleeping .


  • 2:30 p.m.  wake up time. Children are encouraged to use the washroom and prepare for outside time.


  • 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  afternoon snack is prepared and served in the café or outside during afternoon free play outside time. 


  • 4:00 to 5:25 p.m.  outside free play or inside free play depending on weather and time of year.


  • 5:25 p.m. parents must be at the centre by 5:25 to pick up children.


  • 5:30 p.m. centre is closed.


We acknowledge the land on which we respectively live and work on. The unceded and occupied Coast Salish territories, specifically, the ancestral lands of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, the lands of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation.

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