Starchild Centre, located on a 9 acre hobby farm in the Cowichan Valley, provides opportunities for infants, toddlers and preschool children from Mill Bay, Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, Maple Bay and Duncan to explore and connect with the beauty of nature.
Feeding the fish and petting the horse, miniature donkeys, goats and chickens instills in children a lifetime love of animals. Our animals seem to have a very calming effect on the children.
Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia philosophies and pedagogic materials are employed to develop cognitive and creative abilities of daycare children. Baking nutritious cookies and snacks is a popular inside activity.
Nature-based education is a big part of our childcare program. Children love story telling time, puppetry and dance activities in the tipis, their fieldtrips around the property and even driving the tractor.
Each infant, toddler and preschool child has his or her own garden plot and prepares, plants, waters, cultivates, harvests, shares and eats the produce with their family.
Children develop a love of nature and learn to protect and preserve the environment through planting seedlings and caring for their little trees.