Little Forest Dwellers is an outdoor play-based childcare program. Your child will spend the majority of their day exploring and playing in our purposefully designed natural outdoor play spaces. The playful learning experiences will be hands-on, outdoor based and child led. Your child will learn how to care for themselves, one another and the world around them. Your child's innate sense of wonder will be celebrated and encouraged and they will find support with all aspects of their emotional and physical well-being. At Little Forest Dwellers we embrace free age mixing, so your child will be learning and playing alongside other children with an age range of 12 months to 5 years old.
Little Forest Dwellers is a family owned and operated business that was established in 2016 by Annie Lougheed, who holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary and a current Alberta Teaching Certificate. She is also certified as a Child Development Supervisor.
After having her own little ones, Annie saw a need for more nature-based daycare and early learning programs and successfully started Little Forest Dwellers, a Forest-School inspired, Nature Dayhome in Bragg Creek, Alberta.
Annie is an educator and leader with experience in diverse environments and strives to create a strong community of empathetic and mindful learners who are both curious and resilient. Through her guidance, Annie’s students explore their passions and interests through engaging and experiential learning opportunities, develop self-awareness and confidence, and embrace their fears and mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow.
Little Forest Dwellers first opened it's doors in October 2020, nearby the Calgary Changemaker School (of which Annie is a Co-founder). We have a beautiful indoor building with plenty of outdoor natural green space to call our home. It is conveniently located just off the Trans Canada Highway in Springbank (West of Calgary, Alberta) at 67 Commercial Court SW.
Calgary Changemaker School is a Not-For-Profit accredited independent K-8 School offering an exceptional educational experience designed to inspire Changemaking and innovation and to develop creative and empathetic leaders.
For more information please visit: www.calgarychangemakerschool.com
Now more than ever, we know that being outdoors contributes significantly to children's physical, mental and emotional growth. Early childhood education research shows that a natural joy and curiosity is nurtured when we let the child lead with their individual interests. Below you will find a great resource describing the evidence supporting play-based learning.