Our Learning Environment: Kids & Company’s Nanaimo centre is one of our most unique centres with just two classrooms and a capacity of 16 children. Each classroom contains educational materials, age-appropriate toys, and child-sized equipment to help little ones learn and grow. This centre is a unique partnership between Kids & Company and Edgewood Treatment Centre! We are proud to offer emergent programming and care to the surrounding community, as well as employees and patients of Edgewood Treatment Centre. Our new centre gives prospective Early Childhood Education students an opportunity to learn about trauma-informed practice, emotional intelligence and the importance of inclusion for high-risk, vulnerable or underprivileged families.
Our Programs: At Kids & Company, we use an emergent curriculum and learn through play philosophy. We’re so proud of our proprietary programs. They include Alpha-Mania (pre-literacy and early reading), Mini Masters (art), and Munchkinetics (movement) and are specially designed to engage our children in a learning process that encourages self-expression, creativity, coordination and most importantly, fun! We often hear children singing the Alpha-Mania theme song before the teacher even begins the lessons, a clear indication of their enthusiasm for learning through play. You’ll find sign language in our baby and toddler rooms. More than just a daycare, Kids & Company provides a superior educational environment for your child. All our children participate in music, French, science & exploration, and creative play throughout our day.
Street Parking along Boxwood Road, in front of the tall hedges!
Meet The Director
Hello, my name is Natalie Cherrie and I am the Centre Director at Kids & Company Nanaimo. I graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from UBC, and ECEA from UBC, and am currently working on my ECE with Pacific Rim. I have been working at Kids & Company since May 2021 and in the child care field for over 6 years.
In my spare time, I love to be outdoors, exploring nature and spending time with animals. I also enjoy reading books by authors who have an educational background in clinical psychology.
What I love most about Kids & Company Nanaimo is that we have a small team so it’s easy to build really strong bonds with each other and the children. While my time with Kids & Company has been short, I’ve felt incredibly supported by the community.
Given that our centre is associated with a treatment centre, our program has an emphasis on promoting mental health and wellness for our children and their families. My background in psychology allows me to understand the importance of emotional wellbeing and allows me to help implement healthy emotional practices from a very young age.
The Nanaimo centre is unique because of its beautiful surroundings! We have access to a huge property that allows us to explore nature on site. We go on trail walks every other day, where we have seen frogs, mice, bunnies and even more. This opens up a unique opportunity for children to become immersed in the environment, which has been shown to have many emotional benefits. This also allows us to get tons of exercise!
Now that you know a bit more about me, I would love to meet you! I hope you come to visit our Nanaimo centre and see for yourself how Kids & Company can provide the right care and education for your child!
At Kids & Company, we work with your family to ensure that the transition is a smooth one. Before your child’s first day, we’ll provide information on what to expect. We’ll create an integration schedule that is right for your child and every day that your child is in the classroom, you’ll receive a daily report that lets you know how your child’s day was. You’ll also be able to see him or her on our in classroom web cameras. The Centre Director will even send you an email before the end of the day if your child has a special “wow” moment that day.
Toddlers learn best in the context of relationships within small groups. There are fewer distractions and children’s activities are more focused. In Kids & Company toddler classrooms, our small groups allow very young children to make connections, form caring relationships, and learn to understand other children.
All two-year-olds examine everything they see, hear, feel and observe in an attempt to make sense of the world around them. In our preschool programs, Kids & Company teachers interact, observe and interpret the interests of preschool students to encourage further discoveries by planning activities and investigations that expand your child’s learning.