As seen in "Mom & Caregiver"

This is an archive of stories we have shared and we believe that you, the parent, will also find them of interest. We encourage you to engage our educators in conversations so that we might continue to deepen our understanding around these big ideas.

The stories we tell (December 2015) 
by the London Bridge Management Team
We share stories about the brilliance of children because we champion their rights and advocate for the power of play.

Moving puddles today, mountains tomorrow (November 2015)  by Jeanette Van Der Molen
When our youngest citizens are given the opportunity to practice skills in meaningful experiences, they become a community of thinkers with the potential to transform things.

All eyes are on you...and ears, too (October 2015) by Angie Henderson
Children are keen observers and social creatures. It is in their nature to try to connect with others and make sense of their world. As such, they watch our every move as they try to connect and learn from us.

Growing up is risky business, so let's talk about it (September 2015) by Kathryn Leeming
Adults need to help young children identify hazards so they can navigate through them. To do this we need to have confidence in a child's ability, and also include children in our conversations.

Go ahead and boast because yes, your child is brilliant! (August 2015) by Anne Marie Coughlin
Children know more, feel more, understand more, communicate more and can do more than we often think….all children…not just our own.

Imagine a place where parents “just know” they’ve made the right choice (July 2015) 
by Elle Brown, Li Pressey, Marcey Hartman
Here is some simple advice when choosing child care: explore a few locations, listen intently, look closely. And make a choice based on what feels right for your family.

Naturally Learning: Lessons Lined in Rain Clouds (June 2015) by Linda Boyington
Celebrate ‘International Mud Day” by getting outside and honouring the goodness that life brings when children connect with nature.

One to One Hundred: Exploring Artistic Voices in our Community (May 2015)
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” - Albert Einstein

Supporting literacy in the early years (April 2015)
Children need, and deserve, a wide variety of experiences before they are ready to read and write. They need to explore language in multiple ways

Reflecting on what toddlers teach us about mindfulness (March 2015)
by Tammy Johnson
Be with a toddler who is engaged with something they find fascinating. Look closely with them. Adjust your eyes and your thinking and marvel at everyday objects and moments just like they do.

Climbing to New Heights (February 2015)
by Amanda Cameron & Lindsay Sparkes
As toddlers become proficient climbers their confidence grows. They demonstrate an understanding of risk as they begin to make decisions about how much risk they are willing to take.

Looking at Winter Differently (January 2015)
by Angela Woodburn
Those much older and younger than ourselves show us that building relationships doesn’t need to involve being together physically, but that relationships can be nurtured in many ways, even through a glass window.

Celebrating a Sense of Community During the Holidays and all Year Long (December 2014)
by Anne Marie Coughlin
From our community to your family, we wish you a joyful holiday season filled the things that matter most.

Young Children have a Deep Capacity to Care and Contribute (November 2014)
by Angela Woodburn and Tammy Johnson
London Bridge has come to understand that children, when given the opportunity, can work together and make meaningful contributions. We see this happen regularly, as highlighted by our “Kids Helping Kids” event.

Believing in the Mentoring Capabilities of Young Children(October 2014)
by Sandra Searby and Jeanette Van Der Molen
Children have a genuine interest in wanting to help others, and having them serve as mentors was a perfect outlet for this.

From Confusion to Clarity: Respecting the Thought Process of Children (September 2014)
by Andrea Dewhurst and Anne Marie Coughlin
We have come to know that children frequently say things that are far more profound and knowledgeable than they are given credit.

Fulfilling a Parents Desire for Playgroups while Developing Critical Relationships (August 2014)
by Kathy Harris, Centre Director
Relationships between the centre and family, the Educators and parents, the child and their peers and the child and their Educators each play a significant role in your child’s well being.

Growing Children Deserve Growing Adults (July 2014)
by Anne Marie Coughlin, Director of Education
At London Bridge we invest in children, their families and our community and we believe that the best way to do that is to invest in the people who care for them.

The Social Intelligence of Infants (June 2014)
by Li Pressey and Sylvia Curtis-Norcross
At London Bridge we support infants’ Social Intelligence by giving them time and space to pursue their own thinking, by giving them vocabulary such as kind, helpful, and patient, to describe their social behaviour, and by sharing these moments with families and Educators.

Parents Support Us to Know Their Children Full Well!  (May 2014)
by Jen Sangster, Centre Director and Barb Janson, Program Director
At London Bridge we believe parents know their child best.

Today you stopped in awe, at the snowflake on your sleeve... (April 2014)
by Christine Fischer, Early Childhood Educator
Today you stopped in awe, at the snowflake on your sleeve. A little piece of nature, you thought would never leave. As your face drew nearer, you said it was a flower. A little piece of frozen rain, carried so much power. This little piece of whiteness, held you still in time. Its beauty captured your attention, and your attention captured mine.

Drawing Conclusions with Toddlers (March 2014)
by Sylvia Curtis-Norcross, Artist in Residence
At London Bridge we recognize that each child has their own approaches to learning that find their expression in different ways of participating.

Nurturing Empathy in Young Children (February 2014)
by Amanda Smith, Early Childhood Educator
As they develop the ability to be empathetic we see children react with calming embraces and soft comforting touches when they notice others are sad or hurt without adult encouragement.

Creating Connections and Relationships through Music (January 2014)
by Susan Whiting, Early Childhood Educator
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." – Plato

It Takes a Lot of Slow to Grow (December 2013)
by Jennifer Son RECE, Educator and Kathy Harris RECE, ECE.C, Mentor Director
At London Bridge, we believe that we all share a responsibility to support and nurture children’s natural desire to be curious, to explore and to take time.

Much More Than A Scribble (November 2013)
by Angela Woodburn, Program Director
In a stage of life where children are often guided and directed, told what they can and can’t do, drawing offers them an opportunity to engage freely without intervention which in turn gives us a new perspective to consider when looking at their drawings.

Creating Invitations to Learn (October 2013)
by Anne Marie Coughlin, Program Director
Setting up invitations is a way to peek curiosity, engage children, enable them to make choices and offer sources of inspiration across a wide variety of learning domains.

The Role of the Environment on Children’s Learning (September 2013)
by Anne Marie Coughlin, Program Director
At London Bridge we understand the powerful impact that the environment has on all of us and we give great attention and care to the spaces that we create for young children.

Creating a Positive Food Culture with Children (August 2013)
by Laura Kim, Centre Cook
By involving children at our centre in various stages of food growth and preparation, we notice that their food knowledge grows, fears associated with the unknown start to disappear and they are more receptive to try new things at mealtimes.

Creating Opportunities in Moments of Waiting (July 2013)
by Lindsay Sparkes, Early Childhood Educator
By recognizing these times of waiting and using them as opportunities for social learning, it not only nurtures the relationships in our classroom but has the potential to offer children rich learning experiences.

A Special Gathering Place (June 2013)
by Shelley Brandon, RECE
At London Bridge, we recognize the value of strong personal relationships and understand that these powerful connections help us to learn.

The Importance of Pretend Play in the Lives of Children (May 2013)
by Angela Woodburn, Program Director
At London Bridge Child Care we believe in giving visibility to moments of imagination and pretend play in children.

How Supporting Children’s Play Fosters a Learning Disposition (April 2013)
by Kathy Harris, Program Director; Janina Rowinski, Educator; Linda Blair, Educator and Sherrie Prince, Centre Director
By watching and responding to children we are nurturing a learning disposition in them that will set them up for a life time of eager problem solving and a love of trying new things with a sense of confidence that can take them anywhere!

Looking Closer at Children’s Play (March 2013)
by Anne Marie Coughlin, Program Director
At London Bridge we are keenly interested in how young children learn. We want to understand why they do what they do so that we can respond thoughtfully and support their natural way of learning.

Lessons in a Hockey Game (February 2013)
by Andrea Dewhurst
At London Bridge we believe that we can learn much from children. It can sometimes be easy to jump to conclusions and assume that we understand children’s intentions before allowing them to fully explore an idea.

“That was a great idea, Avery!” (January 2013)
by Angela Woodburn, ECE, Program Director
Children have lots of ideas and when we give them the opportunity to try them out, amazing things can happen! If we were never encouraged to come up with creative solutions to problems, where would this world be?