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Tiny Hoppers – A Behind The Scenes Look

Tiny Hoppers – A Behind The Scenes Look
January 25, 2016 Amber Rohal

My girls and I recently toured the brand new Tiny Hoppers daycare and we had a ton of fun!

Their building is located at 2204 Industrial Street and it’s lovely. My daughters and I parked, and could immediately see into the centre through their large windows. My daughters are 5 and 7 years old, and from the parking lot, they were already scoping out all of the equipment and activities. (Sorry about all the fingerprints on the windows Sheriene)

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Sheriene Milad greeted us, but the space was so welcoming that my kids felt right at home, and promptly started exploring the different rooms on their own. Sheriene gave me a tour, and detailed all of the steps Tiny Hoppers has taken to provide a safe and educational environment for kids.

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The background is that Tiny Hoppers originated in Ottawa and opened in 2005 by two moms who share over 30 years of childcare experience, and working with children. Their educational programs are created by one of the founding owners, who is a former primary school teacher and has Early Childhood Education certifications. Kids aren’t just playing with toys or colouring at Tiny Hoppers; every activity has learning in mind, all while keeping the little ones entertained and engaged.

Each room - and there is one room per age group - has a library corner, complete with comfy beanbag chairs, it's own mini library, and of course a lily-pad umbrella!

The different rooms are set up to cater to the age groups they teach. I love that all of the rooms had a quiet reading space, complete with a mini library, cozy bags to sit on and of course a lily-pad umbrella. So cute. There are a huge variety of toys to promote physical literacy, hand/eye coordination, and fine motor skills. The Burlington location is brand new, with modern furniture, toys, and play centres. The rooms each have a daily schedule that outlines a checklist of activities that kids are guided through. It’s an ideal balance of free play and structure.

Elizabeth, age 7 and Addison, 5, cooking up a feast in one of the size and age appropriate kitchen playsets.

Elizabeth, age 7 and Addison, 5, cooking up a feast in one of the size and age appropriate kitchen playsets.

I was pleased to hear that Tiny Hoppers meets – and in many cases – exceeds the provincial requirements of childcare centres. They also require monthly site visits to ensure all centres are running at the Tiny Hoppers expected level of excellence.

My daughter was on her own personal tour when she walked into the kitchen. She thought it was hilarious, and asked “Why does this “play centre” have a kitchen, mommy?” She ran way giggling before getting her answer, but I got to see the menu and kitchen where all of the meals and snacks are prepared fresh daily. It’s so nice to know someone who loves cooking is keeping the kids fed with healthy goodness.

These cubbies are adorable, and every new registrant gets a Tiny Hoppers backpack free!

These cubbies are adorable, and every new registrant gets a Tiny Hoppers backpack free!

The Tiny Hoppers group strives for excellence in all areas, which is clear when you read the list of awards and accommodations they’ve received since opening.

My kids had a great time, and I secretly wished I was still young enough to be enrolled at Tiny Hoppers!

If you’d like your own personal tour (which I highly suggest) please contact Sheriene and Gillian at Tiny Hoppers today and take your kiddos in to see the facility. Registrations for all age groups are NOW OPEN, and if you hurry, you can avoid being on a waiting list, which is rarely  the case in Burlington!

Tiny Hoppers is inviting you to their Grand Opening Winter Carnival this Saturday, January 30th. It’s a free event for families, and features Beebop the Clown, indoor and outdoor activities, games, prizes and snacks.

And don’t forget that Tiny Hoppers hosts FREE Mommy and Me drop in playgroups on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am. Another great way to get acquainted with Burlington’s newest childcare centre.

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Parents will love seeing the current 1 or 2 week curriculum, meal plans, notices and information all in one spot.

Parents will love seeing the current 1 or 2 week curriculum, meal plans, notices and information all in one spot.

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Disclosure: I was given a tour of Tiny Hoppers and was compensated for my time to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own (and my kids’) and not influenced in any way.

1 Comment

  1. Sherri miller 4 years ago

    Amber, kudos!!! I’m very impressed with what you ladies have done. With everything that goes on around and in your daily lives you girls have managed to create an amazing and in site full as well as humours web site. Keep up the great work. Also keep the girls in it as well. They all seem to enjoy the work. Lol

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