Sunday, 3 March 2013

Discovery Child Care - Commitment to the Environment

One of the things that sets us apart from other licensed child care programs is our ongoing commitment to the environment.

At Discovery Child Care Centre, we are committed to creating a healthy environment for the children in our care, their families, our staff, and our community.

Both properties are exclusively maintained by organic methods: no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides are used on the premises.
  • We diligently use the blue box recycling program, (over 200 families and we only put out one trash can per week per site!)
  • Practice water conservation (including rain barrels)
  • Daily use of green bins and we compost too
  • We are Ontario’s first licensed child care centres that are Bullfrog Powered using 100% green renewable energy.
  • We also use environmentally friendly cleaners/sanitizers at the centre.
  • Discovery-Harvie Road has geothermal heating/cooling & Solar Panels being installed early 2013
  • No Idle Zone policy at both sites
  • Eco-Healthy certified - First licensed child care in Simcoe County and 2nd in Ontario!

But we don’t stop there!

We bring our environmental philosophies right into the classrooms where the children learn using hands on experiences.

The children learn to practice the three R’s (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle), water conservation and composting in the child care setting.

They are also involved in hands-on learning opportunities that further re-enforce these habits. The children are actively involved in their own organic garden. They are taught alternative methods to using pesticides and insecticides, such as companion planting and the use of beneficial bugs! The children harvest what they have grown and use the ingredients for further learning opportunities, such as cooking.

Over the years the children have made jam, pickles, salsa and so much more.... YUM! At the end of the growing season, the children take a trip to the Barrie Community Food Bank and donate a portion of their harvest of fresh, organic produce.

Our school age programs participate yearly in Earth Day Canada’s Eco-Kids Challenge and The City of Barrie’s Spring into Clean event.

Discovery Child Care - Barrie -

Head Office: for general inquiries, availability, tours, fees etc

Phone: 705-733-2052

Centre information:

Harvie Road Location
Address: 101 Harvie Road, Barrie, ON L4N 9C9
Phone: 705-733-2052
Big Bay Point Location
Address: 377 Big Bay Point Road, Barrie, ON L4N 8A2
Phone: 705-792-1917

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