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Mixed Age Classes

According to current trends in maternal employment, increasing numbers of young children will spend larger proportions of their preschool years in care outside of their homes. Hence the importance of implementing approaches to early childhood education that consider childcares as extensions of the family outward rather than of the elementary school downward.

One significant component of our philosophy at Happy Garden is that children learn best when in mixed-age groupings because they most closely duplicate what they might experience in their home environment where all members are provided with the opportunity to observe, emulate and initiate a wide range of competencies. We believe that the greater diversity of maturity and the wider the range of competencies present in a mixed-age group, as compared to a same-age group, provides a sufficient number of models to allow all participants to learn through participation, observation and cooperation.

While younger children expand their opportunities to learn from the experiences, knowledge, and abilities of older peers, older children increase their level of independence and competence while developing their social awareness. Furthermore, older children view younger children as needing their help, whereas younger children perceive that older children can offer instruction and leadership. When these two forces combine in mixed-age classrooms, it creates an environment of cooperation, which is beneficial to all. 

Happy Garden is a space where children are valued and respected and where they can freely explore their environment by playing and having fun with peers. A place where children’s needs are honored first and foremost and where the educator inspires, provokes, and constantly builds on the experiences that constantly unfold during daily activities.



Our youngest children are given autonomy over their experiences, and are viewed as active participators in their education.

In this program, children are provided with:

  • Nurturing classroom environments

  • Educational toys and stimulating activities

  • Observation of a variety of other people and experiences

  • Socialization with other children of different ages

  • Foreign language immersion



Our older children further explore spaces and workshops designed to develop and grow fine motor skills, explore interests, and practice social skills.

In this program, children are provided with:

  • Stimulating classroom environments

  • Socialization and interaction with other children and staff

  • Foreign language immersion



We also offer drop-in daycare and babysitter referral services.

You can learn more here!

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