Low Ratio and 1:1 Program

Customized low ratio or 1:1 respite Forest and Nature School Experience

One of the ways we are broadening access for all children to experience connection and play on the land is through a low ratio or 1:1 Forest and Nature School experience. We know to be on the land, to play, listen to the birds and watch the muskrat swim by connects us to the land, each other and ourselves.

Each day in the 1:1 program follows your child’s curiosity and sense of wonder. Children who need to move might enjoy building an obstacle course from the stumps, boards and tires. They might seek the challenge of the slackline tied between trees. Children who want to be still might enjoy feeding the birds, building a squirrel restaurant, or painting the canvas. There are trails to be followed and a creek to explore. Our educators are skilled in co-creating boundaries and supporting children in developing the skills to assess their own safety and risk.

In terms of accessibility the NCC trails are dirt trails. The main trails are rolling and flat and they will get muddy when its rains. Access to the site from the parking lot includes a narrow trail with roots and rocks which crosses a 4′ wide bridge and up a windy short hill. The field is grassy and flat. The wall tent has a 3′ door to an open space inside. We continue to take steps to make our site more accessible.

The number of weeks and hours booked with your child will be co-created with you to meet the needs of your child and your family. An example of a program could be 1:1 for 3 hours every Tuesday afternoon from 1-4pm for 6 weeks. Low ratio might work for a couple of siblings who do not need 1:1 support.

The fee for this program depends on the number of staff needed. We know this will not be financially accessible for every family and we may be able to suggest funding opportunities. Please enquire; lets see what we can figure out. The hourly fee for 1:1 is $30/hr for one educator. This educator will have a background in supporting specific needs, and qualifications that may include ECE or OCT or Child and Youth worker.

If you are wondering if outdoor play might be a supportive experience for your child but you know that the 8:1 ratio of our 16 child groups aren’t a fit, lets talk about this opportunity for your family.

To learn more about this specialized program please email outtoplayottawa@gmail.com with information about your child.

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