Our desire to open a daycare was born a few years ago when we found ourselves at an impasse trying to find a spot for our children.
Even though all reference books say that EVERYTHING HAPPENS BY AGE SIX, and that our children’s early years will shape their future and their social, emotional, intellectual and creative development, we barely spent five minutes reserving a spot in the only daycare available! And we knew we were not the only ones in this situation.
Luckily, the situation has improved since then, and we, the parents, can finally choose our daycare and expect that our children receive the best care imaginable – it is what they deserve after all: being able to grow up peacefully.
Our search for the perfect spot did, however, lead us to partner together and found the Garderie Griffin – Jardin d’Enfant, under the stewardship of Griffon, guardian of treasure and, by extension, guardian of our children.
Our primary desire has been and always will be to see our children flourish, to know that they are happy and well-balanced, and to listen to them laugh. Watching them grow up, blossom and assert themselves has given us a fresh view on the global development of a child.
What makes a child become more introverted, more violent or more difficult? Why are we seeing increasing numbers of hyperactive children? And are they really hyperactive or has our society forgotten that a child is by definition hyperactive. Everything that was once considered normal has become abnormal these days: a child who runs around in a restaurant is poorly raised; a child who throws a tantrum in a store is spoiled; a child who does not listen to what he is told is difficult … the list goes on. All of these behaviours are a perfectly normal part of childhood and are just a means for children to express themselves. However, “our negative interpretations of such actions” do not encourage children to grow up peacefully, while respecting themselves and their personalities. Furthermore, the effects of society’s demands on our children can be devastating for them in the future (poorly controlled anger, addiction problems, dropping out of school, hanging out with the wrong crowd, etc.).
It is after coming to this realization that we became interested in teaching methods that put children at the centre of their own education and advocate that it be adapted to their natural development. Logically, we also wanted to restore the “preschool” period (also called “kindergarten” in certain countries) to its former glory by calling our daycare “Jardin d’Enfant,” a name that truly evokes a peaceful environment in which our children can thrive.
Our daycare is a loving, fun and playful environment of discovery and learning where infants, toddlers and young children alike are our main priority.
The Griffin – Jardin d’Enfant daycare is located at the heart of Griffintown, a short five minutes away from both the Lachine canal and downtown Montreal. Almost 8,200 square feet of ground floor space have been converted into five very spacious play rooms and a multipurpose room ready to welcome your children, in addition to two outdoor courtyards. The entire space has been designed with your child in mind – a comfortable environment and only the best of conditions for him or her to grow, play, learn, discover, and create.
Our infants are spoiled with an immense indoor space conducive to the development of their motor skills, and a covered outdoor courtyard reserved for their use only. Two additional rooms are set aside for napping to promote a quiet resting environment.
The two intermediate groups each have a large play space, one which is adjacent to the outdoor courtyard, and the other, to the multipurpose room. These areas are dedicated to organized activities that we hope our children will take full advantage of, and … just running wild!
The two Jardin d’Enfant groups are located in two very large adjoined rooms. This promotes exchange, stimulation and team games.
The children in these groups also have access to the outdoor courtyard and the Herb-Trawick city park, a mere 500 metres away, as often as they want and time-permitting. The park, which will be reopening soon, has motor skill-developing jungle gyms and a large playground where children can run their hearts out.