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Research & Experiential Learning Lab

Welcome to Ryerson Early Learning Centre’s Naturalspace Playground.

Varying natural elements provide interest for the children’s play.

Different textures in the landscape enhance the children’s senses and awareness of differences in the outdoors.

The playground encourages students to engage in activities with the children.

Gardening is an important aspect of the outdoor curriculum.

Children challenge their skills with interesting surfaces

The whale drum is one permanent musical addition to the playground.

Children view the world from different perspectives climbing up and through these poles.

The space allows for collaborative and solitary play that is child-initiated and directed.

Herbs grown in an oversize tire let young children learn through taste and smell.

Slides built into hills are accommodating for children’s different skills.

The playhouse acknowledges our toddlers need to re-enact ‘home life’.

The playground adapts well to all seasons.  Natural loose materials support the children’s play ideas.

Enjoying and appreciating nature is a curriculum goal at the Ryerson Early Learning Centre.

About the GRC

The Gerrard Resource Centre (GRC) promotes the well-being of family and children by providing leadership through the provision of services for children, families, caregivers, early childhood professionals and family support practitioners.

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About the ELC

The Ryerson Early Learning Centre is the School's Licensed laboratory child care facility. The ELC is located on the first floor of West Kerr Hall and is a key component of the School's teaching and learning mandate.

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About Research with the Early Learning Centre or the Gerrard Resource Centre

See the School of Early Childhood Studies' Policies and Guidelines for Research with the Early Learning Centre & the Gerrard Resource Centre

Link to the Policies and Guidelines here [PDF]

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