Our Mission

To guide each child in discovering his or her potential through creative and educational experiences in the natural world, their community, and a vibrant, unique learning environment.

Our Approach

Our program offers a hands-on approach to learning in a variety of environments that embrace the beauty, nature, and culture that is found in Muskoka. Our centre, located in Gravenhurst, ON, is at the heart of a thriving community of arts & natural surroundings. We embrace the culture of our town, our community and the families we care for by offering a wide variety of age-appropriate studies within our programs. 

We encourage each child to discover their talents and interests while providing opportunities for them to grow their independence and develop their abilities in all aspects of learning. Our outdoor classrooms connect children with the natural world in an immersive and interactive environment. Our indoor environment harnesses the Muskoka charm with natural elements throughout the facility, and different ways of exploring the pedagogical expectations of an early learning centre. 

Our Educators

Anya & Rob Kerr - Founders
As parents to 3 children, family is the centre of the Kerr's lives. It is also the inspiration to start an early learning program that is so much more than what you might expect from child care. Anya and Rob have combined their talents in creating an environment that embraces the Muskoka charm and natural beauty around the centre. For years, it has been a dream of Rob's to begin a child care centre where families can find comfort in knowing that their children's days are full of adventure, education, and excitement. Utilizing his skills in carpentry, construction, and entrepreneurship, and combining with Anya's experience in child care roles and designing various arts, dance, theatre, music, farming and outdoor programs for children, Stepping Stone Early Learning Academy Ltd. has come to fruition in the heart of Muskoka. Backed by a qualified team of knowledgeable and experienced staff, Anya & Rob have created a truly unique environment for early learning where children can explore their natural surroundings, embrace their personal interests, and thrive as they learn and grow.
Susan Lockhart – Supervisor
The young child has always been an inspiration to me. Even with over 25 years in early childhood education and 10 of those years as a Toddler Montessori Facilitator; I am still in continue to be in awe at how much they learn in a few short years. They learn to walk, talk, feed themselves and dress themselves and perhaps the most important milestone, socialization.

The young child has an innate curiosity about the world around them, and it is our job as facilitators to remove obstacles that may stifle their natural curiosity and development. We must create opportunities to continue to expand on this natural  learning process in a safe and stimulating environment.

“All that we human beings need to become fully human; a child creates before the age of three”, Maria Montessori.
The young child learns by doing, and doing and doing some more, however we might look at is as simple play, but play is a child’s work and they work very hard!
This is truly an amazing accomplishment.

Susan Lockhart,
R.E.C.E. & Macti Accredited Infant/Toddler Teacher.

Our Healthy Eating Philosophy

We have developed a menu that caters to children’s diverse tastes and preferences by offering common favourites with healthy twists. While we may serve menu items such as macaroni and cheese, our recipes have been developed to include sauces made primarily of vegetables. Even picky eaters will be eating nutrient-rich foods. We also offer fresh, healthy, homemade snacks, giving children the opportunity to understand and respond to their own hunger cues throughout the day. Our menu uses no processed food or sugar, we limit fats and salts, and focus on wholesome ingredients.

How We Are Different

- Visual art projects, creative building, and sensory play
- Dance, yoga, and vigorous physical games and free play
- Musical instruments, songs, reading and interactive storytelling
- Gardening and learning to care for animals through
  interactive projects
- Daily forest walks and outdoor exploration, including observation of
  our diverse environments
- Group participation and leadership skills 
- Discovering various cultures and backgrounds of each member of
  our community
- Lessons and workshops outside our regular program hours
- Access to daily videos & blog
- Field trips
- Seasonal showcases for parents and families
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If you have any questions or would like more information about our centre or how to register please contact us!”