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.
R.E.C.E. & Macti Accredited Infant/Toddler Teacher.