“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”

— Shanti

Feet In The Sand

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”

— Shanti

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Who We Are

We believe in awakening the wonder through natural experiences and authentic self expression.

Kids at Play is a place-based learning environment for children ages six weeks through first grade. We make use of some elements of traditional childcare but we’re nature based and we practice child-led education.

We believe children are innately capable and competent, and we honor each child’s unique way of experiencing the world. Our job is to create the space for children to have a voice to collaborate in their learning.

We create a place of shared relationships among children, teachers and parents, and a feeling of belonging in a world that is alive, welcoming, and authentic. We are similar to the teaching philosophy of Montesori and Waldorf but more affordable.

We are focused on each child’s individual journey, rather than reaching a destination — allowing time and space in a living environment that is dynamic, forming, evolving, and encourages real-life interactions.

At Kids at Play, we’re learning the natural way.

Our Philosophy

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The Role of the Teacher

The teacher is a co-learner and actively creates rich learning environments — encouraging children to ask questions, explore, develop, and define ideas. Teachers express wonder and curiosity as they explore the world through the child’s eyes.
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The View of the Child

Children’s interest guides the curriculum. They are seen as strong, capable, and important members of the learning community who have valuable and unique contributions.
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The Environment

Often referred to as the third teacher, crossing boundaries between indoor and outdoor environments — providing natural connections, with an emphasis on aesthetics, safety, and relationship building.
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Nature

We don’t believe that learning happens indoors and play outdoors — play and learning are deeply connected. A significant portion of our instructional time is outdoors, providing authentic, place-based learning experiences.
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“Childhood is a state of mind which
ends the moment a puddle is first viewed
as an obstacle instead of an opportunity.”

— Unknown
“Childhood is a state of mind which ends the moment a puddle is first viewed as an obstacle instead of an opportunity.”
— Unknown

Our Values

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Relationships

Having strong connections between children, families, and the community.
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Honesty

We aim to be clear in our principles, intentions, and actions.
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Freedom

We allow children to be themselves, believing in the rights and opinions they have.
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Comfort

Create an atmosphere of reassurance and encouragement that promotes physical and emotional support.

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Environment

A place that provides comfort, is inviting, and creates a sense of wonder and awe.
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Honor

Having a high respect for one’s individuality.
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Love

Every child is worthy of kindness, encouragement, and respect.
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Basics

Making learning simple and practical.

Our Program

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6 Weeks to 4 Years

Unique and affordable opportunities for extensive outdoor play and learning, promoting whole child development.

6 Weeks to 4 Years

Unique and affordable opportunities for extensive outdoor play and learning, promoting whole child development.
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VPK Program

Promoting a love of learning and nature, while helping the child become the best version of themselves. Because of the many benefits of learning from nature, outdoor visits will be offered as often as possible.

VPK Program

Promoting a love of learning and nature, while helping the child become the best version of themselves. Because of the many benefits of learning from nature, outdoor visits will be offered as often as possible.
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Forest School

Going beyond the fence with ages 5 to 7. Immersing children in nature creates conditions where they feel confident to take cognitive, physical, and emotional risks as they mature across all developmental domains.

Forest School

Going beyond the fence with ages 5 to 7. Immersing children in nature creates conditions where they feel confident to take cognitive, physical, and emotional risks as they mature across all developmental domains.
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Camps

Winter, spring, and summer camps for school-age children. Camps are a great time to connect, form memorable relationships, and one of a kind experiences.

Camps

Winter, spring, and summer camps for school-age children. Camps are a great time to connect, form memorable relationships, and one of a kind experiences.
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Family Style Meals

Young children grow more independent every day, wanting to make decisions for themselves. Serving family style meals is a great way to allow children the freedom to make decisions and develop their own personalities. Family style meals can be defined as meals in which child-size tables are set with plates and utensils. Food is passed in small containers for children to serve their own plates. Children may pour their own beverages from small pitchers. The positive effects of this type of meal service for children include: building lifetime skills, taking part in the entire meal from preparation to cleanup, and enjoying a meal setting that is comfortable and relaxing. And, there is no additional fee for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.

Family Style Meals

Young children grow more independent every day, wanting to make decisions for themselves. Serving family style meals is a great way to allow children the freedom to make decisions and develop their own personalities. Family style meals can be defined as meals in which child-size tables are set with plates and utensils. Food is passed in small containers for children to serve their own plates. Children may pour their own beverages from small pitchers. The positive effects of this type of meal service for children include: building lifetime skills, taking part in the entire meal from preparation to cleanup, and enjoying a meal setting that is comfortable and relaxing. And, there is no additional fee for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.

Want to Place Your Child with Us?

Get in Touch!

(904) 246-3885‬
hello@kidsatplay.co
1725 Penman Rd,
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250