Our mission at Growing Places is to foster the development of the whole child. Growing Places is a nonprofit agency established in 1978 that provides early childhood programs for children 6 weeks through 12 years in Durham, Lee and Madbury, NH. Becoming a TimberNook provider was such a natural and obvious choice for us at Growing Places.
In the summer of 2014 we ran our first TimberNook camps and we were captivated in every way. Every Growing Places staff member who worked at TimberNook used the same word to describe it, magical! Children today spend so much time in adult led activities. Research and experience shows that children learn best when provided with open-ended, child-centered, freely-chosen extended periods of play. At TimberNook adults are able to step back more which empowers children to problem solve on their own with peers rather than turning to adults for every answer. Children take appropriate risks, make decisions and solve challenges more independently which helps them gain confidence and build essential life skills.
As a TimberNook provider we have found one more way at Growing Places to help children thrive, develop a love of learning and to help them see they can accomplish anything they set their minds to! We have trained three of our Early Childhood staff as TimberNook providers: Sarah Hastings, Kate Milne and Ashley Studer.