Inspired by RIE Educaring, Pikler, Waldorf philosophy & natural play-based learning, The Birds Nest envisions children as active navigators of their own learning. We foster experimentation, independence, a sense of wonder & discovery. We let kids’ minds soar & allow them to discover who they are going to be on their own, as opposed to pushing them through predefined lessons.
Why The Birds Nest
There is a vast difference between babysitting and The Birds Nest. Babysitting is the supervision of and care for children; meeting minimal basic needs. A program designed for young children involves not only keeping them safe, but enveloping them in love and a high-quality learning environment. It is well-established that the human brain makes exponentially more synapses from ages 0 to 5 than during any other period. This time is critical to encourage exploration, play, relationships, and confidence-building to establish the intrinsic interest to be a life-long learner. The Birds Nest provides a well-designed indoor and outdoor space, inspiring learning experiences, and uncommon conveniences. As a busy family with young children, we know that a little extra on our side means a little more time and a little less stress on your side.
At The Birds Nest, we strive to achieve the perfect balance to maximize our potential of supporting the “early years are learning years” – learning, fun, and care with superior quality. We have compiled years of child-development and early childhood education research, and countless hours of thought and experience to enhance every detail of development at The Birds Nest. Here is a short introduction to some of the unique ways that we believe help answer the question, “Why The Birds Nest?”.
Parents can rest assured knowing their children are in a secure building and in a safe Kalispell neighborhood. Located only 1.5 miles from the Kalispell Fire Department and 0.7 miles from the Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
The Birds Nest is founded by a family with young children who sought out high-quality and creative play opportunities, and wanted it to be available in Kalispell. We dreamed of this for our children…so it was created big enough for yours too!
We are continuously increasing our selection of hand-crafted toys and furnishings to help create a holistic inquiry and play-based inspired atmosphere that allows children to guide their own learning interests, and to focus on the process not the product.
We offers unique amenities and conveniences like...
Organic baby food.
Healthy family styles meals.
Non-toxic hand soap, cleaners, and disinfectants!
The Birds Nest provides a home-like environment. Children will be treated to family-style meals, ample outdoor learning/play time, and even mixed-age groupings that enhance leadership qualities.
We only close for major holidays. We employ extra teachers to support a healthy work-life balance for every staff member and to maintain low teacher:student ratios.
If my families and/or teachers have unique needs, questions, or concerns, I listen and respond. My program is designed to support individual needs to the best of my abilities - work-life balance, care schedules, & child specific developmental needs.
Occasionally, families can sign up to participate in Night-Owl Care, a modern-day answer to late nights, date nights, and evenings to catch up with friends.
Continuity of Care:
Critical to enhancing relationships with children & their families, resulting in enhanced early care experiences & better supports bond between parents & children. These early connections fuel important neurological processes that help young children explore & learn to regulate their emotions, forming the roots of school readiness.