Dino Philosophy



Dino Drop-In allows access to our services on a casual basis, giving flexibility and reassurance to parents and an engaging and educational environment for children to thrive in. Drop-in services give parents the opportunity to use Dino Drop-In economically. Pay only for the hours that you use and there is no need to pre-book your spot. If a meeting or appointment suddenly appears on your calendar, you don’t have to worry about who will look after your children. Dino Drop-In teachers engage with your child to foster connection and inspire imagination, so we don’t use screens or television to entertain them.

Taking the best of a range of educational approaches, the Dino Drop-In philosophy focuses on a child-led, play-based approach to learning. Each day is structured into a schedule, which allows for plenty of time to play, create, and communicate. Learning opportunities underpin all organized activities, interspersed with free play to refresh the mind and get the wiggles out. At Dino Drop-in, we aim to be the place that your child asks to go to so that you don’t have to feel challenged taking care of other responsibilities.

Take the CHIRP Survey!

Take the CHIRP Survey!

The CHIRP™ Study (Child Health Inventory for Resilience and Prevention) is a new and comprehensive look at children’s health and the role that many environmental factors –like nutrition, chemical exposure, exercise—have on it. And it’s timely, as one in every two...

Building big literacy skills

Building big literacy skills

Early literacy skills are SO important for all ages birth and up! Sometimes it can be so hard to know what to do to integrate it into our days, right? This article gives some fantastic tips! A few quick ideas are: 🦖Singing songs in the car. 🦖 Reading stories at meal...


Singing with children builds mathematical and spatial skills. Children who have taken music classes score higher on math tests. Music enhances brain development in areas tied to pattern recognition, counting, organization, time, and division of larger notes into smaller notes (i.e. fractions).

Three Ways to Countdown to Christmas

The holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier. Kids get excited for this time of year, oh, say, around February. As December gets closer and stores start to display their holiday best, the excitement builds. It’s easy to get so caught up in wrapping gifts,...

Boredom Busters

The holidays mean kiddos out of school, great for connecting to the family and challenging, too. Parents often have work commitments and with littles on the loose it can get chaotic and frustrating for all. Here are some ideas to keep them engaged over the holiday...

Dropping-off or Dropping-in

Dropping off children at summer camp or any other childcare out of the routine can be difficult. At Dino Drop-In Childcare we get children new to daycare, every day. Here are some techniques we use to make the transition easier. 1. Enthusiasm: When trying a new...

Play It, Baby!

Play in early childhood helps children explore the limits of the world in a safe, healthy way. Even the youngest children learn critical life skills from play – and repetition. Let’s take the physical world – for instance, gravity. It may just look like flinging hot...

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