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Jardin Infantil Academy Childcare and Camps  

  • Type:
    Day camp, After-school / weekend classes
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $230 to $300/week
  • Ages:
    4 to 10
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  • Summary Profile

    Jardin Infantil Academy Childcare and Camps answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Our year-round camps welcome children across Toronto, in the east and west ends. We offer a variety of multicultural cuisine cooking camps, Art Camps that explores a different theme each week, dynamic theatrical experience for our young actors, and an explorative nature camp each week in the summer. Before & After school childcare is also available.

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support.
      A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Art Camp explores a different theme each week with various materials, techniques and approaches to making artwork. Our cooking camp is perfect for aspiring chefs and little foodies ages 5-10. Each week in the summer, we present to your child an opportunity to explore and discover nature. Our theatre camp for kids promises a dynamic and positive theatrical experience for our young actors in a fun, nurturing and inclusive atmosphere."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Our mission is to help develop confident, resilient, and passionate children through outdoor-oriented programming. Our daycare and children’s camp programs offer a welcoming and inclusive environment where kids can explore their natural surroundings, gain early exposure to multiple languages, and learn from one another in a mixed-age environment. At Jardin Infantil Academy, every child is welcome."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "To register your child for summer camp or year-round programming, please continue to our registration form: https://jardininfantil.campbrainregistration.com/. "

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Jardin Infantil Academy Childcare and Camps currently has 2 programs available; 4 TBD.

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    PA day
    Ages: 4 - 10
    Traditional (multi activity) , Nature/Environment
    $50 to $60
    Wilderness Skills
    Day Camp
    Ages: 4 - 10
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $250 to $300
    Wilderness Skills
    Day Camp
    Ages: 4 - 10
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $265 to $325
    Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Papier-mache
    Day Camp
    Ages: 5 - 10
    Traditional (multi activity)
    Day Camp
    Ages: 4 - 10
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $265 to $325
    Wilderness Skills
    Day Camp
    Ages: 4 - 10
    Theatre Arts
    $565 to $675
    Acting (Film & TV)|Musical Theatre|Theatre Arts

  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Jardin Infantil Academy Childcare and Camps

    our take

    Developing the whole child is the goal at Jardin Infantil Academy. They do this through a variety of activities focused on outdoor experiential learning. As forest schools began to take off, founder Marta Estrada created a program that was nature-based. Her time spent outdoors helping raise her siblings was what launched her dreams of being an educator. Staff here are patient, supportive, and playful and work in small group settings. Dirty hands and tousled hair are the norm for kids at the end of the day Jardin Infantil Academy where free play is encouraged. Food for the kids is freshly prepared and nutritious. While the focus is on the outdoors and plenty of fresh air, on the really cold days, kids go inside and do indoor games and activities. Their year-round programs have varying themes like nature, art, drama, and sports. Kids who take programs at Jardin Infantil come out of the program better for having done it—more confident, resilient, and with lots of new friends.

    Review(s) of Jardin Infantil Academy Childcare and Camps

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    Kristopher Stevens (Parent)We look forward to attending again next summer!

    Our son first attended Jardin Infantil for day care and now attends for camp. At 7 he is a kind, engaged and active young man who loves nature and who knows High Park like the back of his hand. Marta, Steve, Ethan and the rest of the staff are loving, firm and engaged and provide a great environment and curriculum for learning and becoming. We look forward to attending again next summer ... Read More

    A wonderful experience (Parent)MJ

    My son has had a wonderful experience with Jardin Infantil with their small group size, focus on learning from the outdoors, freshly prepared food, and warm and caring nature of Marta and the caregivers. They have very well prepared activities in the summer camp and I'm amazed at the progress he's made learning to hold and write with pencils/crayons (has made some very nice cards!) as well as colouring and sharing ... Read More

    Graeme Jennings (Parent)We couldn't be happier.

    Our nearly 3-yr old daughter has been attending Jardin for the last year and a half and we couldn't be happier. We love how much value is placed on outdoor experiences and are of the view that the muddier our daughter comes home - the better! There is no doubt our daughter has grown at Jardin, whether it be her love of exploration, vocabulary, stories, songs, or dance moves. Granted toddlers are destined to blossom during these years, but she is happy and exhausted every day she comes home ... Read More

    My son has thrived at Jardin since he was a baby (Parent)Ryann Manning

    My kiddo (now 2.5 years old) has thrived at Jardin since he was a baby. The days of adventure and playful learning (mostly outdoors) have helped him develop his curiosity, confidence, and independence. He is happy everyday when we drop him off, and often reluctant to come home at the end of the day. We're grateful to know he's in the capable, loving hands of Patrizia, Marta and Steve -- and jealous that he gets to spend the whole day outside when we're stuck at our desks! We're also comforted by the small group and the cautious, thoughtful approach that Jardin has taken during COVID. We couldn't imagine a better place for our little nature lover ... Read More

    Kristine Turner (Parent)My kiddos been loving it

    Marta and her team were so great and helped to make create a smooth transition for my kiddo. They were all patient and supportive, which helped to ease my nerves about leaving my son for the 1st time. I was drawn to this place as they stress the importance of nature and outdoor activity and even in the winter the kids spend time outdoors. My kiddos been loving i ... Read More

    Kristopher Stevens (Parent)Our son lovvvvvveeees the team at Jardin Infantil

    “Our son lovvvvvveeees the team at Jardin Infantil and the outdoor experiential learning and fun the summer adventurers get into. We feel very luck to have found them and our big boy is looking forward to the summer of 2021 to catch up with friends old and new. ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details


    High Park, Toronto
    1691 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1B1
    Humber Summit, Toronto
    606 Jane Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 4A6
    The Beach, Toronto
    65 Glen Manor Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M4E 2X2

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Marta Estrada, Founder & Executive Director

    Hi, I’m Marta, the founder and director of Jardin Infantil Academy. I found my life’s calling at an early age: working with children. Growing up in El Salvador as the eldest in a family of five children, I embraced my caregiver role. I led my siblings outside for long days in the countryside, an experience that created close family bonds and positively shaped all of us. I completed three years of teacher training in El Salvador and launched two preschool programs, before beginning my Canadian adventure.

    Everything about my life changed when I arrived in Toronto in 1990, except my desire to work with children and positively shape their early years. I earned an Early Childhood Education diploma from George Brown College and worked as an Assistant Teacher at a daycare in Toronto’s west end.

    I didn’t know it then, but forest schools were starting to gain popularity across Europe at this time, spreading from their Scandinavian origins. Educators were discovering that these nature-based pre-schoolers were particularly well prepared for the transition to kindergarten: they had strong social and physical skills, showed creativity and innovation, and were full of self-confidence.

    In 2000, I took the leap and created Jardin Infantil Academy out of our family’s home near High Park. The name means “kindergarten” in both Spanish and French. I came to see in my own work exactly what forest school proponents observed: children developing self-confidence through exploratory play and forming meaningful relationships with each other and the environment. Later, inspired by the positive impact the program was having on young children’s development, we created our camps for school-age kids.

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