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Best childcare – Foxtail Forskola

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At Foxtail Forskola, the environment in which children play, communicate and learn through hands-on activities is at the heart of their program.

Foxtail is a Scandinavian-inspired forest preschool based at Earthstar Farm in the foothills of Whitefish. Kayla and Stefan Nickells opened the school in 2018 and its unique educational concepts for children aged 3 to 6 have been widely appreciated by the local community.

“I am always very grateful to this community,” said Kayla. “I couldn’t do it without the support and openness of families – our program is really different, so they need a lot of trust. “

A typical day for Foxtail kids includes plenty of independent play time, mindfulness, and yoga in the morning, along with plenty of outdoor activities. Children often cross-country ski or toboggan in the winter and explore the forest while learning about plants, insects and the world around them during the warmer months.

Kayla says the school focuses less on academic learning and more on self-discovery.

“We focus a lot on empowerment and I think that carries over to our families; I often have the impression that we really work as a team and it shows, ”she said. “We also focus on social and emotional growth… our kids really learn a lot about themselves from a young age. “

Kayla and Stefan discovered this type of school while living in Italy and knew that one day they wanted to start one. Kayla has a history in nature education and the concept of a forestry school came quite naturally.

“After witnessing this, I felt compelled to do it; it was really huge and important, ”she said.

Since starting Foxtail just a few years ago, the duo have never looked back and Kayla says they enjoy a career where they are still learning from kids.