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Mission Statement: We strive to provide a safe, loving environment where children can grow in independence and self-confidence and learn the value of teamwork. By using a Nature-based, emergent curriculum we foster respect for oneself, others, all living things, and the environment.

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About Berardi Family Farm Childcare

Berardi Family Farm Childcare has been caring for children in the Georgetown area since 1993 on the land of the Pawtucket People.  Children learn through nature, and through hands-on activities, enhancing their innate desire for knowledge. 

Some things we do at BFFC

* Grow gardens from seed, tend to and eat from our gardens and exploring the plants through all seasons.

* Learn about the world through observing nature.

*Some cold weather activities include sledding, exploring frost, snow and ice, painting snow by using funnels to fill small spray bottles, making colored ice blocks for building, identifying animal prints in the snow and caring for the birds by providing water sources and food.

*Some warm weather activities include running through the sprinkler, playing in and exploring mud season, tending the gardens, caring for the birds and bees by providing water, 

building forts and taking walks in the woods.

*Some everyday activities include feeding the horse, pony, goats and chickens. Other activities that take place inside or out include reading, imaginative play, mark making and literacy, building with various materials including Legos, Duplo blocks, wood blocks and tree cookies, creating with loose parts, using a variety of materials, including Natural materials, to create their own art.

*We focus on Literacy, STEAM, self-help skills, self-confidence and teamwork using Nature as our guide. 

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About Anne Berardi

Anne is the originator and primary caretaker of Berardi Family Farm Childcare. She has lived in Georgetown for 36 years, and started the daycare in 1993 in order to be able to stay home with her boys, Joe and Daniel. 

 

Anne's love for the Earth and Nature has translated to her teaching children using hands-on experiences, following their leads and interests.

 

Horses have always been a part of Anne's heart, as she started riding when she was 9 years old and has enjoyed it ever since. Her experience includes work on farms and as an apprentice riding instructor at 21 years old. 

Anne volunteers as a horse handler at Windrush Farm therapeutic riding center. She became a certified Forest and Nature school educator in 2021 and is currently enrolled in the Harvard certificate program for Early Education Leaders. She is also on the subcommittee of the Park and Recreation Board to improve the accessibility and inclusivity of the American Legion Park in Georgetown. 

She loves to garden, travel, attend live theatre, camp, hang out with her adult sons and listen to them play music!

Anne loves the animals and teaching the children how to take care of them! Meet them below.

 

Meet the Animals
 

of Berardi Family Farm

In memory of Persia

Hocus

Holly

Zeus

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Duke

Lance

Patience, Nine and Tutu

Buttercup & Bodie

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Certifications and Memberships

Licensed by EEC since 1993

CPR/First Aid Certified

Winner of a Saul Zaentz grant for innovators in early education.

Enrolled in the Certificate for Early Education Leaders program through Harvard University Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL) (harvard.edu)

Certified Nature Explore Classroom (one of about 500 in the country) What are Certified Nature Explore Classrooms? - Nature Explore Program

Certified Forest and Nature School Educator through ERAFANS Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools - Home (erafans.org)

Certified Schoolyard Habitat by National Wildlife Federation At Schools (nwf.org)

Certified Eco-Healthy Childcare by Children's Envionmental Health Network Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) – Children's Environmental Health Network (cehn.org)

Horse Handler for Windrush Farm Therapeutic Riding Center  Windrush Farm - We are all capable of more than we think

Member of:

*Farm Bureau

*Zero-Three

*Natural Start Alliance 

*Outdoor Classrooms