At Hypha, we have a whole-child approach to education that supports children’s rights to play, to be in nature, to be nurtured, to pursue their own interests, and to be collaborators of their own learning.

Besides immersing our learners in nature with a robust curriculum and pedagogy, we emphasise connection to self, connection to peers, and connection to community.

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Connection to Self
Connection to Peers
Connection to Community

We integrate practices that connect mind, body and heart, such as gratitude practices, pebble meditation, growth mindset, social-emotional learning, free self-expression through the arts, and physical movement. Additionally, we have a Sensory Room/Zen Zone and a Creative Studio, all designed with the well-being of our learners in mind. 

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Using the English Curriculum, our learners develop a solid pre-academic foundation of letter and word recognition, number, shape and colour identification, all at each child’s pace. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to learning and, as such, we bring decades of education experience to truly individualise learning for each child. This means that we are highly qualified to accommodate children at different levels of abilities, whether your 4-year-old child is reading chapter books or if she has little interest in letters. ​The best part of it all is that learning will be through messy play, experiential learning, and nature immersion, following each learner’s interests.  ​Most importantly, we don’t overschedule children in the pursuit of filling them with knowledge. Instead, we concentrate on quality education over quantity because people need time and space to develop in-depth knowledge and skills as well as to regulate their emotions. Children are people!

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Hypha embraces progressive education that grows the skills learners require to navigate in a rapidly changing world.  Our methodology is inspired by alternative approaches to education: Forest School, Reggio Emilia and Montessori.

​These play and inquiry-based approaches over time progress to project-based learning as the children grow. As children follow their own interests in their learning journey, the educator can scaffold and individualise the learning experience. 

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Takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world. Our trained professionals create a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for learners to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves. 


Our methodology is further rooted in research-based education practices delivered by highly-trained educators. Some of the methods we use are:

  • Visible Thinking Routines (VTR): Created by Project Zero at Harvard, the routines help children learn how to learn more effectively by visualising their thinking steps.
  • Flag Time: Routines that individualise learning and give learners agency, improving their strengths while providing practical reinforcements in areas that need development.
  • ELLI (Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory) Skills: Originating from Bristol University, the skills learners develop under this system makes them more adaptable to changes in their environment.
  • Hypha Growth Journals: Created by Big Life Journal, Hypha Growth Journals is a unique science-backed journal that helps wire brains for resilience, confidence, gratitude, kindness, and self-love.

Learning journeys are digitally documented to build a record of experiences, development, and achievement. Using photos, videos, and diary entries, we weave unique learning journey stories to be shared and celebrated.

Whole-Child Approach to Education