Rooted in memory,
built on a dream.
The evolution of Lisa’s Playhouse.
What started as a small in-home child care centre has grown to include three facilities and a 5-acre property, teaching children to love themselves, their neighbours, and the world around them.
Lisa Brown has many fond memories of her childhood. And those memories stretch so far back that she can actually recall what it felt like looking up out of her crib. She cherishes those memories… playing with her mother on the grass, building forts in the woods, and baking mud pies in the sun.
Because Lisa can remember so far back, she’s always been extra mindful of the way she interacts with a child, because one never knows what will become a memory.
Lisa and Seamus opened Lisa’s Playhouse Children’s Learning Centre in 2007, with the hope that one day it would expand to become a forest school based on a popular Scandinavian model. In 2013, they did just that when Tír na nÓg Forest School opened its invisible doors on a 5-acre forested woodlot directly behind Lisa’s Playhouse in Sussex. Tír na nÓg is an Old Irish word that means “the land of the young.” (Because of their Irish background, an Irish name most seemed fitting.)
Tír na nÓg is an Old Irish word that means “the land of the young.” (Because of their Irish background, an Irish name most seemed fitting.)
Lisa has made it her life’s work to provide as many children as possible with memories as happy as those that have been lovingly forged in her mind and in her heart. When Lisa and her husband Seamus became parents, they wanted to raise their daughter to grow up with a love of nature and be surrounded by family everyday. Lisa started an in-home daycare so that she could care for her child while also providing the same type of experience for other children in her community.