0-18 MONTHS OLD
This programs plan provides the basis for the growth and development of each infant
Infants grow and develop at such a rapid rate that sometimes it is hard to keep up. Programming for the infants is based on each child and their current developmental stage. Individual program plans provide the basis for growth and development of each infant and take into account their cognitive, social, emotional, language, gross and fine motor skills.
As well as individual program plans, group activities are planned including songs and story periods, outdoor play time, creative art sessions and sensory play. Each child has the opportunity to participate in all activities with as much or as little assistance as they require.
We encourage parents to visit, call or “check-in” as we understand that this may be an emotional time for you and your baby. Communication between staff and parents is extremely important at this age.
Daily conferences sometimes just long enough to establish what your child ate at home and when they were last changed are valuable information exchanges that assist the staff in planning your child’s day. Daily sheets give you an insight into the day with information including what your child ate and drank and when, activities they participated in and diaper changes.
The infant staff are extremely professional and experienced giving each child individual attention and consistently working with them to attain each developmental milestone. Our centre offers a clean, safe and nurturing environment establishing a calm and familiar daily routine. Transitions from home to daycare become smooth and stress free as the infants develop bonds of trust and caring, in an atmosphere designed to feel like home away from home.
18 MONTHS-2 1/2 YEARS OLD
Toddlers are constantly testing limits and investigating how things work
Toddlers are great explorers. Each day brings a new adventure and many challenges. Toddlers are constantly testing limits and investigating how things work. They strive for independence, but still need the comfort that structure provides.
The staff in the toddler room guide exploration and foster problem solving and creativity. Social skills and peer interaction are integrated with listening, learning, and cooperation in group activities. Teachers expand on children’s verbal skills using various techniques such as echo, active listening, OWL (observe, wait and listen), and repetition. One on one interactions are a focus to encourage the growth and development of language. Daily reports are given when you pick you child up.
The toddler program is set up to provide structure and routine allowing time for children to play and explore in a safe and secure environment. The activities are created to appeal to the children’s senses and focus on all developmental domains, (cognitive, social, emotional, gross and fine motor and physical). Self help skills such as dressing and feeding themselves are practiced daily and toilet training is a cooperative process undertaken by both parent and caregiver. This makes the experience consistent at home and daycare for the child, increasing his sense of independence and autonomy.
2.5-5 YEARS OLD
These are the years that prepare your child for the school experience and beyond.
The preschool/kindergarten experience is play based. Learning opportunities that frame the program, highlight the skills that are emerging. Through play, children are developing cognition skills which include – problem solving, counting, patterning, learning time, weight, capacity, seriating and classifying. They are also developing language and literacy skills which include – letter recognition, reading, new vocabulary, sentence structure, other languages, signing, conversing with peers and staff, enjoying books and retelling/recalling experiences. The children begin to form lasting friendships. They develop tools to solve conflicts, regulate and identify the emotions of themselves and others, co-operate and develop empathy for others. The children are also given opportunities to engage in physical activities such as riding bikes, tag, soccer, badminton. These learning opportunities provide the child with a time for release but also to engage in social skill building, games with rules, co-operation and good sportsmanship.
How Does Learning Happen is the foundation of our Ontario School system kindergarten curriculum and our Centre strives to achieve a similar set up for the children, to ensure continuity and easy transition from Preschool to Full Day KG.
6-12 YEARS OLD
Staff facilitate activities that foster decision making, co-operation and other pro social skills.
The School age program consists of before and after school care with an escort to and from Mason Road Public School, Cedar Drive Public School and St. Boniface Catholic School. We offer a wide variety of supervised activities, opportunities and experiences including science, creative, sensory and cooperative games.
Structured program activities include opportunities to create special projects every day as well as help with homework. Staff facilitate activities that foster decision making, co-operation and other pro social skills. The anti-bullying environment is geared towards promoting positive social interactions and self esteem. During school holidays and PA days the program runs all day.
Staff offer support to each child while fostering their increasing desire for independence. Our centre strives to ensure our school age children develop the skills and attitudes to be successful in today’s society.