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Infant Care

The Infant and Toddler Room is licensed for 12 children from the ages of 3 to 24 months.  These include full and part time spaces. A total of 4 full time Early Childhood Educators, including 1 Supervisor, are responsible for the implementation of the program in this area. These ratios are in accordance with the Early Learning And Child Care (ELCC) Regulations, which are as follows:

12 weeks – 2 years (1 : 4)

 

Infant / Toddler Daily Schedule

7:00-8:30 Arrival and free play

8:30-9:00 Bathroom and diapers

8:30-9:15 Snack

9:30-10:30 Outdoor play, gym, activities, and free play

10:30-10:45 Stories, bathroom and diapers

10:30-11:30 Lunch

11:15 Nap time (nap times are based on child's own schedule)

1:30-2:30 Wake up, bathroom and diapers

2:30-3:00 Snack

3:00-4:15 Gym play and free play

4:00-4:30 Bathroom and diapers

4:15-5:30 Free play and departure


Infant feeding and napping schedules will be determined upon the individual child’s needs. Infants are included in all activities when appropriate and possible. Times given are approximate and flexible to meet the individual needs of the children.

 

Primary Caregivers

Each Early Childhood Educator is a primary caregiver to 4 children. In accordance with the ELCC Regulations and our Centres’ policies, the primary caregiver is responsible for the majority of care during that child’s day. This includes feeding, diapering, and napping, as well as meeting individual social, emotional and developmental needs. Primary caregivers strive to develop a special bond with each of “their” children and to form positive relationships with parents. Secondary caregivers are also assigned to your child in the absence of the primary caregiver.

 

Transition

To ensure that your child’s move from the Toddler room to the Preschool room is as positive an experience as possible, the primary caregiver will visit on a regular basis with the child. These visits will provide the child with the opportunity to become acquainted with Preschool room staff and the program.

 

Preschool Care

The Preschool program is licensed for 28 spaces for children aged 2 – 6 years. A total of 4 full time Early Childhood Educators, including 1 Supervisor are responsible for the implementation of the program in this area. These ratios are in accordance with the ELCC Regulations, which are as follows:
2 years – 6 years (1 : 8)

 

Preschool Daily Schedule

7:00-9:30 Free play

8:30-9:15 Free flow and snack

9:15-9:30 Bathroom for outdoors

9:30-9:45 Clean up and dress for outdoors

9:30-11:00 Outdoor play, free play, gym, craft, activities, etc.

11:00-11:30 Quieter free play

11:30-11:45 Younger children have lunch, older children have free play

11:45-12:00 Younger children bathroom and nap, older children clean up and group gathering

12:00-12:20 Older children lunch

12:20-12:45 Bathroom

12:45-2:30 Nap and rest time

1:30 Individual wake up time

2:30-3:15 Free Flow snack, wake up time

3:15-4:45 Free play, activities, outdoor, gym etc.

4:45-5:30 Quiet Play

The Centers' early learning and child care environments are carefully planned to offer a variety of different learning opportunities for your children to develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Exploration of both indoor and outdoor environments are provided to the children on a daily basis.

 

Playroom

The Playrooms are divided into what is termed "Learning Centers". Some of the Learning Centers available are as follows:

  • Art Center
  • Science Center
  • Library Center
  • Dramatic Play Center/Daily Living Center
  • Blocks and Truck Center
  • Manipulative Toy Center
  • Carpentry Center
  • Large Muscle Play Area
  • Sand and Water Play Centers
  • Music Center
  • Puzzle Center

Each of these centers are available to all the children on a daily basis. These learning centers are designed to facilitate and enhance the children’s play experiences, thus capitalizing on teachable moments.

 

Nutrition

Snack: The Centres provide a morning breakfast, afternoon snack and milk for the children. A weekly snack menu will be posted.  Children are encouraged to try all food and to drink their milk.

Hot lunch: A nutritious hot lunch based on the Canada Food Guide is provided on a daily basis. A variety of foods are offered and children are encouraged to try them all and finish as much as possible. The parents will provide alternative foods for those children with food allergies. Two week rotational menus are posted on the parent’s bulletin board. Changes to the menus may be made in accordance to supplies on hand.