All classes are taught by Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE) with First Aid and CPR Level C Certification. Our staff are committed to quality education and are passionate about child development. We regularly attend webinars and seminars to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in child care and to further our knowledge in child development theories.
To provide quality child care in a warm and nurturing environment. Small group sizes mean more one-on-one time with educators to help reach developmental and learning milestones. We use a blended curriculum pulling from Montessori and High Scope philosophies. We believe that every child is unique and plan curriculum based on each child's interests and needs. The child is the focus of everything we do.
In a home environment, children feel comfortable. The bonding between child and educator is stronger because there is no staff turn over. Lower ratios mean more one-on-one time. Fewer children and staff also means there is less exposure to illness.
Temperature checks, general health screening and sanitizing is required prior to each class.
The classroom is carefully prepared with a variety of activities that allow children to learn and grow based on their stage of development. Different centres allow children to participate in group and individual play. The centres are rotated and changed based on the children's interests and needs. Each centre is designed around a different curriculum component such as language, science, art, math, music, dramatic arts, and general health and wellbeing.
Circles are time for the group to come together for singing, reading, dancing and discussion. They also provide an opportunity to review instructions/expectations before transitioning to the next activity of the day. Circles help build language skills and confidence by encouraging speaking in front of groups, listening skills, as well as peer encouragement and empathy.
We build strong foundations of mathematical skills and concepts. Children will develop these skills through a variety of activities such as blocks, puzzles, Red Rods as well as simple addition and subtraction exercises. Children will spend time counting, sorting and classifying various materials and manipulatives by colour, shape and size. As they play, their educator will scaffold their learning by asking open ended questions to get the children thinking about the tasks they are working on.
This is where imagination soars! The dramatic play centre includes various real-life materials such as dress up costumes and accessories, old telephones, a play kitchen, stroller, crib, and so much more. Children learn social skills like perspective taking and emotional skills such as empathy. This is also a great way for children to develop their communication and language skills.
Through a variety of activities children will experiment with their five senses, discovering cause and effect with water and sand play, exploring sensory bins, play dough, calming bottles and more. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive skill, problem solving as well as fine and gross motor skills. Studies show that sensory play builds nerve pathways that enable children to complete more difficult learning tasks.
Children can curl up with a book in our cozy reading corner or settle in on the couch with their educator to read them a book. We provide a rich literacy environment with a wide variety of literature for children to choose from. In addition to time spent reading, children have an opportunity to practice their writing skills with worksheets, notebooks, tracing and stencils.
Physical education is important to the overall health and development of children. Time is spent outdoors every day where children can play in a fenced yard with ride on cars, tricycles, trampoline, chalk and more. If weather does not allow for outdoor play, we have an indoor slide, ride-on car, rocking horse and other equipment and resources to support physical development.
Music has been proven to offer a variety of health benefits to children of all ages. Children can play songs or classical music from carefully selected playlists. Children can dance, sway to the rhythm and use props like our microphone, tambourines, piano and more to enjoy the musical centre.
Technology can play an important role to help facilitate learning that is happening in the classroom. When used properly it can enhance our learning experience. On chrome books equipped with security controls, children can learn computer skills on a selection of programs such as ABC Mouse, Kids-a and more. Children can also deepen their reading comprehension and language skills on these programs.
Each term children will be introduced to basic yoga, mindful breathing and calming meditation. This is a fun alternative to outdoor activities in the event of inclement weather. Learning how to take a moment to reflect and gather our breathing and emotions before acting in stressful situations has a positive effect on lifelong conflict resolution and mental well being.
The ELECT document (Early Learning for Every Child Today) is a comprehensive document that sets out the framework for early childhood learning environments to best support, promote, and nurture a child's development.
How Does Learning Happen is a pedagogical document that is used by child care centres in Ontario. It sets out the four foundational conditions that are important for children to grow and flourish.
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