Extended Day Program
The Mothercraft Waterbridge Extended Day Program has provided care for kindergarten and school aged children (3.8 to 12 years old) since 2006. The program operates within the school, which allows us to make use of the classrooms, play yards and gymnasium before and after school hours.
In keeping with the Child Care and Early Years Act, our kindergarten Educator-to-child ratio is 1:13 with a maximum group size of 26 children and our school age Educator-to-child ratio is 1:15 with a maximum group size of 30 children.
Our on-site Program Manager and team of Early Childhood Education professionals are dedicated to caring for children and their families. We ensure all of our registered Early Childhood Educators are members in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators
and we require each member of our team to maintain valid first aid and CPR certifications along with a Police Records Check for service with the Vulnerable Sector.
The Waterbridge Extended Day curriculum and programming are guided by Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT): A Framework for Ontario’s Early Childhood Settings and How Does Learning Happen: Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. These documents can be found on the Ministry of Education website.
Our program is steered by the children with our Educators facilitating continuous learning in a play based environment. Our emergent curriculum approach to programming allows the Educators and children to work collaboratively in order to develop both planned and spontaneous learning experiences. By taking an emergent approach we provide interesting, responsive and engaging programming using the children’s ideas and interests as a driving force.
On non-instructional days we offer a full day of care for those children who are registered. Our full day programming for these days include field trips, special guests and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.
The Extended Day Program includes a nutritious snack before and after school on a daily basis.
Our on-site cook creates a seasonal, creative and meatless menu that has been reviewed and approved by a dietician to ensure it meets the Canadian Food Guide recommendations.
At Mothercraft, we believe that each family is unique and establishing strong partnerships with them enhances our ability to meet the needs of the children in our care. We welcome families into our environments and value their perspective, ensuring that communication is an important part of each day. Sharing information through posted program plans, message boards, learning stories, email and daily conversations supports this critical partnership between families and Educators.