Extended Day School Age Program
The Mothercraft Elmdale Program takes place before and after school on regular school days and full days on PD days, non-statutory holidays, March break and summer vacation, with the children generally grouped according to grade.
The educator-to-child ratio is 1:15 for children 6 to 12 years old.
The program, which operates in the school’s classrooms, lunch room, library and gymnasium, aims to provide an environment that gets children engaged in a variety of fun learning activities. Parents of our school age students are kept up to date on their child’s time with us through daily interaction with their child’s educator, a weekly calendar of events and a written documentation of activities.
At Mothercraft Elmdale our on-site Program Manager along with the rest of our dedicated team are all either registered Early Childhood Educators or have education and experience with recognized equivalency. To ensure only the highest quality of care, 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 Mothercraft Elmdale team works in cooperation with the school staff to create a complimentary before and after school program that provides each child with a stimulating and fun learning environment.
The Mothercraft Elmdale Program curriculum and programming is 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
The program curriculum is determined by and builds upon the interests of the children. By using the emergent curriculum philosophy, where the educators and children work together, we are able to provide an engaging program and we strive to make this spontaneous and responsive programming the basis for our day to day activities. The program includes daily outdoor play and weekly gym activities.
The Mothercraft Elmdale Program includes a nutritious snack before and after school. Our Menu
is approved by a dietician to ensure it meets the Canadian Food Guide recommendations.