Part-Time/Casual Preschool Program
Part-Time/Casual Preschool Program
Our Part-Time/Casual Preschool Program welcomes children aged 2.5 to 5 years, with a maximum group size of 16 children.
In our program we strive to understand and support learning in each child as an individual.
Our Part Time Preschool Program is structured with snack, lunch, nap and outdoor play times. Parents provide lunch and afternoon snack where applicable and Mothercraft Ottawa provides the morning snack. All the children follow the same daily schedule. Most of our children have regular days and times from week to week while other children use the program on a more casual, as needed basis.
One part-time and three two full-time Educators facilitate the program maintaining Ministry requirements and building on what is interesting and exciting to the children as inspiration for learning activities. Our daily activities are designed to develop language, fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, and social skills of the children.
Spaces are available. Call 613-728-1839, ext 247 for information or to register.
The core values underlying our Part Time Preschool Program
Learning Through Play
Play is the most important way that young children learn.
We believe that children learn through play so we have designed a program to make their learning fun! Through play the children challenge themselves. Play is the way in which they learn to deal with tension, stress and to try new things. Through play children tell the stories of their lives. Our Educators watch and listen carefully to unlock the meaning of this play, helping children to strengthen their language, fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, and social skills.
In our Part-time Preschool Program your child will build friendships, learn problem solving skills, and prepare for kindergarten. Opportunities for learning are incorporated into all areas of play. Our daily activities may include:
Creative activitiesinclude things such as collage, painting with variety of mediums and tools, a variety of modelling clays. We focus on the process, not the product.
Sensory playis enjoyed by all the children in the program. They are using this time to explore their senses and often a love of getting messy.
Block playis a time to construct and break down things. It is great fun to build a tall tower and then knock it down. It gives us a time to interact with our peers and practice our cooperative skills
Dramatic playhelps children identify with the world around them and helps them to understand who they are becoming. It also begins building life skills for the future
Cognitive activitieshelp us start to develop our problem solving skills such as how does the puzzle go together, and to learn new concepts including colours, shapes etc.
Gross Motor activities
Gross Motor activitiesgive us a sense of how our bodies work. We can jump, run, crawl, climb, twirl, skip. With active play and physical exploration we are gaining self-control and coordination.
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Foods that need to be kept cold or hot can be packed into a thermos to keep the food at a safe temperature. Cold foods can also be stored with an ice pack or frozen juice box. The Public Health Department expects that parents will have an ice pack in their child’s lunch bag for the travel time from home to daycare.
A lot of parents wonder what to pack in their child’s lunch. Here are some suggestions from Canada’s Food Guide that you might find helpful:
Think food groups. Aim to have at least three of the four food groups represented in your child’s lunch. Check out Canada’s Food Guide for helpful information.
Think outside the sandwich! Get creative when choosing items for your child’s lunch. Sometimes changing something as simple as the type of grain. For example, using pita, flatbread, tortilla, or cereal instead of bread can make lunch more interesting for your little eater. Here are some ideas to get you started. Mix and match the options in the different columns to get a variety of lunch meals.
Veggies and Fruit
Milk and Alternatives
Meat and Alternatives
|Pepper strips (red, green, yellow)||Tortillas, flatbread, naan or pita bread||Fruit yogurt or soy yogurt||Hard cooked egg|
|Peas in a pod or snow pea pods||Cold or hot cereal||Yogurt dip (tzatziki) for veggies||Tuna, salmon or chicken salad flavoured with: curry, onions, light mayo, pickles, apples or dill|
|Baby corn||English muffins||Milk or fortified soy beverage||Ham slices|
|Cherry tomatoes||Oatmeal muffins||Cheese cubes, cheese string or cheese slices||Hummus (tahini and ground chickpea dip)|
|Melon balls||Rice cakes||Milk-based pudding||Refried or baked beans|
|Fruit smoothie||Whole grain crackers||Cottage or ricotta cheese cups||Hard cooked egg|
|Turnip or zucchini sticks||Chapati, roti||Milk-based soup||Tuna or salmon sandwich|
|Cauliflower and broccoli trees||Pasta, Brown rice, couscous, quinoa||Cheese-filled pasta (cannelloni, ravioli)||Steamed soybeans (edamame)|
|Sliced mango||Bread sticks||Hot chocolate||Marinated cooked tofu|
Children who are not asleep after an hour of resting quietly on their beds may join our Wakers’ Program. In the Wakers’ Program your child enjoys playing with a smaller group of children. If your child is in our program for less than 6 hours and does not need to sleep, they will be in the Wakers’ Program for the full 2 hours. The Wakers’ Program includes quieter art activities, puzzles, dress-up, building structures, printing, cutting, etc. The children help determine what activities are going to happen.
We also have messy play activities and water play. All of these things often require a change of clothes.
We have three basic rules in this program: safe bodies, safe feelings, and safe equipment. By providing a play-space with fewer restrictions and rules, we believe that the children are more in control of their environment. It is a place that truly belongs to them. This in turn creates a room full of happy children, happy families and happy Educators.
There is an information board outside our door where you can read about our daily activities, special events, and the supply Educators who might be working with us that day.
Please make sure you have I.D every time you pick up your child in case there is a supply teacher working so they can verify your information.
|7:30||Greet children / Learning Centre’s|
|8:30||Snack (Optional. Provided by Mothercraft)|
|9:30||French (M, T, W, F)|
|10:30||Tidy up time / Dress for outdoor play|
|10:45||Outdoor play (Weather permitting)|
|12:00||Lunch (Brought from home)|
|12:30||Toileting routine / free play|
|1:00||Sleep time / Wakers’ Program|
|3:00||Snack (Brought from home)|
|4:00||Outdoor play (Weather permitting may start earlier)|