In our program, we follow How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years
and the Ontario government’s early learning framework, ELECT (Early Learning for Every Child Today)
. The activities that we provide on a day to day basis stem from the needs and interests of the children. The Educators act as facilitators and expand the program based on what happened the day before or what is happening at the moment. This responsive concept of curriculum “planning” fosters individuality and creativity in each child. The hands-on learning environment allows children to change and manipulate their environment according to what they need at any particular time. This enables the children to think and make decisions for themselves, therefore making them feel empowered, which is a huge goal for the children in our Toddler Program.
Parents are responsible for providing diapers, creams and wipes. Each child has a special bin labelled with their name, where their supplies will be kept. The diapers, supplies that you provide will be used for your child only.
When a child begins to show signs of being ready for toilet learning, we will happily work with you and your child. We have a package of information on toilet learning for you, and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you think your child is ready, talk to us. We want to work together and make this learning process as happy and successful as possible.
Meals are a very social time. Self-help skills are encouraged, but of course, help is available for those who need it. The children sit at the same table with the same Educator each day. Children must be sitting while eating and drinking. They are encouraged, but not required, to taste everything. We take into consideration that children’s appetites change from time to time. Their likes and dislikes of certain foods also change. Children drink from cups with or without lids during lunch and snack times. Children’s allergies are posted in the playroom and in the kitchen, so that all of the staff that interact with the children are informed and aware.
In our sleep room each child has their own cot. If your child has a soother, special blanket, pillow or soft toy that would make them feel more comfortable, we encourage you to bring it in. The sleep room is darkened, with quiet music and a fan. There is always an educator with the children. Naptime usually starts at 12:15 p.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. at the latest. Children go into the sleep room in staggered, small groups. We encourage the children to fall asleep on their own, but we will rub backs, etc., to help them settle.
For those who wake up early we have a Wakers’ Program in the playroom. There are quiet activities set up for the children to explore as they wake.
Each child needs to have at least one or two extra changes of clothes (shirts, pants, socks) at the daycare so that wet or soiled clothes may be changed, as needed. They will have their own cubby in which to store their extra clothes and a hook to hang their outerwear on.
When children are first toilet learning, 4 to 6 sets of pants, underwear or training pants, extra shoes (we strongly recommend sandals or easily washable shoes for the toilet learning times!) and socks will be needed.
Children need to be prepared to go outside at all times with boots, jackets, hats, sun screen, etc., according to season.
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.
Each day we write a summary of your child’s day with us: what they had for lunch, how long they slept, and other important messages or stories to share.
We also encourage you to share any adventures your child may have had over the weekend, anything you notice that they may enjoy sharing with their friends at day care, any new developments or struggles and any special talents that you would like to share with our program. This helps provide responsive programming that is meaningful to the children.
||Diapering and Toilet Learning/Outside activities
||Lunch and Socializing/Hand Washing
||Bathroom Routine/Free play
||Waking up/Bathroom routine/Free Play
||Activities Tidied/Dressing for departure
* Please note this schedule is a guideline only and subject to change based on the needs of the children.