Location: 12823-116 Avenue
Please call the Centre for availability of child spaces
Your Family at the Centre
Your family is important at our Centre. We know that parents are the most important people in their child's life, so our staff work as partners with parents to provide the best care possible.
Our staff are trained in child development and early childhood education. We give the children a chance to make friends, learn about themselves and about the world around them.
But nobody knows your child better than you do. You know best your child's favourite things, interests, fears, joys and hopes. You know how the members of your family get along. And you have shared so many experiences with your child, from family parties to the first day of school.
We want to talk with you about what is happening at home, at school and at day care - so we can all understand your child better. We want to work together with all those involved in your child's day. The more consistent we adults are, the more secure your child is likely to feel. When children feel secure, they are more likely to explore, to try new things, to learn and to enjoy!
Our door is always open to your family members. Stop in any time. Why don't you join us for lunch someday?
Families Get Involved
We want families to feel that the Centre belongs to them. Here are some ways your family can be involved at the Centre. Each family has their own interests and free time; the important thing is that you choose and enjoy the way you take part.
When you get involved, you might find new friends and interests!
- Share a favourite family snack recipe;
- Come to a pot luck supper, winter party or family dance;
- Join your child in playing a game or finishing an activity before going home at the end of the day;
- Donate supplies, materials for the program, such as: old office equipment, yogurt containers, computer paper;
- Arrange a field trip;
- Talk with other parents;
- Join the Society's Board of Directors;
- Talk about the importance of quality child care to your friends, relatives and other people in the community;
- Attend a workshop on child development, sexuality, discipline or nutrition;
- Make suggestions to staff about a new activity idea;
- Read to children in the book corner;
- Invite grandparents, an aunt or uncle to visit the centre
We believe in an inclusive program in which children can be themselves and share their cultures. Please share with us celebrations that you do at home and your way of celebrating. What is important to your child is important to us.
Our Program's Philosophy
We believe that children's programs should provide experiences which foster each child's growth and development. We believe that children's programs should create an environment where friendships are encouraged and each child learns a positive sense of him/herself.
The philosophy of our program is that children learn best through play and by doing. You'll see lots of materials and activities available each day for the children to experiment with and explore. By seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling the objects, people and events in their environment, children can learn first hand about the world they live in.
The Day Care follows the Society's inclusionary philosophy, which allows the opportunity for all children to participate to their full potential in the program, regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, family status, or physical or developmental ability.
Our Program's Goals
The most important goal of our program is to give children a positive sense of themselves. We encourage children to try new things, ask questions and say what they think. You'll notice that our staff spend lots of time talking with the children. Staff make positive comments about what children say and do. We want children to be confident, independent and eager to learn.
Our program sets goals for each child in all areas of development:
- Social: to encourage children to be comfortable at the Centre, to make friends and to feel part of the group.
- Emotional: to encourage children to feel pride and self-confidence, to develop independence, self-control and a positive attitude.
- Physical: to help children enjoy indoor and outdoor play, to develop large and small muscle skills and independence in self-help skills, to provide equipment and experiences for children to challenge themselves and others.
- Cognitive: to encourage children to ask questions, make decisions and solve problems, to encourage trying out new ideas, to help children become excited about learning, to provide cooperative team experiences where children learn group dynamics and working with others.
- Creative: to provide opportunities for children to express themselves and their feelings through art, music and drama, to encourage and support imaginative thinking, to provide a variety of `projects' for the children to explore and create.
Our Staff, Our Centre, Our Program
Our Program: The children are assigned to one of the four rooms in "family groups" which include children aged infant to 5 years. These age groups allow children to work at their own level of development with their peers and older children can take a leadership role while the younger children learn from the older one.
Staff are also assigned to one of the rooms and plan activities based on the needs and interests of the children in that room. The three rooms each have a variety of activity centres, which have things like puzzles, drama materials, books, games, creative art supplies, music and construction toys.
Parents and staff are encouraged to talk to each other often about what is happening with the children. When concerns come up for you, the staff in your child's room is the first person to talk to. The Program Director will also be happy to discuss any concerns with you. If you are not satisfied with how a concern is resolved, there is also a formal appeal procedure within Community Options.
Our Staff: Our Centre is staffed by people who understand what preschool children are all about. Our Program Director has post-secondary education in the field of Early Childhood Development or a related field. All of our staff have First Aid Certificates, all have Security Clearances and Intervention Record Checks.
Staff also take part in a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year to improve their skills when working with your child.
Our Centre is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
The Infant Room is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- 7:15 am to7:30 am - Children arrive - toast is available; quiet free play time on main floor.
- 7:30 am to 10:30 am - Children and staff go to their playrooms for planned activities. We encourage parents to bring their children by 9:00 am so the children are able to get really involved with their friends and the activities. A morning snack is available around 9:00 am.
- 10:30 am to 11:30 am - Active play time! Weather permitting, children and staff go outdoors - we may be in the Centre's back yard or at one of the other parks in the community.
- 11:30 am to 12:30 pm - Children and staff eat lunch together. After lunch, children brush their teeth.
- 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm - Nap time, quite activities on children's bed.
- 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm - Children have an afternoon snack and planned activities are available in each playroom.
- 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm - Active play time! Weather permitting, children and staff go outdoors to the Centre's back yard.
- 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm - Children come indoors and have quieter, relaxing activities before going home.