Location: 11515-127 Street
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 and certified through programs including 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 out of school 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 the adults are in your child's life, 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! You might:
- Share a favourite family snack recipe;
- Come to a parent meeting, 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 materials such as: old office equipment, yogurt containers, paper;
- Suggest a field trip;
- Talk with other parents;
- Join the Society's Board of Directors;
- Talk about the importance of quality out of school 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;
- Support the children's efforts in fundraising, such as: bake sales or bottle drives.
Your ideas are important! We realize your family's time is precious so parent meetings are held once a month at the Out of School Care and child care and a light supper for your child is provided. New ideas, concerns and future planning are all discussed. The Program Director and staff representatives regularly attend; other Society members and guests may be invited.
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 when they have a stimulating environment, where they are able to be creative and make decisions. The staff plan activities on a weekly basis as well as having a variety of activity centres available for the children to choose from. The children's time is scheduled for them at school, so here we give them many opportunities to decide how they want to spend their time. For example, children may choose between indoor or outdoor play, planned activities or centres, group activities or time by themselves. When school age children are able to make these types of decisions, they learn to take responsibility for the choices they make.
The Out of School 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 children's activities, curiosities and accomplishments. 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 Centre is staffed by people who understand what school aged 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 annual Security Clearances and Child Welfare 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 located in rooms 9 and 11 in Inglewood School. We use the school's playground, the school gym and outdoor area surrounding the building for gross motor activities.
The program provides a variety of activities suitable for school age children.
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 Centre is open Monday through Friday from 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Here is what we do on SCHOOL DAYS:
- 6:45 am to 8:30 am: Children arrive - breakfast is available; free play with planned activities in both rooms.
- 8:30 am to 11:50 am: Children are in school.
- 11:50 am to 12:40 pm: Children and staff eat lunch together. After lunch, children play outside with staff supervision.
- 12:45 pm to 3:30 pm: Children are in school.
- 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Children have a choice of indoor/outdoor play. Free play and planned activities available. Children have snack any time from 3:30 to 4:30.
- 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm: Children are indoors for free play, all in one room until closing.
Here is what we do on a NON-SCHOOL DAY:
- 6:45 am to 9:00 am * Children arrive - breakfast is available until 8:30 , free play with planned activities in both rooms.
- 9:00 am to 11:00 am * Children have a choice of indoor/outdoor play with planned activities if at the Centre. If a group activity/field trip is planned, children prepare for and take part in the event.
- 11:00 am to 11:45 am * Outdoor play, weather permitting
- 11:45 am to 12:15 pm * Children and staff eat lunch together.
- 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm * Outdoor play, weather permitting.
- 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm * Children have a choice of indoor/outdoor play with planned activities if at the Centre. If a group activity/field trip is planned, children prepare for and take part in the event.
- 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm * Children have a choice of indoor/outdoor play. Free play with planned activities available in both rooms. Children may come in for snack any time from 3:30 to 4:30.
- 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm * Children are indoors for free play, all in one room until closing.
Meals, Fieldtrips, Absences and Parent Information
The Centre provides breakfast and an afternoon snack every day. Weekly snack menus are posted in the entrance, so you may want to check the menu to find out what your child will be having for snack after school. We provide top-up to lunches provided by parents if child seems hungry or needs nutrition supplement.
If you are wondering what, or how much, your child eats during the day, just ask our staff!
Does your child have allergies or require food substitutions? Our staff will be happy to provide an alternative for your child.
Does your family have a favourite recipe? If you would like to share it, just talk to our staff! We are always looking for new and exciting ideas.
When you enroll your child, we ask you to sign a general permission slip for field trips. Outings occur on days that the children are not in school. During the months of July and August, we are away from the Centre 2 to 3 days a week. We give parents a calendar that shows the days, places and times of outings. We also tell parents about any trips that the children will take on other non-school days. We hope that you will be able to come with us sometime!
Additional fees and/or monthly field trip fees may be charged during the summer months.
We need to know when your child won't be at the Centre. If your child will be absent, please phone the Centre and let us know. The Out of School does not operate while the children are in school. The exception is on PD days at Inglewood School. If your child attends a different school, you will need to make alternate child care arrangements if that school has a different PD day.
Parent Information in the Entrance Way
We'd like parents to have a look around the entrance when you bring and pick up your child. There may be signs posted about field trips, special functions or family events. You'll find our weekly menus posted on the wall, as well as our license, notice of recognition and monitoring reports, which let you know about the visits we have with our Provincial Licensing Officer and the City consultant. Children's artwork may be on display, so keep an eye out for the artists' work.
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