Infants are up to the age of 18 months. A highly stimulating program is provided, which includes such activities as: music, story telling, gross and fine motor development, and feeding skills. This program will emphasize socialization skills through the avenue of play. Parents of all infant children will receive daily written information about their child's eating, sleeping, and diapering routine. Every attempt will be made to enable mothers who are breast feeding to maintain their child's schedule. The ratio of child to staff is three (3) to one (1) as defined in Child and Early Years Act.
Toddlers are between the approximate ages of 18 months and 2˝ years. Educators observe children's interests and incorporate activities based on their interests.These activities include: music time, story time, arts and crafts, outdoor play time, and special group activities, etc. Special emphasis will be placed on promoting independence in various self-help skills, such as toileting and feeding. A toileting program at the Centre will only begin after parents and staffs agree to provide this program consistently at home and at day care. Parents will receive a verbal report of their child’s day. There will be a posting of child(ren)’s sleep times and lunch intake inside the toddler playroom door. The ratio of children to staff, in the toddler group is five (5) to one (1) during the main part of the day. When indoors, at arrival time, departure time, and sleep time, the ratio can go seven (8) to one (1) to allow for staff shift changes.
Pre-schoolers are between the approximate ages of 2˝ years and 4 years. Program will include a variety of pre-academic activities, such as: creative art, dramatic play, story times, science displays, special groups (i.e., baking), fine motor coordination (i.e., cutting and pasting), outdoor play activities, and field trips/excursions. Parents will receive a verbal report of their child's day. There will be posting of each child’s sleep times and lunch intake outside the preschool playroom door. The ratio of children to staff, in the pre-school program is eight (8) to one (1) during the main part of the day. At arrival time, departure time, and sleep time, the ratio can go to eleven (12) to one (1) indoors only to allow for staff shift changes.
JUNIOR & SENIOR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
The JK and SK program is for children between the approximate ages of 4 - 6 years of age who usually combine day care with a school program. Each child will be allowed to make choices regarding their activities that encourage spontaneity and flexibility. Staff will endeavour to establish a trusting relationship with the children. Parents will receive a verbal report of their child’s day. The ratio of children to staff for the age group of 4 - 6 years is ten (13) to one (1). The Educators will work with the children to help them develop independence skills. Please ask the Supervisor/Designate if you have any questions.
An increased emphasis on outdoor and gross motor activities will be an integral part of the after-school program. The program will encourage an increasing level of responsibility and independence. Children will have the opportunity to plan their own activities, participate in group decision making and project development. Children will be encouraged to pursue hobbies. They will be allowed unstructured time and privacy for reading, homework or small social groups. Children will be encouraged to develop independence in life skills. This age group is for children 6 years up to a child's 12th birthday.
SUMMER SCHOOL-AGED PROGRAM
In Sept. 2013, Kinderplace opened an afterschool program at Ecole Gron Morgan School. It operates 10 months of the year and the hours are 2:40 - 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The centre accepts children from 4 years up to their 12th birthday. We will survey parents each P.A. day to see if there is a need to provide care at the Ecole Site. We have limited space available at the Main site for March break, and summer programs.