Activities and Care
Children take part in a variety of planned activities that support their physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth and development.
Each room follows a daily routine so meal and nap times are consistent.
Problem Solving Skills Development
We emphasize language, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and development of
positive self-esteem. Our staff help the children make choices and understand the consequences of their decisions.
Activities vary from room to room and week to week. The activities in each of our rooms are tailored to the developmental needs and interests of the children in those rooms. Our program is play based and includes a number of activities.
- Sensory play
- Sand play
- Water play
- Physical activity
- Daily outing
- Playground play
- Using a variety of materials and techniques
- Math and reading readiness
- Public library
- Neighbourhood park
- Special weekly classes
- Field trips
- Past field trips include library, spray parks and
- Notice of field trips is provided in advance.
- Parents are invited to join us for field trips
We serve nutritious, balanced food that is made from scratch whenever possible. Our on-site cook prepares a hot lunch and two snacks daily. Our meals fulfil Canada Food Guide’s daily
recommendations. We reinforce food conservation, table skills and manners with the children at meal times. This includes:
- Independent serving
- Tasting of all the foods presented
- Consumption of the portions taken
- Clearing of personal dishes and utensils
Exception: Infant formula and breast milk must be provided by parents ready to serve in a bottle.
Napping is vital to the growth and development of children, and we encourage each child to have a nap. Our nap time is from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
We provide mats and other essentials for the children to sleep on, as well as cribs for infants 12 months and under.
Children may bring a special blanket and toy to sleep with, if they wish. We wash all sheets and blankets once a week in our very own laundry room.
Play can be a dirty job. For this reason, you and your child will be happiest if your child wears
comfortable, washable clothing well suited for the season. You should provide your child with:
- An extra set of clothing (top, bottoms, underpants and socks)
- Indoor shoes
- Seasonal outdoor footwear (shoes, rubber boots or winter boots)
- Seasonal outerwear (sweater, winter coat, snow pants, splash pants, sun hat, toque, mittens)
In the warmer months, you will also need to provide sunscreen for your child.
If your child’s clothes get dirty, they will be sent home for laundering.
You should label the belongings you send to daycare with your child.
You must keep your child at home if your child has:
- Undiagnosed rashes
- Lethargy or irritability
- Frequent coughing
- Eye discharge
- Other communicable diseases
(other than upper respiratory tract
infections, such as common colds)
If you receive a call from the daycare that your child is not feeling well, you must pick your child up within one hour of being notified.
Child staff ratios are maintained according to the Alberta Child Care Act at all times. Ratios are calculated to find out how many children each staff member will have at any given time during the day. The following is a chart of ratios for different age groups:
|19 months - 3 years
|3 years - 4.5 years
|4.5 years - 6 years
|Grade 1 and up
We encourage and welcome parental involvement in the daycare. Our caregivers ensure frequent, friendly and positive verbal communication with parents. Parents and caregivers work together to share their knowledge and input for the child.
The daycare plans and organizes special events for parents, such as Mother’s and Father’s Days tea, Christmas Party etc. We also have an open door policy and invite parents to visit the centre at any time. Parents are encouraged to participate in all activities including field trips.