Infants

6 weeks to 18 months

Our Infants are cared for in a cozy, warm yet stimulating environment. Our Infant program can offer personalized schedules for feeding and rest times to ensure we are meeting the needs of all individual children. The children will have both indoor and outdoor time each day. We will encourage learning through music, stories, creative and sensory activities, age appropriate toys as well as teach baby signs to encourage communication.

Toddlers

16 months to 30 months

Children of this age learn cognitively by exploring their world physically and with all of their senses. This is also a time for learning self-control and identifying emotions. A regular routine to maximize a sense of security is crucial for this age group. Within the structure of the day, our staff will provide a variety of sensory materials for the children to explore. Opportunities for role-playing will be available on a regular basis. Role-playing gives children an opportunity to practice social and language skills. Teachers will assist the children in socializing and problem solving with their peers in an appropriate manner. An introduction to math, language and cognitive curriculum through songs, stories and music will also be part of the Toddler Program at Parkside Daycare.

Preschool

30 months to 6 years

As children grow, so do their interests and curiosity. Their world becomes a bigger place and cognitive development is at its peak. The children will be given the opportunity to learn about space, science, other countries and cultures. Within the content of this curriculum, the staff will also be teaching preliminary math and reading skills. Through the use of reading programs and the Second Step social program, the children will gain general knowledge and practice skills to be used in future schooling and socialization. Teacher implemented games and activities give the children an opportunity for hands on learning experiences. Opportunities for social play and group work on a regular basis will enhance each child's leadership and team building skills.

Of equal importance to the preschool child, would be many opportunities for physical exercise. Regular outdoor time, as well as scheduled physical activity indoors, promotes a healthy life style and cardiovascular exercise for additional health benefits. Interesting and challenging activities with a variety of equipment and music will encourage the children to participate in this portion of the program.

Routine

Meals

A nutritious lunch and two snacks are provided daily. All food is prepared on-site in our own kitchen. Menus are posted on our parent board. Menus rotate weekly and items are changed seasonally. We accommodate most allergies and food preferences.

Outdoor/Activity Time

Children participate in a morning and afternoon outdoor time, weather permitting. Outdoor time combines opportunity for fresh air, gross motor activity and nature study. Off site visits to the park and neighbourhood walks are part of the programme.

Rest Time

Children enrolled in a licensed Child Care Centre are required to have a rest period of up to 2 hours daily. After one hour of rest they may participate in quiet activities. This is in accordance with the Day Nurseries Act.

Playtime

Play is an invaluable teaching opportunity for teachers to assist children's learning in all domains. Cognitive, language, social and motor control, are constantly being challenged when children are offered a wide variety of interesting toys and activities. Teachers can utilize "play" as a tool to teach children by asking open ended questions, supervising play and assisting children to make appropriate choices.

Group Activities

Learning social skills through small group activities will ready children for future school experiences. Taking turns, speaking confidently and respecting others is a skill learned in small group situations. At Parkside Daycare, we take daily opportunities for children to gather, eat, dress and play in small groups.