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.
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.
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.
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.
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.