Who We Are

Welcome to St. Lawrence Co-Operative Day Care

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care is to provide a high quality and nurturing child-centred program that reflects the needs of the individual child. Our enriched program reflects the diversity of our community.

PHILOSOPHY

St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care Incorporated believes children learn through play. Play is the cornerstone where children have the opportunity to actively explore and learn through materials and their environment. Play facilitates the development of the whole child including, social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative abilities. In order for children’s play to be meaningful, the experiences need to reflect each child’s skills and needs.

The Centre is committed to offering a high quality, child centered program that provides for children’s success in learning. St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care strives to provide quality care for all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, financial situations, gender and family structure. All children are entitled to the same level of service, care and hours of operation. The program involves children, parents, teachers working together in an anti-bias and integrated environment. This teamwork promotes children’s abilities to resolve conflicts, understand mutual respect, gain independence and build self-esteem. These abilities are also encouraged by teachers modeling and encouraging socially acceptable behaviour where children are supported to self-regulate and develop positive relationships. The children’s environment is structured with routines and transitions in order to provide consistency and security. This flexibility facilitates decision making and free choice which is incorporated in the program on a daily basis.

The teacher’s role in the program is to assist, support and guide the children while maintaining a safe, stimulating, nurturing and culturally diverse environment. These goals are accomplished by the teacher’s training, knowledge and experience in observing, gathering resources and sharing information with parents and co-workers. Teachers then use this information to plan and implement a program and environment that is age appropriate, interesting and meets both individual and group needs.

As a Co-operative day care centre, families, teachers and management maintain open and ongoing communication to ensure the child’s developmental needs are met. It is important that families are familiar with the centres By-laws and contribute to the ongoing stability of the day care centre. Parents are encouraged to share information with teachers, participate in curriculum and volunteer in the program as needed. St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care Incorporated is committed to being an active and viable member of the St, Lawrence community.

St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care Incorporated believes children learn through play. Play is the cornerstone where children have the opportunity to actively explore and learn through materials and their environment. Play facilitates the development of the whole child, including, social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative abilities. In order for children’s play to be meaningful, the experiences need to reflect each child’s skills and needs.

The Centre is committed to offering a high quality, child centered program that provides for children’s success in learning. St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care strives to provide quality care for all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, financial situations, gender and family structure. All children are entitled to the same level of service, care and hours of operation. The program involves children, parents, teachers working together in an anti-bias and integrated environment. We see children as competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential, we value and build on their strengths and abilities.This teamwork promotes children’s abilities to resolve conflicts, understand mutual respect, gain independence and build self-esteem. These abilities are also encouraged by teachers modeling and encouraging socially acceptable behaviour where children are supported to self-regulate and develop positive relationships. The children’s environment is structured with routines and transitions in order to provide consistency and security; flexibility that facilitates decision-making and free choice is also incorporated in the program on a daily basis. Our goals are as follows:

  • Inclusive enriched childcare environment
  • Honoring and respecting all children’s beliefs, culture, language, and experiences acquired from their family and community
  • Promoting health and well-being
  • Fostering the children’s exploration, play and inquiry as a key goal
  • Capturing and documenting our practice is reinforcement of the learning
  • Supporting all children in learning the ability to self-regulate, so children feel comfortable and confident
  • Fostering the children’s health and well-being indoors and outdoors
  • Forming trusting relationships with children and their families
  • Providing everyone with a sense of belonging
  • Children learn to: care about other people; understand other’s feelings; cooperate and share; to express their opinions; resolve conflicts; and develop self-competence, self-worth and self-regulation

Our strategies to achieve our program statement are guided by the work done on Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (“How Does Learning Happen”).  We understand that learning and development happens within the context of relationships among children, families, educators, and their environments.  We understand that for children to grow and flourish, the four following foundational conditions need to exist:

  • A sense of Belonging,
  • A sense of Well-Being,
  • Opportunities and support for Engagement, and
  • Opportunities and support for Expression.

We will adopt the following 11 strategies to create these conditions:

  1. Promote an environment which is healthy, safe, and supports general well being
  2. Promote an environment which ensures good nutrition and safe food preparation
  3. Support positive and responsive interactions
  4. Encourage the children to interact and communicate
  5. Foster exploration, play and inquiry
  6. Provide child-initiated and adult-supported experiences
  7. Plan for and create positive learning environments and experiences
  8. Incorporate indoor and outdoor play, active play and quiet time
  9. Foster the engagement of and communications with parents
  10. Involve local community partners
  11. Support others in relation to continuous professional learning

We see educators as knowledgeable, reflective, resourceful, and rich in experience, we value the experiences and environments they create for children.The teacher’s role in the program is to assist, support and guide the children while maintaining a safe, stimulating, nurturing and culturally diverse environment. These goals are accomplished by the teacher’s training, knowledge and experience in observing, gathering resources and sharing information with parents and co-workers. Teachers then use this information to plan and implement a program and environment that is age appropriate, interesting and meets both individual and group needs. The Plans of Action in each of these topic areas are the means to execute our strategies:

Infant Program

    1. Being aware of how the day is planned allows for consistency, self-regulation, minimizes negative behaviors and promotes general well-being. In support of this, we will prepare and post a daily written and visual schedule.
    2. An intentional plan for learning experiences that children will be exposed to, promotes the on-going learning opportunities and developmental growth for all children enrolled in the program. In support of this, we will prepare a Program Plan.
    3. Staff will use their observations, knowledge of child development and the children’s cues to promote continuous learning opportunities. Staff will share with, and encourage families to be active participants in their child’s care environment. In support of this, we will undertake to deliver learning experiences.
    4. Play equipment, furnishings, and learning environments will be developmentally-appropriate and safe for children.
    5. Imagine, think, create, solve problems, and make meaning from their experiences – especially when the spaces contain interesting and complex open-ended materials that children can use in many ways. In support of this, we will ensure an indoor physical environment.
    6. A visual environment created through displays that are inclusive and are changed regularly to reflect the recent interests and artwork created by the children promotes well-being. In support of this, we will create a visual environment through displays.
    7. Providing independent experiences through different mediums for children, creative art promotes self-expression and individuality. In support of this, we will provide an art & sensory program.
    8. A cozy and inviting environment is created to encourage natural opportunities for language and literacy enjoyment. Children are able to retell stories and situations with the accessible props, thus providing opportunities to enhance storytelling experiences and language development. ).  In support of this, we will provide books, language & literacy materials and a program that utilizes these.
    9. By exposing children to an assortment of cultural music and musical genres, staff are promoting skills such as language development, rhythm awareness, self-regulation and self-concept. In support of this, we will provide music and accessories and program that utilizes these.
    10. We will promote daily active physical play learning experiences for children. In support of this, we will deliver physical play learning experiences.
    11. Offer children daily experiences with a multitude of materials and accessories. Encourage a natural play environment that enhances cognitive development. Ensure spontaneous cognitive and manipulative learning experiences occur throughout the day. In support of this, we will offer a Cognitive & Manipulative and Science & Nature materials and environment, and a program to engage in this environment.
    12. Offer play that develops spatial awareness, manipulation of 2-D and 3-D materials and problem solving. Block play offers opportunities to work together, imagine, learn about cause and effect, patterning and sequencing that is child initiated. Pretend play is an opportunity to provide children an environment and accessories, in good condition, which promotes imaginative play.  In support of this, we will offer a Blocks & Construction and Pretend Play accessories and environment, and a program to engage in this environment.
    13. Following the individual cues of the children, and developing an awareness of what each child brings and how they adapt to situations and environments allow us to provide the care and learning that best respects and reflects their needs. In support of this we will develop an individual schedule for each child based on their needs and/or the family’s requests and capture daily information to share with parents.
    14. Compliance with the Regional Public Health procedures and practices. To ensure we will provide physical, instructional, and early learning and care supports for staff for diapering routines.
    15. Make food and eating time, including times when infants drink bottles, positive learning experiences that promote social interactions and self-help skills. Staff will encourage children to have a healthy respect for food and eating. In support of this we will use this time to engage and develop relationships with all of the children.
    16. Ensure crib or cot and bedding is hygienically maintained. Staff show flexibility with regards to the routine of the room and the cues of the children. Parents are engaged for guidance in sleep routines as appropriate. In support of this we will pay attention to how we are meeting the needs of the children and what changes need to occur if we are not.
    17. Ensure all materials, play equipment, furnishings and fixed fixtures are in good working order, clean and safe for the children and staff. In support of this we will provide health and safety resources on topics that are relevant to the children and families at the centre.
    18. Ensure environment and practices for proper hand hygiene procedures that promote healthy living. In support of this we will upport the individual child’s lifelong learning of proper hand hygiene.
    19. Transitions are a challenge and an opportunity for children. Staff will have better awareness of the individual children’s cues while children further develop their self-regulation and self-help skills at these times. Positive interactions during transitions provide a supportive learning environment. In support of this, we will conduct Attendance Verification.
    20. Ensure all adults promote a positive and supportive approach to all interactions with all children, peers and other adults in the room. Role-model appropriate social skills throughout the day to support learning and growth. In support of this, we will provide a Positive Atmosphere.
    21. Staff operate as a team and with the engaged awareness to ensure supervision of the whole environment and safety of all.
    22. Support staff in their competencies as EL&C professionals in following the cues of children and providing interactions that encourage children to extend their learning with activities that interest them and choices that support their learning goals. In support of this, we will foster children’s independence.
    23. Promote interaction with children in a way that fosters self-esteem. In support of this we will support the children as they learn to self-regulate their emotions and to recognize empathy.
    24. Promote use of developmentally appropriate and individually tailored strategies to support the behaviour management of the children.

Prohibited Practices-

No licensee shall permit, with respect to a child receiving child care at St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care Inc.
a) Corporal punishment of the child;
b) Deliberate use of harsh or degrading measures on the child that would humiliate the child or undermine his or her self-respect;
c) Depriving the child of basic needs including food, shelter, clothing or bedding;
d) Locking the exits of the child care centre or home child care premises for the purpose of confining the child; or
e) Using a locked or lockable room or structure to confine the child if he or she has been separated from other children

  1. Support staff to use observations, past knowledge and the cues of the children to extend learning and encourage opportunities to support the child’s individual learning path. Support them to encourage the children to question, problem-solve and experiment. In support of this, we will support Communication and extend Children’s Learning.
  2. Ensure good nutrition and safe food preparation. In support of this, we will meet or exceed the expectations for Meal/Menu Planning, Centre Meal Requirements, Snack Planning and Requirements, Menu and/or Snack Adaptations, Food Substitutions, Preparation, Handling and Transportation of Food, and Health and Safety Kitchen and/or Food Preparation Area.
  3. Ensure children are able to engage in outdoor play experiences safely. Physical play contributes to children’s well-being through sport play; children learn turn taking, communication, sharing, good sportsmanship as well as gross motor skills. Balls and equipment are in good condition and accessible to children. In support of this, we will facilitate Playground supervision and provide an Outdoor play space, equipment and learning material
  4. Ensure collaboration with local community partners. In support of this, we will connect and collaborate with local community and institutions.
  5. Support staff in continuous growth and professional learning.

Toddler Program:

    1. Being aware of how the day is planned allows for consistency, self-regulation, minimizes negative behaviors and promotes general well-being. In support of this, we will prepare and post a daily written and visual schedule.
    2. An intentional plan for learning experiences that children will be exposed to, promotes the on-going learning opportunities and developmental growth for all children enrolled in the program. In support of this, we will prepare a Program Plan.
    3. Staff will use their observations, knowledge of child development and the children’s cues to promote continuous learning opportunities. Staff will share with, and encourage families to be active participants in their child’s care environment. In support of this, we will undertake to deliver learning experiences.
    4. A visual environment created through displays that are inclusive and are changed regularly to reflect the recent interests and artwork created by the children promotes well-being. In support of this, we will create a visual environment through displays.
    5. Materials reflecting sensory, science and nature encourage children to explore through cause and effect experimentation and observation. Continual exposure to these materials and experiences allow children to learn more about their environments. In support of this, we will provide a sensory, Science and Nature program.
    6. Providing independent experiences through different mediums for children, creative art promotes self-expression and individuality. Regular expectations within the Daily Schedule and children’s interests allow for the time to complete/extend the creative process. In support of this, we will provide an Art program.
    7. A cozy and inviting environment is created to encourage natural opportunities for language and literacy enjoyment. Children are able to retell stories and situations with the accessible props, thus providing opportunities to enhance storytelling experiences and language development. In support of this, we will provide language & literacy materials and a program that utilizes these.
    8. By exposing children to an assortment of cultural music and musical genres, staff are promoting skills such as language development, rhythm awareness, self-regulation and self-concept. In support of this, we will provide music and accessories and program that utilizes these.
    9. We will promote daily active physical play learning experiences for children. In support of this, we will deliver physical play learning experiences.
    10. Offer children daily experiences with a multitude of materials and accessories. Offer play that develops spatial awareness, manipulation of 2-D and 3-D materials and problem solving. Block play offers opportunities to work together, imagine, learn about cause and effect, patterning and sequencing that is child initiated. Ensure spontaneous cognitive and manipulative learning experiences occur throughout the day. In support of this, we will offer a Cognitive & Manipulative and Blocks & Construction materials and environment, and a program to engage in this environment.
    11. Pretend play is an opportunity to provide children an environment and accessories, in good condition, which promotes imaginative play. Prop boxes are used to enhance the area and the Program Plan focus. Children enhance their social interaction skills, emotional development and language extension through open-ended play. Mirrors in the pretend play area allow the children to see themselves from a different perspective. In support of this, we will offer Pretend Play accessories and environment, and a program to engage in this environment.
    12. Following the individual cues of the children, and developing an awareness of what each child brings and how they adapt to situations and environments allow us to provide the care and learning that best respects and reflects their needs. In support of this we will develop an individual schedule for each child based on their needs and/or the family’s requests and capture daily information to share with parents.
    13. Compliance with the Regional Public Health procedures and practices. To ensure we will provide physical, instructional, and early learning and care supports for staff for diapering routines.
    14. Make food and eating time, including times when toddlers drink bottles, positive learning experiences that promote social interactions and self-help skills. Staff will encourage children to have a healthy respect for food and eating. In support of this we will use this time to engage and develop relationships with all of the children.
    15. Ensure crib or cot and bedding is hygienically maintained. Support staff to show flexibility with regards to the routine of the room and the cues of the children. Parents are engaged for guidance in sleep routines as appropriate. In support of this we will pay attention to how we are meeting the needs of the children and what changes need to occur if we are not.
    16. Ensure all materials, play equipment, furnishings and fixed fixtures are in good working order, clean and safe for the children and staff. In support of this we will provide health and safety resources on topics that are relevant to the children and families at the centre.
    17. Ensure environment and practices for proper hand hygiene procedures that promote healthy living. In support of this we will support the individual child’s lifelong learning of proper hand hygiene.
    18. Transitions are a challenge and an opportunity for children. Staff will have better awareness of the individual children’s cues while children further develop their self-regulation and self-help skills at these times. In support of this we will provide positive interactions during transitions to provide a supportive learning environment.
    19. Ensure all adults promote a positive and supportive approach to all interactions with all children, peers and other adults in the room. Role-model appropriate social skills throughout the day to support learning and growth. In support of this, we will provide a Positive Atmosphere.
    20. Staff operate as a team and with the engaged awareness to ensure supervision of the whole environment and safety of all.
    21. Support staff in their competencies as EL&C professionals in following the cues of children and providing interactions that encourage children to extend their learning with activities that interest them and choices that support their learning goals.  In support of this, we will foster children’s independence.
    22. Promote interaction with children in a way that fosters self-esteem. In support of this we will support the children as they learn to self-regulate their emotions and to recognize empathy.
    23. Promote use of developmentally appropriate and individually tailored strategies to support the behaviour management of the children.

Prohibited Practices-

No licensee shall permit, with respect to a child receiving child care at St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care Inc.

a) Corporal punishment of the child;
b) Deliberate use of harsh or degrading measures on the child that would humiliate the child or undermine his or her self-respect;
c) Depriving the child of basic needs including food, shelter, clothing or bedding;
d) Locking the exits of the child care centre or home child care premises for the purpose of confining the child; or
e) Using a locked or lockable room or structure to confine the child if he or she has been separated from other children

  1. Support staff to use observations, past knowledge and the cues of the children to extend learning and encourage      opportunities to support the child’s individual learning path. Support them to encourage the children to question, problem-solve and experiment. In support of this, we will support Communication and extend Children’s Learning.
  2. Ensure good nutrition and safe food preparation. In support of this, we will meet or exceed the expectations for Meal/Menu Planning, Centre Meal Requirements, Snack Planning and Requirements, Menu and/or Snack Adaptations, Food Substitutions, Preparation, Handling and Transportation of Food, and Health and Safety Kitchen and/or Food Preparation Area.
  3. Ensure children are able to engage in outdoor play experiences safely.  Physical play contributes to children’s well being through sport play; children learn turn taking, communication, sharing, good sportsmanship as well as gross motor skills. Balls and equipment are in good condition and accessible to children.
  4. Ensure collaboration with local community partners.  In support of this, we will connect and collaborate with local community and institutions.
  5. Support staff in continuous growth and professional learning.

Preschool Program:

    1. Being aware of how the day is planned allows for consistency, self-regulation, minimizes negative behaviors and promotes general well-being. In support of this, we will prepare and post a daily written and visual schedule.
    2. An intentional plan for learning experiences that children will be exposed to, promotes the on-going learning opportunities and developmental growth for all children enrolled in the program.  In support of this, we will prepare a Program Plan.
    3. Staff will use their observations, knowledge of child development and the children’s cues to promote continuous learning opportunities. Staff will share with, and encourage families to be active participants in their child’s care environment.  In support of this, we will undertake to deliver learning experiences.
    4. Play equipment, furnishings, and learning environments will be developmentally-appropriate and safe for children. In support of this, we will ensure an indoor physical environment.
    5. A visual environment created through displays that are inclusive and are changed regularly to reflect the recent interests and artwork created by the children promotes well-being.  In support of this, we will create a visual environment through displays.
    6. Materials reflecting sensory, science and nature encourage children to explore through cause and effect experimentation and observation. Continual exposure to these materials and experiences allow children to learn more about their environments. In support of this, we will provide a sensory, Science and Nature program.
    7. Providing independent experiences through different mediums for children, creative art promotes self-expression and individuality. Regular expectations within the Daily Schedule and children’s interests allow for the time to complete/extend the creative process.  In support of this, we will provide an Art program.
    8. A cozy and inviting environment is created to encourage natural opportunities for language and literacy enjoyment. Children are able to retell stories and situations with the accessible props, thus providing opportunities to enhance storytelling experiences and language development. In support of this, we will provide books and a program that utilizes them.
    9. Staff will expose children to various materials and accessories to promote natural opportunities for the development of language and literacy. Planning language and literacy experiences every day encourages the children to use and develop their vocabulary, their questioning skills and recall abilities.  In support of this, we will provide language & literacy materials and a program that utilizes these.
    10. By exposing children to an assortment of cultural music and musical genres, staff are promoting skills such as language development, rhythm awareness, self-regulation and self-concept. In support of this, we will provide music and accessories and program that utilizes these.
    11. We will promote daily active physical play learning experiences for children. In support of this, we will deliver physical play learning experiences.
    12. Provide access to an ample selection of props and blocks, with which children can build, create and explore concepts. Offer play that develops spatial awareness, manipulation of two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials and problem solving. Block play offers opportunities to work together, imagine, learn about cause and effect, patterning and sequencing that is child initiated. In support of this, we will offer Blocks and Construction materials and environment, and a program to engage in this environment.
    13. Provide children daily experiences with a multitude of materials and accessories to encourage a natural play environment that enhances cognitive development. Ensure spontaneous cognitive and manipulative learning experiences occur throughout the day. Planned and/or documented cognitive and manipulative experiences will lead children to higher learning, based on the children’s observed cues and interests.  In support of this, we will offer cognitive and manipulative materials and environment and a program to engage in this environment.
    14. Provide children an environment and accessories, in good condition, which promotes imaginative play with three or more role-playing possibilities. Prop boxes will be used to enhance the area and the program plan focus. Children enhance their social interaction skills, emotional development and language extension through open-ended play. Mirrors in the dramatic area allow the children to see themselves from a different perspective. In support of this, we will offer Dramatic Play accessories and environment and a program to engage in this environment.
    15. Utilize guidelines for children to encourage safe, developmentally-appropriate electronic media usage. Guidelines may include, but not exclusive to, frequency of use, duration, and sign-up sheet. Parents/guardians will be made aware in advance of media used in the classroom, and resources will be available for alternative learning opportunities. Monitor games brought from home or usage of Internet within the room. In support of this, we will ensure an electronic media usage environment.
    16. Plan for Compliance with the Regional Public Health procedures and practices. In support of this we will ensure that we will provide physical, instructional, and early learning and care that supports diapering and toileting routines.
    17. Make food and eating time positive learning experiences that promote social interactions and self-help skills. Staff will encourage children to have a healthy respect for food and eating.  In support of this we will use this time to engage and develop relationships with all of the children.
    18. Ensure age and developmentally appropriate utensils, dishes and furnishings to enable safe, and successful eating times.
    19. Ensure crib or cot and bedding is hygienically maintained. Support staff to show flexibility with regards to the routine of the room and the cues of the children. Parents are engaged for guidance in sleep routines as appropriate. In support of this we will pay attention to how we are meeting the needs of the children and what changes need to occur if we are not.
    20. Ensure all materials, play equipment, furnishings and fixed fixtures are in good working order, clean and safe for the children and staff. In support of this we will provide health and safety resources on topics that are relevant to the children and families at the centre.
    21. Ensure compliance to Regional Public Health requirements for toy and equipment washing as part of providing a clean and sanitary environment. In support of this we have developed and we follow our toys and play equipment washing schedule.
    22. Ensure environment and practices for proper hand hygiene procedures that promote healthy living. In support of this we will support the individual child’s lifelong learning of proper hand hygiene.
    23. Transitions are a challenge and an opportunity for children. Staff will have better awareness of the individual children’s cues while children further develop their self-regulation and self-help skills at these times. In support of this we will provide positive interactions during transitions provide a supportive learning environment.
    24. Ensure awareness at all times of the number and names of children that are in care. Ensure documentation on the Main Attendance Record accurately reflects the location of all children in care throughout the day. All arrival and departure times are accurately documented. Complete written verification after all staff and child transitions.
    25. Ensure all adults promote a positive and supportive approach to all interactions with all children, peers and other adults in the room. Role-model appropriate social skills throughout the day to support learning and growth. In support of this, we will provide a Positive Atmosphere.
    26. Staff operate as a team and with the engaged awareness to ensure supervision of the whole environment and safety of all.
    27. Support staff in their competencies as EL&C professionals in following the cues of children and providing interactions that encourage children to extend their learning with activities that interest them and choices that support their learning goals. In support of this, we will foster children’s independence.
    28. Promote interaction with children in a way that fosters self-esteem. In support of this we will support the children as they learn to self-regulate their emotions and to recognize empathy.
    29. Promote use of developmentally appropriate and individually tailored strategies to support the behaviour management of the children.

Prohibited Practices-

No licensee shall permit, with respect to a child receiving child care at St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care Inc.

a) Corporal punishment of the child;
b) Deliberate use of harsh or degrading measures on the child that would humiliate the child or undermine his or her self-respect;
c) Depriving the child of basic needs including food, shelter, clothing or bedding;
d) Locking the exits of the child care centre or home child care premises for the purpose of confining the child; or
e) Using a locked or lockable room or structure to confine the child if he or she has been separated from other children

  1. Encourage staff to balance verbal/non-verbal interactions with children. Support them to provide experiences and opportunities to assist in extending the learning with all children. Help them play and role model positive social interactions with the children.  In support of this, we will support development of Communication.
  2. Support staff to use observations, past knowledge and the cues of the children to extend learning and encourage opportunities to support the child’s individual learning path. Support them to encourage the children to question, problem-solve and experiment.  In support of this, we will extend Children’s Learning.
  3. Ensure good nutrition and safe food preparation. In support of this, we will meet or exceed the expectations for Meal/Menu Planning, Centre Meal Requirements, Snack Planning and Requirements, Menu and/or Snack Adaptations, Food Substitutions, Preparation, Handling and Transportation of Food, and Health and Safety Kitchen and/or Food Preparation Area.
  4. Ensure children are able to engage in outdoor play experiences safely.  Physical play contributes to children’s well being through sport play; children learn turn taking, communication, sharing, good sportsmanship as well as gross motor skills. Balls and equipment are in good condition and accessible to children. In support of this, we will facilitate Playground supervision and provide Outdoor play space, equipment and learning material.
  5. Ensure collaboration with local community partners.  In support of this, we will connect and collaborate with local community and institutions.
  6. Support staff in continuous growth and professional learning.

School Age Program:

    1. Being aware of how the day is planned allows for consistency, self-regulation, minimizes negative behaviors and promotes general well-being. In support of this, we will prepare and post a daily written and visual schedule.
    2. An intentional plan for learning experiences that children will be exposed to, promotes the on-going learning opportunities and developmental growth for all children enrolled in the program.  In support of this, we will prepare a Program Plan.
    3. Staff will use their observations, knowledge of child development and the children’s cues to implement the activities and experiences described in the program plan. In support of this, we will undertake to deliver activities and experiences.
    4. Play equipment, furnishings, and learning environments will be developmentally-appropriate and safe for children.  In support of this, we will ensure an indoor physical environment.
    5. A visual environment created through displays that are inclusive and are changed regularly to reflect the recent interests and artwork created by the children promotes well-being.  In support of this, we will create a visual environment through displays.
    6. We will offer diversity in Play Equipment/Toys as it relates to race, culture, gender, age, language, family status and ability.   In support of this, we will ensure an offering of play equipment and toys.
    7. Providing independent experiences through different mediums for children, creative art promotes self-expression and individuality. Regular expectations within the Daily Schedule and children’s interests allow for the time to complete/extend the creative process. In support of this, we will provide Art/Sensory Activities, Equipment and Materials.
    8. A cozy and inviting environment is created to encourage natural opportunities for language and literacy enjoyment. Children are able to retell stories and situations with the accessible props, thus providing opportunities to enhance storytelling experiences and language development. In support of this, we will provide books and accessories.
    9. Staff will expose children to various language and listening opportunities for the development of language and literacy. Planning language and literacy experiences every day encourages the children to use and develop their vocabulary, their questioning skills and recall abilities. In support of this, we will provide language & listening opportunities and materials and a program that utilizes these.
    10. Utilize guidelines for use of TV and Films to encourage safe, developmentally-appropriate usage for children. Guidelines may include, but not exclusive to, frequency of use, duration, and content. Parents/guardians will be made aware in advance of usage in the classroom, and resources will be available for alternative learning opportunities.  In support of this, we will ensure TV and Movie usage.
    11. Utilize guidelines to encourage safe, developmentally-appropriate computer usage for children. Guidelines may include, but not exclusive to, frequency of use, duration, and sign-up sheet. Monitor/supervise usage. In support of this, we will ensure a Computer Usage environment.
    12. Provide children an environment and accessories, in good condition, which promotes imaginative play with three or more role-playing possibilities. Prop boxes will be used to enhance the area and the program plan focus. Children enhance their social interaction skills, emotional development and language extension through open-ended play. Mirrors in the dramatic area allow the children to see themselves from a different perspective. In support of this, we will provide Dramatic Play activities and accessories.
    13. Provide access to an ample selection of props and blocks, with which children can build, create and explore concepts. Offer play that develops spatial awareness, manipulation of two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials and problem solving. Block play offers opportunities to work together, imagine, learn about cause and effect, patterning and sequencing that is child initiated. In support of this, we will offer Blocks and Construction activities and accessories.
    14. Provide access to an ample selection of age-appropriate games and game accessories. In support of this, we will offer Games, Game activities and accessories.
    15. Materials reflecting, science and nature encourage children to explore through cause and effect experimentation and observation. Continual exposure to these materials and experiences allow children to learn more about their environments. In support of this, we will provide Science and Nature experiences and material.
    16. We will promote daily active physical play learning experiences for children. In support of this, we will facilitate Physical Activities/Active Play indoors or outdoors.
    17. We will supply appropriate and ample physical activities/active play equipment both for outdoors and indoors for the number of children enrolled.
    18. Make food and eating time positive learning experiences that promote social interactions and self-help skills. Staff will encourage children to have a healthy respect for food and eating.  In support of this we will use this time to engage and develop relationships with all of the children.
    19. Ensure utensils, dishes and furnishings to enable safe, and successful eating times.
    20. Ensure accessible washroom facilities for all enrolled children.  Ensure compliance with the Regional Public Health procedures and practices. In support of this we will provide washroom facilities, and supplies, and personal hygiene and body development related information resources.
    21. Ensure all materials, play equipment, furnishings and fixed fixtures are in good working order, clean and safe for the children and staff. In support of this we will provide health and safety resources on topics that are relevant to the children and families at the centre.
    22. Ensure compliance to Regional Public Health requirements for toy and equipment washing as part of providing a clean and sanitary environment. In support of this we have developed a schedule for toys and play equipment washing.
    23. Ensure environment and practices for proper hand hygiene procedures that promote healthy living. Support the individual child’s lifelong learning of proper hand hygiene.  In support of this we will monitor and have the children follow proper hand washing/sanitizing practice.
    24. Ensure environment and practices for proper hand hygiene by staff that promote healthy living. In support of this we will monitor and have the staff follow proper Hand Washing/Sanitizing Practices.
    25. Transitions are a challenge and an opportunity for children. Staff will have better awareness of the individual children’s cues while children further develop their self-regulation and self-help skills at these times. In support of this we will provide positive interactions during transitions provide a supportive learning environment.
    26. Ensure awareness at all times of the number and names of children that are in care. Ensure documentation on the Main Attendance Record accurately reflects the location of all children in care throughout the day. All arrival and departure times are accurately documented. Complete written verification after all staff and child transitions.
    27. Ensure all adults promote a positive and supportive approach to all interactions with all children, peers and other adults in the room. In support of this we will role-model appropriate social skills throughout the day to support learning and growth.
    28. Staff operate as a team and with the engaged awareness to ensure supervision of the whole environment and safety of all.
    29. Support staff in their competencies as EL&C professionals in following the cues of children and providing interactions that encourage children to extend their learning with activities that interest them and choices that support their learning goals. In support of this, we will foster children’s independence.
    30. Promote interaction with children in a way that fosters self-esteem. In support of this we will support the children as they learn to self-regulate their emotions and to recognize empathy.
    31. Promote use of developmentally appropriate and individually tailored strategies to support the behaviour management of the children.

Prohibited Practices-

No licensee shall permit, with respect to a child receiving child care at St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care Inc.

a) Corporal punishment of the child;
a) Deliberate use of harsh or degrading measures on the child that would humiliate the child or undermine his or her self-respect;
b) Depriving the child of basic needs including food, shelter, clothing or bedding;
c) Locking the exits of the child care centre or home child care premises for the purpose of confining the child; or
d) Using a locked or lockable room or structure to confine the child if he or she has been separated from other children

  1. Staff will initiate and build on conversations with and between children: Staff will extend conversations with individual children as well as between children. In support of this, we will support development of Communication skills.
  2. Support staff to use observations, past knowledge and the cues of the children to extend learning and encourage opportunities to support the child’s individual learning path. Support them to encourage the children to question, problem-solve and experiment.  In support of this, we will extend Children’s Learning.
  3. Ensure good nutrition and safe food preparation. In support of this, we will meet or exceed the expectations for Meal/Menu Planning, Centre Meal Requirements, Snack Planning and Requirements, Menu and/or Snack Adaptations, Food Substitutions,Preparation, Handling and Transportation of Food, and Health and Safety Kitchen and/or Food Preparation Area.
  4. Ensure children are able to engage in outdoor play experiences safely.Physical play contributes to children’s well being through sport play; children learn turn taking, communication, sharing, good sportsmanship as well as gross motor skills. Balls and equipment are in good condition and accessible to children. In support of this, we will facilitate Playground supervision and provide Outdoor play space, equipment and learning material.
  5. Ensure collaboration with local community partners. In support of this, we will connect and collaborate with local community and institutions.
  6. Support staff in continuous growth and professional learning.

As a Co-operative day care centre, families, teachers and management are required to maintain open and ongoing communication with each other and to participate in the children’s learning and development. We see families as experts who know their children better than anyone else and have important information to share, we value and engage them in a meaningful way. Families are expected to abide by the centre’s By-laws and contribute to the ongoing development of the day care centre. Parents are also encouraged to share information with teachers, participate in curriculum and volunteer in the program as needed. St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care Incorporated is committed to being an active and viable member of the St, Lawrence community.

 

  1. All new staff, students and volunteers on hiring, and all existing staff (annually) will acknowledge and review the following:
    • This program statement document
    • All relevant and attached guidelines
    • At any time when it is modified.
  2. Gather together with staff annually to review and reflect on our performance and capture outcomes and set goals for the next period
  3. Budget a professional development investment for each staff and align the professional development with the program statement needs

 

Staff

Each centre operates with a Program Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor in addition to a team of full time and part time staff, cook/caterer , cleaning staff and a book keeper that oversees the financial aspects of all three centres.

All full time Early Childhood Educators have completed their diploma from a College and are Registered with the College of ECE. Teachers are trained to nurture and care for each child and facilitate learning opportunities for developmental areas. The Centre also provides workshops and professional development opportunities to enhance the children’s learning environment.

 

Programming

The teaching staff in each room prepares a daily Program Plan based on observations of children’s developmental skills and interests. The areas of learning include: arts and crafts, sensory, drama, language, cognitive and manipulative, construction, science/nature and cooking, plus areas of interest more specific to each centre: computer, homework club, knitting, etc. Each Program Plan is posted and accessible to parents, parents are welcome to read the Program Plan in order to view the activities that are planned throughout the day. An Outdoor Program Plan is also provided to promote learning in the outdoor environment.

 

Meals & Snacks

The Centre provides one morning snack, one afternoon snack, and a hot lunch everyday. The menu is posted at each centre, and encourages a variety of cultural foods. All menus meet the Canadian Food Guide, The Provincial Child Care Early Years Act and guidelines of the City of Toronto Assessment for Quality Improvement

Parent Involvement

As a Co-operative parents are encouraged to contribute by becoming a board member, and/or by helping on various committees, for example fundraising, maintenance, political lobbying, etc. Parents are required to attend the Centre’s annual General Members Meeting and contribute volunteer hours as needed or as your schedule permits.

 

The Neighbourhood

The St. Lawrence Community holds a variety of unique parks and historical sites such as the St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District, Canadian Opera Company and The Lorraine Kisma Theatre for Young People. There are many other locations in and around the community that provide an opportunity for learning. Many favourites include the Fire Station, Library, and walks in local parks.