Child Care (aged 3-5 years)
Step By Step Child Development Society offers enriched, high quality child/family care programs. All of our programs are child focused. We believe that learning should be fun and include all aspects of development. We keep in touch with the trends and needs within our community and with the latest research in childcare. Our goal is to support families in preparing their children for the up and coming years and to build each child’s skills for the future. Staff are experienced Early Childhood Educators. Staff are always upgrading and taking professional development.
We offer a rich program that focuses on kindergarten readiness skills, good problem solving skills, group skills, large and small muscle skills. These are fun based programs with the emphasis on each child in the group. There is a balance on inside and outside play, small and large group games, creative challenges, a balance of busy and quiet play and so much more. Our goals for all children in these programs are:
- That each child leaves here feeling really good about who they are.
- That each child leaves here with an acceptance of others.
- That each child leaves here with an excitement for learning.
Full day childcare spaces are available from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and are available two, three, four or five days per week all year round, and includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks. Part-time hours are also available starting at 9 am (6 hours), running on the school calendar, not available during Pro-D days, Spring Break, Christmas Break or Summer. The six hour program includes lunch and two snacks.
For more information contact Amy Reid.
|Time||Activity||We are learning…|
|7:30-8:00||Arrival activities & centres||The arrival activity is geared toward fine motor activities, sensory, math, science, and literacy.|
|8:00-8:30||Breakfast||Hand washing and healthy eating.|
|8:30-9:00||Free Play||Centres are art, blocks, discovery, library, imaginary play. Themed activities are changed each week. Skills and concepts that students are learning are literacy, math, science, art, fine motor, and social skills.|
|9:00-9:30||Circle time||Calendar (with math activities embedded), and message of the day. Through music the children learn language, phonemic awareness, math, music, social, and gross motor skills.
Monday/Wednesday – letter and word of the week.
Tuesday/Thursday – Music with Luc.
Friday – finish letter and word of the week.
|9:30-10:00||Table activities||Journals, Letters and Numbers, Science, Baking.|
|10:00-10:30||Art/Fine Motor||Children learn literacy, math, science, art, sensory, and fine motor skills.|
|10:30-10:45||Snack||Hand washing and healthy eating.|
|10:45-10:50||Bathroom and Dress for Outside time||Children are learning self-help skills.|
|10:50-11:45||Outside Time||Various gross motor activities are explored. We use the garden, the backyard, and the playground.|
|11:45-12:00||Story Time||Teachers share stories with the children. This builds literacy, oral language, and social skills.|
|12:00-12:20||Lunch||Hand washing and healthy eating.|
|12:20-1:00||Quiet time/Naps||Children rest on their mats, non-napping children will explore quiet activities.|
|1:00-2:00||Gross Motor/Naps||Non-napping children will explore gross motor activities.|
|2:00-3:00||Puzzles/Painting||Non-napping children will use puzzles, paint, sensory, or other quiet activities.|
|3:00-315||Bathroom||Children are asked if toileting is required. Children are waking from naps.|
|3:15-3:45||Snack||Hand washing and healthy eating.|
|3:45-4:15||Free Play||Centres are art, blocks, discovery, library, imaginary play. Themed activities are changed each week. Skills and concepts that students are learning are literacy, math, science, art, fine motor, and social skills.|
|4:15-4:30||Circle Time||Morning circle concepts are reinforced. Music and movement include songs, rhymes, and actions.|
|4:30-5:15||Table activities||Puzzles, art, sensory, themed activities are explored.|
|5:15-5:30||Reading Time||Children read with the teacher or look at books on their own.|
|5:30||Daycare is closed||Goodnight!|
Our day is a mix of student lead, play based and teacher directed activities. We infuse movement throughout the day. The routine will not often change. However, it may be adjusted based on students’ needs, situations (fire drills, photo day, classroom events, etc.)