Our program is play based and follows the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.
We recognize that the child’s physical, emotional, intellectual, creative and social growth are connected. We also understand the importance of the relationship between the child’s family and the daycare.
Children differ widely in learning style, ability, achievement and interests. They learn on their own time and in their own way. At our daycare, we give them the time and resources to immerse themselves fully in the play that interests them.
For more information about our philosophy, read CPCCS Policies and Procedures.
Parental involvement is key at our daycare. Parents are welcome to come and go from the daycare and are encouraged to participate in activities, including field trips.
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.
We are a non-profit charitable organization. We ask parents to fundraise and volunteer to:
- meet our Charitable Societies Act obligations;
- cover costs for:
- toys and equipment;
- special programming, such as yoga and music;
- field trips;
- art supplies; and
- help with facility and playground maintenance.
All families are required to fundraise and/or volunteer for a minimum of 24 hours per calendar year.
The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational approach to teaching young children that is based on four principles:
- Children must have some control over the direction of their learning.
- Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing.
- Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world and must be allowed to explore.
- Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
We value cultural, religious and gender diversity and inclusivity. We teach the children to be free from prejudice – whether of race, class, gender, religion or degree of ability. We work with families to respect and understand their religious and cultural celebrations.
We also recognize women and men in non-traditional roles whenever possible and validate all positive interests and choices made by the children.
We base our programming around the commonalities all people share instead of differences and teach the children to be peacemakers and unifiers.