One of our roles as educators of young children is to teach, guide and support them as they grow and learn. We play an important role in guiding children’s behavior in positive and supportive ways and strategies. These ways and strategies are different at different ages, depending on their developmental abilities and needs. A toddler has limited understanding and need a lot of redirection, but four and five year olds can learn to be good problem solvers. There are strategies that may work well for one child and may not be effective for another child of the same age.
The following are some of the ways that help us guide children’s behavior in our program:
Open communication is the foundation for all relationships; personal and professional. For this reason, there are several methods of correspondence that we use to promote effective communication among staff and parents. Monthly newsletters are given on the first day of each month. Notices are posted in the Parent Resource Foyer, as well as each classroom has a Parent and Staff Info Board. Postings on Parent and Staff Info Board include:
We welcome children and families of every cultural, language, and religious background. We celebrate our differences by including classroom materials and program planning that explore our wonderful differences. Such materials may include clothing, art, pictures, food, music, and photographs. Parents are encouraged to share their cultural practices, traditions or holidays by filling up that particular section in the registration package.
We also value each child’s uniqueness depending on his/her developmental needs and abilities and we offer an inclusive environment and collaborate with different agencies in the community that give supports to the children and families with special needs.
Our Centre is eligible to draw upon the resources of the Supported Child Care Program offered through Providence. This program gives children with special needs an opportunity to be included with their peers by providing extra support to facilities. Support allows for funding for additional staff to enhance staff/child ratios. Families that meet the eligibility requirements for Supported Child Care can receive the service with no charge to Parents or the Centre.
All of the daycare’s computer, software, electronic devices, networks and access to the Internet are intended for educational or research purposes. We do not use social media in implementing our program. Internet access is with the approval of the Director and to be accessed only during program planning time if needed. We discourage the use of any internet social networking site. Communication with parents is through emails and face to face conversation.
The Daycare’s computers, software, networks, electronic devices (ipads, ipods, tablets, cell phones) and access to the internet are intended for educational or research purposes. Staff will use the electronic devices and computers for program planning and research. Cell phones can be used to take pictures for documentation purposes and with the approval of the Director on site. Pictures of children are to be submitted to the Director and deleted within 24 hours. Computers or lap tops can be used upon approval of the Director to teach children new songs, concepts or for dance presentation and for any creative in the classroom.