Program

Our programs offer safe, healthy, creative environments where children can work in small groups with a variety of materials. We provide opportunities for children to develop values, self-confidence, and social skills. We know that children learn best in environments that are childcentred and age appropriate. Our routine is flexible to meet the needs of the children. Our curriculum is based on Playing to Learn. We believe that play has an essential role in the social and cognitive development of all children. Through the use of appropriate equipment, reading, songs (circle time), and age appropriate environment the different developmental needs of our children will be encouraged and enhanced. Staff will answer any questions you may have about the program. 

Program Information

General Information

The Infant/Toddler Program, as well as the 3-5 year old program are licensed as group care and operate under the provincial child care Licensing Regulation. 

The child care programs are licensed as follows:

  • Infant/Toddler Program : 12 Children
  • 3-5 Year Old Program : 8 Children

Each program provides age appropriate environments that are nurturing, safe, stimulating, challenging, and focus on both individual and group needs. Outdoor activities are part of the daily routine, and include walks and field trips within the neighbourhood. 

The children have opportunities to develop physical, cognitive, language, and social skills. Positive social skills are modeled with an emphasis on ensuring respect for self and others, equal rights and opportunities for group members and acceptance of differences

Program Goals

  • Promote optimal physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth in each child.
  • Provide a nurturing, creative, and stimulating environment.
  • Meet the needs of each family by having a family-centered approach, i.e. recognition of a family's uniqueness.
  • Teach children to respect and value themselves and others.
  • Recognize and support children's individuality as they develop at their own pace and in their own time.
  • Demonstrate continued understanding of the importance of structure, schedules, and routines providing children with guidelines, security, and order. 
  • Monitor and adjust (when necessary) program activities in consultation with parents, staff members, and other involved professionals in order to foster the ongoing development of children. 

Weekly Activities

Children participate in weekly music programs, library visits, and field trips. 

Client Confidentiality

All staff members at DCPCDC will be expected to fulfill their obligation to respect confidentiality/protection of privacy. Information obtained about families during discussions or meetings, recording on forms or learned through working with the child and family is confidential and must not be released without the consent of the enrolling parent/guardian. This excludes the responsibility that service providers and others have, as outlined in legislation and/or when information is subpoenaed by the Court. All confidential client information will be stored in locked filing cabinets with access limited to staff and Community Care Facilities Licensing. 

Code of Conduct

DCPCDC is dedicated to the social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development of individuals. We are committed to providing a friendly, respectful environment, and reinforce socially responsible behaviour. Our employees, volunteers, program participants, and others using the DCPCDC facility are expected to treat others with courtesy and respect. Discrimination or harassment on such grounds as age, race, ancestry, colour, place of origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, family status, political beliefs or because that person has been convicted of a criminal offence that is unrelated to the employment of that person is against the law, and is not acceptable in DCPCDC. Please feel free to speak to staff regarding the ECE Code of Ethics, as they pertain to caring for children, working in partnership with parents, and demonstrating integrity in all professional relationships. 

Fees

Provincial child care subsidy-Ministry of Children and Family Development The government child care subsidy is available to families based on provincial eligibility requirement. Please contact the local Ministry office for more information. 

(1-888-338-6622)


Program Entails

Nap/Rest Time

This is an important routine as children need quiet time to rest and relax. It provides a balance to the day's active program. 

Preschool aged children are not required to sleep but asked to participate in a short quiet time and then he/she will be directed to quiet activities. 

Emergency Procedures

Monthly Fire and annually earthquake drills will be practiced during the year. Emergency procedures pertaining to fires, earthquakes, or injuries will be posted on the wall by the daycare entrance. 

In the event of an emergency requiring evacuation of the facility, DCPCDC staff will remove all children to the play area at the back of the daycare facility. The children and staff will wait here for further instructions from the manager of the senior staff member of the day. 

Field Trips

Field trips are an important part of our child care program. We often take children for neighbourhood walks, the library, or to visit local parks which allow them to get to know their community. Parents will be notified ahead of time when a major field trip is planned and if the children will be using public transportation. The following will be in place for field trips. 

  1. Parents will be asked to sign a form giving or refusing consent (in cases where consent is not given childcare will be arranged).
  2. Parents will be notified as to field trip venue, departure time, bus route, and return time. 

Guidance and Discipline

DCPCDC complies with Ministry of Health-Community Care Assisted Living Act, Child licensing Regulation regarding Guidance and Treatment of Children and staff follow the DCPCDC Guidance policy, a copy of which is posted on the board in the office. At DCPCDC we believe that discipline is something we do for the child rather than to the child. Read More

Sun Safety

To help children become "Sun Smart", please make sure your child has a hat and sunscreen at the centre. A broad rimmed hat is recommended.

Baseball hats do not shade a child's ears or the back of his or her neck. 

Clothing & Food

3-5 age group please provide the following:

  • Your child should wear play clothes which are weather appropriate, comfortable, and easy for him/her to handle
  • A change of clothing in case of an accident
  • A small blanket for rest time
  • Muddy buddies or rain pants
  • Boots
  • Hat & gloves for winter
  • Swim suit, towel sunscreen, & hat for summer
  • Two sheets and blanket