(ages 0 months to 18 months)
Our infant program is designed for children 3 to 18 months of age. The infant room has dedicated play space and nap room. Staff members have regular in-service training on infant care and work with the children daily on touch, balance, self-movement and their life-sense. Ample time is provided for floor-play. Infants are immersed in a calm nurturing environment. As your infant approaches 18 months, they make visits to the toddler program in order to get to know the children and educators. That will ensure that the transition will go smoothly and according the child’s ability to cope with more stimulation.
(ages 18 months to 30 months)
These early years are critical for healthy development of the child. We take great care that the toddler is in an environment that is home-like. Through our daily, weekly and seasonal curriculum, the child will feel secure and form a close bond with their Educator. As in our other programs, there is an emphasis on the experience and exploration of the natural world. At certain times, this group may be mixed age, giving the toddler the experience of having ‘siblings’ to interact with and imitate, as in any family setting. This program is geared toward helping the child find his/her way to connect with others in a social setting.
(ages 30 months to 72 months)
Young children, filled with wonder and curiosity, see purpose in everything. The educator’s role in this program is to foster this sense by creating an environment that is beautiful and natural, and an atmosphere that permits exploration. Children will make independent discoveries through their experiences of this world and use these discoveries in their own creative play. The children in this multi-age group learn from their parents, each other, their educators and the world around them. It is necessary at this age to provide them with as many experiences as possible, such as singing, dancing, creating music, puppet shows, crafts, baking, gardening, painting, modeling, creative movement, and dramatic play. In addition, time for play, indoors and outdoors is essential as children need time to assimilate and synthesize what they have observed around them. The foundation for later learning is laid through imitative play, a key element. For this reason, reading and arithmetic are not introduced in this program.
(ages 4 to 12 years)
Before School This program is offered Monday to Friday from 7:30am until your child’s school bus arrives. An Educator will provide a safe and relaxing environment with a variety of activity choices while they wait for their school day to begin.
After School This program is offered Monday to Friday from 2:30-5:45pm. Educators will greet your child from the school bus and offer activities both indoors and in our outdoor playground. A snack is provided.
PD DAY & School Holiday Care Field trips and special events are planned for your child’s day with us. With full access to Lakehead University campus and a community to explore, ask each month what our Educators are organizing.
Summer Program Registration for care in July and August for this age group is done separately to best meet your schedule once your child’s school has ended for summer break. Many seasonal activities, sports, field trips and events are planned.