Ages and Ratios
Our School Age Education Curriculum is designed to be an engaging environment for children 6 to 12 years.
Our staff are trusted partners in providing high quality care. The ratios in our School Age rooms are 1 staff : 15 children.
The Education Curriculum goals are:
- To provide children with choices in their leisure activities such as sports, games, projects, and social interactions with peers and adults
- To give children the opportunity to be creative, imaginative and productive
- To provide a supportive environment in which children can develop their skills, talents, interests and self-esteem
- To provide for the increasing levels of responsibility and independence of school-age children
- To provide opportunities for children to plan their own activities, participate in group decision-making and project development
- To emphasize home-like and life skills oriented activities, allowing unstructured time and privacy for reading, homework or small social groups
- To support the process of moving from a child care environment to a more independent environment
Our Education Curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of all children in the program, including social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional and self concept within a safe and nurturing environment.
Regular observations of your child’s development and a complete portfolio of their “work” supports our efforts to get to know your child and plan for their individual needs and interests. Your child’s portfolio is accessible to you at any time, and we find the collection of work to be very supportive during parent / teacher interviews which are held annually. These interviews are a fantastic collaboration opportunity to discuss your child’s progress within the program and update on any new information.
Education Curriculum is planned to stimulate each child through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and uses Nipissing Developmental screens. School aged children will be involved in project focused activities that stimulate problem solving and theorizing skills.
Children will be involved in the Education Curriculum planning once they reach the School Age program, including developing activities focusing on personal and social development, language, math, science and technology, health and physical activity, as well as the arts.
We recognize that children are active partners in their own learning and parental collaboration is encouraged and welcomed at all times.
Room Set Up
The School Age program has learning centres (also called interest or activity areas) which combine materials and equipment around common activities. Learning centres can include art, manipulative, dramatic play, sensory experiences, blocks, music, science, books, cooking, and a variety of other areas. In addition to the planned Education Curriculum activities, a variety of play equipment, toys, and materials are offered. Learning centres allow children to make choices from a range of available, developmentally appropriate activities.
Nipissing District Developmental Screens or Progress reports are completed on each child to monitor that children are meeting developmental milestones, and to allow teachers to inform you of how your child is doing regularly. These screens can also be accessed by your Family Doctor.
The schedule for Nipissing Developmental Screens to be completed on each child are when they reach the following age: 6 years.
Communication with your child’s Teachers
As your trusted partner we want to keep the lines of communication open. At the end of each day you will have an opportunity to discuss your child’s day with their teacher, including special activities, programs, your child’s developmental success and/or any concerns. We encourage you to work in partnership with the centre staff to provide any pertinent information about your child from home (when last eaten, slept well or not, etc).
Meal and snack time provide excellent learning opportunities for children. While eating with others, children explore their five senses; develop healthy eating habits, as well as positive social and language skills.
All of our lunches and snacks are catered by Food for Tots, who specialize in nutritious meals for children, preparing food substitutions for allergies and food restrictions. Food for Tots menus follow the Canadian Food Guide and are approved by a Registered Dietitian. Please visit www.fft.ca for additional information.
Children attending school will be escorted back to daycare to enjoy a hot lunch each day. Packed lunches will be provided for all children who do not return to daycare for lunch due to distance.
When not in school, and when the weather permits, School age children will go outside for up to two hours each day (one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon).
At CFEL we walk children to and from the local schools in the centres direct catchment area. We also coordinate and support children that are bussed to out of area schools.