Ages and Ratios
Our Preschool Education Curriculum is designed to provide an engaging environment for children from 2 ½ to 5 years.
Our staff are trusted partners in providing high quality care. The ratios in our Preschool programs are 1 staff : 8 children.
The Education Curriculum goals are:
- To provide the children with an enriched environment conducive to exploration and independence by utilizing and developing their senses
- To encourage the children’s feelings of competence by giving them opportunities to experiment and problem solve
- To support children’s growth and to foster a sense of autonomy by ensuring flexibility and choice
- To develop the children’s self-esteem by ensuring that they feel valued, respected, and cared for as individuals
- To encourage the development of positive social skills and life skills
- A smooth transition to the Preschool program through visits to the new classroom to participate in different routines and activities.
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.
We encourage warm social relationships to develop through interactions with adults and other children.
We recognize that children are active partners in their own learning and parental collaboration is encouraged and welcomed at all times.
Room Set Up
Each Preschool 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. A curriculum which utilizes learning centres helps to meet and respond to the needs of the children.
Nipissing District Developmental Screens or Progress reports are completed on each child to monitor that the children are meeting developmental milestones, and teachers will regularly inform you of how your child is doing. 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 ages: 3 years / 4 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 successes 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 develop positive social and language skills.
All of our lunches and snacks are catered by Food for Tots, who specialize in nutritious meals for children with staff who prepare 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.
In the Preschool program there is a scheduled group “nap time” after lunch each day for children under 44 months of age.
Children aged 44 months and older are given the choice of resting on a cot or participating in quiet activities.
This quiet rest period is approximately 2 hours long and children who wake early or do not sleep will be provided with quiet activities.
Weather permitting, the preschoolers will go outside for up to two hours each day (one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon).
They may go out for a neighborhood walk or use the preschool playground.
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