Alexandra Day Care Centre’s Core Value
- To place the needs and safety of the children first and fore most in any decisions related to the business of operating a Day Care Centre
- To continually strive to improve the learning experience of all participating children, families and staff
- To establish, maintain and conduct a Day Care Centre under The Early Years and Child Care Act for the education, care and guidance of children
- To establish, maintain and operate a Day Care Centre for physically, emotionally, developmentally or financially disadvantaged children within the community
- To offer onsite training, practice and experience to students of child care educational programs
- To liaise with other charitable, educational or government agencies or organizations in developing child care programs
Professional child care staff
- Alexandra Day Care staff are carefully chosen qualified professionals who have Early Childhood Education Diplomas or equivalent and are selected to meet the needs of children in the care of Alexandra Day Care and their families.
- All of our staff are involved in Raising the Bar, and have joined The College of E.C.E.
- All staff are required to provide a clean criminal reference check containing the vulnerable sector check prior to employment.
Child care Programs offered by A.D.C.
- Toddler care
Full time or part time care for children aged 18 months to 2.5 years of age. Minimum of 2 days per week required for part time.
- Pre-school Care
Full time or part time care for children aged 2.5 to 6 years of age
Program Goals and Objectives
- To ensure a safe and healthy environment
- To provide an environment which supports the child’s Sense of well-being and competence as well as social and physical development
- To provide reliable and flexible care to meet the needs of working parents
- To provide consistent nurturing and individual attention for the child according to his/her individual needs
- To promote positive family relationships
- To provide case management for children with special needs in cooperation with local agencies
- To provide a supportive working environment for staff with opportunities for professional growth
Child Guidance Principles
A positive approach is used to guide children. Each situation and child is dealt with individually. Methods include:
Guiding a child into acceptable options when engaged in an unacceptable activity
Natural or Logical Consequences
Attempting to make the child aware of the result of his/her actions
Boundaries are developed by the teacher for the children as a group and for individual children according to each situation
Demonstration of appropriate ways of interacting
Appropriate choices are outlined and children are encouraged to make decisions for themselves
Planning and preparing for the environment
Some inappropriate behaviour can be ignored with more emphasis given to appropriate behavior
Showing genuine approval when children are engaged in positive activities.
Prohibited Methods Of Discipline:
- corporal punishment of the child;
- physical restraint of the child, such as confining the child to a high chair, car seat, stroller or other device for the purposes of discipline or in lieu of supervision, unless the physical restraint is for the purpose of preventing a child from hurting himself, herself or someone else, and is used only as a last resort and only until the risk of injury is no longer imminent;
- locking the exits of the child care centre premises for purpose of confining the child, or confining the child in an area or room without adult supervision, unless such as confinement occurs during an emergency and is required as part of the licensee's emergency management policies and procedures;
- use of harsh or degrading measures or threats or use of derogatory language directed at or used in the presence of a child that would humiliate, shame or frighten the child or undermine his or her self-respect, dignity or self-worth;
- depriving the child of basic needs including food, drink, shelter, sleep, toilet use, clothing, bedding
- inflicting any bodily harm on children including making children eat or drink against their will.
Compliance Of Behavior Management Practices:
If any failure to comply with the above mentioned Prohibited Methods of Discipline are observed and/ or reported, the staff member, or any person providing care to the children of ADC will receive disciplinary action up to and including immediate dismissal.
Child Care Procedures
Hours of Operation
A.D.C. is operated from 7:00am – 5:30pm Monday – Friday
|We offer||Full Day at 6 – 9 hrs
|¾ Day at 4.5 – 6 hrs
|½ Day at 0 – 4.5 hrs (ages 2 1/2 - 4 )
A.D.C. is opened 12 months of the year closing only on Statutory Holidays.
Meals and Snacks
The children are served home cooked nutritious morning snack, hot lunch and afternoon snack. All menu choices are in conjunction with Canada’s Food Guide.
Please note we are a nut free centre.
As part of the curriculum field trips and other offsite excursions are planned periodically throughout the year. Parents will be notified in advance of field trips and will be required to give written permission. (Toddlers exempt) If any child required to take any medication while on the trip the teacher leading the trip will talk it with her.
Parents must notify the centre before 9:00 am that the child will not be attending on that day.
All paper work will be given out at time of tour and must be completed in full prior the children’s first day of care.
Fees are due at the first day of the month. There will be a late charge fee of $1/day should these fees not be paid after 7 business days.
Private paying parents are allowed 3 weeks holidays at ½ price. No decrease for sickness. Payable by cash or cheque or email money transfer.
For the protection of all concerned you must notify the staff if someone other than yourself will be picking up your child at the end of the day. The child will not be released to anyone unless we have heard from the parent in person, in writing or by telephone.
A late pickup fee of $2.50 for every 5 minutes will be charged after 5:30pm.
Assistance with Fees
A.D.C. has a subsidy agreement with the Region of Waterloo. The Supervisor can assist you in accessing information on child care subsidy or go to the Region of Waterloo website.
The Day Nurseries Act requires that prior to admission each child be immunized as recommended by the local Medical officer of Health.
It is our policy that a child who is too ill to fully participate in all programs is to remain home. The child will be sent home if he/she develops a fever of 37.3 C or higher. If the child has had two consecutive diarrheas or vomiting or a contagious illness your child will be sent home until the condition has been cleared up.
A.D.C. will administer prescription and non-prescription medication to children. All medication will accumpany the childs teacher if the we should have to evacuate the building or while on a feild trip.
- Written authorization must be given
- Medicine needs to be in original container
- Medicine must be given directly to a staff member, not left in the cubby area or in children’s bags
Appropriate clothing for the season is necessary for comfortable play and activity at all times. Please ensure that an extra set of clothing is available in your child’s cubby in case of spills and/or accidents. Parents should also bring a blanket for nap time and a second pair of footwear for inside play.
If your child is in diapers an adequate supply of diapers is to be kept at the centre, along with wipes, ointment or powder to be used. If a child is in training pants, several pairs must be kept on hand at the centre along with extra shirts, pants and socks.
We are committed to providing reliable child care and thus our policy is not to close the centre due to inclement weather, unless a weather emergency occurs. Please listen to your local radio station for information.
Our qualified ECE teachers are committed to building a strong and supportive relationship with parents in order to enhance the care and learning of children. Parent’s comments and suggestions are welcomed.
An informative newsletter is available at the beginning of every month via our internel HiMama email client.