Our goals in fostering "the view of the child"
Promoting the health, safety, nutrition and well-being of the children
We are committed to providing a healthy and safe environment and for all the children. We strive to providing a warm, nurturing indoor and outdoor play learning environment for all children. Safety procedures include regular playground playroom safety inspections, sanitary practices, and monthly fire drill.
Our meals are provided by a Toronto District School Board Nutrition Service on-site cook. The Menu is in line the Canada Food Guide, and is reviewed by a dietitian with a three week rotation period. Meal times offer opportunities for children to experience and appreciate a variety of foods. Early Childhood Educators utilize our family style meals to facilitate self-help skills and engage in meaningful conversations. Our menu plan also includes healthy habit goals such as; trying new foods, identifying food textures and pouring own drinks. We provide a Nut Free program and dietary considerations are made in accordance to Halal, vegetarian, food allergies, and other food restrictions.
Our picturesque setting on the island offers enriched opportunities to connect with nature and its wild life. We support the individual needs of the children and believe children have a unique way of connecting with nature. All children take part in quiet/rest period. Children in our care take part in nap or quiet time. To support rest time we provide a soothing calm rest area with dim lights, soft music and gentle back rubs. Learning materials are available and accessible for children who don't sleep.
To ensure that the dietary needs of the children are met the menu is reviewed by a nutritionist and supervisor at the beginning of the school year for necessary modifications. Every year all staff and administrators are required to review health and safety procedures, fire safety procedures and legislative policies and procedures. Health and safety monitoring and assessments are conducted yearly by Toronto Public Health. Gibraltar Point Day Nursery meets and exceeds all other health and safety requirements of the Ministry of Education and local government by-laws. Information is posted outside our program rooms on our Family bulletin board. Other resources such as; Anaphylaxis Policy, Program Statements, Emergency Procedures are also provided in the parent handbook.
Supporting positive and responsive interactions among children, parents, childcare providers and staff
We strive to establish a peaceful classroom community that revolves around acceptance, kindness and community. As educators, we hold value in establishing positive and responsive relationships with children and their families. We acknowledge and embrace diversity and believe “partnerships with families and communities strengthen the ability of early childhood settings to meet the needs of young children” (ELECT). Its is important to us that every child is represented in our community; families are represented in our environment through books, and family boards. We invite family members directly into the classroom to share hobbies, cultural traditions, special recipes, family pets, etc. Children just love having their families visit our program, it’s wonderful to see how proud children are when family members visit and share home experiences. Family contributions show our children and their families that they are in important part of our community and that everyone is valued and appreciated.
We reach out to families through daily conversations, private phone calls, and daily updates through our digital apps program. Every year we host a family Open House meet and greet orientation, these events provides families and their children with opportunities to access information regarding child development, nutrition, explore the classroom and our natural surroundings. Our Open House events provide families and teachers an opportunity to connect and see first hand what our natural environment has to offer. We also provide resources and helpful tips to help families succeed in their transitional preschool period.
Every year the Board of Directors and staff members review all legislative policies and procedures including the following; Program Statement, Family Engagement Practices and Behaviour Guidance. In addition, our Board members work together to update and establish best practices policies and procedures including strategies on how to further engage families in the program.