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. Our commitment is to providing a warm, nurturing indoor and outdoor play learning environment. Safety procedures include regular playground playroom safety inspections, sanitary practices, and monthly fire drill.
Our menus 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. Our menus are Nut Free 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 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 bylaws. Information is posted outside our program rooms on our Family bulletin boards and others (for example the Anaphylaxis Policy) are provided in the parent handbook.
Supporting positive and responsive interactions among children, parents, childcare providers and staff
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). Early Childhood Educators hold value in establishing positive and responsive relationships with children and their families. All staff are qualified and take pride in establishing a warm, nurturing home away from home community for the children. All families are welcome into our environment, educators take to engage in conversations regarding the children’s health and well-being on a regular basis. Its is important to us that every child is represented in our community, families are represented in our environment through books, and family boards. Family engagement is encouraged, parents are encouraged to visit and share special skills with us to incorporate into our program. We strive to establish a peaceful classroom community that revolves around acceptance, kindness and community.
We reach out to families through daily conversations, private phone calls, and daily updates through our digital apps program. We build bridges to help children transition to and from our program to home. 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. At the Open House children, families and Early Childhood Educators form connections, and engage in learning together. We offer families valuable strategies, tools and resources to help their children succeed in their transitional preschool period.
Every year the newly elected members of the Board of Directors provide strategies on how to further engage families in the program. Program statements and family engagement practices are reviewed annually with staff. All staff is required to review behaviour management practices and procedures annually.