Grace Church on-the-Hill Childcare Centre 416-932-3502
Infant Room Program (3 -15 months)
With a teacher to infant ratio of 3:1, the Infant Program is open to a maximum of 10 infants. In this program, Qualified Early Childhood Educators and childcare assistants plan days to revolve around individual child needs and flexible schedules.
Daily routines include quiet and active play, mealtimes, sleep time and neighbourhood walks. Activities are planned to stimulate the five senses, with independence and autonomy encourages at each stage of development. Parent communication is paramount here; our infant room Staff keep parents well informed of their infant's milestones and challenges.
All infant room Staff are trained in infant and Child CPR and First Aid, and these skills are updated annually.
The Junior Toddler Program (15 months – 2 years)
The Junior Toddler program is an excellent opportunity to separate the walkers from the crawlers in the infant room. It is also designed to prepare the younger toddlers to further develop their skills in a more structured and challenging environment.
The Junior Toddler program is based on a "Child-Focused" approach. Positive learning in all developmental areas is stressed through the use of consistency and more importantly from cues given by the children themselves. To ensure that each child's needs are met, individualized as well as group programming is planned each day.
The Junior Toddler curriculum is comprised of the following components of child development with some of the associated teaching tools:
- Providing verbal instructions and physical demonstration.
- Providing active positive listening.
- Simple group activities.
- Encouraging children to exchange and share toys.
- Being sensitive to children's individual moods and temperaments.
- Using short but simple sentences and questions
- Helping children acquire new words.
- Providing names for objects.
- Reading simple stories and singing simple songs.
- Telling repetitive stories.
- Linking the names of objects and their uses in conversation.
- Grouping objects by their purpose.
- Demonstrating how nature works.
- Counting and singing.
GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
- Experimenting with push/pull toys.
- Riding toys and climbing through tunnels.
- Running through open spaces.
- Playing with balls and beanbags.
FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
- Experimenting with materials with different textures.
- Putting together simple puzzles.
- Drawing with crayons, markers, pastels and chalk.
- Lacing large beads.
- Finger plays and painting.
- Feeding oneself with a spoon or fork.
- Drinking from a cup without a lid or handles.
- Washing ones own hands.
- Removing some articles of clothing, e.g. hats, socks, etc.
The major goal of the Junior Toddler Room Curriculum is to provide a hands-on approach to creative play, exploration and experimentation
Senior Toddler Program (2-3 years)
Overseen by 3 Early Childhood Educators and 1 Childcare Assistant, this program focuses on fostering independence, socialization, and language development. All activities enhance the children's self-worth, encourage self-help skills, are cognitively stimulating, and promote independent thinking.
The ratio is 1 teacher to every 5 children, with a group capacity of 16 children. All teachers are trained in Infant and Child CPR and First Aid, and these skills are updated annually.
The Junior Toddler curriculum encompasses all the areas of development for this age of child:
- LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
- FINE AND GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
- CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT AND SENSORY AWARENESS
- COGNITIVE/INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT
- DEVELOPMENT OF SELF-HELP SKILLS
Pre-School Program (2 ½ years – 4 years)
The preschool program is designed to provide a nurturing and safe environment for pre-school aged children. 2 Early Childcare Educators and 1 Childcare Assistant oversee 16 children, with a teacher/child ratio of 1:8.
In the preschool program, an atmosphere is created to focus on the whole child, while providing individual care and understanding to each child. The fostering of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development are all principal concepts of healthy child development.
Our objective is to promote each preschooler's growth, while respecting diversity and celebrating individuality. We encourage our children and parents to add to our program by sharing their cultural and personal experiences. We believe that a partnership between staff and family is key to a preschooler's growth, development, and positive daycare experience.
The preschool curriculum consists of the following developmental areas:
- SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL
- DEVELOPMENT LANGUAGE
- DEVELOPMENT MATH
- EXPERIENCES SCIENCE ART AND SENSORY PROGRAM
- MUSIC PROGRAM
- FINE AND GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
Junior Kindergarden (ages 4-5)
The program focuses on preparing the children for entry into Senior Kindergarten the following fall, while giving them the social skills necessary for joining the much bigger community of the school system. The JK program is staffed by two Early Childhood Educators and comprises two groups of 7 children. One classroom is located in the Senior School Section of the daycare and one in the Junior School.
Designed to help the children broaden their base of information, form concepts, acquire foundation skills and a positive attitude toward learning, the JK Program covers developing skills in literacy, mathematics and science. Due to the small size of the class, the children receive ample individual attention with respect to their particular strengths and challenges, interests and desires.