Each infant will follow his/her own schedule for eating, playing, diapering or sleeping; this may vary from day to day. Caregivers will be attentive to each child’s cues and adapt the schedule accordingly. A daily record will be filled out by parents and staff to ensure consistency of care. Infants are taken outside daily. Either on the covered deck or at least one walk every day.
Toddlers to Age 5
Toddlers and preschool aged children follow a more consistent daily routine that meets their needs. Activities follow a regular pattern so that the children feel secure. Our programs have policies in place to ensure a balance of activities through our day. This includes indoor/outdoor experiences with a variety of experiences. However the daily routine is always flexible and will meet the changing needs of the children.
Young Parent Program
Eligible young parents (young women who gave birth before their 20th birthday) are given priority child care spaces in our centre so they can return to school to complete their education. As a young parent in our program you will be required to participate in all aspects of our program which includes:
Attendance at our weekly parent group
T.A. Child Care (working with your child in the Centre)
Creative Parent assignments
Monthly Community Kitchens
Being accountable – connecting with our Parent Support worker
These requirements are part of your commitment to HCC and Child Care Benefit (Child Care Subsidy). Young Parents can receive a Family Management credit towards their graduation for completing these requirements.
Please note: Young parents are expected to be at school while their child is atthe centre. There is zero tolerance for skipping out and abusing our program. If a student’s attendance or school progress becomes a problem, the parent support worker and or Coordinator will meet with you and your
teacher/counselor. If students have chronic problems with attendance and
accountability, they will be asked to leave the program.
We look forward to assisting you in your parenting journey and achieving your educational goals
Here is an example of a typical day:
8:00 – 9:00am - Arrival, parent communication, table activities
9:00 - 9:30am -Free play or outside time.
9:30 - 9:40am -Hand washing/ toileting
9:40 -10:00am - Snack (typically cereal)
10:00 -10:30am - Activity time (songs, stories, art, playdoh, sand/water play etc)
10:30 -10:40am -Toileting
10:40 -10:50am -Dressing for outdoor play
10:50 -11:40am -Outside time – deck, playground, walks
11:40am - Toileting and hand washing
12:00pm -Free Play
12:30pm -Toileting and teeth brushing
12:45pm -Book time – rest / nap time
2:30pm -Waking, toileting and hand washing
3:00-4:00pm -Indoor or outdoor free play time,
Pick up and communication with parents