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“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” ~ Maria Montessori

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Our Mission and Vision

FunCare Learning Centre’s mission is to create and provide a safe, inclusive, and fun environment where children feel comfortable to learn, let their voices be heard, and explore their natural inquiries and ideas freely.

That our educators and children become partners and collaborators in learning, so that we enable our children to feel empowered and inspired to be and feel at best within themselves and their communities.

Our Philosophy and Program Statement

FunCare Learning Centre is licensed by the Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA). We offer care for Toddler and Preschool aged children. Our teachers are trained Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE), are in good standing with the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators, and engage in professional development opportunities on an ongoing basis. Our staff continuously engages in both internal and external professional activities to remain updated on current best practices and pedagogy. Our RECEs also take part in continuous professional learning provided by the College of Early Childhood Educators.

We believe that quality early childhood education is the foundation for future growth, learning, and development. We realize the interconnectedness of each individual area of development and take a holistic, natural approach to support and nourish each child’s development in a way that speaks to their own way of understanding and learning. It is through this approach that our educators will become collaborators and co-learners, taking each opportunity possible to learn with and about each child and their personal needs in an effort to help them grow and develop to their fullest potential.

Safety is our number one priority of care because if we are not safe, we are not able to achieve any other aspect of care or learning. Each child’s physical and emotional health, safety, and well-being will remain our top priority at all times while they are within our care. Our centre entrances have secured access, and we provide video monitoring in both our preschool classrooms, which can be accessed through a secure website or app on any electronic mobile device at any point during the day. We supply two nutritious snacks and balanced hot lunches (based on Canada’s Food Guide) made fresh daily in our Centre's kitchen. We also follow a daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning and disinfecting schedule, which adheres to the guidelines set out for childcare centres by Public Health Ontario.

At FunCare Learning Centre, we view each child as a valuable member of our community. We see children as competent and capable of complex thinking, communication, problem-solving, and decision-making. We believe in and follow the guidelines of the ELECT Document and the How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years Document (2014). The four foundations of this document, which FunCare Learning Centre concede with and practice, are belonging, well-being, engagement, and expression.

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Through the use of these four foundations, we will create an environment that allows the children to explore their natural inquiries and interests. Our educators will observe, listen, and collaborate with the children in an effort to further explore and extend upon these interests and inquiries, as well as use the findings from their interactions to plan for and create opportunities for the children to spark new exploration. These experiences are always child-led and supported by our educators. Our documentation and reflection practices will provide us with the child’s current and emerging interests, which guide us in planning new materials and experiences as well as providing an ever-changing environment and program reflective of the children’s changing interests and developmental needs.

It is through these ongoing observations and documentation that we plan for and create positive learning environments and experiences in which each child’s learning and development will be supported. Our classroom design and setup take into careful consideration our children’s needs for both quiet and active play experiences. Our classroom environment and schedule ensures that each child’s individual daily needs are met. Our daily program schedule provides children with the types of daily experiences necessary for their overall well-being. We provide a balance of both structure and flexibility within our routine, which enable us to respond to the individual needs of our children. Weather permitting, we use our outdoor playground for 2 hours every day and offer a nap/quiet time lasting 2 hours

per day after lunch.

It is our belief that through the process of play, children experience, make sense of, and learn about the world around them. Many a research has shown that play supports and feeds every aspect of a child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development, providing a strong foundation for learning in school and life in general. Through this type of learning, children will develop the skills needed to expand their abilities as well as their knowledge and understanding of their world. It is for this reason that play will be the main tool used for learning within our program. It is our goal to provide a fun, positive, light, and language-rich environment in which each child feels comfortable and confident to learn and grow.

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

We support and foster each child’s ability to self-regulate by providing children with the opportunity to problem solve amongst their peers, the freedom to make choices, and the chance to set developmentally appropriate expectations and experiences. Our educators always model positive, respectful caring behaviours and take every opportunity to support each child to communicate and problem solve

positively and effectively.

To provide a holistic approach to learning, our program will borrow from a range of well-respected approaches, such as emergent curriculum, play-based learning, Reggio Amelia, Waldorf, and Montessori. We recognize the value in each approach and strive to implement a pedagogy rich in what we view as the most valuable attributes each has to offer.

Our program will include weekly yoga lessons as well as music lessons led by a certified music instructor with Music Together. We will also offer informal French lessons throughout our daily program. Going on local excursions, participating in and contributing to community events, and inviting community members and organizations into our program will provide our children with opportunities for community engagement. During the spring/summer months, we ask for families to join us in cultivating and producing food from our own garden and host an annual Harvest Get Together, where families and children come together to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Our educators are committed to maintaining ongoing positive, respectful relationships with our children, families, and

community members. We strive to be inclusive and respectful of diversity and are dedicated to providing an environment that fosters a

sense of belonging and creates opportunities for ongoing, meaningful communication and collaboration. We achieve this by being supportive of cultural differences and providing cultural activities/experiences for children to gain cultural awareness. We greet both children and their parents each day upon arrival and departure, taking this time to share information regarding their child through verbal or written communication. Our educators will also communicate through My Kids Daily Report (i.e., a report sent daily to parents’ emails) as well as through phone calls, emails, newsletters/calendars, and parent-teacher meetings. We will display documentation of the children’s daily learning for parents to view our classroom and halls at FunCare Learning Centre as well as through My Kids Daily Report. We welcome and encourage parent involvement in our program and during outings. We provide an opportunity for parents to observe their children twice per calendar year with a follow-up meeting to discuss future goals for their child.

Documentation, reflection, and formal assessments are used to continually evaluate our program and its effects on

our children and their families. To ensure our program statement remains reflective of our current practices, our staff will meet periodically to discuss, share information, and review the effectiveness of the goals and approaches outlined in our program statement and will make revisions as necessary.

Our Core Values:

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  • Integrity – Being honest, consistent, courteous, and reflective

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  • Partnership – A collaborative and meaningful relationship

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  • Social Responsibility – An understanding and respect for ourselves, others, and the world around us

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  • Lifelong Learning – An ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge

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