3-5 Pre School Program

Our preschool programs are specifically designed for your child's age group!
  • Our Program

  • The Centre provides nurturing, stimulating and challenging environments which focus on each child’s needs and development and the needs of the group as a whole.

    The children have opportunities to develop their life skills and learn about establishing respectful social relationships. Positive social values will be modeled with an emphasis on ensuring respect for self and others, equal rights and opportunities for group members, and acceptance of differences. The children explore the outdoor playground, as well as the
    neighborhood and city. The school age child care program offers children a chance to provide input and feedback and planning of the activities and events.

    While the schedules are flexible, some activities such as snack times are typically enjoyed as a group. Caregivers will work with families to establish routines that meet the needs of the children, the family and the Centre.

  • Daycare Daily Schedule of Program
    7:00 am – Centre Opens
    7:00 am – 10:00am

    Children arrive at the centre and get settled in (put lunch away, change into indoor shoes). During this time, we gradually open a range of activities available to the children. This includes sensorial, manipulative, gross/fine motor, dramatic, and creative materials.

    10:00 am – Group Snack

    Children wash their hands, and come together to enjoy a nutritious and delicious snack. This can include pancakes, oatmeal, toast, cereal, fruit loaves, etc. served with some fruits and vegetables. All snacks are made fresh, and contain less sugar and preservatives.

    10:15 am – Circle/Group Time

    Children come together in our meeting area to discuss the topic of the week/month. Staff prepare group time lesson plans under the umbrella of our monthly focus (weather changes, All About Me, Garden Magic, etc.). Staff work with children to form a point of inquiry in which they choose what questions they may cover during the group time. Activities include: Group discussions, stories, and music and movement.

    10:45 am – Outdoor Adventures

    Children may be divided into groups in which they participate in a group walk within our neighbourhood and environment, or enjoy free play in our outdoor space, or nearby park.

    11:30 am – Wash up/ Story Time

    Children wash up for lunch, and meet for a mini-circle or story time.

    12:00 pm – 12:20 pm – Lunch

    After lunch, children and staff clean up together and get ready for rest time. Children have quiet time to sit on their beds with a book while they wait for others to get settled.

    12:45 – 2:00pm – Rest Time

    Children are encouraged to sleep, or rest on their beds while listening to soothing music. Staff are available to assist those sleepers that need it. We understand that not all children will rest for the full time, those that are still awake by 1:30pm are invited to participate in a quiet activity at one of the back tables.

    2:00pm – 2:15 pm – Wake Up

    Children put beds away, and freshen up for the afternoon. New activities have been put out and children are invited to come explore.

    2:30 pm – Group 1 Outdoor Play

    One group will go outside, while another group stays inside to play.

    3:15 pm – Group Snack
    3:30 pm – Group 2 Outdoor Play
    3:45 pm

    After both groups have had snack, the children will head outside for some free play (weather dependent).

    4:45 pm – Story/Group Time

    Children come together to discuss their day, and enjoy some circle time activities including a story.

    5:00pm – 6:00pm

    Children start to get ready for home. Quieter areas of play are encouraged (Colouring, Book Area and Table Toys).

    6:00 pm Closed for the Day

    *Note that these are approximate times
    ** Daily schedule is subject to change based on seasonal programs including: Yoga, French, Music and Librarian Visits.

  • Days & Hours of Operation

    Monday to Friday, our hours of operation are from 7:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    The Centre will be closed for the holidays listed below:

    – Winter Holidays (Christmas/New Year’s Day inclusive)
    – Labour Day
    – Good Friday
    – Thanksgiving Day
    – Easter Monday
    – Remembrance Day
    – Victoria Day
    – Family Day
    – Canada Day
    – B.C. Day

  • Gradual Entry

    As starting child care, or moving from one program to another, is an important event, we believe that a carefully planned gradual entry will assist you and your child. Our goal is to help children and families feel welcome and supported by ensuring everyone:

    • Feels comfortable at the Centre
    • Begins to build a trusting relationship with the staff
    • Experience a positive start at the Centre and/or in a new program

    Gradual Entry Steps

    Step One: Your child and a family member come to the centre for a tour and orientation.

    Step Two: Your child will be welcome to stay for two hours a day or longer

    Step Three: Your child will stay for half of a typical day

  • Morning Arrival

    When you arrive, it is important to make staff aware that your child is present and to take the opportunity to talk to staff about your child’s needs for the day. Please take time to settle your child and say goodbye. Please call the Centre by 9:00 a.m. if your child will be absent.

  • Late Pickup

    If you have not picked up your child or called the Centre by 6:00 p.m., the senior staff person will contact alternative person(s) from the authorized pick up list to pick up your child. If that person is unavailable, and you have not contacted the Centre by 6:30 p.m., we are required to notify Emergency Services of the Ministry for Children and Families.

    If child is picked up later than 6:00 p.m., a late charge will apply ($5.00 per 5 minutes).

  • Field Trips

    To provide quality programs, we will plan for children to participate in activities outside the Centre and in the community. Children and parents/guardians will be informed in advance of planned trips. If there is a scheduling problem, arrangements will be made, if at all possible, to accommodate the needs of each child and family. Families are required to complete the “Field Trip Consent Form” before their child participates.

  • Health & Safety

    Our Centre has been carefully designated to ensure it is a safe, comfortable environment that will accommodate the abilities of all of the children.

    Our goal is to promote good health, safety and nutrition by providing the children with a clean, well-maintained, safe environment and opportunities for:

    • Learning how to take care of their bodies and develop self help skills
    • Both active and quiet activities
    • Indoor and outdoor activities
  • Nutrition

    Eating nutritious food is an important part of each child’s day. Food provided by the Centre will be selected in accordance with Canada Food Guide requirements.

    Staff will:

    • Prepare nutritious snacks for the children
    • Encourage children to eat a variety of foods
    • Be sensitive to individual food preferences, cultural preferences and any restrictions/allergies
    • Provide sufficient time to eat
    • Not force a child to eat

    The Centre will:

    • Provide morning and afternoon snacks each full day of care including milk, juice or water
    • Provide space in the refrigerator and cupboards for other foods families would like to bring for their child

    To promote an environmentally friendly lunch routine Parents should:

    • Pack all drinks, food and a snack in reusable containers – Our goal is to minimize the use of disposal of multipack cartons.
    • Please provide glass containers for lunches that need heating
  • Illness

    Children who are not well enough to participate in all program activities, both indoor and outdoor, should be at home.

    If your child contracts a communicable disease, notify the centre at once so that other families can be alerted. A doctor’s written health clearance will be required before a child returns following a communicable disease. The following are definite indicators that a child should NOT be at daycare.

    • A developing or acute cold with fever, runny nose and/or eye, coughing, sore throat. Once temperature, energy and well-being are normal, coughing and runny nose may continue without the child being infectious.
    • Fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Centigrade).
    • Communicable disease, infected skin or undiagnosed result – whether or not a child is infectious requires verification by the child’s doctor (i.e.: the rash could be measles, scabies, etc.) so other families can be informed and take precautions.
    • Vomiting or Diarrhea– Because children often become ill rapidly, it’s essential that families can be reached during childcare hours. If the parent cannot be available, and alternate emergency contact should be designated. In the event that a child becomes ill, the centre staff will isolate and care for the child until the parent arrives. While every effort will be taken to maintain a healthy environment, it’s important for families to plan alternate arrangements in the event of their child’s illness.
  • Emergency Situations

    If your child is seriously injured or becomes ill while at daycare, you will be notified by telephone immediately. If necessary your alternative contact person will be called. In an emergency we will call a taxi or ambulance and a staff member will accompany your child to the hospital.

    All staff maintains first-aid certification and fire drills are held once a month at the centre.

  • Medication

    Staff will administer prescription drugs to children. Families are required to provide:

    • A written authorization, including the dosage and times any drug is to be given and;
    • Medication in the original container, clearly labeled with child’s name, name of drug, and the dosage, the date of the purchase, and instructions for storage and administration of the drug.
  • Medical Emergency

    If medical attention is required, a staff qualified in First Aid will attend to the needs of the child while the senior staff person will:

    • Contact the family/guardian, then the emergency contact(s) if the family/guardian is not available
    • Contact the child’s doctor if the family/contacts cannot be reached
    • If the child’s doctor is not available, proceed as if it is an emergency medical situation
    • Access transportation via taxi to take the family/guardian and the child to the medical facility as required
    • Access the child’s file for medical information and permission
    • Accompany the child or the family/guardian to the medical facility with medical information, or decide which staff member should go
    • Provide information to doctor and family/emergency contact
    • Support the child and the family/contact person
    • Complete the Incident Report and process

    If emergency medical attention is required, qualified staff will administer First Aid until ambulance attendants arrive. Senior staff will:

    • Call and request an ambulance
    • Contact family and/or emergency contact(s) as above to meet at the emergency facility and provide access to transportation for the family/contact, if required
    • Access medical information as above
    • Accompany the child to the emergency facility
    • Provide information to the doctor and family
  • Visitors at the Centre

    As the safety and security of children, families and staff is critical, visitors need permission from the Program Coordinator prior to visiting the Centre, Community resources/partners and immediate family members of children enrolled are welcome to visit, however, arrangements must be made in advance with the staff. Unauthorized visitors will be asked to leave the premises.

  • Unauthorized Persons

    If an unauthorized person arrives to pick up your child, the child will remain under the supervision of the Centre staff. The senior staff person will explain the policy that written authorization from the enrolling parent/guardian is required to release a child. If difficulties arise, all reasonable efforts will be made to ensure the safety of the child, other children and the staff. If necessary, the senior staff person may need to call the police for assistance.

  • Suspected Child Abuse

    The Child, Family and Community Service Act state that all children in the Province of B.C. “are entitled to be protected from abuse, neglect and harm or threat of harm”. The Act also states that any “person who has reason to believe that a child needs protection must promptly report the matter” to the Ministry for Children and Families. If you have any questions, or would like more information, we invite you to talk to the Program Coordinator.

  • Apprehension by the Ministry for Children and Families

    The Child, Family and Community Services Act defines when a child is in need of protection. Decisions related to when, how and where the Ministry for Children and Families can apprehend a child rest with the Ministry. If and when a social worker from the Ministry for Children and Families intends to apprehend a child at the child care centre, the senior staff person on duty will be responsible for responding to the situation. Prior to the child being removed, the centre staff member will verify with a ministry supervisor that the social worker is authorized to apprehend the child. It is the responsibility of the Ministry to make all reasonable efforts to notify the family of the apprehension.

  • Custody & Access

    If parents live separately, Parkway Village Childcare Center expects that the information provided by the enrolling parent is accurate. Without a custody agreement or court order on file at the Centre, staff cannot deny access to the non-enrolling parent. If one of the parents is not authorized, the policy on unauthorized persons will be followed.

  • Guidance

    At Parkway Village Child Care Center, we believe children are unique individuals, whose behavior and development are affected by their culture, their environment and their experiences.

    The main goal of discipline and guidance is to help young children begin to develop their own inner controls. Never is the goal to punish.

    We also believe that partnership between parents, child and caregiver is crucial to a healthy and happy coexistence in a daycare setting.

    Effective guidance is knowing how to develop attitudes and plan an environment where children can succeed.

    We build trust in the children under our care by listening to them, by giving brief explanations and reasons, by avoiding blaming and jumping to conclusions, by keeping promises and by providing an environment that is calm, joyful, predictable and invites cooperation. Children need to know what the limits are that those limits will be consistently enforced.

    Rules needed are few and will fit into three categories:

    1. Health and Safety
    2. Rights of others
    3. Care of property

    These rules are enforced in the following way:

    • Remainders
    • Review limits calmly and positively as needed
    • Remember to acknowledge the child’s feelings
    • Provide alternatives and redirect when appropriate
    • Discuss briefly the consequence for the child’s specific attention
    • Time away: the child is provided with a quiet are to play with toys and equipment and will be welcomed back into the group when he/she is ready
    • Time out: the child is asked to leave the immediate are and has full view of the main group. Guideline is one minute for each year of the child’s age.
    • Supervisor assisted time out: used as a last resort technique, this must never be used punitively. Used when a child exhibits out of control behavior, that is unsafe to himself, other children or staffs members and is destructive to the environment.

    A staff member may hold or sit with a child using only sufficient strength to protect the child. The intention of this technique is to sooth the child until self control is regain, making sure to use comforting phrases as, “I know that you are angry. You will be alright”

  • Procedure for Withdrawal

    Under inordinate circumstances, a parent may be asked to withdraw his/her child from the center. These circumstances could include:

    1. If in the opinion of the director the environment of the childcare center proves to
      be over-stimulating and the child has difficulty coping.
    2. If the parent or guardian is unable to support the staff’s discipline goals for their child, creating an atmosphere of inconsistency and confusion for the child.

    Parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns with the supervisors or director as they arise on an on-going basis.