PROGRAM STATEMENT

"EARLY LEARNING FOR EVERY CHILD TODAY: A FRAMEWORK FOR ONTARIO EARLY CHILDHOOD SETTINGS’ (2007), ‘THINK, FEEL, ACT: LESSONS FROM RESEARCH ABOUT YOUNG CHILDREN’ (2013), and ‘HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN? ONTARIO’S PEDAGOGY FOR THE EARLY YEARS’ (2014) are documents used for the purpose of guiding licensed child care programs. These professional learning resources will strengthen the quality of our programs and ensure high quality and enriching experiences that lead to positive outcomes in relation to the children’s learning, development, health and safety, nutrition and well-being through play-based learning. Our program provides learning opportunities both indoors and outdoors.

Grace Church Day Care Centre is dedicated to supporting children’s learning, development, health and well-being through caring and responsive Early Childhood Educators, who focus on and value active learning, exploration, play, and inquiry. We believe that early learning is important and that children are competent, capable, curious, and rich in potential and we will value and build on their strengths and abilities. We will encourage the children to interact and communicate in a positive way and support their ability to self-regulate and think critically and creatively. Children are given time and open-ended materials and equipment which invites them to formulate and express their theories, ideas and questions/wonders. We see families as experts who know their children better than anyone and have important information to share with us. We will foster the engagement and ongoing communication with parents about the program and their children. We will provide child-initiated and adult-supported experiences.

Grace Church Day Care will support staff with continuous professional development, as outlined by the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators. Community partner involvement is also essential to maintaining a supportive, nurturing and educational environment. We will help to interpret children’s learning and exploration by using documentation through ongoing observation, planning, reflecting, and evaluation and use this as a tool to communicate to families and other professionals about the children’s learning and progress/well-being, and development using bulletin board displays and photographs, videos, portfolios and the children’s artwork. This will capture the rich experiences and learning that occurs daily.

The Program Statement will be reviewed annually, and modified as needed. More information can be found at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/pedagogy.html