Rainbow Daycare Centre has an environment designed to be both stimulating, inclusive and child centred. Children will be encouraged, but not forced to take part in well planned and organized, free flow experiences, that are developmentally appropriate. Such experiences that will aid in children’s physical, cognitive, literary, and social/emotional development. These objectives will be achieved through a program designed by trained and well-versed Early Childhood Educators.
Every child is welcome at Rainbow Daycare. Every child will have the opportunity to engage in a safe physical learning environment, that is child centred. Materials, structures, and objects that will encourage and refine the development of fine and gross motor skills. Activity areas will be organized with the objective of stimulating the child’s interest, curiosity, and desire to explore. We offer centres in each home room that will include activities based on language arts, geography, math, dramatics, science, music, nature, and art. Every child will be encouraged and respected in their growth and development of their personal sense of self-worth, self-esteem and sense of self.
Children will be recognized as both an individual as well as a vital member of the community through a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. Children will have the opportunity to share in large and small group-orientated activities and experiences in hopes to learn the value of socialization, the world around them and respect with others.
We believe that children learn through play, therefor we have a “play base” early learning philosophy. All children will be encouraged to explore, engage, and embrace discovery. The Early Childhood Educators, administrators, and parents will strive to maintain open and friendly communication. In working together, we will provide a program of high quality that will result in the children having a wider range of experiences and skills. The staff and administrators’ main priority remain the health, safety, and the well-being of all the children entrusted to our care.
Our primary philosophical beliefs are:
o All children have the right to be nurtured, respected, and embraced as competent.
o Children construct knowledge by active participation with materials and the environment.
o Purposeful play is when children learn through the process of their efforts.
o Children should be guided through both child- and teacher-planned activities that are purposeful and enhance children.
o It is necessary to emphasize the development of the whole child with a focus on promoting social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
o Assessment of children should be on-going, reflective of children’s experiences, and occur within the context of daily homeroom experiences and activities.
o Collaboration between families and teachers supports the development of the child/children.
o The role of the adults in the environment is to reflect the philosophy of the program. These beliefs give purpose to our program and define our practice.
o Provide a play base learning environment that meets children at their unique developmental stage.
o To maintain inclusive practices.
o To model best practices.
o To ensure unity and acceptance in cultural beliefs.
o Nurture positive self-esteem by providing an environment for successful experiences.
o Encourage emotional development and social skills through providing acceptable ways to express thoughts and feelings, learning to recognize and accept emotions in others.
o Support the physical development of gross motor skills through outdoor and indoor activities as well as fine motor
development using manipulative toys, free-flow art, blocks, puzzles, writing utensils, and other small instruments.
o Facilitate cognitive development and critical thinking skills by broadening the child’s hands-on experiences to increase their knowledge base, concepts, and problem-solving skills.
o Develop language, literacy skills and multilingual skills through stories/books, music and songs, dramatic play, large and small group discussions, and a print rich environment.
o To promote kindergarten readiness.
o Foster responsibility for oneself in self-help, health, safety, and interpersonal areas and to facilitate appropriate independence.
o Enhance creativity by offering many kinds of materials and experiences in, science, music, art, dramatics, nature, and literature.
Developmentally Appropriate Programs
It is very important to us that our programs be developmentally appropriate for all age groups. All children have different strengths, interests, and individual needs. All our children will be seen as individuals, and by knowing the children and doing observations, we will work together to ensure that all their needs are being met. At our centres, children come from different cultural and social backgrounds. Our staff is keen to recognize these differences and ensure that all of our children feel safe and supported at all times. The children need to feel respected by the adults around them, that they are a part of the environment and that they are actively involved in the daily routine as much as possible.
The Role of Parents & Families
The parents of our children will play a very important part in our program from orientation of the children to our centre to their graduation from Rainbow Daycare. It is very important for the staff to know the children’s families to better understand the children and their needs and personalities. Parents are welcome at our centre at all times and are encouraged at any time to ask questions, seek a referral, or to share information with the staff concerning safety and other similar activates. They also may contribute to supplies, dress up clothes, and more.
At Rainbow Daycare, we feel that the children, families, and our staff make up the community in which we live and that we all have a responsibility to respect one another and contribute positively to our community. The management and staff of Rainbow Daycare take this responsibility very seriously and recognize that we play a very important role in the lives of the families and children who choose to attend Rainbow Daycare. It is our goal to provide high quality, inclusive and accessible programs which are developmentally appropriate for the children in our care. We feel that high quality childcare provides a solid foundation for the future successes of all children.
Contact Rainbow Daycare Centre Ltd. to learn more about the many programs we offer.