Outdoor play occurs daily, weather permitting.
The children will not go outside if the temperatures are lower than minus 25 degrees Celcius and/or the windchill is above minus 25 degrees.
If the UV Index is high (+7), children will go outside but efforts will be made for protection such as applying sun screen, going outside when the UV Index is lower, going outside for shorter amounts of time, and playing in shaded areas.
Our infant curriculum is based on all the enriching elements that comprise a day at Knox.
At Knox Day Nursery we believe that every moment of the day can be made into a teachable learning experience. We believe all children bring gifts of individualism and have the right to be treated with respect, value, accepted and included in all aspects of optimal development. We value all children their parents/guardians and their extended families. We embrace inclusion and celebrate diversity to foster the well-being of every individual child including those with additional supports. We provide an environment that meets all developmental norms using strength based family centered approach. The majority of an infant’s day is comprised of caregiving routines, exploration and play. Throughout the caregiving routines, exploration and play we provide positive learning opportunities for each child.
An infant’s schedule changes from day to day or even minute by minute at times. A flexible daily schedule takes into account all the changing needs of the children in our care. Each child has a primary caregiver which allows the children to form a trusting relationship with a consistent person in the room. The primary caregiver is involved in diapering, naps, snacks/meals, play and exploration. Throughout the day staff support and facilitate positive interactions between staff-child, child-child and staff- families.
The room arrangement and materials are set up in a manner that respects children’s individual space and needs of the children. Materials are represented in an inviting manner and take into account all developmental domains. You will find photo displays and documentation of play throughout the room, which highlights some of the learning experiences that are occurring.
Children and families are greeted every morning by staff. At this time, exchange of information is often shared between both parties. Communication with parents occurs in various ways; verbal exchange, daily log sheet, parent bulletin boards, electronic photo frame and monthly newsletters. We communicate with parents through; parent bulletin boards, monthly newsletters, and a daily log. The daily log records; diapering, naps, snack/mealtime and describes a highlight of your child’s day. Families are invited to become part of the Knox Community through events such as Family Festive Feast.
Our curriculum is based on:
Our relationships with children and families are established through sustained and positive interactions. The building of these relationships is demonstrated with both verbal and physical gestures; smiles, eye contact, warm tone of voice, etc.
All children and families are greeted upon arrival and welcomed into the program on a daily basis. We build trusting and positive relationships with the children by ensuring that the environment is safe, being attentive to the children and acknowledging their interests, guiding their behaviour and providing activities which are inclusive and developmentally appropriate.
We use daily interactions with the children and families as a method to develop/expand communication/ language skills. The interactions occur during planned and unplanned experiences, routines/transitions and free play. The use of song singing, imaginative/dramatic play, puppets, story telling, reading books, show and share and other prosocial activities are incorporated in the program.
We promote positive relationships with the children & their families by role modelling. We encourage the children to be respectful of one another and their ideas and comments. We use opened ended questioning techniques, a positive tone of voice and ensure that our words/body language match when communicating and interacting verbal/ nonverbally.
Diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion are an important aspect of our program. All of our activities are inclusive and based on both individual and developmental norms.
Our staff use emergent curriculum as a basis for planning experiences for both indoor/outdoor play that encourages creativity, stimulates curiosity and promotes a sense of wonder. Specific opportunities are available based on knowledge of individual children, child development, family and ethno cultural goals and needs.
The indoor and outdoor learning environment includes age appropriate materials and resources that promote global development and learning.
The indoor environment is reflective of all developmental domains. These include creative arts, sensory experiences, reading, math, computer and science centers. Music is available on a daily basis with a compliment of an organized weekly music program.
The indoor learning environment includes a variety of curriculum areas. These includes fine motor, art, painting, large muscle, blocks, construction materials, science, technology, library, music, daily living, sand and water play. The children freely explore the materials and learn from “hands on experiences”. We extend the children’s learning through child inspired learning experiences, open ended questioning techniques, scaffolding and by adding provocations to their play experiences. The environment promotes language and reading readiness with the exposure of letters, pictures, books and story telling.
The outdoor play emphasizes large muscle development and activities by providing experiences that include running, jumping, cooperative games, bike riding, and play structures. Exposure to nature both outdoors and bringing nature indoors helps them gain respect, curiosity and wonder meant for the beauty of natural play experiences.
All play areas both indoors and outdoors are age appropriate accommodating individual learning styles and reflective of varying cultures and diversity. All play materials are rotated on a regular basis to stimulate and sustain the children’s interests and meet their individual needs. The program follows a daily schedule with regular routines and transitions. It includes a balance of structured and unstructured scheduled blocks of time as well as a balance of both active and quiet play. Flexibility is incorporated within the schedule cognizant of the needs of individual children.
Child inspired or spontaneous learning occurs when children become curious about situations around them. Examples include; when the arborists were cutting down two trees in the park adjacent to the center, or when the children notice the birds eating seeds from the feeders outside the playroom windows and the squirrel came along and also tried to eat from the feeders or the worms on the sidewalk after a rain storm. We use these natural occurrences as an opportunity to encourage curiosity, and extend the children’s learning.
Group times are implemented on a daily basis. The use of smaller group size encourages the children to share their ideas, role play, sing songs, or play games. On a monthly basis the children are involved in Show n Share. Each child is encouraged to bring a special item from home to share with the other children. We use this time to ask the children questions about the item and encourage others in the group to also ask questions.
Knox Day Nursery Inc. provides lunch from September to June of each year. The menu will be posted on the kitchen door. During July and August, each family must provide a lunch for their child.
Morning and afternoon snacks are provided all year (January to December). If you send a snack with your child, it needs to be healthy and of nutritional value. Chocolate bars, chips, candies, donuts and other unhealthy food will not be served to your child at daycare.
The centre does not knowingly serve peanut butter or products containing nuts or traces of nuts. Knox Day Nursery is a nut free facility due to severe allergic reactions in many children. Please read food labels carefully and refrain from sending nuts to the centre.
We will provide 2% milk for all meals. If your child requires other specific dietary products, such as goat milk and soy products, parents/guardians must provide the product.
It is the family’s responsibility to provide food/meals if your child has a special diet or severe food restrictions.