Requirements of enrolment:
- meeting with both the centre director and manager
- tour of our facility
- completion of our registration form/package
- reading and signing our parent agreement form
- A $200 registration deposit has been paid (will be used towards the last month of care as long as termination notice is given on time)
- If your child’s care is going to be funded by Child Care Subsidy, then all paperwork must be complete and a valid authorization number must be on file.
Before first day of care: all paperwork must be filled out completely, with deposit and monthly fee paid. Without these we cannot offer care.
We offer care to children between 2.5-5 yrs old from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Our doors open each morning at 7:50am for families to begin the drop off process
Drop off times
In centre drop off is between 8am and 9am, outdoor play drop off is between 10:40 and 11:40. We ask that you let us know via text or phone call by 8:15 am if you will be dropping off after 10:40am outdoors so we can properly arrange our day. For outdoor drop off please be sure your child is ready to join into play, already dressed in weather appropriate clothing (boots/rain gear/sun hat or toque) and is able to carry their own items as we will not always have our wagon with us.
Please understand that in centre drop off's past 9am can greatly disrupt the flow of our transitions.
For many children this is the first time they have spent any time away from their parents, and may be their first experience of being in group care . At Little Wild Early Learning, it is our intention to make this experience be a positive and successful one. Therefore families will be assisted in making this transition through a period of a gradual entry. We will work with each family to meet their needs and have the child build upon daily successes in their entry into the program. We usually find that a one week gradual entry period works well for most children. We are open to working with our families with a gradual entry that works for you and your families schedule, but will usually look like this:
- Day one : Parent, grandparent or guardian and child will come in for a one to two hour morning visit where they can explore the space, learn about our daily activities and begin bonding with the other children, educators and support staff. Day one is just a short visit with family present.
- Day two: Once child has immersed themselves in play, parent will leave for a short time to allow their child to adjust to the program looking to the educators for comfort and support. Child will stay for entire morning or afternoon (They will not take part in nap) to join us in our daily activities.
- Day three to five: Depending on how the transition has been going, your child is welcome to join us for a full day of care, or again for a short day.
** please note: some children may find transition into care much easier and be able to join us for a full day sooner than others
Little Wild Early Learning will be closed all statutory holidays and have three closures each year. In addition to these closures there will be three, full or half day, professional development closures. At or before the beginning of each year parents will receive our calendar and be notified of the exact closure times and dates. Dates may vary slightly year to year however they will most often be separated by season: one week in Spring, Summer and Winter.
If your child will be away for any reason please notify us as soon as possible, as it may change our daily class planning.
What to wear
Please keep in mind when your child dresses in the morning, you assist them in choosing clothing that is suitable for a day at Little Wild. We are creative, we are adventurous, we are scientists. We learn through child led discovery and play, so clothing should be comfortable and practical for the many experiences your child will have throughout the day. If your child enjoys wearing summer dresses please ask them to choose a pair of shorts or tights to go underneath, this will allow them the chance to climb, somersault and crawl along side their friends with ease. Please keep in mind that although dress up clothing/costumes can be fun to wear and exciting to show friends, they're not always as comfortable as regular clothing and at times can become hot or be restricting towards your child's abilities. We encourage costumes to be left at home but if your child wants to wear something like this on certain occasions, please dress them in a t-shirt and pants underneath in case they need to remove the costume from their outer layer and remember to keep in mind that it could get dirty.
- Please provide proper running/walking shoes for your child for outdoor play. Party shoes and flip flops can be fun for children to wear but can restrict their abilities during outdoor time and make for sore feet.
- Please refrain from shoes with laces unless your child is able to tie and untie by themselves (please see “autonomy” section)
- We also ask that each child is dressed in clothing that is easy for toileting, pants they can pull off and on themselves (or with minimal help, such as a button or zipper to secure afterwards)
Since we walk to many different outdoor locations throughout the beautiful James Bay area, we require each child to have a small child sized back pack they can carry themselves. We ask that they are packed light so that your child can carry it with ease. Not necessary but we do recommend backpacks with the chest clip for comfort (clips can also be added to back packs without)
small clothing change in a waterproof bag (weather appropriate)
- – 1x thin pants
- – 1x thin shirt
- – 1x socks and underwear
- – 1x pull up or diaper if used (with small amount of wipes)
Lunch and afternoon snack - must fit in back pack, with ice pack if items need to remain cold.
Please note: water bottle weight will be added to this during outings
*To save on weight, we recommend reusable snack bags versus glass jars, unless your child is used to carrying more weight.
* Morning snack goes into snack bin in lunch area
Cubbies and spare clothing bins
Our cubbies are small so we ask that they are kept minimalistic and organized with only the following items:
-Rain jacket/pants or muddy buddy
-Jacket or sweater to go under rain gear (x1)
-Sun hat or toque depending on time of year
-Back pack (ready to go with above listed items)
*please note that we have plastic shoe mats for larger rain boots if they don't fit in cubby. Please place them on the mat closest to your child's cubby
Spare clothing bins are located in closet near nap room, each child has a labeled bin. Please keep extras such as spare shoes, shirt, thin sweater underwear socks and pants in this bin versus in cubby. We also ask that you keep a “wet bag”in this bin as well in case of accidents.
Pull ups and diapers can be placed in a drawer in the bathroom, each drawer is labeled with child's name. If your child only uses a pull up for nap time, they may be sharing the drawer with another child.
Toileting and Diapering
We respect that each child develops at their own rate and not all children will be ready to potty train at the same time, children are not expected to be potty trained prior to enrolment. We do however ask that when either the staff of Little Wild or the parents/guardians notice signs of readiness, that we work together as a team to be consistent in our method of supporting the child through this new and exciting stage in their life. We will not push a child that does not seem mentally or physically ready into potty training.
*Diapers and wipes to be kept in drawer in bathroom, we will label a drawer with child's name
With respect to each child's autonomy, we encourage self help in all areas of our daily routine. To do this and respect their age and developmental stage it is important that we set them up for success. The educators of Little Wild Early Learning do our best to help, but with 16 children and only two educators it's not always possible to completely dress and undress each child.
Things such as shoelaces are not (usually) yet within their realm of ability in the preschool age and can cause a lot of frustration, please consider velcro or slip on shoes for their days at preschool.
*For meal times we ask that containers and food are “easy open” so that each child may learn how to do things things for themselves. This will allow the children to feel proud and pave the path for the next level of difficulty as it comes their way.
Nap routine and Safe Sleep Practices
At Little Wild Early Learning, we follow Child Care Licensing Regulation Safe Sleep Practices by providing a safe, consistent and comfortable sleep area to the children within our care. Children will nap in an location separate from the play area on personal-use, clean and comfortable sleep surfaces (items intended for safe sleep use by the manufacturer ). Children will be constantly supervised and properly cared for during all times of the day, including rest time, to ensure health, safety and happiness. Children are not permitted to sleep with anything that could become a hazard, items such as necklaces, scarves, choking hazard sized objects etc.
Exits will be kept clear in the event an emergency arises during rest time, no sleep cot, item of furniture or otherwise will create an unsafe barrier between the sleeping child and the emergency exit. In addition to providing a safe play area, the sleep area will also be routinely checked and clear of any possible hazards, all sleep equipment routinely checked for damage or possible recalls. We will follow a daily schedule and stick as closely to the regular rest time as possible to provide a sense of security to the children and to allow for an adequate amount of sleep opportunity. All area's of Little Wild Early Learning are smoke free and the temperature will be kept at a comfortable level during both awake time and rest time.
Naps can often be a sensitive time for children and the educators of Little Wild are aware of the importance of creating a comfortable, home-like environment for a feeling of security and warmth. Transition from awake times to sleep will be gentle and calming, once the children have been assisted as necessary with toileting /diapering they will have the opportunity to listen to a calming bed time story before crawling onto their sleep surfaces. Educators will be close during the entire nap time, sitting close to those who may need extra help or comfort.
For those who still consistently nap, we offer a separate, quiet nap room, an educator will be with them at all times to ensure a safe and happy nap time. For older children that are transitioning out of naps or do not nap at all, they will be required to have a short “rest” to give their bodies a break. They will begin this time by lying down on their sleep surface while listening to a quiet story or taking part in a breathing and mindfulness exercise led by an educator, followed by quiet time or “day dreaming time”. If after 30 minutes they have not fallen asleep, these children will be invited to choose a book, felt story or similar quiet activity to work with for the remaining rest period. As the "nap" children begin to wake up, quiet play will transition into free play and snack time before we
begin the afternoon group music and movement group time.
Lost and Found
We ask that your child's personal items are properly labeled with at least their initials, we will do our best to encourage each child to return their items to their personal basket and coat hanger but we are not responsible for lost items. Many coats and boots look alike, so it's important that we know who the item belongs to. Our lost and found is located beside our nap room so if you seem to be missing something, please check!
We ask that children do not bring their toys from home to the centre and that they instead stay in the car at drop off time, lost or broken toys makes for a very sad child. Interested children get very distracted by a new toy in a friends cubby. Our cubbies are also very small so it is important to limit what is in each, to allow room for outdoor clothing and lunch kits
We respect the traditions and values of the families in our programs and believe in exposing children to the traditions of others. A child may want to share the anticipation and excitement they feel about their holiday celebrations and all families are invited to share aspects of their holidays with the children in the centre in a meaningful and respectful way.
We acknowledge and respect that:
•Different families celebrate different holidays
•Families may celebrate the same holiday in many different ways
•Not everyone celebrates any or every holiday
•some holidays can be emotionally hard for certain families due to many different reasons
At Little Wild Early Learning we invite families to share who they are, to let us know what holidays have meaning to them and how they celebrate them. We then do our best to not fill the environment with our ideas of what this holiday is or decorate the room excessively but instead allow the holiday to be child led. Parents and guardians along with grandparents, aunts and uncles etc. Are welcome to arrange to come into the centre to share a special activity (song, dance, art project) that has meaning to their family's way of celebrating. If there is a certain holiday that can be emotionally hard for your family please know that this is a safe space and we encourage you to speak to us privately so we can work on a way to be inclusive of all needs.
Little Wild Early Learning also respects the importance of not using the “tourist approach” when learning about others cultures, we strive to incorporate the beauty of the way people from all around the world live into our everyday experiences. We want to be sure that we provide learning opportunities that go beyond the holidays, as each culture is so much more than just the holidays celebrated.
We are proud to have a “family shelf” for those who would like to bring in items special to their family culture to share with the children. The shelf is an area where the items are free to look at but will only be handled by the children during teacher led group time to ensure the items are always treated with
respect and care. We ask that you provide a small explanation of the items use and meaning to you. If you have something you would like to share to our family shelf, please let us know!
We encourage parents to come into the centre to share cultural activities and celebrations with the children. Please let us know if you are interested and we will discuss things further. From time to time we will also have miscellaneous wish list items and small projects we want to complete to create the best environment for the children, we keep a small updates list on our communication bulletin board if you are interested in taking a look.
We have a deep respect for confidentiality. Anything discussed between staff members or between staff and parents is kept completely confidential.We respect the children by not speaking to any other families about a child that is not theirs. If two children are involved in an incident together, we will explain what happened to the parents without naming the other child.
Photographs and Video Policy
As we follow the pedagogical philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach, daily/weekly documentation of the child's path of learning is very important to Little Wild Early Learning. Through both written and “captured” documentation (via video and photography) we are able to follow each child and identify their strengths and way of thinking. This allows us to take what we have learned about the child to provide further experiences that will extend and enhance their learning process in a way that has meaning to them. The parents/guardians and child also benefit from this process as they also learn more about the child's unique way of thinking.
We use photographs and video meant for documentation strictly in centre, these video and photographs may also be used in an end of care (graduation) goodbye ceremony slideshow/video.
Photographs and Video's beyond in centre use:
Often we will post special activities and accomplishments to our centre Facebook page or website, we respect that some families will not be comfortable with this so we ask that you fill out our photo and video form (attached in your registration package).
This form will give you the choice of one of the following:
- Photos of child permitted on centre Facebook page and website
- Only back of heads or hands showing, never faces
- My child requires complete privacy, please do not post anything out of centre
At Little Wild Early Learning we believe strongly in providing clean air for our children's happiness and health. Please refrain from smoking near children, in or near the centre or on field trips should you choose to join as a parent volunteer. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our environment a healthy one.
Although we are animals lovers, we are currently leasing space in a pet free building, so we can not allow furry friends of any kind to enter the space.
If your child requires a certain type of sunscreen we ask that you supply a bottle to keep within the centre, otherwise we will use our own brand. If your child does not use sunscreen, it is important to dress them in light long sleeves and pants with a full bucket style (or similar) hat, to fully cover neck and face from the sun.
Food and Drink Policy
At Little Wild Early Learning, we believe in the power of nutritious food to give children a strong base for their bodies and minds to properly grow.
- In line with the Canadian Food Guide and Child Care Licensing Regulations, we ask that you send healthy items only in your child's lunch kit, saving small treats for special occasions.
- Little Wild is a full day program and will require that you provide a morning snack, full lunch and afternoon snack to be sure your child has enough nourishment to fuel their bodies throughout the day. We encourage items such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, yogurt, sandwiches, healthy muffins etc.
- During off site excursions, clean drinking water will be available.
- Water bottles cleaned nightly.
- When planning your child's lunch and snack menu, please offer numerous options, the child who eats very little at home may eat much more during a busy and stimulating day in care. Please provide a small ice pack for any cold items in your child's lunch kit and keep warm lunch items in a thermos.
- The risk of choking is still high for this age group, so we ask that “round” foods such as grapes, meats with rounded ends (i.e. Sausages) etc., are cut in half/lengthways to reduce this risk. In line with our healthy eating policy, we also ask that choking hazards such as gum and hard candy stay at home.
- Sharing of lunches between children (not of the same family) is not permitted to avoid issues with dietary restrictions or allergies. Special event food items are permitted and parents will be notified in advanced if these items are being provided (i.e. Birthday celebrations). For children with allergies, we ask that parents/guardians consider providing a small non perishable “treat” to be kept at the centre in the event of a special event so that their child does not feel excluded during special celebrations.
If you would like any suggestions for weekly meal schedules/examples, the staff is happy to help plan.
Safe drinking water will be available at all times throughout the day. Children will have their own personal water bottles, labeled with their names, in easy reach. Water bottles will be filled with tap water (as our location contains safe drinking water), unless unsafe to do so. Little Wild will keep on hand, large jugs of purified water incase of emergencies such as contamination to
• We value and respect the personal needs of each family and encourage you to speak with us regarding your child's diet, we will do our best to accommodate special requests when we are able to as long as it is in line with our food and drink policy.
• We are currently a nut free centre.
A little more about meal times at Little Wild Early Learning
- Children are encouraged to build upon their autonomy and given the respect to try for themselves, such as collecting and using a spoon or fork, opening their own containers and pouring their own water (spills may happen and that is ok!). We also encourage everyone to help out by putting their own garbage or recycling in the proper containers.
- Hand washing is a requirement before each meal, the educators strive to teach proper hand washing skills, while at the same time creating a fun and positive personal hygiene experience.
- Children are never forced to eat more than they feel they are able to, nor will they ever be excluded from meal times. We strive to keep meal times a happy “family like” experience, food will be spoken of positively and conversations will be light and pleasant.
- At lunchtime we will often play quiet/gentle background music (such as piano compositions or instrumental acoustic guitar) to create a calm environment, encouraging the energy level to decrease as we transition from play to lunch and then into nap.
Health and wellness policy
Please be aware that we cannot tend to the needs of ill children, nor knowingly expose the other children within our care to sickness. We ask that you keep your child at home or find alternative care through a friend or family member for the duration of their sickness if child is dealing with:
- An underarm temperature of 100 degrees F (37.8 degrees C) or higher, or an oral/ear temperature of 101 degrees F (38.3 degrees C) or higher.
◦ may return when child has been fever free without aid of medication for at least 24 hours
◦ they may not return until they have had at least one normal bowel movement and/or have
seen a doctor and have received written medical clearance
- A skin infection, undiagnosed rash, eye infection, or any sign of contagious disease.
◦ They may not return until they have been treated by doctor and symptoms have subsided or they have received written medical clearance
- Any parasite related condition such as scabies or head lice etc.
◦ They may not return until both the child and the child's belongings have properly treated for
- Wheezing, difficulty in breathing, discharge from eyes or ears, trouble swallowing or persistant
◦ They may not return until symptoms have subsided or written medical clearance has been
- An underarm temperature of 100 degrees F (37.8 degrees C) or higher, or an oral/ear temperature of 101 degrees F (38.3 degrees C) or higher.
- Vomiting within the past 24 hours
◦ They may not return until at least 24 hours have past since last bout of vomiting and no
other signs of illness are present. A 48 hour period may be required depending on the
◦ They must remain home until they have been on the antibiotics for at least 24 hours, after 24 hours they may return if they are responding well to the treatment and the condition is not contagious anymore
- Unexplained or undiagnosed pain
◦ If your child has been complaining of pain they will need to remain home until the pain has
been diagnosed, symptoms have subsided and they child is able to participate in the
- Abnormal irritability or lethargy
◦ Child is welcome to return once they are well enough to participate in the program
- Bleeding: any condition where blood could contaminate others
◦ Child may return when bleeding has stopped and/or there is no risk for contamination Note:
- Do not leave medication of any kind in a child’s cubby, including vitamins. Please refer to our medication policy for more information regarding children and medication.
- We require all children to be up to date on their health immunizations to attend Little Wild Early Learning
We will administer medications provided they have been:
- doctor prescribed
- medication agreement form has been filled out by the parent/guardian. DIN number must be
- Medications will be kept in a locked box within teacher cupboard. A second lock box will be
provided if medication must be refrigerated. Keys are kept safely out of reach, on a hook beside the locked box.
Process of Administering Medication:
- Only full time staff is able to administer medication.
- A substitute is not permitted. Medications will only be administered as per written instructions
on medication form.
- There will be a form beside each box (hung on the wall for easy viewing) stating which time
each dose is administered, to avoid missing or duplicating doses.
- The educator will sign after giving medication and verbally announce to the other staff
- We do not administer medication fever relief, such as Tylenol. A child must be fever free for 24
hours before returning to the centre. Little Wild will not accept child who has been administered
full amount of time.
• In the event a child required pain relief (i.e. Broken arm, etc.), we will administer the
medication, provided a doctors note is present. This will be discussed with the parent. The educator will give the recommended amount up to one dose of medication. If the child is unable to keep up with the program, due to pain, the parent/guardian or authorized person will be contacted to pick up their child.
Screen use policy
At Little Wild Early Learning we believe in providing a nurturing environment that allows for minimal screen time. Our world is such a screen filled one that children are exposed regularly through use of computers, smart phones, tablets/iPads, television and handheld games. This policy supports mainly screen free activities within the Little Wild Early Learning program, reserving any type of screen use activities to:
- Educator documentation by use of videotaping (to share with the children and their families)
- Occasional child led projects which, by child's request, may involve videotaping (i.e. Puppet
show or dramatic play story acted out) which the children will have the chance to watch together as a group. In these situations we will keep the viewing to 15 minutes max.
The first five years of life are critical time for development in children. It has been shown that too much screen time in a child's life detracts from healthy social, cognitive, and physical development. It is important for children 2 1/2 to five years to have as much opportunity as possible to engage with others in meaningful ways. Typically electronic devices put the viewer in a passive mode, not interacting with others. Nor is excessive screen time conducive to whole brain development. Also, watching a screen makes the children sedentary rather than being active and playing. Finally, electronic devices can disrupt sleep patterns affecting nap time and the ability to have a good night's sleep.
At Little Wild Early Learning we believe in hands-on interactive learning, connecting with nature and with each other
Release of Child Policy
In accordance with Child Care Licensing Regulations, a child in our care will routinely only be released to the enrolled parent/legal guardian or alternate authorized persons listed on the child’s registration form and card.
Parents are responsible for keeping this information up-dated. Parent/guardian must have contact with a staff person on arrival and departure. The time of arrival and departure will be recorded on the daily attendance sheet along with parent/guardian signature, this will prevent unnecessary confusion or potential risk of missing child.
If a parent has authorized a person who is unknown to the staff to pick up their child, photo identification will be checked before the staff will release a child. It is the staff’s legal responsibility to the extent that is possible, not to release a child to an authorized person who is showing they are unable to adequately care for a child. If a staff member believes that a child will be at risk, the staff person in charge will:
1. Offer to call an alternate contact person on pick up list to collect child OR 2. Contact the Ministry of Children and Family Development
If an unauthorized person arrives to pick up a child, the child will remain under the supervision of the child care staff. The staff person in charge will speak with the individual and explain the policy that no child shall be released without written authorization from the enrolled parent/ guardian. Parent/Guardian would be required to temporarily leave work to come down to the centre to provide in writing that this person is allowed to pick up. If parent cannot leave work to do so, they will need to arrange for an authorized person to pick up instead.
If a parent/ guardian cannot be contacted the child will NOT be released. Custody and Court Related Orders
When a custody or court order exists, it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure it is given to the centre and the staff are then responsible for keeping the order in the child’s file. Details and instructions contained in the order will be followed at all times. Parents must report any changes to the centre. All files will be kept confidential.
Late Pick Up
All families and authorized pick- up persons must pick up their child(ren) by 5:00 pm. If an emergency arises, the pick- up person is expected to notify the centre as soon as possible and make alternate arrangements (such as pick up by a person authorized to pick up) for pick up no later than 5:00 pm.
If a child is not picked up by 5:15 pm and the authorized pick up person or parent/guardian has not called, the centre will try to contact the family and then someone from the alternate list for that child. If all efforts are unsuccessful, the staff person in charge will call the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The staff person in charge will also try to leave a message for the family and/or with and authorized person.
A $5.00 fee is charged for late pick up every 5 minutes.
Payment procedure and repayment agreement requirements for enrollment
The following must be completed in order to have successfully enrolled your child:
- All paperwork must be signed and submitted to the Director or Manager
- A $200 registration deposit (will be used towards the last month of care as long as termination
notice is given on time)
- If your child’s care is going to be funded by Child Care Subsidy, then all paperwork must be
complete and a valid authorization number must be on file.
All fees are due on the 25th of each month. We accept payment in the form of e-transfer, cash or post- dated cheques. Cheques must be made out to “Little Wild Early Learning INC.” If your cheque is returned as non-sufficient funds, you will be notified immediately and asked for payment by e-transfer or cash. Although there is a $20.00 charge for each NSF cheque, as well as failure to pay via e-transfer or cash. A first time “offense” will be waived if payment received within 24 hour notice of NSF or
After 24 hours of late payment, Child is not welcome to return for care until fee's have been paid Centre closures:
Planned closures Fees are the same for each month of the year which parents will be aware of upon enrollment (i.e. Stat holidays, Christmas, one week summer closure, two pro-d days) our fee's are divided into twelve even payments.
Unplanned extended closures If there is an extended closure due to an emergency (i.e. flood damage, staff illness without ability to get subs, etc.) a portion of the fee may be returned, up to $100.00 per week. This would not include a one day power outage closure.
Summary of Fees:
Current monthly rate Five Days a week: $900.00. Three Days a week: $565.00 (only with two day space share agreement with another family) and Two Days a week: $400.00 (only with three day space share agreement with another family)
Termination of care by parent/guardian:
Upon payment of fee's on the 25th, notice of termination must be given in order to meet our 5 week
notice . For example, if October 31st will be the child's last day requiring care from Little Wild, we must receive notice by September 25th.
Failure to give proper notice: One month’s fees in lieu of notice
Termination of care by Little Wild Early Learning:
At Little Wild Early Learning, we reserve the right to discontinue care with one month notice in the event the care situation is not the right match. Little Wild Early Learning is a place of understanding with empathetic, hard working educators, termination of care will be a last resort. It will only be in the event that every resource has been used to solve major issues while working with the child's family. We at Little Wild aim to create a rich environment for all children to have the best chance of thriving in our program. Due to our commitment to all of the children in our care, we have to keep everyone's needs in mind, this includes their happiness and safety as well as the daily flow of the schedule; Therefore, if this routine is consistently disrupted, termination of care may be necessary. We at Little Wild Early Learning believe strongly in consistent communication with the parents/guardians of the children we care for and will do our absolute best to create an environment that recognizes and meets the needs of each child.
We will do our absolute best to avoid “surprising” families with news of termination, but instead work along-side them to the best of our ability before deciding upon a care termination. However, if immediate termination is necessary due to reasons listed below, we have a responsibility to not only protect the children in our care, but ourselves and centre as well.
Immediate termination of care :
• Abusive behaviour towards staff or children by parents
- Violent behaviour of child towards other children or staff
Please refer to our Aggressive behaviour policy below for further explanation
- Fees are not paid, we reserve the right to advertise the space as open if fee's not paid within two weeks.
After the 1st of the month, Child is not welcome to return for care until fee's have been paid Immediate termination of care repayment policy
If immediate termination occurs, fees equivalent to a half-month of care are to be paid. If more than two weeks of the month are remaining, fees will be refunded, equal to the same amount. The educator shall account for and return any money held by way of security deposit to the parent/guardian after deduction of any unpaid care fees owing to the centre within 10 days of termination of care.
Parents will be given notice of termination in writing.
• No refunds will be given if your child is absent due to illness or holidays.
Little Wild Early Learning reserves the right to update policies throughout the year as required with a two month notice of change for parents/guardians to review and agree upon. If these changes do not suit the need of the families, they reserve the right to give notice for termination of care.
Aggressive Behaviour Policy
At Little Wild Early Learning, the safety and well being of the children in care is our responsibility. Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to:
- Physical, emotional, or verbal acts which place children or staff in a hurtful, unsafe or harmful situation
In dealing with acts of aggressive behaviour, the following procedures will be followed:
1. The child will be removed from the situation, as per the Behaviour Management Policy. The staff will connect and redirect the child to stop the aggressive behaviour.
2. The aggressive behaviour will be documented in the daily log, and parents will be made aware of the behaviour.
3. If the aggressive behaviour continues throughout the day, the parent/guardian or alternate pickup person (in that order) will be contacted to pickup the child immediately.
4. If behaviour continues, directors reserve the right to remove the child from care until behaviour resides. Parents will be given the option to provide (at their own expense) an aid for the child. If the support cannot be provided, the parent/guardian can be present for a 3-day trial period to see if the behaviour changes or other agreements can be made.
5. After the parents have been notified on occasions of aggressive behaviour, the educator(s) will consult with the directors of Little Wild Early Learning and the parents will be informed of any decisions made by the directors. If necessary for the safety of children, staff or the centre, termination may be
required. See Repayment Policy (subsection Termination of Care) for more details.
Unplanned extended closures If there is an extended closure due to an emergency (i.e. flood damage, staff illness without ability to get subs, etc.) a portion of the fee may be returned, up to $100.00 per week. This would not include a one day power outage closure.
If immediate termination occurs, fees equivalent to a half-month of care are to be paid. If more than two weeks of the month are remaining, fees will be refunded, equal to the same amount.
Active Play Policy
What is active play?
Active play is physical activity which includes moderate to vigorous bursts of high energy, raises children’s heart rate and may make them ‘huff and puff’ such as running or jumping.
Why is this important?
- Active play helps to promote healthy growth and development and supports body control and development.
- Active play can help build strong bones and muscles, assists with the development of gross motor and fine motor skills and improves coordination and balance.
- Active play also helps to promote children’s confidence, improves concentration, thinking and learning skills and provides opportunities to develop social skills.
- Active play is play is best provided in an outdoor environment. When weather conditions are unsafe, gross motor activities will be modified for indoors, for example: balance beam, obstacle course, dancing, etc.
The following outlines the length of time active play will be provided:
Group Childcare 30 months to School Age
• Under 4 hours of care 60 minutes of active play provided.
• Over 4 hours of care 120 minutes of active play provided.
- Moments of active play will be balanced with both child led, free choice play as well as teacher led activities. During active play times the educators will not only observe and supervise closely to ensure safety, they will also teach children how to be safe and act responsibly (how to use toys and equipment safely, understand and be aware of potential hazards etc.)
- We are a minimal screen use centre, reserving “screen time” to short moments of teacher supported, child interest led research in order to support curiosity and paths of learning and documentation of children's projects to share with families.
- Physical activity is highly valued at Little Wild Early Learning Centre, especially within the outdoors. Educators will not only provide many opportunities for active play throughout our day, we will also model it by being active ourselves. We strongly believe active play contributes to the healthy wellbeing of all children and staff. We please ask for your support by dressing your child in weather appropriate clothing. We look forward to many mud puddles and sand castles!
Throughout the year, trips are made to special places of interest that add an educational benefit to the children. A notice will be posted in advance of the excursion informing you of the destination, time and date; parent signature will be required. If you would prefer that your child do not attend this field trip, we will need you to make alternative arrangements for care for that day as we do not have enough staff to leave one ECE behind in centre. We encourage parent participation if you are able to volunteer your
Please note: The children go for walks within the local community. These excursions are considered part of the daily program
Off site safety plan
As Little Wild Early Learning will be using off site outdoor play spaces daily Monday through Friday we have implemented an off site safety plan which includes three different locations: our main location as well as two back up locations.
Prior to leaving
- Parents will be aware of our location at all times
- Teachers will inform the children where they are going and what will happen, whom they will
see and who they will need to listen to
- Enough information will be given to help the children feel secure and comfortable but not too
much to spoil the experience
- Safety rules will be discussed with the staff, volunteers and children ex: designated meeting
area, children must stay with the adult and group in which they were assigned. Only if ALL staff and adults are aware, will a child switch groups
- Head count will be taken prior to leaving, upon arrival, throughout play, prior to leaving and upon returning to centre
- Each staff member and child in care will wear a matching t-shirt/vest complete with logo, address and phone number of the Centre
- Each child will hold onto our 'walking rope' with one educator at the front, one at the rear until safety at the location. They will then sit down while head count, and safety checks are preformed.
- During off site outdoor play, all educators will be equipped with a cell phone and back up portable charger for emergencies
- Attendance will be taken before the group leaves the centre, upon arrival and once again before returning to centre, with constant head counts throughout the offsite play time.
- As with care within the center we will follow our care and supervision plan closely, constantly looking ahead and scanning the area to catch any issues before they arise as well as swiftly move closer to areas in need of closer supervision
- All Staff will have a valid First Aid Certificate
A backpack containing the following will be carried at all times:
➢ emergency medication (if any required)
➢ first aid kit
➢ portable emergency information for both staff and children
- ➢ List of parent phone numbers, separate from emergency cards for quick access incase of
- ➢ emergency
- ➢ emergency change of clothing
- ➢ water
- ➢ emergency snacks
- ➢ extra sunscreen
- ➢ hand sanitizer
- ➢ wet wipes
- ➢ List of city phone numbers (i.e. non-emergencies police line, city maintenance (hazardous
- ➢ material removal) etc.)
One staff member will do a safety check, being sure the area is clear of any harmful debris, damaged equipment, unsafe persons around, poisonous/dangerous flora or fauna (ie. Mushrooms) etc. And record their findings on their checklist. The other staff member will take this time to lead the children in a short safety reminder as well as a song or story (depending on length of time needed)
The children will be well rehearsed in emergency procedures and will know that when an educator blows the whistle, they are to move safely and swiftly so that they are directly beside the educators. The whistle blow will remind them that it is time to immediately come together as a group, sit down for headcounts and quietly wait to receive further instruction .
Examples of situations in which the whistle might be used:
- One educator has taken a group of children to the washroom, leaving the second educator still on the playground with the remaining group. A child becomes hurt while playing, which means the educator will need all children to move quickly towards him/her so that no child is left unsupervised while the hurt child is being attended to. This whistle blow will also signal the other educator to hurry back to assist
- In the case of a missing child
- Any unsafe situation the educators may find themselves and the children in: in the case of
unsafe persons or animals for example, the children will need to immediately move to the educators side so they can do a headcount and move the children to a safe location
Each educator will wear a whistle around their neck at all times while using any off-site play location as well as on field trips. Volunteers that may be present on field trips will also be required to carry a whistle.
Additional safety procedures for field trips: *note all policies are to be followed as stated above
- Parent volunteers will also be asked to bring their own cell phones
- Smaller ratio (3:1) with parent volunteers
in a smaller ratio as required
- Parents are required to follow our Care and Supervision policy at all times
- Group will stay together at all times, parents and educators working side by side
IN THE CASE OF A LOST CHILD Staff will be prepared to do the following:
- Ensure all other children are safely within designated meeting area then conduct a swift yet
- brief search of the immediate area for missing child
- Contact the police give a description of the child and the clothing he/she was wearing then
- immediately call parents and day care licensing
- Staff will record a copy of all activity information including routes travelled and estimated time of arrival/departure
Off site Locations Main location: Irving Park, 265 Menzies St. James Bay
Please note: We will only be using the green space to the back of the park, in a fenced area far away from the fence openings, we will not be using the play structure as it is too close to the fence openings and road.
This park is only a two-three minute walk from the centre and there are no roads to cross as this space is on the same side of the street as Little Wild. We will be using the green space only, and will provide gross motor activity materials for the children to use. By using a hand held walking rope and wearing matching shirts, the children of Little Wild Early Learning will safely move from the centre to the park location with the care and close supervision of the educators. Orange cones will mark off an area, a visual boundary line in which the children will stay. The park is fenced and although openings are not gated, they are far from the green space location we will be using. The educators will be supervising closely at all times, ensuring children stay within the marked off boundary area. Educators will position themselves in a way that “blocks” the children from leaving the marked boundary area to further provide safety measures. As we arrive at the park, one educator will lead the children in a safety reminder as the other educator does a safety check of the area (including park washroom). A cell phone will be carried at all times, as will an emergency back pack containing items such as (but not limited to) first aid kit, attendance list and children's information. Parents will be aware of our location at all times. Headcounts will be done prior to leaving, upon arrival, throughout play time, before leaving and once again upon returning to centre.
Secondary location: James Bay Toddler Park, Montreal St. Victoria, BC
Our back up location is “James Bay Toddler Park”, located to the edge of MacDonald Park on Montreal St. This location is a short ten minute walk from the centre through a quiet and safe residential area on sidewalks. There are two quiet residential roads to cross with the use of a safely marked crosswalks. We will use a safety rope with handles for the children to hold on to as they walk to the location, with one educator at the front and one at the back, closely observing the children as well as staying aware of any hazards at all times. As with our “Main” off site location, the children will wear matching shirts or vests with centre information printed on them. The Toddler park play structure is age appropriate and it is fully fenced in (including latching gates) within a quiet residential neighbourhood. A cell phone will be carried at all times as will an emergency back pack containing items such as (but not limited to) first aid kit, attendance list and children's information. Parents will be aware of our location at all times. There is a washroom just steps away within MacDonald Park. All safety measures that are taken at our main off site location (including but not limited to: headcounts and safety sweep) will also be implemented at our back up locations. Headcounts will be done prior to
Third location: Michigan street playground and park, 677 Michigan St. Victoria BC
Our alternate back up location, which will only be used in necessity: In the case of park closure, dangerous materials or unsafe persons, is “Michigan street play ground”. This is a large, mostly fenced playground and green space. Although this location is leased by the school district and used by South Park Elementary during recess and after school pick up, it is open to the public.The play structure at this location is not age appropriate and therefore we would only be using the green space (located in a fenced corner of the land) which also offers a natural sandbox (driftwood and rock border). This area is far away from the 5-12 year old play structure as well as a safe distance from any gate openings, we would also arrange our play time around the schools scheduled outdoor time. As with our main location and back up location, we will safely reach our alternate back up location by using a hand held walking rope and wearing matching shirts, the children of Little Wild Early Learning will safely move from the centre to the park location with the care and close supervision of the educators. The walk is through a quiet a residential area on sidewalks, with only two road to cross with a safely marked crosswalks. This is a 6-10 minute walk. Orange cones will mark off an area, a visual boundary line in which the children will stay. As we arrive at the park, one educator will lead the children in a safety reminder as the other educator does a safety check of the area. Play materials that encourage gross motor skill development will be provided to the children to use while at the park. A cell phone will be carried at all times, as will an emergency back pack containing items such as (but not limited to) first aid kit and children's information. Parents will be aware of our location at all times. Headcounts will be done prior to leaving, upon arrival, throughout play time, before leaving and once again upon returning to centre.
Behavioral Guidance Policy
Every child has the right to be fully and completely respected. We believe the best way to teach respect and kindness is to act as role models and demonstrate appropriate behavior at all times of the day. Positive phrases with simple explanations will be used throughout the day to guide the children as needed. By explaining the expectations we have for the children at the beginning of the program, then following through with our expectations day-to-day through kindly spoken reminders and modeling, the child has the best chance at success.
The children will be encouraged to practice problem solving skills when dealing with challenges, The educators will actively listen and empathize with the child, allowing them “a voice to be heard.” When a child has made an attempt to solve a problem involving another child, the staff member will offer guidance and suggestions without simply ‘taking over’. This gives the ownership of the solution to the child as well as encourages their developing social skills. If a child becomes overwhelmed and acts out in aggression toward another person, it may become necessary to separate the child to a safe and supervised area for the safety of all parties involved. The educator and the child will then have a discussion about an appropriate course of action, such as: “checking on” the other child to see if they need anything to feel better (i.e. assisting in fixing a broken art piece, block tower etc.) They may also need to “take a break” and distance themselves from another child for a certain amount of time in order to cool down. We do not believe in time outs as they only isolate the already stressed out child. Time- in's and redirection will be used instead, with an understanding and empathetic educator to listen/communicate and work towards solving the issue together as a team.
Through positive reinforcement, encouragement and empathy for the children's feelings, we at Little
Wild Early Learning strive to guide behaviour gently onto the right path for future success. Regular meetings with the families of the children within our care will be held to discuss any issues that may be arising at home, as well as new breakthroughs and accomplishments to be celebrated. We believe strongly in joining together with the parents/guardians of the children we care for, to become a team who work closely together to create the best possible environment for the child to grow in.
Care and Supervision Of Children Policy
Staff must be aware that the children are closely supervised at all times at the daycare, at off-site play- spaces and during field trips. Full supervision, together with thoughtful design and safe arrangement of the children's environment, can prevent or reduce the likelihood of accidents and the severity of injury to children.
Close supervision is the most important element for safe care of children and we at Little Wild take this role very seriously. Children are naturally driven to challenge their own abilities but are not always able to recognize the potential risks involved. This is where experienced and alert childcare providers come in, it is our duty to identify risks and be aware of hazards before injury happens.
The educators of Little Wild Early Learning will position themselves in the best location for full supervision and refrain from congregating in one spot which often ends up in socializing.
Proper supervision also ensures that children's play is enjoyable and that many age appropriate learning opportunities are provided. By watching children closely, educators are able to notice opportunities for supporting and building upon children's play experiences. Through supervision and observation, the educators of Little Wild are then able to document the children's learning and growth, which we are then able to share with both the children and their families.
- Staff child ratio will always be met as per childcare licensing regulation
- Children will be aware and understand the safety rules set by Little Wild Early Learning for both indoor and outdoor play ◦ each off site play-space visit will begin with a quick overview of safety rules
Reportable incidents include but are not limited to:
- Aggressive or unusual behaviour
- Disease Outbreak of more than 3 children
- Emergency Restraint
- Injury (excluding minor scrapes)
- Missing or wandering child (even for a short moment)
- Emotional, Sexual, Physical Abuse or Neglect
- Service delivery problem (closing facility - example power outage)
Full-time and support staff are required to maintain a daily log of daily events and non-
- Minor accidents and illnesses
- Unexpected events involving children that did not require medical attention and were not
- Parents will be notified of daily events regarding their child whether it is an immediate phone
call or end of day conversation.
Children's records, registration forms and emergency contact information:
- Confidential records will be kept by staff, in a locked filing cabinet but there will always be easy access to an organized binder containing child information, duplicated policies, emergency procedures, and any other important information excluding confidential documents.
- Located by the telephone, a printed list of parent/guardian contact information will always be present
- When off site, centre backpacks are to be kept on staff at all times. The bag will contain all necessary contact information, child attendance record, information about allergies, etc.
Upon hiring a substitute, each individual will go through an information and orientation session. They will be taught emergency procedures and will be shown where all information is kept, before being allowed to supervise children.
Each new member of Little Wild, whether it be a full time staff member or a substitute teacher, will be given a staff handbook to be informed of all policies and procedures.
Substitutes will not be alone in the facility. Little Wild Early Learning requires a full-time staff member to be present at all times.
Nap Time Supervision: During nap time there will be at no time any child left unsupervised. The children will be in close view and earshot of the children, if not directly beside them during the entire rest period.
We are excited to welcome you to the Little Wild Early Learning family, let the adventures begin!