Little Stars Daycare is dedicated to providing children 15 months to 5 years with a developmentally appropriate, quality program that helps the child to learn and grow to the fullest potential.
We believe that all children are competent, capable, curious, and rich in potential. We aim to provide a safe and healthy environment and warm consistent care to teach and nurture children in a loving, respectful manner.
Our goal is to meet the individual needs of the parents and children and to enrich each child’s emotional well-being and cognitive stimulation by providing child-initiated and adult-supported learning experiences that foster the children’s exploration, play, and creativity. We know that young children thrive in all areas of development when they are in supportive, caring and responsive relationships with adults. All young children are curious and they explore their world through play; that is also how they learn- this is the foundation of quality child care. Play is enjoyable, spontaneous, active and undertaken without external goals. When this natural activity is supported, the child’s competence, capacity and potential are maximized. Your child will be doing all the things your child wants to do. There will be storytelling, time to play with the blocks, opportunities to count and compare, time to make pictures, sing and to make-believe. Your child will experience the world through exploration, investigation and self-regulation inside the classroom and outdoors.
Children have the opportunity to make choices during indoor and outdoor play. When they go outside, learning is continued. We reach out to our community through local community walks, or special guests that visit our program. The outdoor learning environment provides extended opportunities for all elements of learning; from gross motor development, nature exploration, independent and cooperative games. When weather is inclement alternative activities for the children will be provided in the classrooms.
We view a positive, supportive relationship between the children and teachers as a fundamental. Throughout the day, the teachers will be:
Connecting with children by being available, sensitive, responsive, approachable, caring, and comforting. This is the way they build trust, making children feel safe and secure. From this stage, relationships are made so that children discover, take risks, grow and learn.
Supporting you in your role as a parent; helping with situations (ex: potty training, transition periods, behaviour management, etc).
Providing a safe environment for your child by preparing spaces that are more beneficial to learning.
Carefully observing your child to determine what they are capable of learning and absorbing.
Actively participating in your child’s play experiences through observing and documenting the milestones in your child’s life to ensure age-appropriate development.
We have created a positive learning environment where stimulating interactions take place with peers and teachers to support children’s learning and development. Our teacher’s further support children’s self-regulation through play partner interactions by following the lead of children, observing their interests, and how they interact with others and the physical environment. Through continual observation and attention, our teachers support children in developing strategies to remain calm and to control their emotions while recognizing the effects of their actions on others. Teachers plan based on observations they make of the children each day, that way we can ensure we are implementing activities that are based off of what the children are interested in. We foster ongoing communication and partnerships with parents, community partners, teachers, and staff to support the children. We provide “About My Day” sheets that the parents can write their child’s name on and the staff will fill out each day. When any changes are about to occur we send home news letters to the families, post notices on our front door, and as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Our goal is to promote happy, healthy, well-adjusted children that feel good about themselves and are ready to enter the school environment with success.