Award Winning Quality Childcare
EMBRACE THE CHANGES IN CHILDCARE
Childcare is not glorified babysitting! (this misconception is a MAJOR pet peeve for RECE's everywhere!) 85% of brain development occurs before age of 5. Early Childhood Education is an essential part of every child's growth and development. The Ministry of Education recognizes this and has worked to improve childcare throughout Ontario to ensure quality childcare.
Learning Ladder Childcare is amending all of it's Policies & Procedures to better reflect the below listed documents. We are participating in numerous Quality Initiatives and programs to provide the best childcare to the Oakville community.
It started in January 2007, the government published Early Learning for Every Child Today: A Framework for Ontario Early Childhood Settings (ELECT). It was developed by the Best Start Expert Panel on Early Learning to improve the quality of early childhood settings. The ELECT sets out six principles to guide practice in early years settings & provides a continuum of development for children from birth to age eight. These six principles are used in Ontario's Full Day Kindergarten Program
The Six Principles of the ELECT:
1. Early child development sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour, and health.
2. Partnerships with families and communities strengthen the ability of early childhood settings to meet the needs of young children.
3. Respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion are prerequisites for honouring children’s rights, optimal development, and learning.
4. A planned curriculum supports early learning.
5. Play is a means to early learning that capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance.
6. Knowledgeable, responsive educators are essential.
Read Excerpts from "ELECT" here! or borrow it from the center!
ELECT lays out the groundwork for another important resource How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years" In this document, the goals for children and clear expectations for programs are set out. It provides RECE's a way to think about the ELECT principles and how they work together.
Four Foundations of How does Learning Happen?
•Belonging refers to sense of connectedness to others, being valued & forming relationships
•Well-Being importance of physical & mental health & wellness. (self care, sense of self & self regulation)
•Engagement being involved & focused. When children are able to explore the world around them with natural curiosity & exuberance, they are fully engaged. Through this type of play & inquiry they develop skills (problem solving, creative thing & innovation).
•Expression To be heard & to listen which takes many forms. Through bodies, words use of materials. Opportunities to explore materials support creativity, problem solving etc.
Children, Families & Educators all need these four foundations (independently & interconnected). Our favourite image of the child in this document is "Children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential." Isn't that such a beautiful statement? This applies to each child, to Families and Educators!
Read How Does Learning Happen? here! or borrow it from the center!
Think feel Act, Lessons from Research about Young Children
The Ontario Early Years Policy Framework describes how children's experiences in the early years can have an extraordinary and long-lasting impact on children's learning, development, health and well-being. The Ministry of Education worked with leading experts in the early childhood field to develop the following thought-provoking resources to support RECE's working in early years settings in their professional learning. We continue to strive to encourage discussion about the big ideas in early childhood. The topics all have significant impact on experiences of children in early childhood.
These "Briefs" cover various topics and are written by different authors.
Read the Think Feel Act, Lessons from Research about Young Children here!
Quality First for Children, Families, Professionals & Community
Learning Ladder is proud to participate in Quality First. Quality First is an initiative within Halton Region that supports early childhood programs to further develop the level of quality care, and education they offer to young children and their families.
Quality First is based on the following indicators of quality childcare
Environment/Curriculum: appropriate learning materials and experiences available for children in a safe and caring environment
Supervision/Administration: supervisor support the staff team
Professionalism: teachers participate in professional activities and life-long learning
Inclusion: the childcare has policies that support the inclusion of children with special needs. The childcare support diversity
Adult/Child Interaction: teachers interact with children with sensitivity
Support for Early Childhood Education Students: The centre accepts Early Childhood Education students and supports them as a field placement site.
Quality First is a program offered through The Halton Resource Connection www.thrc.ca
As a result of our involvement in Quality First our staff participate in various trainings/workshops & webinars every few months!
Our center is supported through an ongoing process which includes: observations and evaluation of the program, self-evaluation and goal setting, staff professional learning, resources, and support from a Consultant. Commitment to Quality is an ongoing process. By participating in Quality First, we have made a commitment to increase and maintain the quality of care and learning we provide to the children and families of our center.
QUALITY MAP PILOT
Across Halton Region only 18 centers were invited to participate in this initiative. We were thrilled to join this important research!
This new and innovative approach to assessing quality in Halton Region's ELCC sector will have a qualitiative approach to assessing quality. It aligns with "How Does Learning Happen?" & The RECE Code of Ethics. It is built on critical reflection, collaborative inquiry, environment & making quality practices visible (pedagogical documentation).
Currently we are creating a Centre Portfolio which each class contributes to four sections (Children, Families, Educators/Colleagues & Community/Society)
Ask to see our Portfolio when you come for a visit!
Oakville is our community, we all must work to keep it strong and vibrant. We do this by helping others.
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way it treats it's children" - Nelson Mandela
Learning Ladder has committed to donating $5 from every registration fee is donated to SafetyNET.
Safetynet consults & works with families who are facing financial hardship. Safetynet Children & Youth Charities obtains an understanding of each families needs & develops a plan to remedy immediate concerns. Families have access to Safetynets emergency food bank, clothing bank, tutoring, and music programs.
Check out the amazing work they are doing to support at risk children and families here!