Hours of Operation
Our hours of operation are from 7am – 6pm Monday- Friday all year round on both a full-time and part-time schedule. On rare occasions, the centre may close due to circumstances beyond the Centre’s control (e.g. weather conditions).
Helping Hands is closed on all Statutory Holidays, Christmas Eve and an additional day on Easter Monday used as a Professional Development day for our staff. Please see below:
||New Years Day
Easter Monday (P.D. Day)
- You are responsible for payment of a closure day only if it falls on one of your regularly scheduled enrolment days.
- In the event of an early closure during operating hours parents will be notified with a phone call and are expected to pick-up their child within an hour of the phone call.
- In the event of a Centre evacuation during operating hours, the alternative location will be Widex Canada (located just beside us) and/ or Tim Hortons (located at Burloak)
The staff/child ratio as required by the Day Nurseries Act in accordance with the Ministry of Community and Social Services are as follows:
||1 staff for every 5 children
||1 staff for every 8 children
||1 staff for every 10 children
All staff at our childcare centre are highly trained and caring adults with either an ECE diploma or an ECA diploma. ECE’s have completed a 2 year program and hold a diploma from a recognized college. Each member of our team is First Aid and CPR Certified.
The on site Program Supervisor, who oversees all of the classroom programs and happenings throughout our centre, holds an ECE Diploma with a minimum of three years experience working within a childcare setting.
At Helping Hands we follow the process of emergent curriculum. This curriculum begins with observation of the children’s play themes and the developmental tasks children are practicing. Observation continues as the teacher provides the environment , provokes interest, sustains children’s play themes, enriches play and provides children with opportunities to represent the learning experience.
Emergent Curriculum Balances
- Spontaneity with planning;
- Plans for individuals and the group;
- Provides play that is educational;
- Is designed by adults who take responsibility while avoiding teacher dominated curriculum development;
- Remains flexible while being goal directed.
Play enhances every domain of a child’s development. Gross-motor skills, such as walking, kicking, or skipping, can be strengthened when a child pushes a toy grocery cart or jumps rope. When a young child kicks a ball across the room, he/she is practicing coordination by balancing on one foot to kick with the other.
Fine-motor and manipulation skills are developed repeatedly throughout the day; while a child builds a tower or colors a bird flying in the sky. When throwing and catching a ball, a child practices hand-eye coordination and the ability to grasp.
Children practice and develop language skills during play. A child’s play with words, including singsong games and rhymes that accompany games of tag, can help him/her master semantics, practice spontaneous rhyming, and foster word play.
The child’s cognitive capacity is enhanced in games by trial and error, problem solving, and practice discriminating between relevant and irrelevant information. Play requires the child to makes choice and direct activities and often involves strategy, or planning, to reach a goal.
Interpersonal/social skills, ranging form communication to cooperation, develop in play. Children learn about teamwork when they sit together on the carpet and decide who puts the last piece in the puzzle. Children gain understanding about those around them and may become more empathic. When playing with peers, children learn a system of social rules, including ways to control themselves and tolerate their frustration in a social setting.
Movement and play are important in children's lives, critical to all aspects of their growth and development. A physical education program provides opportunities for all students to learn while being physically active. Children who participate in regular physical education will enjoy enhanced memory and learning, better concentration and increased problem-solving abilities. Regular physical education encourages a positive attitude toward self and others, which is an important factor in creating a healthy learning environment.
Music is a natural and important part of young children's growth and development. Music is with the children consistently throughout the day whether it’s a tidy up song, or playing softly in the background or two friends are playing stele-ella-ola Experiences in music help children bond emotionally and intellectually with others and helps develop a sense of patterning and memory skills. Musical experiences are integrated in the daily routine and play structure of the classroom.
Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, and can reflect and nurture children's emotional health.
On a daily basis staff provide an interactive environment by reading stories, singing songs and teaching finger plays in individual and large group activities. All children are introduced to books and taught how to use them and love them appropriately. Providing an environment with print-rich materials allows children to see and experiment with reading and writing skills that are practiced in their environment.