At First Step Daycare & Afterschool we believe that a child has the right to learn and explore through play. We believe that the families have the most significant and influential role in a child’s life, therefore our team strives to join together with parents as partners in making every child feel loved, nurtured and safe. Children will be free to play in an environment that will give them a chance to explore their ideas as we lead them to the next stages of development. We aim to meet the developmental needs of each child, as an individual and the children as a group. This will be accomplished by following the developmental domains which include social development, physical development, intellectual development, creative development, and emotional development. With an open-door policy, we encourage families to contribute to their child’s learning through parental involvement and input.
At First Step Daycare & Afterschool, we believe the five developmental domains are an important part of teaching children on a day to day basis. Through emergent curriculum programing and daily observations of the children’s interests we will ensure that these domains become a regular part of each child’s play. The children will develop socially by interacting with their fellow classmates, the daycare staff and through family and community events. Using the outdoor play area, indoor games, each child will be able to develop physically while having fun. Intellectual development will be incorporated through play where we will challenge the children to explore the different play centers located in each room. Creativity is an important part of every child’s life and they will learn to develop creatively through daily arts using a variety of supplies to help them explore their indoor and outdoor environment. Teaching children how to express their emotions and showing them we respect what they are feeling will help them develop emotionally. Incorporating the natural element in our classrooms will be an important step in combining nature and child development.
Our centre has Five playrooms that are family grouped. Child care research (Katz, Evangelou, Hartman, 1990) indicates that mixed aged groups provide opportunities for younger children to learn from older children as well as to provide opportunities for the older children to develop their leadership skills. The purple room is located near the rear of the building with children aged birth to 19 months. The Yellow Room is located next to it with children aged 12-24 months. Children aged 2 to 3.5 years are located in the middle of the building under green room. In the rear blue room holds children 3.5 to 5 years. Our first room is called red room and it hold our after-school children.
The Core values our program holds are:
- Learning through play and free play experiences.
- Professionalism and commitment to extended learning.
- Supporting families needs in the community.