Children’s Needs

We strive to meet children’s developmental needs in a variety of ways:

Physical Needs

  • Providing regular opportunity for physical activity, both indoors and outdoors
  • Providing daily opportunities to spend time in the fresh air (weather permitting)
  • Ensuring that children are well fed and hydrated, by establishing consistent lunch and snack routines and providing nutritious snacks
  • Allowing children to nap or rest as needed, and providing a safe, quiet and comfortable napping environment
  • Ensuring that children are appropriately dressed at all times, for indoor and outdoor play
  • Helping children develop gross motor skills via activities such as dance, music, gym, yoga, martial arts, and outdoor play
  • Helping children develop fine motor skills through writing activities, arts and crafts, games, sensory play, and Montessori activity centres focused on practical life skills and sensorial development

Social Needs

  • Allowing children to form close friendships within their peer group, and interact with children of other ages during mixed age activities
  • Allowing children experience “safe” conflicts, so that they can learn empathy, self control and problem solving skills
  • Supporting children in learning to take turns, share, cooperate, and compromise in social interactions with peers
  • Modeling kindness, politeness and respect
  • Noticing, encouraging and reinforcing positive social behavior in children
  • Helping children develop an appreciation for cultural diversity through holiday celebrations and cultural activities

Intellectual Needs

  • Providing a variety of age appropriate and stimulating toys, games, puzzles, books and activities
  • Helping children develop literacy and numeracy skills through evidence-based academic programs and Montessori activity centres focused on math and language skills acquisition
  • Exposing children to science, music, chess, the arts, and a foreign language
  • Providing opportunities for self-directed work and play, taking into account the unique abilities and interests of the child
  • Providing opportunities for children to develop a strong command of the English language via story telling, poetry recitation, circle time activities, clear instruction and developmentally appropriate conversations

Creative Needs

  • Allowing children to express themselves through dance, art, music, drama, imaginative play, and sensory play
  • Fostering creative analytical thinking and creative problem solving through Bright Minds mathematics and the Alterman Chess curriculum
  • Providing opportunities to explore art making through a variety of media, such as paints, crayons, construction paper, pipe cleaners, clay, play dough, sand, molds, string, wooden sticks, etc.
  • Providing opportunities to engage in imaginative play though props, costumes, and dramatic play centres
  • Helping children develop a sense of pride in their work by displaying their creations in the Centre
  • Offering and respecting children’s choices, so that they can express their individual preferences

Emotional Needs

  • Providing a secure, safe and consistent environment
  • Fostering warm, positive and supportive relationships between staff and children
  • Being emotionally and physically available to assist children throughout the day
  • Being attentive to children’s unique needs, temperaments, abilities and interests
  • Responding promptly and effectively to children’s communication attempts
  • Helping children identify and express their feelings in healthy ways
  • Setting and maintaining a positive tone throughout the day
  • Responding to children’s distress, emotional outbursts, and misbehaviour in a manner that is comforting, respectful and encourages the development of self-regulation
  • Noticing, encouraging and praising the unique strengths, interests and progress of each child, to foster a positive self-image and appreciation for diversity

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