West End Parents Daycare has fun programs for children from the age of 18 months to 12 years old. We have four different age groups you can explore.
We practice the well-founded notion that learning should be inquiry-based, child-led, and teacher-facilitated. In addition, at our centre we strive to provide a welcoming and community-oriented atmosphere for the children, family and staff.
West End Parents’ Daycare adheres to “How Does Learning Happen?”, the Ontario Ministry of Education pedagogy for early years.
Toddler (18 Months to 2 Years)
As toddlers, children are becoming more self-aware. They begin developing their own personalities and exploring their own emotions, expressing themselves in many creative ways. WEPDC provides a free play environment with sensory, creative and cognitive activities. Our underlying philosophy is the process and not the product.
Daily group time includes short stories, discussions, lots of songs and instruments; puppets are frequently used. An emphasis is placed on “social interaction” encouraging the children to communicate with each other through their play.
Kindergarten (Junior and Senior)
Our full day Kindergarten programs operate within Ossington/Old Orchard Public School. Care is offered before and after school, as well as during school closures.
For the children enrolled in full day kindergarten an optional organic healthy hot lunch program, prepared in our own kitchen, is available.
At this stage, their personalities and individuality are evident and they have more confidence in themselves. They have a better feel for what they can do and realize their ability to try new things. They are gaining knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Preschool (2 years to entry into Junior Kindergarten)
As the children are able to communicate more through language and are beginning to show more of an understanding of “social boundaries”, we try to encourage a greater sense of independence through simple activities such as learning to wash their hands, wiping their noses, and how to use a knife and fork. The children learn to respect themselves. The children may then start to think beyond themselves as individuals and begin to have empathy for others.
At this stage, children are learning to do a lot for themselves and we try to encourage their independence still further by asking them to do little tasks such as putting their chairs away at the end of mealtimes and going to the toilet on their own. By doing this, we are encouraging the children to start taking responsibility for their own actions.
Language plays an important role in being able to share ideas, points of view and instructions between the children and adults. Sharing is a big part of “circle” time. At story and discussion times, as well as through play, the children are given the opportunity to talk with the other children and staff.
More structured activities, such as playing board games, are carried out with smaller groups of children to try and extend their concentration and also to develop their social skills such as sharing and taking turns.
School Age (Grade 1 to Grade 6 – before and after school care)
West End has two school age programs. One within Ossington Old Orchard for the children attending OOPS and it operates September to June. The other schools age program at our main location. We drop of and pick up children from both OOOPS and Dewson public schools. Both programs care is offered before and after school as well as during public school closures.
West End also has an extraordinary summer program for school age children. Families can choose as many or as few weeks as they would like during the summer. Your child will have an adventurous summer exploring many sites within Toronto, including Ripley’s Aquarium, CN Tower, and The Ontario Science Centre to name a few. They will even have the opportunity to attend a two night camp-out in Scugog. Registration for the summer program commences in March.
WEPD’s goal is to provide an environment where children feel like they are coming and going from a second home – moving away from the structure and stresses of school to a space where they can relax, read, create, and explore. In this relaxed structure children can participate in music, dance, arts and crafts, science, computer centre, and recreational activities.
NOTE: As per the Childcare and Early Years Act (CCEYA) for the Ontario Ministry of Education, the ratio of caregivers to students is 1 to 5 for Toddlers, 1 to 8 for Preschool, 1 to 13 for Kindergarten and 1 to 15 for School-agers.