Who Are We
Our approach is centered around the four foundational conditions (belonging, engagement, expression and well-being).
Fostering a feeling of belonging with posted pictures of children enjoying our activities within the room. Families are able to see what we are up to, what their children are enjoying, and where activity planning is being stemmed from. Child are welcomed in providing input in programming, and we take pride excellent communication with our program’s families.
I can’t say enough about AllSteps – The Kids’ Place. This has been a second home for my kids, and I know they are loved and cared for there.
Programs planned alongside children’s input, interests and needs. Children are encouraged to choose from a wide range of activities we have to offer. An example of encouraging engagement in our program is our kindergartener group’s interest in construction sites. We initially noticed a budding interest in this area in the consistent choosing of construction related books being read by staff. To extend this interest, we created a construction site sensory bin complete with different textures, and materials with construction vehicles. Throughout this exploration, the materials have been switched out and different books have been acted out to further engage and enhance learning.
We are thrilled with the level of care and support provided by staff as well as the opportunities for learning and development.
Encouraging and supporting expression in all forms. Provide children with a variety of process oriented arts activities, putting no limits on creativity. Areas explored include: sewing, weaving, beads, painting, watercolours, pastels, dance, music and movement, among much more varieties. Children are supported in building friendships and relationships within our group and school community. We do our best to participate in school community events whenever possible.
My child loves attending Nursery School and has always been excited to go- feeling welcome and accepted.
Demonstrating wellbeing when offering a healthy two food group snack, with daily fruits and vegetables to our kindergarten and school age groups. Snack is a choice if the children are interested, staff take the time to engage in positive discussions about healthy choices and where food comes from, encourage children to try new foods as available, and teach self regulation and social emotional foundations in considering if we’re hungry, and enjoying social aspects of eating together.
I am so impressed with the programming and support offered by the staff. We are blessed to have them at Holy Name! All staff are top notch! Thank you for continuing to provide amazing programs at our school. My kids are in wonderful hands!
AllSteps Child Care offers early learning programs that are consistent with the Minister of Education’s policy statement on programming and pedagogy issued under subsection 55 (3) of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.
Our program statement reflects a view of children as being competent, capable, curious and rich in potential. AllSteps Child Care recognizes each child as a unique individual, building on their inquiry of the world and happenings around them; incorporating fun, creative and engaging activities for further investigation. By following their lead, we become partners in play.
Our program statement describes the goals that guide AllStep Child Care programs for children at The Kids’ Place, Woodbine Early Learning Centre, Kingston Home Child Care, and Holy Name Before & After School Care.
Early learning and family support documents that we have reviewed, researched and implemented into our program include the following;
- How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy of the Early Years
- Early Learning for Every Child Today, Excerpts from ELECT
- Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from Research about Young Children
- Ontario Early Years Policy Framework
- With Our Best Future In Mind, Implementing Early Learning in Ontario
- Modernizing Child Care in Ontario
- Building Our Best Future
AllSteps Child Care also implements the principles of HIGH FIVE. HIGH FIVE® is a standard committed to assisting children along the path of healthy child development by:
- Ensuring that recreation and sport practitioners develop a high level of
knowledge and expertise in child development;
- Helping parents to make informed choices and;
- Providing practitioners with the tools for enhancing and maintaining a high level
of program quality.
Our approach is organized around H.D.L.H. four foundational conditions that are important for children to grow and flourish;
The four foundations ensure optimal learning and development. These foundations inform the goals for children and expectations for our programs.
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- Ensuring that recreation and sport practitioners develop a high level of knowledge and expertise in child development;
- Helping parents to make informed choices and;
- Providing practitioners with the tools for enhancing and maintaining a high level of program quality.