Licensed Primary Before & After Care

Philosophy Statement
This program statement meets the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act, incorporates “How Does Learning Happen” and aligns with our agency’s vision of “Support, Connect, Engage” Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre is a welcoming community that supports self-esteem, family bonds, meaningful relationships, skill development and building community capacity. We believe that all children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential. We believe that children are most successful when they know what to expect, have a sense of belonging in their community, have friends, and strong self-esteem.

Relationships
We support positive and responsive interactions not only among children but also families, caregivers, educators, and our community partners.

Parents -We view families as experts on their children and recognize that they are the first and most powerful influence on children’s learning, development, health and wellbeing. We support families with guidance and community information when requested. We engage families by providing opportunities to share their skills, resources, culture, and experiences. We support family connections by providing on-going communication about the program and the children through email and pick up and drop off contact to ensure that each child reaches their full potential. Family friendships are supported and encouraged.

Community Partners – We involve local community partners in our program and acknowledge that they play an important role at OPNC. We allow these partners to support the children, their families and staff. We call on community partners for assistance.

Children – We greet each child as they arrive and say good bye individually at home time. Our educators use their knowledge of child development and positive reinforcement to support children’s self-esteem, self-regulation and positive interactions in the classroom. Our educators model developmentally appropriate conflict resolution strategies and assist children in developing skills to negotiate, collaborate, communicate, empathize and compromise with others. Teachers take time to listen to and observe children to learn how to respond to their unique way of communicating and to provide meaningful learning opportunities. Please refer to our “Interaction Guideline Policy” for additional information.

Environment
The atmosphere within the program is welcoming, safe, comfortable and a “home away from home” for children, families and community partners. Educators use their knowledge of child development to plan for and create positive learning environments, transitions and experiences where each child’s learning and development are supported. The program allows for indoor and outside play that provide opportunities for child initiated experiences. Materials are accessible, carefully chosen and are open-ended, varied, plentiful and are labelled to promote independence. Our educators view our outdoor environment as an extension of the classroom and incorporate outdoor exploration and play. There are opportunities for both
quiet and active play provided depending on the individual needs of the children in the program.

We have a ratio of 1 teacher to 15 children and a maximum class size of 15 children.

This program is open to children in JK-Grade 3 who are enrolled at Post Corners Public School, Oakville.
We close our program to coincide with PD days in coordination with the Halton District School Board however, we do offer a separate full day PD Day program which students enrolled in the Before and After Program may attend. We are closed for Christmas holidays and March Break. You are required to pay for the days that we are closed due to inclement weather (i.e. snow days). We have divided the program costs into 12 equal monthly payments. Students may be enrolled in program Before or After School, or both, depending on your families needs.

Download Before and After School Parent Handbook Here

Download Before and After School Registration Forms Here

Our Before and After School Program is part of the Halton Region Quality First program and is licensed under the Day Nurseries Act and is inspected annually by the Ministry of Education – Child Care Quality Assurance and Licensing Branch. The Day Nurseries Act contains requirements specific to staff qualifications and ratios, program content and equipment. You can visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/ for more information.

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