These are several questions we get asked often! Hopefully this section can answer any of the major questions you might have, but if not, please do not hesitate to contact the Center.
1. Is your center nut free?
As much as possible, we encourage parents and staff to keep all forms of nuts (ie: trail mixes, almond milks, etc) out of our Center. We do have several children with more severe nut allergies and this is something that is very important to us. If we find an item with nuts in it during the day in a pocket, backpack, etc., we will place the item in a sealed bag in the office until the end of the day.
2. What happens if I am running late for pick up?
If you are running late or are not able to make it to pick your child up on time, please make alternate arrangements. Our late fee is enforced by all staff and it is $1.00 per minute per child.
3. What kind of requirements do you have for your staff?
We expect all staff to have equal expectations for the children and to treat your children with the same level of care and respect, no matter who they are or what age group they work with. All staff are required to begin work with a criminal record check, First Aid & CPR, and TB test. Full time staff must be working on or have obtained a diploma/degree in Early Childhood Education.
All of our staff are required to participate in ongoing training opportunities as they come up.
4. What do you do every day?
Our Center has been trained in the provincial “Play and Exploration” curriculum, and we are very excited for the positive changes and environments that are coming from this program. In this program, planning and programming is done based on the interests of the children. We incorporate small group play, art, music, literature, outdoor play, and all types of movement into each day. We have busy but great days!
5. What do you eat during the day?
Each day we provide a breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack for the children. Our menu is based on the Canada Food Guide and is prepared alongside our consultant for the Ministry of Education by our full time Cook. Our cook is trained in Food Safe handling techniques. We also provide extra snacks as needed if children are extra hungry or here very late.
6. What kind of rules does the Center have to abide by?
As mentioned above, we work closely with an individual consultant from the Ministry of Education. As a licensed Child Care Center in Saskatchewan, we are required to follow the rules and regulations listed in the Child Care Licensee’s Manual.
7. How many children are in your Center?
In our licensed Center, we have space for 62 children. We have 40 children each day at our house Center, and room for 22 children in our Preschool Room located in Ruth M. Buck Elementary School. We also offer Before & After School care for up to 40 children in an unlicensed program.
We have one staff member for every 5 toddlers (ages 18 months to 30 months), one staff for every 10 preschoolers (ages 30 months to age 6), and one staff member for every 15 school age children (ages 6 to 12). We try as much as possible to supplement these ratios with part time staff during the day.
We hope that answered a few questions for you, please contact us if you have any questions beyond what is listed here.