The Goals of Our Curriculum:
The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means surrounding children with a rich learning environment that will encourage children to be creative explorers. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We are teaching them how to learn, not only in daycare or preschool, but all through their lives.
We have an adequate number of toys, equipment and furnishings for the licensed capacity. The toys, equipment and furnishings are age appropriate and there are sufficient numbers for rotation as well as for gross-motor activity in the playground area. Our programs offered are age and developmentally appropriate.
A daily program plan is posted outside each classroom and available to parents.
All children have outdoor activities (weather permitting) for at least two hours a day.
Children have a rest period and are provided with five meals/snacks a day that meet the requirement of Canada's Food Guide. Our carefully chosen meals are hot and nutritious and prepared on the premises. We believe that children should receive the appropriate intake of grain products, vegetables and fruits, milk products and meat and alternatives. Our menus are planned and posted in every classroom. Our centre is nut free and we encourage parents to follow this policy.
Our core Curriculum includes:
Language and Literature
Music & Movement
Science & Discovery
Health, Safety & Nutrition
Social Activities & Values
Infants - Birth to 18 months:
Full time care is available. We have designed a nurturing and creative world for infants to help their minds and bodies develop so they can learn, play, and grow in a safe and secure environment. Our teachers work with you to make a smooth transition into our program, and have it happen with smiles on both your child’s face and your own. We are committed to creating a strong bond with your child to ensure the best start in life.
Personalized schedules and daily charting is available to parents. Daily activities include crafts, songs, games, dancing and neighbourhood walks.
Toddlers - 18 to 30 months: TOP
Full time and Part time care is available. Programs for toddler’s focus on balance of nurturing, playtime, and learning throughout the day. The toys and equipment promote visual skills that provide a foundation for the development of later fine and gross motor skills, as well as sensory motor development. It will also help to promote cognitive and social skills.
A variety of planned activities are included each day in our programming. Daily activities include reading, dancing, colouring, and various centres. Parents are provided with a communication booklet of your child's daily activities.
Preschool - 2½ to 4 years: TOP
Full time and part time care is available. Preschoolers are eager to learn. A preschooler’s world open up in new ways as children improve coordination, learn complex games, and begin to interact more with their peers. Our program introduces language, math, science, and social skills in a logical, natural sequence to encourage learning one-step at time. Our teachers also provide plenty of individual attention to support your child’s unique needs. A communication booklet of your child's daily activities is provided.
Sr. Preschool – 3 to 4 years: TOPFull time and part time care is available. This program promotes independence while preparing your child for the next exciting phase – kindergarten! We make the transition smoother by helping children become more familiar with an organized environment. We focus on group play to develop social skills, such as listening, sharing, and cooperation. Our teachers have a passion for what they do and consider it a privilege to collaborate with you during this special time in your child’s life. A communication booklet of your child's daily activities is provided
Kindergarten 4 to 6 years: TOP
Full time and part time care is available. At our centre, children are in a safe environment they know and love, which makes learning more effective and fun. Our kindergarten program is a comprehensive skill-based program, designed to prepare children for the first grade and success in school. We want your child to enjoy and appreciate the educational process. Lessons are tailored to meet your child’s individual needs and designed to give children opportunities to explore, question, communicate, and create in a fun, supportive environment. A special feature our classrooms have is the individual attention in a small class size.
Holiday and Break Programs for children 6 to 12 years of age: TOP
In addition to regular programming at Over the Rainbow Children’s Centre, we offer special programs for holidays and school vacations. Many parents who have standing child care arrangements during regular school sessions, have special needs when school is out and their regular providers may not offer child care services. For those families, as well as our registered Rainbow families, we offer holiday and vacation care.
December Holiday Care TOP
During the holidays each year, we offer Holiday Funfest, a special program filled with special holiday activities and seasonal celebrations. Care can be provided on a weekly or daily basis, space allowing.
Spring Break TOP
Over the Rainbow offers special programs during March break each year. Most typically, the program offers a "sneak peak" of the upcoming summer program with lots of fun summer-like activities and special fun for all. Spring Break care is also available weekly or daily, depending on space availability.
Summer Vacation TOP
Over the Rainbow offers special summer camp programs. Each year we have a summer camp theme that features special activities and events for children up to age twelve in a summer day camp environment. Activities include martial arts, swimming, soccer, academic, science, physics, arts & crafts and field trips to fun and exciting places. Summer camp is available on a weekly basis.