FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Below you will find frequently asked questions about Over the Rainbow Children’s Centre. If you have a question that is not answered, please call us and our Centre Director or Supervisor will be happy to help you.
- Is this an academic based program?
We provide reading, math, and writing activities in our programs. It is critical that children have broad-based, global, integrated learning experiences that provide the foundation for future academic success and life long skills. Our centre uses the Jolly Phonics System to “teach the children the sounds in an enjoyable, multisensory way, and enables children to use them to read and write words”.
- Will my child be challenged?
We believe that children develop at different levels and the curriculum we offer is designed to meet the wide range of abilities for all age groups. Our programs are designed to provide activities and materials to meet the needs of each child, and to challenge the child at whatever level he/she is.
- What are the teacher’s qualifications?
Your child's teacher will meet all of the qualifications required by the Ministry of Community, Family & Children’s Services. All teachers in our centre have either completed their Early Childhood Education or obtained their equivalency and participate in regular training sessions on curriculum, child development, and classroom management.
- What will my child do during the day?
Your child will participate in a wide variety of well-planned, developmentally appropriate activities. For example, a typical day will include an art experience, time to work with puzzles or toys that will encourage fine motor development, music activities, outdoor games and play, science experiments, and stories. The teacher will provide guidance and support during these activities. We also focus on helping your child form friendships and develop a healthy and happy self-image.
- Will my child be using a computer?
Your child will have access to a computer in the centre from the age of 30 months. We offer software that is appropriate for various age groups ready to learn computers.
- Does my child have to eat the lunch and snack that you provide or can he/she bring in his/her own?
We discourage children bringing their own food because we provide nutritious, well-balanced, lunches and snacks. We encourage the children to taste all the food offered. This introduces the children to many different tastes and textures. We never force children to eat and we never use food as a reward or punishment. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons (no appetite, illness, etc.) children are not hungry and we respect this.
- How do you safely administer medication?
We require written authorization from the parent. Prescriptions must be in their original containers. A medicine log is kept and the ECE can administer medication.
- What schools do you transport your school age children to?
Public transportation (school buses) is provided to Blue Willow Public School, St. John Bosco Catholic School, and Julliard Public School. Private transportation is available to St. Gregory the Great Academy.
- Do you have part-time care available?
We offer part-time and flexible schedules in the toddler, preschool and kindergarten program. We will work with you to develop a schedule that will best meet your family's needs.
- Will I receive an evaluation assessment/report card on my child’s progress?
Our staff evaluates the children every December and May so you are full aware of your child’s progress in various skills. We have parent-teacher night twice a year and we offer open communication throughout the day either in person or by calling the centre to speak directly to your lead teacher or the Supervisor.