Little Foundations Child Care is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. We will be closed on Statutory Holidays, half of Spring Break, Winter Break, and for two Professional Development days in an entire year. All closures will be posted in a monthly calendar to the parents at the beginning of each month. Families will still be expected to pay full price for each month regardless of closures. These closures include:
Family Day – 2nd Monday in February
Spring Break – 1 week in March
Good Friday – Friday before Easter Sunday
Easter Monday – Monday after Easter Sunday
Victoria Day – Monday before May 25th
Canada Day – July 1st
Labour Day – 1st Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day – 2nd Monday in October
Remembrance Day – November 11th
Winter Break – Last 2 weeks of December
Professional Development Days – Will be announced when scheduled
Current Monthly Rates as a Licence-not-required (LNR) Child Care
For the time being we are only able to provide care for up to 2 children at a time on a full-time basis until we are able to relocate to a new home, and upgrade from a LNR Child Care to a fully licensed, and registered facility.
The cost per child 2-5 years old:
We require a non-refundable registration fee of $50 per child, and postdated cheques for up to 1 year. You will also be given a copy of our policies and procedures with a parent and teacher agreement, and liability waiver at the back that must be signed, dated, and returned with your registration.
Daily Schedule (Children’s Program)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM / Monday – Friday
9:00 – 10:00 AM – Arrival/Free Play
10 – 10:30 AM – Morning Circle (Calendar/Show and Tell/ Weather)
10:30 – 11:30 AM – Open Snack/Art/Free Play
11:30 – 12:00 PM – Cleanup/Hand Washing
12:00 – 12:30 PM – Lunch/Tooth Brushing
12:30 – 2:00 PM – Quiet Time/Nap Time
2:00 – 3:00 PM – Free Play/Open Snack
3:00 – 3:30 PM – Afternoon Circle (Stories/Songs/Planned Activities)
3:30 – 4:30 PM – Outdoor Play (Rain, Snow, or Sunshine)
4:30 – 6:00 PM – Cleanup/Pickup/Departure
6:00 PM – Center Closes
Children are to depart our center no later than 6:00 pm. For this reason we suggest that parents arrive at least 15 minutes before closing at 5:45 pm. Our late pick-up fee will be strictly enforced at a rate of $1 per minute. We strongly recommend that parents pick their children up on time. Continued abuse of our late pick-up policy could result in termination of our service without refund. We are not insured to care for your child(ren) before 9:00 am and past 6:00 pm at night. Outside of our operation times the child(ren) are completely the parent’s responsibility.
When a Child Starts at Daycare
When new children come to our center we encourage that parent’s help their children to adjust to the new environment through a process called ‘Gradual Entry’. We have adjusted this process to try our best to fast track this entry on a 3 day basis as opposed to the regular 6 day process that other centers might offer. This is to ensure that the child is comfortable, and has trust in their new teachers, and new surroundings. This also allows the parents ample time to make observations of their children at our center, and express their interests or concerns to our staff.
Day 1 – Child attends for 30 minutes with Parent present.
Day 2 – Child attends for 1 hour with Parent present.
Day 3 – Child Attends for a full day independently.
The importance of a Gradual Entry is to make sure the children are comfortable, and trusting of the new experiences surrounding them. Especially if they have never been in a program away from family, and parents. This encourages the children to enjoy the changes around them, and gradually become aware of the routines they will soon learn to follow. It helps children to adjust to the differences with a smaller chance of them developing separation anxiety. Its less stressful, more encouraging, and a positive way to be introduced to a new environment. We understand if your schedule is too busy to accommodate this entry. It is not a requirement for attending the child care, but is suggested as an option for a strong start to our program.
What to Bring for your Child(ren)
Children will need the following items brought to stay at our center within the first two weeks of starting in our program:
- Tooth brush, and toothpaste.
- Bedding – Blanket, sheet, and pillow.
- A quiet nap toy. (Preferably a plushy)
- Two changes of clothes, and socks.
- Sun screen.
- 1 tube of medical ointment for applying to any injuries.
- Inside shoes or slippers. (No Laces)
- A picture of their Family for our Family Photo Album to help comfort them.
What your child should bring with them on a daily basis:
- A Daily Lunch. (Snack is provided by our center twice a day)
- Adequate outdoor wear – Hats, Jackets, Scarves, Gloves, Umbrellas, and Outdoor Shoes or Boots according to the weather that day.