About Us

We Provide part-time care.
We Provide BAS care for either mornings or afternoon.
We provide subsidy and will help with all subsidy paper work.
We accept Special Needs Children.
We will accept children with FSCD funding.
Please call to find out more information.

Contact Us

Please visit our daycare between the hours of 6:30 Am - 6:00 PM every day of the week or give us a call.

The Children's Centre Daycare & Out of School Care

3413 19 Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta
T2B 0A6
403-248-4830
403-828-4409

ROOMSRATESPARENT PORTION (AFTER FULL SUBSIDY)
Infant: 3M – 12M$1164.00$263.00
Toddler: 12M – 19M$1164.00$263.00
Toddler: 19M – 3Y$1054.00$278.00
Preschool: 3Y – 5Y$1049.00$333.00
Kinder 1/2 Day: 5Y – 6Y$1046.00$330.00
Kinder Full Day: 5Y – 6Y$696.00$330.00
OOSC: 6Y – 12Y$696.00$330.00

Our Philosophy 

Children are a part of a family, community and a busy interactive world. Our Centres curriculum reflects the importance of connections between all of these relationships with each other, their family, their culture, their community and the world around them. Our aim is to develop positive bonds and connections between our children, our families and our educators. Nurturing each child’s identity as a mighty learner and citizen. We believe that in order to enhance and foster the children’s ability to learn through play, they need opportunities to explore the world around them. Children at the Centre are given every opportunity to develop their physical, social, cognitive and creative skills in a supportive environment. Although the educators formulate daily routines and program plans, these serve as guidelines only. Flexibility, rather than total structure, is the intent.  Through active learning experiences that incorporate what the children are interested in, the children are encouraged to be the authors of their own learning. We believe in natural connections through play; they engage in self-discovery, problem solving and collaboration with their peers. As they explore the environment examining relationships between objects, actions and people, the children learn a variety of concepts that they will later apply to new situations and experiences. Children are adventurers and explorers, and as teachers, we are guides assisting them in the understanding and expanding of their discoveries. We believe that this gives them a foundation to move forward within the world. 

Our Program 

Our Center offers a full day program for children aged 0 months to a child under the age of 13 years, or a child under the age of 14 years who because of a special need requires child care. Our Licence capacity is 60 children all day. 45 Daycare Children and 15 Out of School Care Children. Nutritious snacks and meals with multicultural focuses are provided. We use a child-centered approach, where educators pay close attention and respond to each child’s interests, abilities and learning style. Using a variety of hands-on materials, learning is made fun and functional. It is our goal to create a warm and nurturing environment enriched through a “learning through play” curriculum and which recognizes and promotes the development of each child in accordance with their individual needs. Goals are set for each child in all areas of development. Program planning incorporates a variety of planned and spontaneous activities to enhance each area of development.  Our program also provides an inclusive program where children with and without disabilities participate in the same routines and play experiences. Educators in inclusive programs learn to recognize children as distinct individuals with special strengths and needs. Our program will modify its environment to support children’s success. We will meet all social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional, special needs and holistic goals.

Curriculum Learning Areas

Our curriculum is made up of six learning areas:

Through these learning areas children will learn to express themselves, engage in individual group interactions and use classroom materials productively and purposefully. Through age-appropriate activities children develop and enhance their skills, giving them a stronger foundation for the future.   

Social Skills & Diversity

Emotional Skills

Cognitive Abilities

Communication, Language, Literacy

Physical Health

Imagination & Creativity

Emergent Curriculum

this is based on the child and teacher interests and passions. Flexibility and creativity are key components

Play Based Learning

The Early Years Learning Framework defines play-based learning as a context for learning through which children organize and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations’. Children may engage in play on their own and explore different materials. Play based learning helps children develop social skills, motivation to learn, and even language and numeracy skills. Taking initiative, focused attention, and curiosity about the world are all a part of play. Children are naturally wired to do the very thing that will help them learn and grow.

Montessori

Practical life in Montessori is purposeful activity, develops motor control and coordination, and develops independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. The exercises in practical life cover two main areas of development: care of self, and care of the environment.   Meeting the needs and interests of a child is our #1 priority. Our teachers are committed to providing every child with the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Overview

Our Day Care and Out of School Care is licensed to provide care for 45 Day Care Children and 15 Out of School Care Children. The Centre is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except for Statutory Holidays.

Registration

  • There will be a registration fee of $100.00 per family,
  • Each new parent is provided with a registration package,
  • Parent Handbook, will be reviewed
  • and a tour will be given,
  • All questions will be answered & any assistance the parent may need is given

Inclusive Program Policy

Statement:

Inclusion of children with developmental disabilities provides an essential opportunity for mutual learning, acceptance and awareness of each other’s needs Policy:

We are committed to providing care to children and families with exceptionalities as long as.

  1. The child’s exceptional needs can be met to the fullest in order to positively ensure his/her overall growth and development.
  2. The child can be included positively into group settings.
  3. The parent/s support and co – operation is evident.
  4. The total number of children with disability and without disability is balanced according to the needs of everybody.

Center Hours and Operations:

Our Day Care and Out of School Care is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parents are required to pick up their children by 5:45 p.m. to allow our staff time at the end of the day to clean up the center and prepare for the following day. The center is closed on some statutory holidays and will remain on some statutory holidays. For the statutory holidays that we are open on we will in Lieu of close during the Christmas season. Notices of closures will be provided in the monthly newsletters and will be posted throughout the center prior to the closure dates. Parents will receive notice closure upon registering at the centre.

Infant Room:
Location Main Level

Since the infant room is usually the parent’s first experience with childcare, we strive to be a comforting presence in parent’s lives. We strive to help the babies reach their developmental milestones, including rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, and eventually, walking. The classroom provides a warm, nurturing environment where each baby is special and babies are encouraged to explore and develop new skills at their own pace. Equipment and toys are safe and age appropriate. The room arrangements satisfy individual needs by allowing space for eating, sleeping, and playing. Cribs will be provided for infants 0m-12m and infant beds will be provided for infants 12m-19m to support safe infant furnishings. All infant furnishings align to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act or by the Statutory Directory. The infant room schedule allows flexibility to meet each child’s needs as well as leaving room for some planned activities. It also facilitates the infant’s curiosity and promotes self-learning, which aids mastery of the skills necessary for problem resolution.

Toddler Room
Location Main Level

Blocks and Balls, Push and Pull toys, Climbers and Clangors, and anything that looks like it might be edible; these are things that interest the Toddlers. This is the age of great explorations and curiosity. Most seem to have a no fear policy about them as they explore their surroundings. We address the very active needs of the Toddler by providing a schedule that will satisfy much of their curiosities about the world around them. It has a balanced assortment of quiet and active activities and a form for expressing their creative juices as well as opportunities for all the sensory experiences they need to be satisfied for a moment. Teachers provide that secure and dependable setting where warmth and nurturing abounds. Our educators recognize that a constant testing of limits and expressing opposition to teachers is a part of developing a healthy sense of self. Teachers give positive worded directions and state what the child may do for example (“bang on the drum J”) as opposed to what the child should not do (“don’t bang on the drum”) Educators speak firmly and directly to toddlers for overly dangerous behaviour. Children are praised for their accomplishments and helped to feel increasingly competent and in control of themselves. Educators recognize that most of the time when toddlers are aggressive, hurting and biting other children it is only because they lack the skills to cope with frustrating situations. Our educators will provide children environments that are beautiful, joyful, and rich with opportunities to flourish in.

Preschool Room:
Location Lower Level

In our preschool room you will find the room divided into carefully planned interest areas. It will be filled with bright, primary color boards and a variety of materials for your child to manipulate, explore, snuggle, play with, and share. The room is especially designed to encourage your child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn about her/his world. Preschool classrooms are usually organized around interest areas or learning centers. These defined areas allow children to play and explore materials with the guidance of the teacher either individually or in small groups. Low shelves often separate the centers, but children move freely among them. Skills that lead to reading and writing and math are not confined to specific centers, but rather reinforced in different ways throughout the centers via communication, exploration and play. Your child’s classrooms will have many of the following learning centers, but the arrangement and composition of the centers will vary. There are areas such as science, dramatic center, water play, sand play, large motor play, small motor play, carpet toys, puzzles, art table and even a small computer area, music/dancing area and reading corner. As 3-year old’s start coming into their own, it’s important they have time and space to explore their independence in a safe and supportive environment. In our 3-year-old care program we help develop autonomy and an openness to learning. We encourage respectfulness and nurture social development skills. Our flexible program provides lots of opportunities for individual and group learning in language, music, communications and problem-solving skills. And because 3-year old’s also have so much energy to burn, our exciting outdoor play areas offer plenty of room for active play. Your child will also have their own personal learning journal so you can see what they’ve been up to.

Preschool / Montessori:

Our preschool/Montessori program, with qualified educators, offers a secure and encouraging environment for children to develop autonomy, focus on respectful relationships and understand social courtesies. We engage children with individual, small group and whole group experiences and structured group sessions for discussion times, music and language. All activities are designed to be flexible and are focused on the learning experience rather than the academic outcome, while literacy and numeracy is introduced naturally through every day experiences. Our 4 – 5-year-old program for those children not attending Kinder is aimed at preparing our young people for school. We focus on helping children understand and deal with their emotions, to be able to initiate friendships and develop self confidence and self-esteem. We know that social and emotional readiness will assist in successful entry to school, allowing them to be effective learners. We will also introduce Montessori Practical life theory:

Montessori – Practical life in Montessori is purposeful activity, develops motor control and coordination, and develops independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. The exercises in practical life cover two main areas of development: care of self, and care of the environment.

Full Day Kinder / OOSC:  We offer Summer programs with related program calendars. During the Summer program, a range of field trips and workshops are available based on the weekly theme. We also use the surrounding fields, parks and playgrounds.

Our OOSC and Kinder program are organized into specific play centers (i.e., costumes, housekeeping, blocks, homework, reading area, library, art, music, technology, science center, puzzles, manipulative toys, board games, dramatic play and sports). Large outdoor play areas with parks are also attached to every center. Arts and crafts, science, multiculturalism, active play, group games and outdoor play are all integral main components of our daily programming.   The most successful after school programs leverage schools, families, and communities to ensure the success of children. Strong partnerships are not just a nice feature of an afterschool program, partnerships are becoming a “nonnegotiable element of supporting learning and development across all the contexts in which children learn and grow. After school programs are an extension of the classroom and as such when afterschool programs are aligned with classroom topics, and if families are re-enforcing these topics at home, children’s education will prosper. While after school programs are an extension of the classroom, it’s still important to retain some separation between regular day and afterschool due to possible overload.  Strong partnerships help children learn in every activity, and as children learn the benefits of afterschool programs will be more pronounced.   A high-quality afterschool program is a place where children aren’t only safe, they thrive. We try to provide this environment for them here. Our room is full of activities such as puzzles, games, table toys, floor toys, sensory activities, water play, sand play, dramatic play, science area, home work area, quiet area, arts & craft area, Game Cube, Wi, Free Dance, Karaoke, and much

Nutrition:

Our Day Care and Out of School Care provides an AM snack, lunch and a PM snack to its registered day care children. All hot food is catered into the Center. All food provided to children is as per Canada Food Guide requirements & Alberta Nutrition Guidelines. Our menu is posted in each room, as well as the kitchen, and at the front entrance whare parents are able to view them daily. Our menu is rotated on a four-week basis. It is reviewed and changed seasonally. Parents are provided a copy of the menu upon request to ensure they are able to support the nutrition needs of the child when not receiving meals and snacks from our centre. Lunch will incorporate all 4 food groups, while snacks will incorporate at least 2 food groups. Staff will ensure that children are fed at appropriate times and that sufficient quantities are provided to each child, according to their needs. AM snack is provided between 630am to 900am. Lunch is served between 1045am to 1230pm depending on the room. PM snack is provided between 230pm and 430pm depending on the room. Infants ages 0m – 12m parents are responsible for providing formula and jar food.  After 12 months, children will be fed from the menu dependent on the parent. If your child has food allergies or restrictions, you will be asked to provide your child with sufficient food and snacks for the day to be served to them at the centre. If you will be providing snacks or lunch for your child, please ensure that the food you provide meets the Canada Food Guide requirements & Alberta Nutrition Guidelines. Staff will monitor food that is brought from home. If it doesn’t meet Canada Food Guide requirements or Alberta Nutrition Guidelines, staff will provide the child with day care food (subject to allergies or dietary restrictions). We ask that you do not send your child soda or candy from home. Meal time is considered a social activity. Children are to be seated and calm during meals and snacks. All lunch and snack dishes are returned to the kitchen after use and are washed and sanitized as per AHS standards. All dishes are allowed to air dry before they are stored or reused. Children are encouraged to participate in mealtimes which foster social development and proper eating habits. Educators allow the children to be independent and make their own choices about what they would like to eat, although they are supported and encouraged to try new things. THE CHILDREN’S CENTRE does serve halal, and vegetarian meals.

Child Guidance Policy:

The Child Guidance Policy applies to the Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten and Out of School Care age groups. Our Centre strives to provide a safe environment in which children are expected to be respectful to themselves, others and to property, whether belonging to them or others. Politeness, cooperation and responsibility all follow from our primary rule of   Respectfulness. Appropriate behavior management is used to guide, protect and enhance self-esteem. Both preventative and intervention strategies are used to encourage positive behavior. Preventative methods begin with role modeling by the staff. When a child’s caregivers are polite and considerate to others, they set the tone for everyone at the center. Each child’s individual needs, development level, family and cultural experiences are taken into account when determining and encouraging age-appropriate behavior. Distracting children, offering them choices and keeping them engaged in developmentally appropriate activities, and effective transitions from activity-to-activity help to prevent difficult behavior in children. Consistency is key when explaining consequences of behavior and setting limits.

Staff Qualification and Development Policy:

Working with children on a daily basis requires specialized knowledge and skills to ensure daily programming and interactions are positive and challenging. All staff members at our facility hold   Early Childhood Development certificates and have been certified by the Government of Alberta. All staff members must provide the center with original and recent policy security clearances prior to start work at our center. It is also a policy at our center that all staff working with children must have first aid certificates. First Aid workshops will be periodically held to ensure our staff keep their first aid certificates valid. We believe that our experienced and knowledgeable staff will create an exciting and safe learning environment for your child. Staff certifications and first aid certificates can be found on the Staff Board in the entrance of the center. To assist our staff in their continued education, staff will be provided with an opportunity to upgrade and use professional development funding provided by the Government of Alberta. The staff at our center will also periodically attend workshops (either on site here or conjunction with another child care center) to continually upgrade their skill set. Information regarding these workshops is posted in the staff room.

Executive Director:

The Centre’s Executive Director is the principal executor of the Centre’s policies concerning operations and programs. The Director is also responsible for the implementation, supervision, and coordination of all aspects of the operation of the center in compliance with the Day Care Act.

Assistant Director:

The Assistant Director will take on the role of Director when the Executive Director is unavailable.  

Qualifications of the Executive Director and or Assistant Director:

The minimum requirement for the Executive Director and or Assistant Director is that s/he must have completed a training program in early childhood education or equivalent. A minimum of 3-5 years of experience working with children and families required. Administrative and Supervisory experience is also necessary. A current First Aid Certificate, course in infant CPR is also required and Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search.   

Early Childhood Educators:

The permanent, full-time teaching staff are responsible for the daily care, instruction and supervision of the children at the center, under direct supervision of the Executive Director and or Assistant Director. Educators are responsible for the daily planning, implementation and evaluation of the program activities.

Qualifications of the Early Childhood

Educator:   Level 1 – Child Development
Educator   Level 2 – Child Development
Educator  Level 3 – Child Development

Educator  The teacher employed at our Center must have completed a training program in early childhood education, or its equivalent, as outlined in the Child Care Licensing Act and Regulations. Successful work experience in the field of early childhood education and the necessary personal qualifications, such as the ability to relate warmly to children, strong interpersonal skills, patience, dependability, flexibility, and physical stamina, are also required. All staff are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, and Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search.

Cook:

The permanent, part-time cook is responsible for providing nutritionally appropriate meals and snacks for children aged 0 months to 14 years. Other responsibilities include menu planning, purchasing, food preparation and service. The cook must have at minimum her food safe handling course certificate, Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search.   

Subsidy:

Subsidy is available for eligible families. To determine eligibility, please visit the following website:   http://humanservices.alberta.ca/financial-support

If you will be receiving subsidy, you must be approved for subsidy prior to your child attending at the Centre. Proof of approval must be provided to the office prior to starting. If you wish to start prior to approval being received, you will be required to pay the full monthly fee and you will be credited the following month, if applicable. If your child does not attend the Centre for the requisite number of hours as per subsidy requirements, you will be responsible for the difference.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP YOUR SUBSIDY VALID AND UP TO DATE. IF YOUR SUBSIDY EXPIRES AND IS NOT RENEWED ON TIME, YOU WILL BE  RESPONSIBLE FOR FULL FEES UNTIL SUBSIDY APPROVAL IS PROVIDED TO US.

Please note that the subsidy office is quite busy and it is best to provide all documents required for renewal at least one (1) month prior to subsidy expiry to avoid disappointment. If you provide documents late, you may be required to appeal the subsidy office to back-date your subsidy, which is not guaranteed. Subsidy may be applied for on-line at the website above. To be considered full-time, a subsidized Day care child must be at the center a minimum of 100 hours per month, and a subsidized Out of School Care child must be at the center a minimum of 50 hours per month. We are happy to assist you with your subsidy applications and provide you with computer if needed. We can fax or scan any information that subsidy requires. Our door is always open!

Documents and Forms

Daycare Registration Package.pdf

OOSC Registration Package.pdf

Pricing Chart The Children's Centre.pdf

Staff Handbook Tcc Wcd Feb2021.pdf

The Children Centre Parent Handbook Feb 2021.pdf

We Care Montessori Registration Form.pdf

Contact Us

Please visit our daycare between the hours of 6:30 Am – 6:00 PM every day of the week or give us a call.

3413 19 Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta
T2B 0A6

403-248-4830
403-828-4409