Child Care Program Statement

Ska:na Family Learning Centre | Windsor, Sarnia, Chatham, Wallaceburg

Child Care Program Statement

The SFLC offers extensive educational services to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, youth and their families to ensure success within the mainstream school environments and within all aspects of their lives. The Curriculum's Aboriginal language and cultural component will be primarily based on the Ojibwa culture/tradition and balanced with respecting and including all children's cultures enrolled in the program.

The Child Development Curriculum is designed to enhance the learning styles and learning environment of children. Ontario's pedagogy for the EarlyON Curricula to be used in the program will have principals deriving from the "Active Learning" education approach. The "Active Learning" approach involves children in direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, ideas, and events. Through such self-initiated active learning experiences, children learn concepts, form ideas, and create their own symbols and abstractions. As conscious participant-observers share control and initiative with children for classroom and centre activities, they are guided by key experiences that all children need to have as part of their intellectual/mental, physical, spiritual, emotional development. Also adults ensure the presence of the five essential elements of an "Active Learning" setting: materials, manipulation, choice, language from the child and adult support. These "ingredients of active learning" assure that materials are age and culturally appropriate, that there are many opportunities for children to freely manipulate the materials; that children can make many choices, discuss their own ideas and pursue their own interests both with other children and with adults; and that children can rely on appropriate adult support to carry out ideas and to be responsible for their own efforts. In addition, SFLC encompasses the research and legislation in Ontario's three major early learning documents: How Does Learning Happen?, The Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) and Think, Feel, Act Lessons from Research about Young Children.

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for EarlyON is a professional learning resource guide about learning through relationships for those working with young children and families. It is intended to support pedagogy and curriculum/program development in EarlyON programs. Pedagogy is "the understanding of how learning takes place and the philosophy and practice that support that understanding of learning". Curriculum (the content of learning) and pedagogy (how learning happens) in early years settings are shaped by views about children, the role of educators and families, and relationships among them. The pedagogical document, How Does Learning Happen?, helps educators focus on these interrelationships in the context of early years environments.

How Does Learning Happen? is organized around four foundational conditions that are important for children to grow and flourish: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression. These foundations, or ways of being, are a vision for all children's future potential and a view of what they should experience each and every day. These four foundations apply regardless of age, ability, culture, language, geography, or setting. They are aligned with the Kindergarten program. They are conditions that children naturally seek for themselves.

The Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) is a Framework for Ontario Early Childhood Settings. This early learning framework, sets out six principles to guide practice in early years settings. It also provides a continuum of development for children from birth to age eight. ELECT is recognized as a foundational document in the early years sector. It provides a shared language and common understanding of children's learning and development for early years professionals as they work together in various early childhood settings. The principles of ELECT have informed provincial child care policy, such as the EarlyON Policy Framework, as well as pan-Canadian early learning initiatives such as the Statement on Play of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. ELECT principles are also embedded in the program document used in Ontario's innovative Kindergarten program.

Think, Feel, Act, are six research briefs for educators working in early years settings which, highlight the latest research in early childhood development, strategies to put the key ideas into practice and reflective questions for educators. There is a common thread throughout the briefs: a view of the child as competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential. These briefs are intended to challenge the status quo and encourage critical reflection as we consider our work from different perspectives. As 'briefs', the documents are not intended to provide an in-depth analysis of each topic, but instead, to pique your interest and highlight key ideas that are useful and relevant to your work. You are encourage you to use the reflective questions throughout the briefs to stimulate personal reflection and team discussions. Educators and other professionals are invited to try out some of the suggested practices and exchange ideas with colleagues. Above all, these briefs are intended to get people talking about some of the big ideas that have such a significant impact on the experiences of children across the province.

(Approved September 15, 2015)

Ska:na Family Learning Centre locations

Link to SFLC locations in Windsor, Sarnia, and Chatham-Kent

Windsor

Ellrose Site
Infant Toddler and Preschool
Address: 1684 Ellrose Avenue, Windsor ON N8Y 3X7
Tel: 519-948-8115
Fax: 519-948-1493
Email: info@skanaflc.com

Windsor

David Maxwell P. S. Site
Address: 1648 Francois Street, Windsor ON N8Y 4L9

Windsor

Northway Site
Infant Toddler and Preschool
1699 Northway Avenue, Windsor ON N9B 3L8
Tel: 226-674-3800
Email: register@skanaflc.com

Windsor

Licensed Home Child Care
Address: 1699 Northway Avenue, Windsor ON N9B 3L8

Sarnia

Little Friends Site
Infant Toddler and Preschool
Address: 295 Essex Street, Sarnia ON N7T 4S3
Tel: 519-339-0945
Fax: 519-339-0932

Sarnia

Hanna Memorial P. S. Site
Before and After School Program
Address: 369 Maria Street, Sarnia ON N7T 4T7
Tel: 519-339-0945
Fax: 519-339-0932
Email: info@skanaflc.com

Chatham-Kent

Chatham Adelaide Site
Child & Family Programs, EarlyON
Address: 67 Adelaide Street South, Chatham ON N7M 4R1

Chatham-Kent

Chatham Eighth Site
Address: 25 Eighth Street, Chatham ON N7M 4J4
Tel: 519-551-6752

Chatham-Kent

Wallaceburg Dufferin Site
Infant Toddler and Preschool
Address: 1541 Dufferin, Wallaceburg ON
Email: register@skanaflc.com
https://chathamkent.onehsn.com/
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