Program Statement

The Charlotte Birchard Centres of Early Learning has adopted the document 'How Does Learning Happen?' Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years as the professional learning resource that provides us guidance in program development and pedagogy in our early learning and care programs. Goals for children, expectations for programs and questions for reflection are organized around four interconnected foundations of belonging, well-being, engagement and expression. An annual meeting is conducted where our Program Statement is reviewed, discussed and updated with staff's input when and where change occurs. All staff review our statement after any modifications are made.

We believe parents are an invaluable resource when it comes to their children. We value the knowledge and insight parents possess, as they are their child's primary and most influential teacher. We strive to create a strong and meaningful partnership between home and our Early Learning Centre. We appreciate and respect family diversity, understanding that every family is unique and we are committed to working collaboratively with each family. Our learning environments reflect the diversity of the children in our Early Learning Centres and the world in which they live. We commit to fostering and cultivating authentic relationships and connections so all children and their families feel welcomed, valued and have a sense of belonging.

CBCEL uses Storypark which helps to increase communication with family, forming a circle of learning.

We provide an early learning and care environment that is ideal for optimal early learning and development. Children are viewed as capable and competent co-learners; their natural curiosity and insatiable drive to explore their world is fostered and encouraged. Children are empowered explorers and are active participants in the development of the program's curriculum. Our Educators are responsive and supportive to the children and their individual needs. Our programs provide environments and experiences that engage children in purposeful play; they are creating, discovering, responding, improvising and expanding their knowledge base. Our natural playgrounds are also a perfect place for children to learn through creative exploration, play, inquiry, observation and imitation. We also provide children an environment that is conducive to sleep, rest and relaxation for a duration of up to two hours. When working towards goals for children, Educators move beyond preconceived expectations and outcomes and focus on how children learn. Regular observations, documentation and collaboration are key in program development.

Weekly specialized programs offered at the Westboro Children's Centre and Greenboro Children's Centre:

- Music and Movement
- Yoga

Our early learning and care environments provide a place of wonder, exploration and discovery where children's early experience lasts a lifetime.

We offer two nutritional snacks a day and lunch for our toddler and preschool children. Children attending full day school receive a nutritional afternoon snack. Our menus are aligned with Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide and Section 4-Nutrition of the Child Care Centre Licensing Manual.

We seek partnerships with parents and our communities to further strengthen and develop our programs. We welcome suggestions from families for future community partners that families feel would be of meaning and value to their child and family. Planned and spontaneous participation from families is welcomed.

We foster a supportive professional work place that respects collaborative communication. We provide opportunities for continuous professional growth which includes reflective practices and quality assurance. Organizational or Centre specific meetings as well as program team meetings are held monthly. Educators have scheduled non-contact time to work on and complete program and learning assessments to support children and provide meaningful curriculum. Educators document and share children's learning with parents through Storypark and an annual parent/educator meeting to discuss your child's development.

All Educators adhere to Ontario's College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

For more information, please see the following links:
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/pedagogy.html
https://www.storypark.com