Parent Handbook 2023

12 Goals and Approaches Children are competent, capable, curious and rich in potential We want to ensure that the view of the child is reflected as stated in the “How Does Learning Happen Framework". We follow our values and promote an environment that engages active learning through safe, healthy exploration, play and inquiry. We provide child-initiated and adult supported experiences. This allows children to be curious with a wide range of materials, allowing capabilities and competencies to have an optimal environment for development. We encourage children to make important decisions in their play and in their environment. Children are consulted and participate in creating play opportunities and arranging their environment to better meet their needs. Children are capable to carry on with detailed tasks and allow them to take part in daily routines and jobs such as set up and serve themselves at meal times, cleaning up, setting up invitations of play and exploration. Understanding that children communicate differently at different age levels and adapting our communication style to connect to each individual child. The children show curiosity through questioning the world around them and wanting to know more. They motivate us to think about our invitations for play and to provide them with new ideas of how they make sense of their environments, interact with their peers, and how they can use the materials in many different ways. We allow children to explore and discover their own abilities and limitations through risky play. Health, Safety, Nutrition and Well Being of Children JHFR follows policies set out by the Ministry of Education, Public Health Sudbury and Districts, Revised Canada’s Food Guide and Nutrition Recommendations for Licensed Child Care Providers in Canada. We role model in a positive manner to develop healthy habits, like eating healthy meals with the children which includes drinking water as their drink of choice and ensuring it is available to each child at all times through the day. We encourage “Power-Off and Play” to offer opportunities for daily engaging physical activities and gross motor play outdoor and indoor. Outdoor play meets all the developmental domains and supports physical literacy. We ensure children as well as ourselves are appropriately dressed to play outside in all kinds of weather. We promote and support independence, a healthy self esteem and confidence by allowing children to take on daily responsibilities such as dressing themselves, personal hygiene, washroom routines and mealtimes. We support children’s mental health through self-regulation by providing them with strategies such as breathing, labelling emotions, and opportunities that allow them to express how they feel and what they need, and model empathy and sympathy for appropriate emotional expression. We also provide them with a quiet space to retreat and to find comfort when needed, demonstrating respect towards children as unique individuals. Health and Safety meetings are held quarterly to provide updates on health and safety procedures.