Mayne Island Daycare
Multi-Age Childcare Program
Effective September 2018
Operated by Mayne Island Early Childhood Society
The Mayne Island Early Childhood Society and the Mayne Island Daycare are pleased to welcome you and your child to our childcare program.
The information in this booklet contains the policies and procedures for the Daycare, what you can expect of the Daycare Staff, our expectations of you as parents/guardians, and what your child will be doing while at the Daycare.
If you have questions, please ask the Daycare Manager. We will be more than happy to assist you.
There will be occasional revisions to this package and the accompanying forms, at which time you will be asked to sign a new contract, or initial the revisions. We reserve the right to make changes in our policies and procedures as we deem necessary.
The Mayne Island Early Childhood Society operates the Mayne Island Daycare on a not-for-profit basis. The Daycare team is made up of passionate and dedicated Staff, a Manager, and a volunteer Board of Directors. Our facility is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The Daycare is located within in the Mayne Island Elementary/Secondary School at 535 Fernhill Road. Families are asked to enter the school via the front door and proceed directly to the Daycare. Parking is available in the main school parking lot.
The Mayne Island Daycare holds a “Multi Age” License that enables us care for up to 8 children. Our program is currently available for children aged 12 months to 12 years (note: preference will be given to children under school age). Our license and details are posted in our entryway. This license is issued by the Community Care Facilities Licensing Board of the Vancouver Island Health Authority; and, as such, we are subject to their standards and regular inspections. Our most recent inspection report is available by request.
At Mayne Island Daycare we believe that safe, reliable childcare is a right that should be afforded to all families. We aim to provide high quality childcare and age-appropriate educational opportunities to local children. We have a vision of community childcare based on respect, inclusiveness, and self-regulation. We will strive to:
- foster an inclusive respect for all Mayne Island children, families, and cultural backgrounds.
- develop a connection with each child through interest and affection (hugs, cuddles, and responsive communication). Guide behaviour through this channel of connection while listening and respecting children’s boundaries (not wanting a hug, for example).
- care for children’s daily needs while developing their self-care skills towards their own physical needs and emotions as well as those of others.
- use positive reinforcement to encourage positive choices.
- use gentle and appropriate guidance to redirect disruptive behaviours.
- create a healthy, safe, and child-centered environment to allow children opportunities for choice and self-guidance.
- plan a program that connects with the interests, life experiences and innate intelligence of children through fun and engaging learning opportunities.
- encourage learning through play, group research, exploration of hands-on materials, and observation in the outdoor environment.
- make use of Mayne’s abundant natural resources through rich outdoor programming in science, physical activity, language and math. We will emphasize the interconnected nature of ecosystems and the ethics of care and compassion.
- No smoking on or near premises for protection of air quality for children and families
- Cursing or abuse of any persons at anytime will not be tolerated
- Absolutely no alcohol or drugs allowed on premises during child care hours
- Furniture, equipment, and toys are not for standing, jumping, running on or breaking. (Unless of course that is what they were built for...)
- Respect for others’ safety, personal space and needs is important above all else.
All our staff hold current criminal records checks, CPR and first aid certificates. The Early Childhood Educator holds a current certificate issued by the Ministry of Children and Family Development; this will be permanently posted in the Daycare.
At the Mayne Island Daycare, we base our educational approach on current research that points to play as the best mode of learning for young children. We will incorporate number concepts, pre-literacy skills, physical education, art, music and drama into play opportunities and materials for children to explore.
We will harness the children’s natural curiosity about the world into ongoing research projects that model strategies for finding information. Through all activities, we will incorporate sensory elements and offer hands-on exploration with real materials. Together we will test children’s ideas and theories through scientific experiments.
Academic skills will not be taught through enforced rote practice as this approach has been proven to yield no tangible long-term benefits in academic performance when introduced to children under five and may, in fact, hinder other areas of development.
Children’s early learning unfolds best in a flexible environment that allows them to move freely in the room for the majority of the day. Learning through play also maximizes social interaction and allows children more opportunity to develop social and language skills.
Social learning is the most effective and motivating, whether children are learning from an educator, community member or another child. Whole group activities that also require children to sit down, listen, and practice self-control will be limited to thirty minutes a day as fits young children’s attention spans and impulse control.
The learning process is most engaging and successful when new learning connects to previous knowledge. Responsive Curriculum begins with observing themes in children’s play, noting their questions about the world, and inviting them to present questions, ideas and theories to the group. A theme of inquiry will be chosen, sometimes based on the educator’s observations and other times by involving children in a democratic process.
Themes will be broad, such as “Creatures of the Ocean” or “Light and Shadow” and incorporate activities that address all major areas of development. These areas are:
- Social and Emotional
- Physical (Fine Motor and Gross Motor)
- Numeric and Mathematical
- Logic and Reasoning
- Pre-Literacy and Print Exposure
- Outdoor Education
- Visual Arts
- Drama and Role Play
- Science and Experimentation
Guiding Children's Behaviour Policy
The goal for guiding children's behaviour is to assist children in developing respect, self-control, self-confidence and sensitivity in their interactions with others. Through our daily activities, we will model an ethic of care: care for each other, care for our space and materials, care for our outdoor environment and care for one’s self.
Guiding children's behaviour is an ongoing process and all children require guidance. We believe that clear and consistent guidelines and rules will help to establish limits in a positive manner (example: “please use your walking feet” instead of “don’t run”). All limits will be explained in language that the children can understand. Children will also be given opportunities to voice their ideas towards caring for the space and solving conflicts.
Guiding children's behaviour is done while appropriate behaviour is occurring, as well as before, during, and after socially unacceptable or dangerous behaviour is displayed. Our team will continuously work with your child to promote healthy behaviour and will communicate with you regularly.
Any serious concerns will be discussed with the family so that we might work together to encourage appropriate behaviour.
Positive guidance techniques will be used to encourage appropriate behaviour.
- Establishing clear, consistent, and simple limits
- Stating limits in a positive way, rather than a negative way
- Focusing on the behaviour, rather than on the child
- Consistently modeling and explaining what is expected and why, rather than threatening or bargaining
- Providing real choices
- Allowing time for children to respond to expectations
- Modeling and enforcing appropriate behaviour, with both words and gestures
- Encouraging children to use their educator as a resource when they cannot resolve conflicts on their own.
- Gaining attention in a respectful way
- Reminding children of the appropriate behaviour.
- Acknowledging feelings before setting limits
- Using proximity and body posturing to create safety for all children involved
- Redirecting or diverting when appropriate
- Modeling problem-solving skills
- Offering appropriate choices
- Using natural and logical consequences, which may include temporary loss of access to a toy, area or privilege if the behaviour was directly related
- Providing opportunities for children to make amends. Rather than demand a superficial apology, encourage genuine opportunities for children to reflect and restore relationships after an incident of hurt or harm.
Please note that this is a flexible routine. This is just a snap shot into what will probably be happening in your child’s day and the approximate time. If you have any questions/concerns regarding the schedule please don’t hesitate to talk openly with us, as we are always open to suggestions.
8:30-9:00am: Arrival/Breakfast/Free Play
9:30am: Clean Up
9:45am: Morning Circle
10:30am:Toiletting and Transition Outside
10:45am: Outdoor Activities
12:30pm: Toileting and Transition to Nap/Quiet time
1:00pm: Nap/Quiet Time (may end as late as 3pm for some children)
2:00pm: Indoor Activities/Crafts
3:00pm: Outdoor Activities
4:30pm: Pick Up
- Parents must walk their children into the Daycare, please do not
send them in on their own.
- Child/Children must be signed in on the sign in sheet
- Please notify Staff and complete an "Authorized Persons for Pickup"
form if someone other than yourself will be picking up your child
- Please let Staff know if there is any pertinent information we need to know about your child’s previous night or morning that might be helpful.
- Your child must be picked up by closing time. (See “Late Pick Up', page 13)
- Only persons authorized to pick up may sign out the child. Photo ID may be required if authorized adult is unknown to staff.
- Please use the sign out sheet.
- Please check for any messages with Daycare staff.
- Always ensure that a Staff member is aware that you are taking your
- In the event that an unauthorized person arrives to pick up the
child, the child will not be released and the parent will be notified immediately.
walk we will ensure we are back by the time children are scheduled to go home. We will leave a note on the door to let parents know where we are when we are out of the room.
Our typical naptime is from 1 - 3pm. If you are picking your child up between these times please do so quickly and quietly. Please inform the caregiver if and when you will be arriving at nap time to pick up your child so we can wake them a few minutes early and get them ready for you, as this is usually the least disruptive way. Children will not be released to any person that, in the judgment of Daycare Staff, appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or otherwise appears incapable of providing safe care of the child for safety/security reasons. Instead another authorized person from the child’s registration form, or someone suggested by the parent/guardian, will be contacted to come pick up the child.
FEES, PAYMENT, REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULING
- Daycare fees are due monthly, on your child's first scheduled day of daycare
- Monthly fees will include all scheduled daycare days for that month
- REFUNDS/EXCHANGES WILL NOT BE GIVEN FOR DAYS YOUR CHILD IS ILL OR ABSENT
- Withdrawal from Daycare requires one month's written notice
- There is a fee associated with late pick up of your child
Because of this we have developed the following payment policies to help our society run smoothly and fairly for all families and staff involved.
Prepayment of fees guarantees your child a space and allows us to plan a consistent schedule and age-appropriate activities.
The 2018 Daycare Fees are as follows:
$50.40 per day for children aged 1-3 for a pro-rated fee (based on 50 weeks per year) of:
- $210 per month for children who are enrolled 1 day per week
- $420 per month for those enrolled 2 days per week
- $630 per month for those enrolled 3 days per week
$55.20 per day for children aged 3 to school age for a pro-rated fee (based on 50 weeks per year) of:
- $230 per month for children who are enrolled 1 day per week
- $460 per month for those enrolled 2 days per week
- $690 per month for those enrolled 3 days per week
The Daycare reserves the right to change the fee at its discretion with one month's notice to parents/guardians. These fees implement the provincial government’s fee reduction initiative and is pro-rated for part-time enrolment.
Affordable Child Care Benefit
The provincial government is implementing a new childcare benefit program in September 2018, which Mayne Island Daycare has chosen to opt into.
Families applying for this benefit will have to pay full fees up front until their benefit is approved or unless otherwise discussed with the Manager. The new funding will help families with the cost of childcare, depending on factors like family size, type of care, and household income.
Parents must provide one of the following reasons for requiring childcare:
- Working or self-employed
- Attending school
- Participating in an employment program
- Looking for work (only one parent or guardian)
- Living with a medical condition
Apply for funding before the end of the month in which you need childcare. For example, if you would like to receive funding for childcare starting September 1, you need to apply by September 30.
In order to apply you will need to complete a childcare arrangement form with your childcare provider to submit along with your application. Sign up for My Family Services: https://myfamilyservices.gov.bc.ca/s/ and upload all necessary ID and documentation.
For more information on the application and steps to obtain the benefit, please contact the Manager.
Due Date and Payment
Daycare fees are paid in advance of attendance. Full monthly payment is due on the first scheduled daycare day of the month. If you will be unable to pay your full invoice amount on time please contact the Manager well in advance to make alternative arrangements.
Cash or cheque: the Manager will accept payment and fill out receipts. Staff can accept payment in the absence of the Manager and advise that the Manager will provide the receipt on the next working day. Please make cheques payable to Mayne Island Early Childhood Society with “Daycare Fees” in the memo.
Contact the Manager ASAP if you will not be able to pay your fees on time. Payments received late without prior approval from the Manager will be subject to a $5 per day late fee.
When fees are two weeks in arrears and no attempt has been made to discuss the matter with the Manager, you will be notified that your child cannot attend the program until full payment has been received.
Following another two weeks' default of payment without discussion with the Manager, your child will be withdrawn from the program with no further notice.
NSF Cheques:All “Not Sufficient Funds” cheques will be charged an administrative fee of $30. Immediate payment of Daycare fees in cash will be required within 48 hours or childcare may be suspended.
Late pick up
Your child/ren must be picked up by closing time. If a parent/guardian is late picking up their child they will be charged $5 for every 5 minutes that they are late. Example: If you are five minutes late you will be charged $5, if you are ten minutes late you will be charged $10. You will sign the sign-out sheet acknowledging length of tardiness and the corresponding amount will be added to your following invoice. Please note that three late pickups in any three month period will require your child's eligibility for a spot at the daycare to be reviewed and could result in dismissal.
We cannot guarantee or provide childcare until all completed forms and required documentation has been received.
- Completed and signed Registration Package
- Completed and signed Consent forms
When an application is received it is placed onto our waitlist. Preference will be given to 12 months to 5 year olds. When a spot becomes available it is offered to those on our waitlist.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to update Mayne Island Daycare if your requested date for childcare or the amount of childcare needed changes from what was indicated on the original application form.
When a space becomes available Parents/guardians contacted with the offer of childcare have ten calendar days to confirm desire to register or they forfeit their position to the next person on the waitlist. If parents/guardians are out of town for an extended period of time it is suggested to inform the Daycare so that your position is not forfeited.
If you choose to decline the offered space, but would like to remain on the waitlist, you remain in your place for the next available spot.
If you forfeit your spot by not responding you do not need to reapply but will lose your priority spot in the waitlist.
Your child's wellbeing is paramount, as it is for all the children in our care. To ensure that everyone is happy with the childcare arrangements provided for your child, a two-week trial period exists prior to the finalization of the care agreement. If at any time during this two-week evaluation period you feel that the Daycare is not meeting your needs, then you may withdraw your child.
The daycare is Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The daycare is open year round, with a scheduled close for one week in the summer (exact dates TBD), and one week at Christmas.
A minimum of one calendar month's notice is required for any cancellation. Failure to provide sufficient notice will result in the full fee for the notice period still being due.
This policy applies to full withdrawal from daycare as well as permanently reducing the number of days of enrolment.
If your child will not be attending Daycare due to illness or any other reason, please contact the Daycare. This will prevent activities being delayed and it helps us know how many children we need to prepare for.
Notify the Daycare no later than 10:00 am on the day of absence either by email or by calling the Daycare. Please leave a voice mail if no one answers as messages are routinely checked.
Schedule change by Parent/Guardian
The Daycare allows parents/guardians that have a day when their child won't be attending to offer this day to another child who is in the same age category as their child. The day must be filled by a child enrolled in the daycare. This arrangement must be communicated to the Daycare in writing at least one week in advance. Parents/Guardians will not charge more than the regular $50.40/$55.20 fee for a day of childcare they are offering to another family.
This will help alleviate the financial burden of paying for days when your child is not in attendance. As all fees are paid in advance, the exchange of money for the day takes place between parents and is not the responsibility of the Daycare. Parents can use the form posted on the bulletin board at the Daycare to facilitate their own changes with other parents.
In the rare event the daycare closes due to power outages, inclement weather, or strike, families will be contacted as soon as possible. To determine whether we close the daycare due to weather, we will follow the school guidelines as we rent the facility from the school board. If we should have a daycare closure, parents will not be reimbursed for that day. Depending on their allotment of benefits, parents may not be affected. We are, however, cognizant that some parents may find this a financial hardship. If this should be the case, please speak to the manager about discussing your situation to the board. This kind of scenario will be handled by the board on an individual basis.
In the rare event of closures due to staffing shortages, parents will be notified and reimbursed.
GENERAL DAYCARE INFORMATION
What to bring
Fitted crib sheet, blanket and small pillow in a bag with handles
- Nutritious, varied lunch including enough for morning and afternoon snack
- Spill-proof water bottle
- Sufficient diapers, wipes and diaper cream
- If using cloth diapers: 10 cloth diapers, two wet bags Note: staff will not rinse diapers
- Small cuddly toy or book for comfort (sometimes picture of family helps too)
- Spare clothing including underwear, hats, pants, shirts, socks, etc.
- Appropriate outdoor clothing depending on the weather
- Sunscreen when appropriate
All items except for the nap kit will return home with the child each day. The nap kit will be sent home every week to be laundered.
Please ensure that children come dressed in “play” clothes. Although we will try to take care while doing art and playing outside, there are instances where clothes could become stained. We appreciate your understanding, and so do the children.
Food and Drink Policy
Breakfast is a very important meal that no child should miss. A simple breakfast of porridge with seasonal fruit, when available, will be provided at the start of the day to ease the transition from home to daycare and provide the social benefit of meal sharing. Lunch food and drink is to be provided by the parents/guardians and we ask that it be a nutritious meal.
For the morning and afternoon snack the children will eat any snack or left over items in their lunch kit. Water will also be provided at snack times.
In addition, we ask that all children be sent with a spill-proof water bottle with their name written on it visibly. All water bottles will be kept in an accessible bin and children will be encouraged to drink water throughout the day, as well as at snack and mealtime.
We ask that hard candies and peanuts not be included in lunches because of the choking hazard. In addition, hot dogs, cherry tomatoes and grapes need to be cut length-wise into four pieces, also to prevent choking. We thank you for your cooperation.
In the event of any severe allergies, parents may be restricted from certain foods entering the premises.
Throughout the day water drinks are available for the children as needed. At all times during drinking and eating, children are required to be seated (at table or on couch) and not engaged in any play activity. This is to ensure safety (choking etc.) and to promote appropriate eating/drinking habits. Under no circumstances will young children be allowed to walk around or play with bottles in their mouths. Pacifiers may be used at naptime only. If your child requires a bottle at nap it will be given to him or her before they get in bed. Under no circumstances will children be allowed to go to sleep with bottles in bed. This is also to ensure safety (choking etc.) and to prevent dental problems.
Children who are in the process of toilet training need time, attention and care. This isn't a time that should feel rushed or pressured for the child.
Any changes in the diapering routine must be agreed upon between parent/guardian and educator prior to implementing them at Daycare. It is suggested that the child have had three successful diaper-free days before attempting a diaper-free day at Daycare.
When a child is ready for potty training, the Daycare encourages the following:
- Start potty training at home; continuity between home and Daycare is critical
- Decide how the child will use the toilet, IE. Potty seat on toilet or small potty chair
- Begin practice sitting on and using toilet while children are still in diapers
- Dress child in loose clothing that they are able to manage easily and independently.
- Diapers or pull-ups can be used for naps.
of shoes, every day. Wet garments will be put in a plastic bag for you to take home and launder.
The Staff will ensure the children properly wash their hands after using the washroom.
Staff will encourage all children to nap until they have been advised by a parent/guardian that naps are no longer required. Staff will record the length of each nap and make this information available to parents at the end of the day.
Toys from home
Please keep your child's personal items at home, aside from one comfort item, as sharing these items can be stressful for the child. Keeping accurate and up-to-date records
Parents must provide, as per licensing regulations, all of the information requested in the registration package and are responsible for updating the information as needed to keep it up-to-date throughout the child's time at the Daycare.
You can always give us a call to see how your child is doing and Staff will check messages periodically throughout the day. We understand there may be times you need to arrange to come visit your child and nursing parents may arrange for feeding times. In return we ask that you please try not to interfere with the daily running of the Daycare routine. If you are visiting during quiet time (1-3 pm) we ask that you enter quietly. Please be aware that sometimes it can be difficult for your child when you leave again.
Along with our open door policy, we want to keep an open line of communication between parents and the Daycare. We will always inform you of the events that happened with your child during the day. We ask that you do the same when you drop your child off at the Daycare in the morning. If you have any concerns regarding the care of your children please speak with Staff members first and if you feel your concerns have not been addressed, please bring the issue to the Manager.
If you have any concerns or input about the Daycare as a whole, please bring the issue or idea to the Manager.
The Daycare values professionalism and positive communication; the Daycare's employees are expected to communicate with parents/guardians accordingly. In return, the Daycare expects that parents/guardians will communicate with our employees in a manner that is professional and positive. We will not tolerate yelling, swearing, or any behaviour that is discriminatory or profane.
If for any reason employees or parent/guardians feel they are not being treated with respect and fairness, please contact first the Manager, then if necessary a member of the Board of Directors.
Concerns regarding the day-to-day care of your child:
- First speak with your child's educator about your child at a time when they are not directly responsible for the care of other children. You are welcome to book an appointment.
- If you feel your concern is not addressed effectively, please speak with the Manager or email email@example.com
- Please contact the Manager in person or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you still feel your concern is not being addressed effectively please contact the Board of Directors of the Mayne Island Early Childhood Society in writing by letter for a response. Mail to: MIECS Attn: Daycare Committee, 246 Spinnaker Dr., Mayne Island BC, V0N 2J2
As there are many parents in and out of the Daycare on any given day, it is important that everyone understands the importance of confidentiality. This applies to parents, Staff, board members and guests of the facility. Please consider all information you hear regarding children and families as confidential. If you have concerns regarding confidentiality please follow the concerns procedure above. It is the Daycare's policy that any information or records regarding your family and child will be kept confidential, with the following exceptions
- During routine inspections by the Community Care Facility Licensing Officer, files may be reviewed to ensure all required documentation has been completed
- In the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease, a Public Health Nurse may assess files to determine if any children are at risk
- Information or records may be released without your permission if required by law. Records kept by childcare facilities may be subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Medication will only be administered by Daycare Staff if:
- It has been prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner
- It is in the original pharmacy container
- The Daycare has a signed consent form from the parent with directions
- It is oral medication, with the exceptions of EpiPen for emergency purposes, insulin, or asthma inhalers and Staff have received specific training around their use and administration.
All medication will be stored in a locked box while at Daycare. Parents are responsible for asking Staff to return the medication at pick up time.
It is not a requirement of the Daycare that your child be immunized, however we do need a copy of any immunizations that have been administered. If you have chosen to not immunize your child, then you need to answer “why?” on your child's registration, e.g., “personal choice.” In the event of a disease outbreak, if you child is not immunized or we do not have a record that they have been immunized, you will be asked to temporarily leave the Daycare. The child's return will be based on recommendations from Island Health.
If it is obvious to Staff that your child is not well enough to take part in our daily routine then the child is considered too sick to attend. According to the health department, your child is considered too sick to attend when he or she is displaying any one or more of these symptoms:
- Pain: complaints of unexplained or un-diagnosed pain.
- Acute cold with fever, runny nose and eyes, coughing or sore throat.
- Difficulty in breathing (wheezing) or persistent cough.
- Fever one degree C above normal (normal is 37.4C or 96.5-97.9F)
- Acute unexplained fever.
- Sore throat or trouble swallowing.
- Green or yellowish discharge from child’s nose or eyes
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Diarrhea or loose stool combined with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps or blood. These symptoms may indicate a bacterial or viral infection, which is easily passed on to other children.
- Headache or stiff neck.
- Earaches that require rest
- Fainting or dizziness including reactions to poison, food, illness, pain or holding their breath.
- Severe Itching of body, scalp, infected skin, eyes, and or un-diagnosed rash. (Spots must be examined by a doctor)
The child needs to be free of any and all symptoms for 48 hrs. before returning to daycare. Please do not return with your child too soon, this is unfair to the other families and our staff as it may it may cause them to also become ill and may affect their daily routines and livelihoods.
Parents are required to inform us of any serious illness or contagious conditions (with their child or within their family) within 24 hours to allow other families within the childcare centre and the Health Unit to be alerted. Examples of this: Chicken pox, Norovirus, Whooping cough, Croup and more. If in doubt, please talk to the Manager.
Children taking Antibiotics for an acute infection must stay home for a full 48 hours after receiving first dose, and must be free of all symptoms or no longer contagious before returning to the Daycare. If Staff are required to administer antibiotic medications the standard protocol for medication administration will apply.
Minor and Critical Incidents
The Daycare Staff are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all children, Staff and any other persons participating in the program. Parents will be informed of any injury requiring first aid as soon as possible.
In the event of a medical emergency involving your child we will call 9-1-1 and then call you. If you are unavailable we will call the emergency contacts on file. A Staff member will stay with your child until an authorized person arrives to care for your child.
Reporting Suspicions of Child Abuse
We are required by law, under the Child, Family and Community Service Act, to report any suspected cases/disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities for investigation. Our responsibility is to report suspicions/disclosures, not determine if abuse has occurred. Investigations are the responsibility of the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) and /or the Police. They are responsible for contacting the Parent/Guardian.
Active Play Policy
Definition of Active Play: Physical activity which includes moderate to vigorous bursts of high energy. It raises the child's heart rate. For an infant or toddler this may include, but is not limited to, reaching out, rolling over and balancing in a sitting position.
Children at the daycare will experience a minimum of 60 minutes of outdoor active play throughout the day. These 60 minutes are designated in the daily schedule with an option of providing up to another 60 minutes of outdoor play depending on the plan for that day.
Our daycare will provide some facilitated active play with the childcare provider modelling or initiating a situation, as well as allowing time for un-facilitated, child-led active play opportunities. The facilitated activities will focus on the development of the fundamental motor skills of Balance, Coordination and Locomotion.
Parents will be required to send appropriate outdoor clothing so that children can safely play outside every day regardless of weather conditions. We make an exception to our scheduled outdoor playtime in the event of temperatures less than -5 degrees Celsius including the wind chill factor. We will also limit outdoor time when the temperature is higher than 30 degrees. In the instance that outside playtime is cancelled due to weather an equivalent amount of indoor active play will be scheduled.
At no point will there be prolonged sitting activities (e.g., Story time, board games, art) throughout the day without the encouragement of frequent, short burst of physical activity.
Screen Time Policy
Mayne Island Daycare understands that TV and other electronic media can get in the way of exploring, playing, and interacting with others, which encourages learning and healthy physical and social development. Therefore, we will restrict screen time by: