THE INFANT ROOM

We are licensed for 12 Infants from 12-19 months of age. Our ratio for this age group is 1:4.

The staff in the Infant Rooms are warm caring and nurturing and communicate with parents on a daily basis. Staff complete a Daily Written Report on each child which provides info to the parents as to their child’s day. Included is what and how much they ate and drank, diaper changes, description of a stool, and how long they napped.

During nap time the staff help the infants to fall asleep by either rocking them or rubbing their backs. Soft soothing music is played in the background for relaxation. Since the general physical care of infants, such as feeding, changing, etc. involves a fair amount of time, the staff take advantage of this time to talk to, and play little finger games with the children.

Everything that Infants participate in throughout the day stimulates the five senses. In the program the children participate in the following:

ART

The infants will paint using their hands or paint brushes, colour with crayons, glue using a variety of materials and textures.

SENSORY

Many stimuli are provided for the children from playing with water, edible play dough, not encouraged but safe shredded paper, and materials of different textures.

CIRCLE TIME

The children experience circle time on a daily basis from singing, dancing, fingerplays, reading a book, etc.

MATH

They learn math even at this age e.g. counting the blocks, learning about the space around them, etc.

SCIENCE

Staff encourages awareness of everyday moments as they move through their environment.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Manipulative activities allow your child to exercise his/her fingers and eye-hand coordination (ex: puzzles, stacking blocks, shape sorters, holding a spoon to eat.)

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

The children have many opportunities to learn a new skill or master those they already exhibit from walking, to running, dancing, rolling or throwing a ball, and using the riding or push toys in the Common Room.

BACKYARD FUN

In the backyard the children can climb, play with balls, ride some riding toys, read a book, splash in the water in the summer, and other fun activities.

WALKS

We try and get out for a stroller ride in our community on a daily basis weather permitting. Staff interact by sharing and pointing out different things in their surroundings (puppy, bus, firetruck, people etc.)

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to contact us here.

THE TODDLER ROOM

We are licensed for 22 Toddlers from 19-36 months of age. Our ratio for this age group is 1:6.

Toddlers are always on the move, interested in many play areas and will go from one thing to another. They are discovering their world and they learn best in a safe, secure and stimulating environment where they can explore in their own way.

The children have many opportunities to have independence in their room. They are encouraged to eat with a spoon, and assist in cleaning up after themselves. The rooms are furnished and equipped with child size equipment so that the children can explore independently and can also have alone time if needed.

Verbalizing and language at this age is very important. Staff encourage the children to use words to express their needs and to communicate with each other. The staff in the Toddler Rooms are very caring, nurturing and exhibit a great deal of patience. Developmentally appropriate program planning by staff allows for learning and fun experiences.

In the Toddler program, the children participate in the following:

ART

Different mediums are used during art, ex: painting with brushes, hands, golf balls, etc. Drawing with crayons, gluing with collage materials such as feathers, pompoms, egg cartons, toilet tubes, etc.

SAND

In the sand table, children have access to buckets, shovels, sifters, etc. The staff will also add items according to the theme in the room, ex: Construction theme with  dump trucks, loaders, construction workers, etc.

WATER

The children love to play and have fun with water. The staff may add coloured water, water wheels, measuring cups, scoops, etc and create themes. Ex: Dolls, bubbles, wash cloths to give the babies a bath, rubber ducks and other toys.

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

Language and Literacy takes place throughout the day. From reading a book, singing a song, using puppets, finger play and communicating with caregivers and peers.

CIRCLE TIME

Circle time is done on a daily basis. During this time there are stories, songs and musical instruments, fingerplays, flannel board stories, puppets, etc.

DRAMATIC PLAY/HOUSE CENTER

Lots of opportunities to imitate experiences of everyday life through role playing. Ex: cooking meals, having a tea party, feeding a doll pretending that it’s a baby or can change this play area into a grocery store, etc.

BLOCK/CONSTRUCTION

We provide an assortment of blocks. Ex: small-large wooden blocks, cardboard blocks, plastic blocks, etc. in order to expand and enhance their play. We also have Community Helpers including people of different ethnic backgrounds and non-gender roles, plastic roads, cars, animals, etc.

MATH

In their everyday play, children learn math in many informal ways. Ex: balancing blocks on top of one another, using stacking toys, learning classification like big/ small, counting, sorting like objects. Ex: family of cows, a bunch of shapes, etc.

SCIENCE

Children experience science through mixing playdough, filling and dumping various sized containers in the sand and water table. They learn physics through constructing using blocks, duplo blocks, etc.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

There are many manipulative activities in which the children can participate. Ex: doing puzzles, ripping and cutting paper, colouring, putting pom poms in and out of containers, etc.

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

Activities such as jumping, running, climbing, balancing parachute play, throwing and catching a ball, etc. Some of these activities are done in our Common Room or outside in the backyard.

BACKYARD FUN

In the backyard the children have the opportunity to ride bikes, throw balls, climb and slide, and in the summer enjoy sand and water play.

WALKS

Outdoor time is an important part of our day, weather permitting. On their walk, different things are pointed out in order to engage the children and have them observe their surroundings. They love to see firetrucks, policemen, buses, puppies, people, etc.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to contact us here.

THE PRESCHOOL ROOM

We are licensed for 25 Preschool Children from 3-5 years of age. Our ratio for this age group is 1:8.

The staff in the Preschool Room are very caring, nurturing and enthusiastic. Program Planning for this group is key as the children are becoming curious, adventurous and have the desire to learn and experience new things.

They are developing friendships and also enjoy participating in group activities. They also enjoy alone time and may choose to look at books, paint, do a puzzle, or construct with Legos, etc.

In the program, the children participate in the following:

ART

Different mediums are used during art eg. painting with fingers, brushes, rollers, golf balls, marbles, etc. Drawing or colouring with crayons, markers, pencil crayons, pastels and chalk, gluing with collage materials such as feathers, pompoms, toilet tubes, egg cartons, Popsicle sticks, sparkles, etc and creating with clay.

SAND

The children have many experiences with the sand table e.g. use of buckets, shovels, measuring cups, sifters, etc. The staff will also add items according to the theme in the room e.g. a variety of dinosaurs, plastic plants, rocks, sticks, etc. The children are also given the opportunity to choose what they would like to have in the sand table.

WATER

The children love to play and have fun with water. The staff adds coloured water, water beads, water wheels, measuring cups and spoons, plastic tubing, soup ladles, etc. The staff will also add items according to the theme in the room. e.g. UNDER THE SEA, colour the water, boats, little people shells, glass beads, plastic plants, rocks, sea animals, etc.

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

Language and Literacy takes place throughout the day. From reading a book, singing a song, using puppets, finger plays, asking questions how, what, why and through show and share and also through communicating with caregivers and peers.

CIRCLE TIME

Circle time is done on a daily basis. During this time there are stories, discussions with the children about the theme, songs and musical instruments, flannel board stories, etc.

DRAMATIC PLAY/HOUSE CENTER

In this center the children are provided with opportunities to imitate experiences of everyday life. The children have the opportunity to do and participate in role playing e.g. Cooking meals, having a tea party, feed a doll pretending that it is a baby, pretend that they are going to work, or change this play area into a hair salon, grocery store, bank, etc.

BLOCK/CONSTRUCTION

In this Center an assortment of blocks are provided e.g. Large wooden blocks, small wooden blocks, tree branch blocks, cardboard blocks, Lego blocks, etc. In order to expand and enhance their play, other props are available. This can include Community Helpers, people of different ethnic backgrounds and non- gender roles, plastic roads, wooden trains and track, road signs, cars, animals, etc.

SCIENCE

There are so many ways that the children experience science in formal or informal ways. They experience chemistry through making playdough, slime, goop etc. physics through building with blocks and Legos, etc. A formal science experience may be constructing a volcano, and making lava.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Learning about the community, different cultures, etc. Sharing, cooperating and participating with others.

HISTORY

3- 5 year olds depend on events that occur in a regular and predictable order. They begin to understand past events and how these events relate to present and future activities. e.g. snack time, story time, today, tomorrow, next time. Seasonal changes, linking yesterday’s activity with what will happen today. Cause and effect, etc.

GEOGRAPHY

The children learn about concepts of location and direction. They will recognize common places, or objects in their immediate environment and begin to talk about what they have seen.

ECONOMICS

The children will learn about what happens in their community. They learn that there are many different people that work in their community e.g. Those that provide a service Dr, Dentist, Bus Driver, etc. those that provide goods e.g. farmer provides food, shoe and clothing stores sell boots, shoes, clothing, etc.

COOKING

We teach them how to put ingredients together to make cookies, a salad, a loaf, etc. and concepts e.g. Math, science, literacy, etc.

MANIPULATIVE/FINE MOTOR

There are many manipulative activities in which the children can participate e.g. Puzzles, colouring, cutting, geoboards, lacing beads, etc.

GROSS MOTOR

Activities such as building with blocks, jumping, running, climbing, balancing, parachute play or throwing or catching a ball. Some of these activities are done in our Common Room, in the backyard, neighbouring parks.

BACKYARD FUN

Outdoor time is an important part of our day, weather permitting. Outdoor time is an important part of our day, weather permitting.

WALKS

The children go out for walks in the community to the Public Library, River valley, Gov’t Center, etc. On these walks the children benefit from a variety of experiences. On the walk different things are pointed out in order to engage the children and have them observe their surroundings. They like to see firetrucks, policemen, construction vehicles, puppies, people’s businesses, etc.

FIELD TRIPS

The children have many opportunities to experience field trips out in the community and surrounding areas. Some educational and fun trips are Prairie Gardens, Muttart Conservatory, Pet Stores, Telus World of Science, Festival of Trees, etc.

What The Parents Say

We knew a tour first visit that we wanted our daughter to go to It’s All About Kids daycare and everyday confirms this decision for us. We see the way staff and management demonstrate values of respect, care, accountability, compassion, learning and love; from the way they talk to and about the kids to the thought and effort put into programming and the constant emphasis on safety. These are values that align with our own and were important to us in a daycare. We knew our daughter is safe and cared for has so much fun by how her independence and confidence has grown, and we are blessed and thankful to be a part of the It’s All About Kids community.

Hilary & Ken

The atmosphere at It’s All About Kids is both positive and stimulating to learning a wonderful curriculum filled with creative activities. My older son has become more confident, positive and well mannered. Daycare provided him with the skills he needed to transition to kindergarten with confidence and ease. My younger son has developmental delays but thanks to the staff for working hard with him. They are kind. thoughtful, energetic and truly loving towards my son. We have complete peace of mind every day he is there, which exceeds all of our hopes for what a daycare could be. I wish they had a after school care program and we would never leave.

Bhargava Family