Kids in the Kitchen
During the cooler months, the children enjoy baking activities in our cozy kitchen. Muffins, cookies and treats of all kinds are made using healthier ingredients. Omega 3 rich chia seeds and flax, mineral dense oats, natural sweeteners such as pure maple syrup and honey, nutritious nuts and nut butters…a treat can still pack a nutritional punch!
Taking the time to smell and sample the ingredients creates interest, measuring helps teach counting, adding ingredients to the bowl and stirring are motor skill developers and waiting for our recipes to finish cooking encourages patience and an acceptance of delayed gratification.
The children in the daycare are also little recipe testers for the best selling cookbook and cooking App Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon, creating and taste testing her delicious snacks and desserts. Parents get to taste test, too, because whenever we spend time together baking the children bring home their wares to share.
Leader of the Day
This is a program I discovered when my own children were in JK and SK and they loved it so much, I incorporated it into out daycare, where it continues to be loved by each child. Daily, on a rotating schedule, one child is the leader of the day and helps to hand out snacks and supplies, has first turn during activity and gets to select the first book we read that day.
I believe that natural, eco and child friendly cleansers are best and choose to use them everyday. Products such as Ecover, 7th Generation and Honest Company are employed throughout the house to clean surfaces, equipment and toys and vinegar is used for disinfecting. Each child in my care is provided (by me) with their own playpen and highchair, so there is no sharing of this equipment. This method allows me to avoid using chlorine bleach after every use of a playpen or highchair .and saves your little one from sleeping in a bleachy playpen and eating off of a bleachy surface.
Distract, redirect and prevent are the first methods used throughout the day. Often, disputes can be resolved and behaviour changed through careful observation and redirection to something more appropriate. Distracting toddlers works better than telling them what to do and helps them form safe and happy habits. Prevention is key…avoiding toys from home which can cause conflict (many daycare children are too young to share or understand the concept) and removing toys form play that are causing conflict goes a long way to peaceful playtime. Noisy and busy for sure, but much less conflict!
Safe barriers and boundaries are already set up, including safety gates, toys for older children up high etc. Time outs are employed when someone needs a few minutes to breath and collect themselves or when dangerous or aggressive behaviour is happening. I defer to the parent’s request for discipline.
Have you ever tried a mindful moment? Often, if a little one has been acting out on a given day, I will do the opposite of the expected. Inviting him or her to have a cuddle, look at a book together or play a game together calms the situation. The attention the child has been craving has been happily fulfilled and he or she will usually have a better day.
Organic Children’s Garden
Every spring, the children and I look through plant books to choose what we would like to grow in the garden together. We have a special tasting day where everyone tastes a variety of berries and veggies to help decide what we will grow. Children are more likely to be interested in this learning gardening experience if they like what they are growing. There are always a few surprises, too, as children are usually more likely to eat sonething if they have grown it! It is truly magical For a child to hold a tiny seed in his or her hand and imagine it growing into a tall plant that will give them food. In our daycare garden, we grow carrots, green beans (bean teepee…a fun place to hide or read a story), zucchini, cucumbers, kale, kalette, lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, strawberries, honeyberries…
Each child’s birthday is a very special day and is treated as such with a party at daycare…face painting, decorations, cupcakes and games fill the day. The birthday child gets to decorate a birthday to crown to wear for the day. Everyone goes home tired and happy.
Before School Care and Transportation
Sweet Pea Path provides before school care with transportation to limited schools in our neighbourhood. My husband provides car transportation so the schedule of the full day children isn’t interrupted. A safe driving record, well maintained vehicle and your choice of booster seat are essential parts of this service. P.A. days are optional based on availability.
Fees and Payment
Your daily full-day fee for care is $43.00. This includes 2 snacks and lunch daily. I do not believe in penalizing busy parents, so there are never any extra fees for early drop off or if you are running late for pick up time. Everyone is confronted with traffic or unexpected emergencies and it isn’t your fault when this happens to you! I do ask that you complete any errands after work to arrive by closing time at 5pm.
Before and after school care with transportation is $26.00 daily.
Infant First Aid and CPR
Safe Food Handling Training, Halton Region
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Police Background Check for all adults in house
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