Our Curriculum

GTLC allows children to develop their creative skills through play-based learning in a wide range of areas. The ELF (Early Learning Framework) program is play-based and will give your child the foundation necessary to excel socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively and academically while preparing them to enter into full-day kindergarten. All of these skills and many others will be practiced all while creating a positive attitude towards learning. Play is how children make sense of the world and is an effective method of learning for young children.

Our classroom environments are arranged in order to encourage entry into play and allow children to build social skills and language development. The staff at GTLC have been trained and understand the importance of play and also the importance of giving children choices in order to build self-esteem. Our weekly program plans will be based on observations of the children’s interests and will reflect activities that will help the children expand their learning, all while focusing on the children’s individual needs and interests. As our observations progress, the staff will extend learning to month-long projects with the children that will involve both family and our community. The bond between school, family and community is very important and GTLC wants to strengthen this bond to increase our children’s learning potential.

Parent Communication and Participation

The essence of a good relationship between a family and Growing Tykes is on-going communication. It is only by working together that we can provide the best optimum care for your child.

Upon registration, you will be asked to provide the centre with information that allows the staff to get to know your child more intimately: background, personality, habits, interests, likes and dislikes, and health conditions. Although your child may feel a little anxious when they first join the centre, the staff and parents will work together to help the child make a successful transition into Growing Tykes Learning Centre.

All parent notices are posted on our Parent Information Board located in the front lobby. Staff are available at the beginning and end of the day for discussion about your child and you can call throughout the day to check in on your child’s progress. More formal parent-teacher interviews may be set up upon request. We encourage your participation in our program and invite you to join us anytime in the classroom. You are also invited to share your cultural heritage, your job, your artistic abilities (music, painting, etc.), or your hobby with the children. We would appreciate any contribution to program ideas and materials or your participation in a special program event.

Our Ratios

are set out by the Child Care and Early Years Act.
They differ for each age group:

Age Grouping Ratio of staff to children
Infants (0- 18 months) 3 to 10
Toddlers (18 months - 30 months) 1 to 5
Preschool (30 months – 4 years) 1 to 8
Kindergarten B&A Programs (3.5 years – 5 years)1 to 13
School Age (68 months or older but younger than 13 years) 1 to 15

Ratio’s are higher during receiving time – 7am-8:30am and pick-up time 5pm-6pm

Nutrition and Health – General Information

Good nutrition is essential for healthy growth and development. Therefore, it is an important and intrinsic part of our program. Hot lunches and morning and afternoon snacks will be provided in accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act and the Canada Food Guide.
Our Registered Dietician along with our chefs help set menus that surpass the requirement of Canada’s Food Guide and make every effort to provide the children with food that is not only nutritious but also a pleasure to see, smell, touch, and taste!

Children are strongly encouraged to try all foods but are never forced to eat. Extra servings will be available. Food is never used as a bribe or a punishment.
Staff will eat lunch with the children. This promotes a friendly social, home-like environment.

Weekly menus are posted on the Information Board outside of the kitchen.

Allergies and Food Restrictions

Notify the centre immediately if your child develops an allergy, this is extremely important for your child’s safety. All information regarding allergies and food restrictions are posted in all classrooms, office and in the kitchen.
We are a NUT FREE environment.

Please do not bring any food products to the centre.
For each child’s safety, please DO NOT bring outside food into the centre.
If a child is found with any outside food, it will be taken away, and left with the Supervisor.