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SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM

WELCOME TO LITTLE EXPLORERS - SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM :)

Our mission for this program is to help prepare children and their families for the transition into the school system by providing safe, specialized, high quality educational programming. Our focus is to provide a stimulating early care and education experience which promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical and cognitive development.

Philosophy & Purpose

Little Explorers – School Readiness Program prides itself in being strong advocates for children’s rights to a child care experience that; fosters creativity, supports their natural love for learning, and provides rich learning experiences through play. Our philosophy follows the How Does Learning Happen? understanding that children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential. It is our utmost priority to ensure children’s safety and security during their time spent in our facility.

Our School Readiness Philosophy

Here at Little Explorers, we believe social and emotional maturity are crucial aspects for a child’s school readiness. Children who are able to handle themselves comfortably in different social situations, problem solve, self-regulate and have a strong sense of self, do best in times of transition. Whether that transition be to school or throughout life, these skills will be monumental in their proper development. In order to achieve this growth in social and emotional maturity, we’ve planned a specialized curriculum that focuses on the following three points; life skills, big experiences in our community and group time. The foundation that supports these three points and drives all development and learning is play!

Program Hours

MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00am to 4:30pm
Drop off is from 8:00am to 8:30am
Pick up is from 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Pricing

Our program is $35 per day payment is collected for a 1 month period on the first business day of each month. This price does not include lunch for your child.

This program is for children aged 18 months to 5 years old.

Call the office today to enroll your child or to find out more information! 613-933-3946

BIG EXPERIENCES IN OUR COMMUNITY

In this we are referring to class field trips. The children will be exposed to all their community has to offer. Examples of these experiences would be a fire station visit, elderly home visit, use of public facilities (library, pool, parks, etc.)

LIFE SKILLS

It is here that the children will develop critical self-help, social and emotional skills that all children require in order to tackle everyday tasks and routines in life. These skills can range anywhere from learning how to behave in cooperative play to learning how to properly care for one’s personal belongings.

GROUP TIME

Our group times expose the children to situations where they must practice listening, concentration, cooperation and patience. We use these times to teach group lessons that encourage participation through activities such as music, art/craft, literacy and drama.

PLAY

At Little Explorers play is the motor that drives our day to day planning, play is considered powerful and sacred. Although it is often seen as time taken away from real learning, we see it completely differently and research proves the efficacy of this method.

Children who have been given a lot of opportunities for learning through play have had more success in properly developing self-confidence, a positive self-image, social and language skills, curiosity, persistence and concentration.

SKILLS AND CONCEPTS COVERED IN OUR PROGRAM

Language and Literacy Skills

  • Recognizing our names and learning to write them
  • Following directions
  • Book and print concepts
  • Letters
  • Asking questions, expressing ideas and curiosity
  • Re-telling stories and sequencing events

Motor Skills

  • Building fine motor skills (hand and finger strength)
  • Building gross motor skills (balance, jumping, climbing, etc.)
  • Holding writing implements correctly
  • Putting puzzle pieces together
  • Cutting with scissors

Cognitive Skills

  • Concentrating and paying attention
  • Problem solving
  • Cause and effect exploration
  • Basic concepts (colours, shapes, sizes, directions, quantities, sequences, characteristics, social/emotional states, time, locations and positions)
  • Representing numbers
  • Measuring length, weight and capacity, temperature, time and money
  • One to one correspondence

Social and Emotional Skills

  • Cooperating with friends
  • Recognizing and expressing emotions
  • Interacting with adults
  • Identity formation and autonomy
  • Self-regulation
  • Developing empathy