Frequently Asked

Questions


 

WHAT IS YOUR CENTRE'S PHILOSOPHY?

We acknowledge that the early years are a crucial time in a child's development and we believe strongly that young children learn best through play. We view children as very capable individuals at and work to foster a sense of self esteem and belonging. Our practices are guided by the BC Early Learning Framework document which is co-produced by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Child and Family Development.

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/topic/57FDB4389CD0FB3F6EC9948B610A6BA9/earlylearning/early_learning_framework.pdf

 

WHAT IS YOUR CHILD TO STAFF RATIO?

For our 3-5 program, the ratio is 1:8, one educator to 8 children. In our multi-age program, the ratio is also 1:8, however, this ratio is made up of maximum 3 toddlers and 5 children from our 3-5 program.

 

WHAT IS YOUR CENTRE'S APPROACH TO GUIDANCE & DISCIPLINE?

Guidance at the centre is always approached positively. We encourage your child to talk through his or her own problems and conflicts and to make appropriate choices and compromises. However, if your child seems unable to cope in a situation, the educators will redirect your child to a new play area. Consistency between the home and the centre is very important in the areas of guidance.

 

DOES YOUR DAYCARE ALLOW NUTS?

Queens Avenue Daycare is a nut aware centre. We prefer that families avoid bringing food items containing nuts whenever possible.

 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE HOLIDAYS?

We are closed on the following holidays: Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, BC Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. We are one of very few centres who are open on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, however, we do close at 2:00pm on those days.

 

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MY CHILD IS DOING EACH DAY?

Educators post a bulletin on our whiteboard daily, teachers highlight the activities that your child has enjoyed that day. Each child also has a mailbox located in the cubbies, labelled with their name which is used for daycare news, special announcements and newsletters.

For more specific information, parents are always welcome to discuss their child's activities with staff members.

 

IS THERE A REST TIME?

Yes, in keeping with provincial legislation, daycare centres are required to provide children with a rest time. Rest time is as important to your child's development as learning and activity.

 

HOW DO CONFLICTS WITH FAMILIES GET RESOLVED?

We work to have strong and cooperative relationships between parents and caregivers. However, we recognize that at times conflict may arise between parent and caregiver. We find that open communication is important and we welcome the opportunity to discuss your concerns.

 

DO YOU ACCEPT CHILDCARE SUBSIDIES?

We accept childcare subsidies. For more information on subsidy, please use the following link:

http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/subsidy_promo.htm

 

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE IN THEIR CUBBY?

  • complete change of clothes which stays at the centre
  • running shoes (for inside)
  • boots
  • waterproof jacket with hood, muddy buddy suit or waterproof poncho
  • hat, mittens and extra sweater (in the winter months)
  • change of clothes for warm weather and sun hat with large brim (in the summer months)
  • lunch kit with daily nutritious lunch and ice pack. All heat up lunches must be placed in a microwave safe dish ready for heating.
  • washable blanket to be left at the centre during the week and taken home for washing on the weekend
  • toddlers need to have a supply of diapers (the centre provides the wipes)

Please take the time to label all your child's belongings, including lunch containers.