Kinderland Education and Childcare Centre provides a play area that is large and partially sodded providing a unique play space where children are able to connect to a natural environment. We are not located in an area where various other businesses or organizations allow users to access common space and where automobiles create a distraction. Near our playground you will find mature trees that create a pleasant environment and provide shade on warm sunny days. A child's connection to the natural world often results in a sense of wonder, in the nearby nature area children can often spot a squirrel, chipmunk, woodpecker, cardinal, blue jay or duck. The children will cross a small wooden bridge through this space to access the play area. The playground is also ideal for certain water play activities.
Many experts suggest that connecting to the natural world contributes to physical, mental and emotional well being. Providing daily opportunities as we provide here (weather permitting) helps to strengthen these connections. Children enjoy environments where they can investigate, imagine, run, build and work together. Our playground provides such an environment with it's space and materials. With a child's improved fitness, chances of obesity are greatly reduced and children become more engaged in the classroom.
Our play area will allow the children to engage in vigorous play and that will also present manageable levels of challenge. In addition to providing physical benefits, active play outdoors strengthens functioning in cognitive areas such as perception, attention, creative problem solving and complex thinking. Through active play and physical exploration children can gain increasing levels of independence.
Our children that attend may view their playground as places for discovery as it provides open ended materials to encourage building, creative problem solving as well as foster imagination. We have put much effort to adapt our outdoor environment to help support the varied capabilities of children to ensure all have equitable opportunities for active outdoor play.
Kinderland Education and Childcare Centre uses a four week rotating menu. Our goal is to offer healthy menu items that children like to eat. Almost all food items are bought directly by the operator who checks for freshness and quality. Fresh fruit and vegetables are regularly served along with delicious main lunch courses including pasta dishes, vegetable dishes, chicken/turkey dishes, rice and a variety of tasty nutritious soups. Having nutritious meals does not have to be boring for the children! We introduced a Mexican lunch theme with one of our meal days; serving mild salsa, cheese, rice, meat and tacos. We offer a vegetarian version of all meals and can reasonably accommodate restricted diets. We also have a B.B.Q near the end of Summer of which the children (and parents) enjoy.
There is evidence that early experiences have an impact on a young developing body, positive experiences will strengthen a child's physical and intellectual capacities.
Kinderland Education recognizes and puts into practice patterns of eating, regular physical activity and sleep (if age appropriate) that contribute to a healthy lifestyle later in life.
We understand the importance of family and the influence it has on a child's development. We are in alignment with family values and recognize, respect and encourage the teachings and guidance that results from the home. Families are the cornerstone of children's progress.
The daycare is housed in a large stand alone building. It has three spacious classrooms of which have large windows providing an abundance of natural light. It has high steeple ceilings that quite simply are not often replicated in modern construction. Our windows have the option of opening allowing fresh air when days allow, all classrooms will be air conditioned as well. The kitchen is on-site which allows the serving of fresh meals and snacks. The building is under 24 hour per day video surveillance; cameras are clearly identifiable and are placed throughout the facility. Our office is near the cubby area and access to the Supervisor can be made with ease.
Much has been written about the benefits of playing a musical instrument; notably its benefits in contributing to academic achievement.
Having children hear a live acoustic instrument can be a motivating factor for children to develop the desire to play. We will have a performance from time to time in both piano and classical guitar. The children very well receive these performances and though they are at a young age, they maintain their concentration throughout the session; performances can be completed without interruption. The piano player will often sing along engaging the audience. Singing songs and listening to recorded music is also part of our regular classroom programming.