ChildRoots is pleased to announce two new Annex locations! Both locations will open on September 5th, 2011. Our new Alberta location site is in the heart of the Alberta arts neighborhood and will care for 16 children with 4 full time teachers. Our Burnside Annex sits directly accross the street from our main SE Center and will also care for 16 young babies with 4 full time teachers.
NOW ENROLLING ~ children born between 6/10 and 6/11.
Here are some of the basics:
Hours of operations: We are open from 7:15 AM-6:15 PM Monday-Friday. We only enroll children for full day care, with a two day per week minimum. Drop-offs typically happen between 7:30-9:30 and pick-ups between 4:00-5:30. Children may be in care for no longer than 10hrs per day.
Closures: ChildRoots is closed on major federal Holidays and two additional days during the summer and winter for teacher training.
Meals: All food served at ChildRoots is vegetarian and peanut free. We serve lunch and two snacks daily. Meals are served family style under the “take 5” plan. Each food group (grain, protein, vegetable, fruit, dairy) is served in a separate communal bowl. In this way, children are able to eat more of what they like while cutting down on the waste of what’s not eaten. Children are always encouraged to try at least one bite of everything offered.
We believe that it is important to acquaint children with a variety of foods so that they can develop their palate.
Rest: All children at our center are required to have at least one 45 minute rest period during their time here. Rest periods and patterns vary throughout the center based on age group and classroom dynamic.
Diapering: We use cotton cloth (prefold) diapers with snappable wraps for diapering during center hours. Diapers are changed every 1.5-2hrs, and within 10 minutes of poop detection.
Parents are responsible for providing wipes and”travel” diapers (those worn to and from school each day).
As soon as children are able to walk, we start to incorporate the toilet into diapering time. At first, all that this means is allowing the child to notice the toilet: “That’s the toilet, that’s where we poop and pee…” Then, as we begin to identify signs of readiness, including bladder control, interest, etc., children are encouraged to sit on the potty several times a day.
Primary Care: Each child is assigned a primary care provider – a single teacher who is primarily focused on that child. Primary care providing allows children to build trust and bond more easily with their teachers. While both teachers in a classroom will be aware of and able to meet your child’s needs at any time, knowing that your child has one teacher who is particularly familiar with and tuned into your child’s needs provides you with added security and ease with communication.
Building Cnfidence in young babies: In our infant rooms we are generally inspired by the work of Magda Gerber and her Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE). This means that we respect infants as people – speaking to and treating them as we would older children or adults. Since it is always our goal to allow children the time and space for self-discovery and self learning, we allow infants to develop mobility and other skills at their own pace, never propping them or placing them in a position into which they cannot naturally move their own bodies.
Classroom materials: We believe that children benefit from natural, open-ended, enchanting, dynamic and inspiring materials - toys and environments that intentionally scaffold learning. Toys are rotated on a regular basis to ensure that children are continually challenged by, and engaged in, their environments.
Outdoor play: All children in the center go outside at least once a day, rain or shine. Walking children are usually outside 2-3 times per day, taking walks in the neighborhood or playing in our yard. Small babies are taken on walks in strollers that seat 4.
More: Please go to our website for more details about our schools. www.childroots.com. To schedule a tour email: firstname.lastname@example.org.