- Support each child’s unique interests, talents and abilities
- Provide opportunity to expand communication skills
- Promote the development of self-confidence, independence and positive self-esteem
- Encourage independence and self-discipline in the child
- Provide an environment that will enhance and stimulate every child’s curiosity and initiative
- Support parents in their parenting roles
Each program offers high quality care that:
- Stimulates physical, intellectual, language and social development
- Promotes individual learning styles in a way that contributes to the development of a child’s self-image and respect
- Promotes a non-sexist, non-racist, multicultural environment where each child’s ethnic background is valued and expectations from boys and girls are the same
- Encourages creativity in each child by providing opportunity for discovery and self-expression
- Encourages initiatives in the educational care of children
- Encourages harmonious relationships between children, parents and personnel
Early years Play Based Curriculum
Early years Play Based Curriculum begins with an informed understanding of what children are capable of learning an how they learn effectively, it sets out goals for children’s learning and development, health, and well-being and it provides direction for educators. Through play and inquiry, young children practice ways of learning and interacting with the world around them that they will apply throughout their lives. Problem solving and critical thinking, communication and collaboration, creativity and imagination, initiative and citizenship are all capacities vital for success throughout school and beyond.
For more information on Early years Play Based Curriculum:
Hours of Care
Our Children, Our Future Daycare Centre is open Monday through Friday, except for the following statutory holidays. Although the Centre is closed for statutory holidays, PARENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PAY THEIR DAILY FEE for these holidays (with the exception of Easter Monday).
- New Year’s Day
- Family Day
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- Victoria Day
- Canada Day
- Civic Holiday
- Labour Day
- Boxing Day
Our hours of operation reflect the needs of the community. All children must be picked up at the Centre by closing time. Failure to comply will result in a LATE FEE CHARGE. (See Late Fees)
School Age Program
School age program for children attending school on a full time basis are available from the first day of school to the last day of school excluding the Christmas Holidays and the week of March Break.
Children enrolled in a school age program will not be credited ANY time off.
School Age Special Programs
Special programs will be offered at Centres where enrolment permits. Special programs may be available during the Christmas Holidays, March Break and in the summer.
- Enrolment for the Christmas program must be submitted by the Friday of the last week of November.
- Enrolment for March Break program must be submitted by the Friday of the third week of February.
- Enrolment for summer program must be submitted by the Friday of the last week of May.
All scheduled enrolments or special programs will be invoiced as per our fee policy.
Parents must notify the Centre any time their child will not be in attendance due to illness, holidays, or other absences. Parents must accompany their child into the playroom. Daycare Centre personnel must be notified if another person will be picking up the child. Otherwise, the child will not be released into that person’s care. The authorized person picking up your child must show valid identification.
To ensure the well-being of all children, the Centre cannot accept a child who is ill. At times it can be difficult for a parent to determine if their child is well enough to attend the Daycare Centre. In those instances, here is a general rule to apply: if the child is too ill to participate in regular indoor and outdoor activities, then the child is too ill to attend.
Children who display the following symptoms:
- unusual spots or rashes
- discharge from the eyes
- severe breathing difficulty
- fever above 101F
- repeated diarrhea or vomiting
- head lice or nits
or any other symptoms indicative of a contagious disease may be asked to see a doctor before returning to the Centre.
We recognize that our policy may cause some difficulties for some families (missing work, etc.) however we feel that only with consistent application can we provide the safest and healthiest environment for your child. We recommend that all families try to have an emergency backup plan in place for the times when your child needs to be at home.
Where a security entrance is installed, the entrance to the Centre is locked at all times. To ensure the safety of the children, parents must call the playroom and identify themselves. Personnel will then activate a buzzer that will unlock the doors. Please note that if a member of the personnel is attending to a child or a situation, your call may not be answered immediately and you may have to wait.
Our Children, Our Future oversees a growing number of quality daycares in the City of Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin District. Our offer programs for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers and School age children. We offer services for full-time and part-time to meet the needs of working parents.
A play-based approach to children's learning and development is the basis for our program planning and delivery of activities. Children use play to explore their environment, understand and make sense of their feelings, and develop their social skills among their peers. The children are encouraged, through modelling and guidance to build social skills, gain a sense of self and celebrate their many accomplishments as they grow and learn.
Our programs strive to deliver high quality childcare that embraces the individuality and diversity of each child and family that we serve in a safe and nurturing environment.
We understand it is never easy leaving your young children in someone else's hands. Keeping that in mind, we want you to feel confident in your choice of daycare. First and foremost, we are dedicated to making your child feel safe and comfortable in our centre. Our trained staff members give each child in their care personal attention while also promoting social interaction and reinforcing appropriate behaviors through positive support.
Daily Schedule and Program Plans
Program plans are created through observations and are based on the needs and developmental levels of the children enrolled. Weekly program plans include a variety of activities that stimulate the children in all their aspects of development. Program plans are posted for parents to view in the playroom or in the hallway.
Each daycare program has its own routine and daily schedule. The daily schedule for all programs ensures a balance between activities and rest periods, group and individual activities, indoor and outdoor play (weather permitting), child initiated and educator directed activities and transition times. Regular care routines and attention (mealtime / naptime / cloakroom / personal hygiene) are an important part of the daily schedule.
Infant (0 to 18 months)
Our infant program is a wonderful environment to introduce young children to daycare. Our program and physical environment will provide safe opportunities for your child to explore and have fun while seeing, touching, tasting, and moving. Curriculum planning for infants does not necessarily mean structured "teaching". Planning is based upon careful observations of the children using their interest, newly acquired skills, and reactions to materials. As the children grow and change, so will the curriculum. The room and materials will look very different from time to time as we constantly strive to engage, enhance, and encourage infant development.
Toddler (18 months to 30 months)
Our toddler program is based on the philosophy that children learn best through hands-on experiences. This is an incredibly important time in your child's development. It is a time when language, social, cognitive and physical skills are growing at an exponential rate. Toddlers are constantly learning and they use all of their senses to explore the world around them. Our educators help to encourage their curiosity by providing a safe, loving and active learning environment. We teach through what children do best: Play! By combining planned activities and open-ended experiences, toddlers are allowed to move at their own pace and learn through discovery.
Preschool (30 months to 4 years)
Our preschool program continues on the foundational toddler learning program. Everyday, we incorporate all facets of your child's development. Social, cognitive, language and motor skills are all a part of daily life. Skill development is enriched with plenty of socialization with purposeful play-based learning from the core of each day. We don't follow a set curriculum as all children are different and unique and learn at their own pace. The educators observe and follow the children's interests. We offer positive, hands on learning with a comfortable home atmosphere. It is our belief that children are capable of making choices and they are supported and encouraged in this process.
Before and after school (4 years to 12 years)
Our school age program offers a play-based program. It includes a mix of exploration, guided and independent activities, quiet times and outdoor play. The educators provide many opportunities for children to plan their own activities, participate in group decision-making and project development. They also emphasize home-like activities allowing unstructured time and privacy for reading, homework or small social groups. Outdoor play and gross motor activities are emphasized since they are indoors for the most part of the day in school. Our program also provides increased levels of responsibility and independence.
Snacks and Lunches
Planned menus for the current and the following week are posted on the parent’s bulletin board. To ensure a good start for all the children, we offer a breakfast, a lunch, and an afternoon snack.
All menus are planned per the Canadian Food Guide to ensure the proper growth and development of the children. Examples of our menu items are listed below.
- Bagels with cream cheese
- Waffles with syrup
- Western sandwiches with cheese
Lunch menu may include a combination of:
- Smiley fries
- Pasta with meat sauce
- Vegetable soup
- Submarine sandwiches
- Mashed potatoes
- Perogies & sour cream
- Fruit cocktail
- Animal crackers
- Lemon cake
- Ice cream cones
Afternoon snacks may include a combination of:
- Nutri grain bars
- Nachos & salsa
- Celery & cream cheese
- Cream cheese & jam fajita
Children are disciplined in a positive manner and at a level that is appropriate to their action and their ages. Program staff set clear and sensible limits that are well-defined and age appropriate. Staff will re-direct or suggest to the child a more appropriate way of handling the problem at hand. The educators help guide the children towards self-discipline and respect for others. Corporal punishment, harsh and degrading measures of discipline in any form are NOT permitted.
On-going incidents will be recorded if necessary and discussed with the parents, educators and supervisor in order to develop common goals and a plan of action. If a child requires a behaviour management plan, the plan will be signed off by the parent, the primary educator and others (as necessary) prior to implementation
Special Needs Resourcing
The Centre works in close collaboration with the local special needs resourcing provider to ensure the successful integration of all children into our program. Enhanced staffing may be provided to facilitate the integration of children with special needs.
As well, the educators use the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS) and the Ages and Stages Questionnaires to help monitor your child’s development. These are easy to use checklists to record the development and progress of children. Copies of these are available on their websites.
All possible modifications will be made to promote the full participation of all children to the program regardless of specific abilities and needs.
All children are required to be immunized, as recommended by the local Medical Officer of Health. A record of the child’s updated immunization record must be submitted upon enrollment in the Centre. A copy is kept in the child’s file and another is forwarded to the Health Unit.
The staff will only administer medications which have been prescribed or authorized in writing by your physician. Staff WILL NOT administer a non-prescribed drug unless accompanied by a note from your physician.
The medication will be administered only from the original container, clearly labeled by a doctor or pharmacist with the child’s name, physician’s name, drug, dosage and expiry date. A consent form must be completed for each medication.
The educators WILL NOT administer a new medication. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that all medications are introduced before the child’s return to the center (usually 24 hours).
With parent’s written permission, the personnel will apply sun screen lotion and/or insect repellent to the children’s body parts exposed to the sun prior to outdoor activities. A yearly written consent is required or when there is a change in the product used.
Parents must inform personnel in writing, using the designated form for allergies, of their child’s allergies or food intolerance. Whenever possible, the Centre may provide substitutes for any food items that children are allergic to. Severe allergies will be taken care of on an individual basis.
Given the wide variety of food allergies, bringing food/snack items into the Centre is NOT permitted. A current allergy list is posted in the kitchen and in the playroom.
Anaphylaxis: Parents will be asked to provide two pictures of their child and fill out an individual emergency plan with the centre. They also must provide the centre with at least one epi-pen prescribed by a physician. Failure to provide medication can result in the removal of the child from the centre until the medication is available at the centre. We recommend also that your child have a Medic-alert bracelet. If the child is no longer anaphylactic, a letter from the physician must be provided to the Centre where it will be kept of file.
For more information about our daycares feel free to download our Parent Handbook.
|OCOF Parent Handbook|
|OCOF Parent Handbook Checklist|
|Guide de parents|
|Vérification du Guide des parents|
|Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan|
Though Our Children, Our Future does not offer financial assistance programs, we do work closely with the various financial relief systems available at a local, provincial and federal level.
Here are a few options that you may qualify for: