A Day in the Life
We offer early learning & care for children 18mo to 6 years of age.
Our program runs full days from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm daily, all year round. Educators, with support from our Atelierista (Artist-in-Residence) and Pedagogista (Educational Consultant), join children on their explorations of movement, urban gardening, forest play, construction, and imaginative play (drawing, painting, and sculpting).
What is ‘time’ at Atelier Kids Early Learning Centre?
Time is valued in the Reggio approach for the opportunities it provides rather than providing a rigid structure.
Children and educators build up strong relationships as they stay together for longer periods of time. The educators really get to know the children which supports learning.
Time to be, time to meet, time to play and think, reflect, talk, listen, rest and eat together. Children learn the value of relationships, and are better prepared for primary school.
Children can spend long periods of time on learning experiences of interest. If an experience really engages them, they can revisit it and consolidate their understanding.
A typical day in the life of Atelier Kids
There are only a few fixed times in the day – the start of the morning/afternoon session, meals, and the time the children leave. The times below are general guidelines. This allows for long periods of engaged activities without strict arbitrary timelines. We also get the children out in the community and do regular field trips to places of interest including parks, libraries and any other locations that flows from the childrens’ journeys of learning.
8:00 – 9:30 am
Parents drop off their child with our Director at the front door each morning after they have each completed their mandatory wellness check. Children arrive and play freely. A snack is provided for those children who arrive early. This can be a difficult time so we support our new families that are transitioning but ask that they make the drop-off short n’sweet, and to be patient as every child transitions differently. Work with your educators and lean on them for help. They are the experts!
Children and educators come together for the morning meeting. This time together will drive the activities of the day. Stories are read, questions are posed, and children choose projects for the morning.
9:45 – 11:30 am
Students begin to work on projects independently in small groups or with educators in small groups. There are either two or three educators in every classroom which allows for the educators to help guide learning rather than direct it. The Atelierista & Pedagogista will also weave in and out of the classrooms to provide guidance to both educators and children. Time out of doors is included as much as possible.
Lunch begins and children are allowed ample time to enjoy their healthy and delicious meal without rushing. The children and educators enjoy this time together.
As the children are finished with lunch, they will be excused to prepare for rest.They wash up, and lie down on their cots and settle down which takes about 15 minutes or so. Those children that can’t fall asleep are directed towards quiet activities. Soft music is typically playing in the background and the shades are drawn. Educators take advantage of this quiet time to have lunch, reflect on the morning, to document the children’s activities and also share special moments with parents through our parent communication app.
Children are encouraged to work on their morning projects or are invited to a new learning experience. The groups of children may change at this time and children are welcomed to try different activities until they find one that engages them fully. Again, time out of doors takes place.
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Pick up begins. Parents are apprised of their child’s activities prior to picking up their child, through the childcare app, and enjoy reuniting at the end of the day.
Moving children through different classrooms and programs is an exciting adventure . We endeavour to keep the children grouped together with their friends as they grow and advance from classroom to classroom.
Our program welcomes children who are 18 months to 6 years of age.
Children with Special Rights / Special Needs
We foster a culture of respect that values differences. Our environment is set up to identify individual’s special rights and needs. When required, we liaise with other professionals to provide the required support so that the child and their family can achieve their goals. If we cannot meet the family’s goals, we will do our best to facilitate another solution.