Learn.Play.Care. Child Care Centres
The Region of Peel is currently enrolling children born on or before Dec. 31, 2010. The Region's delivery of child care services will end by September 2014.
Please note that this age restriction does not apply to the Chinguacousy evening care program.
All Learn.Play.Care. Centres provide high-quality early learning and child care services for children aged from 18 months to 5 years of age, or until they are eligible for Grade 1. All our centres are HighScope certified.
- What ages can attend Learn.Play.Care. Centres?
- What times are the Learn.Play.Care. Centres open?
- How many children are there to each teacher?
- What qualifications do the staff hold?
- What is the food like?
- What activities do you offer my child?
- How much does it cost to send my child to a Learn.Play.Care. Centre?
- Are all Learn.Play.Care. Centres the same?
- Do the Learn.Play.Care. Centres have any special events?
- Where can I find more detailed information about Learn.Play.Care. Centres?
- How can I be involved in my child's Learn.Play.Care. Centres?
1. What ages can attend Learn.Play.Care. Centres?
Each Learn.Play.Care. Centre holds four programs:
The Junior and Senior Kindergarten programs are based on Peel District Board of Education outcomes.
2. What times are the Learn.Play.Care. Centres open?
All Lean.Play.Care. Centres are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Chinguacousy Learn.Play.Care. Centre is open from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Children up to 12 years of age can attend the evening program at Chinguacousy.
We are closed on Statutory Holidays and between Christmas and New Years. Centres are closed one day a year for a Staff Development Day.
3. How many children are there to each teacher?
The ratio of children to teacher is in accordance with the Day Nursery Act:
- Toddlers: 1 teacher for every 5 children
- Preschool: 1 teacher for every 8 children
- Jr. Kindergarten: 1 teacher for every 10 children
- Sr. Kindergarten: 1 teacher for every 12 children
The children have one “primary teacher” who is responsible for one group of children’s daily basic needs and activities. This allows you and your child to develop a trusting and secure relationship with one primary teacher who knows and understands your child’s temperament, feeding, toileting and sleeping habits, and how to challenge your child’s development with daily activities. Although the primary teacher is your main contact, other room teachers also know your child well, and are an additional source for information.
4. What qualifications do the staff hold?
All supervisors and teachers in our Learn.Play.Care. Centres:
- Hold a diploma or degree in Early Childhood Education
- Are members of the College of Early Childhood Educators
- Continue their training throughout their career and must be recertified every three years
- Most teachers are HighScope certified
- Are trained to work with children with special educational needs
- Hold an Early Childhood Education diploma or degree
- Hold a Resource Teacher certificate
- Have certificates in food handling
- Attend an annual conference to continue their education
For your child’s safety:
- We screen all staff, students and volunteers through a criminal reference process
- We train all staff in first aid and CPR each year
5. What is the food like?
Children enjoy whole health menus at our Learn.Play.Care. Centres. We serve the children breakfast, lunch, and three nutritious snacks a day. No processed foods, white flour or refined sugars are used. Everything is freshly made—even our ketchup! Menus are seasonal, and the 4-week rotation ensures lots of cultural variety. Check out our sample menu. (1 page, 76KB)
6. What activities do you offer my child?
Children take part in a balanced, educational program at the Learn.Play.Care. Centres.
Indoor activities include:
- A time for children to plan activities, work on their plan and discuss what they did
- A time for small- and large-group activities
- A time to relax and nap
Children enjoy 2 hours a day (an hour in the morning, and an hour in the afternoon) of planned, outdoor learning in the Learn.Play.Care. Centre’s well-equipped playground.
7. How much does it cost to send my child to a Learn.Play.Care. Centre?
Fees are based on a yearly cost. We may be able to subsidise the fees if your family qualifies. Use our on-line Child Care Subsidy Estimator to see if you could qualify for subsidy.
8. Are all Learn.Play.Care. Centres the same?
All Learn.Play.Care. Centres have the same values, standards and curriculum, but each centre is unique.
Please check the Location Map for each Learn.Play.Care. Centre to see which one your child would enjoy best. Once you’ve read about them, contact the centre supervisor to arrange a visit. The contact information for each centre is on their internet page.
9. Do the Learn.Play.Care. Centres have any special events?
Parents and family members are invited to join us for:
- Family events
- Fall and winter open houses
- A summer program for kindergarten children
- Participation in local community events
10. Where can I find more detailed information about Learn.Play.Care. Centres?
More information about our Learn.Play.Care. Centres is in our Parents’ Handbook.
11. How can I be involved in my child’s Learn.Play.Care. Centre?
Parents are encouraged to join the Learn.Play.Care. Parent Council.
Thursday October 04 2012