The John Wanless Child Care Program has been in operation since September 1981, responding to a need in the community to provide "total" care for the school age child. We started with a group of twenty 6-9 year old children and have grown to accommodate forty 4-5 year olds and ninety-eight 6-11 year old children (11 year olds/Grade 5 for the September 2010/11 school year). We currently have 14 employees of whom 13 are full time Registered Early Childhood Educators and one part time assistant.
The Child Care Program is a parent-administered, non-profit corporation. The Board of Directors consists of parents with children in the Child Care, and a liaison member of the school community. Every family with a child in the program is a member of the Corporation and therefore has a vote at the Annual General Meeting, which is held in the first quarter of each calendar year (usually March).
The Child Care Program is licensed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and is subject to provincial regulations and inspections. We also have a “Purchase of Service” agreement with the City of Toronto and a subsidy space may be available to families who apply and are eligible.
In February 2009, the Board of Directors approved a pilot Nursery Program to operate as of September 2009. This program is offered for children aged 2.5 – 4 years old from September to June from 9:00am to 11:00am in the Munchkin room (005), which is licensed space during off hours (Munchkins will be in room 006 during this time). The program begins the week after school starts and finished the Friday, the week before school ends in June. The program will not operate in John Wanless Public School on P.A. Days, Statutory Holidays, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, March Break, Christmas Break and through July and August inclusive.
Our Child Care Program recognizes the need for a happy, healthy, safe and comfortable environment for our children. It is our intention to incorporate these values into the program and provide a caring, learning atmosphere. The children are involved in daily activities, which stimulate their social, emotional, cognitive, creative and physical growth. These skills are developed through structured and unstructured activities, both indoors and outdoors.
Children are encouraged to cooperate and work together. Through co-operative play and sharing, we help the child recognize and respect other children’s individuality and choices. We encourage independence and self-motivation by providing a variety of materials and programs that encourage exploration and personal creativity.
We recognize the needs of both the child and the parent. Thus, we try to supplement and complement parental care and values to provide an optimal learning and caring environment in a child care setting.