Welcome to The Kangaroo’s Pouch Daycare.
Our centre is a preschool program, providing care to children aged 2 1/2 until the first day of grade one. The Kangaroo's Pouch Daycare offers a learning program that is based on policies, pedagogy and curriculum found in the following documents:
• How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years • Ontario Early Years Framework • Ontario Early Learning Framework • Think Feel Act: Lessons from Research About Young Children • Early Learning for Every Child Today
The Kangaroo's Pouch also uses an approach similar to HighScope in its Early Learning and Child Care Centres which emphasizes active learning. Since we know that children learn best by pursuing their personal interests and goals, children make their own choices about materials and activities during the program time. As they pursue their choices and plans, children explore, ask and answer questions, solve problems, and interact with peers, program staff, volunteers, students on placement and other adults. Children are competent, capable, curious and rich in potential The Kangaroo's Pouch recognizes each child is a unique individual who brings his or her own abilities to the program and deserves the encouragement and space to try new things, explore new ideas and develop their own unique creativity. We provide an environment that fosters curiosity, one that allows children to explore. We believe that every child deserves a safe and caring environment (a place where children want to be and where they feel “at home”), in which to grow and develop to their maximum potential. We understand the importance of taking children’s stages of development into consideration. For each child, their stage of development is an individualized and complex interplay between developmental factors and their unique family, community and life experiences. In each case, we aim to integrate all areas of the child’s development into our program in a holistic way.
Our goals for children, include the following:
• Every child has a sense of belonging when he or she is connected to others and contributes to their world. • Every child is developing a sense of self, health, and well-being. • Every child is an active and engaged learner who explores the world with body, • mind, and senses. • Every child is a capable communicator who expresses himself or herself in many ways. • Children’s interests are valuable to their learning and offer a rich variety of experiences. The type of activities we offer daily include: drama, music, dance and visual arts, physical literacy, language and literacy, nature, science and technology, construction and design. • daily opportunities for physical literacy and active outdoor play • opportunities for school-age children to work on their homework • rest time for children who require it, based on their developmental needs.
Our programs are designed to:
• encourage children to interact and communicate in a positive way and support their ability to self-regulate • foster the children’s exploration, play and inquiry • provide child-initiated and adult-supported experiences • offer opportunities to create authentic lasting relationships with others in the program.