John Ross Robertson Child Centre
Dedicated to the Future
Our curriculum for all age groups is planned to balance the need for structured as well as spontaneous learning opportunities. We have 2 program options.
1) Nursery School is a morning-only learning program for children aged 30-44 months. Children are dropped off by their caregivers at 9:15 AM and are picked up at 11:30 AM. These children may attend for 2-3-4 or 5 days per week. This is a great program to introduce your child to a social experience of coming to school but also great if you do not require a full day child care program because you have a caregiver or parent at home the rest of the day.
2) Preschool is for children ages 30-44 months of age and is open from 7:30 AM-6:00 PM, we provide a hot lunch 2 snacks, a rest period and a full day of learning opportunities including at least 2 hours of outdoor play.
A typical morning at nursery or an afternoon at pre-school child care may consist of but not be limited to the following:
Children go outdoors daily in all types of weather. Children who attend morning only Nursery will usually go out for 30 minutes to an hour depending on weather conditions while children who are picked up later will go out again for an hour or more in the afternoon. Appropriate clothing to fit the weather conditions is a must.
Circle time consists of reading, storytelling, discussion, co-operative games, music and movement within a group setting and is primarily a teacher-led activity.
Free Play and Activity Centres
Each day after our snack or circle time, children can choose to visit one of the several play/learning opportunities set up by our R.E.C.E. staff which allow each child to explore and develop according to his/her own interest level. Some play areas are less structured while others are purposely set up by staff to encourage specific learning concepts such as counting, sorting, literacy and fine motor skills to name a few. No matter what concepts we are trying to teach, we always try to do it in a really fun way with lots of positive encouragement thrown-in.
We spend countless hours observing children keeping notes on their interests and development. Based on these observations of interest and skill levels, program plans are drawn up for weekly cycles. A pictorial and written record of children’s highlighted activities is kept throughout the year and shared with parents.
We employ a music specialist who teaches a variety of songs, rhythms and movements using the Kindermusik theory. Click Kindermusik to find out more info. Other guest artists and staff may also visit to enhance the music and rhythm program throughout the year. Special events or mini-concerts utilizing our learned musical, movement and dramatic skills may be held at various times throughout the year.
Hands-on projects using paints, brushes, crayons, markers, pastels, play dough, clay, paper, paste, glue and scissors help boost self-esteem while emphasizing process over finished product. Children gain and improve fine motor skills and increase their own power of imagination by using these implements on a regular basis to create unique art works. Most artwork will be sent home regularly while other pieces will be kept for display or archived in a binder to illustrate progress made during the school year.
123 Kids Yoga
A weekly yoga session for preschool kids led by Mai Meret RECE and her team of experienced child centered instructors who make movement engaging and fun. Find more info here at 123 kids yoga
Kids Boogie Too
Finger plays, stories, puppets, costumes and props promote self-expression and the use of verbal skills. Dramatic or fantasy play also enhances, imagination, opportunities for social interaction, problem solving and good old fashioned fun. Guest artists will visit to enrich dramatic activities.
Language Arts and Reading Readiness
Lots of reading in group and individual settings along with the playing of educational games in a relaxed environment will help children learn to express themselves. Associating word symbols with pictures of actual things or events and the creation of children’s own books and stories will enhance reading readiness and self-expression. Additionally, letter and number recognition activities are incorporated into many aspects of the curriculum at an age-appropriate level.
Science and Math
Children experiment with natural phenomena to gain and broaden their understanding of the world around them while learning to verbally express their experiences and newfound understanding. We will be experiencing magnification, magnets, temperature, biodegradability, oceans, jungles, forests, insects, farm animals and everyone’s favourite...dinosaurs. Number readiness will be enhanced through use of counting toys, sorting, shape discrimination and puzzles. Some of these activities will be set up deliberately while others will be incorporated into other daily activities.
Hands-on food preparation encourages children to widen their dietary choices, learn about the culture of others while consolidating fine motor skills and math concepts. Cooking is also a great sensory activity which we incorporate on a regular basis.
Adventure walks in the neighbourhood, running, hopping, jumping, tricycle riding, ball playing and the use of the preschool playground in fair weather will aid large muscle development. Additionally, daily fun movement and exercise programs will round out the program and visits from guest “lecturers” will broaden our knowledge of nutrition and body awareness.
Catered Snack and Lunch
The children receive a highly nutritious lunch catered by award winning natural foods catering company, Real food For Real Kids. All of our groups receive the nutritious snacks also provided by RFRK. Lunch and snack times are daily routines that allow children to relax and take a break from other activities while refueling for further play. These co-operative group times, create an opportunity for children to acquire self- help and socialization skills such as sharing and the use of appropriate language for requests while also teaching the art of pouring liquid. Please note that we are a nut-free centre. For more information about our catered Lunch and Snacks, see our Fees page and check out our monthly menus posted in various billboards around the centre.
Anti-Bias Multicultural Programming
Multicultural programming is an important aspect of learning at JRRCC Nursery School. We aim to teach respect and tolerance of others and to promote a healthy awareness of the differences as well as the universal similarities among people of all genders, ability levels, sexual orientation, religion, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Our teachers research and implement programming and events that teach children in a practical, hands-on way.
We do this by:
Reading books that display all aspects of multicultural life
Displaying posters that encourage co-operation, equality and love.
Encouraging parents to come in to the centre and share their family traditions and holiday celebrations
Serve and make food that reflects the cultural background of children at the centre and the greater Toronto Area.
Have special days that encourage parents and children to bring food, clothing and artefacts from their culture or the culture of others. Art activities that reflect diversity, Games from various cultures. Group discussions about physical and mental challenges, gender, family separation, illness and other sensitive subjects within an age appropriate context.
SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS
School Age Programs (Grade 1-6)
John Ross Robertson Child Centre (JRRCC) now has four school age groups each with its own space and two dedicated teachers in each room. School age child care rooms are located upstairs on the 2nd floor room 213 and share the kindergarten rooms on the main floor.
Before School (7:30 - 8:45 AM)
Because most children are dropped off in the morning for a relatively short time before school starts, this program is loosely structured to give children who come in early the chance to hang out in a safe environment with their friends. Games, toys and books on our shelves are available to use as are art and craft supplies. If the weather and or ground conditions permit, children are escorted to the playground and safely supervised by our staff until JRR School teachers arrive for yard duty take over supervisory responsibility of all children in the school yard. It is rare that we do not go outdoors so please make that children are dressed appropriately.
Lunch Hour (11:45 a.m- 12:50 PM)
Children in Gr 1-6 who do not go home at lunchtime eat in the gymnasium. These children including those enrolled in child care before and after school, are under the supervision of TDSB staff. They are not in childcare during lunch. The school has a optional catered lunch program called "Lunch Lady". Children who do not choose to take part in the schools hot lunch need to bring their own lunch from home.
After School Care (3:35 - 6:00 PM)
Since children have been in classes for six hours prior to arriving at the child care, we endeavour to provide an alternative and complementary recreational environment to that of the school’s. However we do reinforce values and rules established by the administration and staff of JRR School, while including some additional guidelines of our own.
After dismissal at 3:35 PM, children walk with peers from their classes and sign-in with staff at their designated child care room. Once children have all been accounted for on our attendance register, they are asked to wash hands and are able to serve themselves a nutritious and tasty snack supplied by RFRK, our catering company.
After snack children can elect to do homework or catch up on their reading. Staff will help with homework to the best of our abilities. Activity areas are also set-up throughout the rooms based on the children’s interests. These include ever-changing creative and science/nature projects, computers, board games, dramatic play and much, much more. Time is also allotted for outdoor sports and recreation, or various forms of play and athletic sporting activities in the gymnasium. Weekly program plans are posted in each area on bulletin boards or walls.