Once a space has been accepted by a family, a one-time family registration fee of $100.00 is required to enroll your child(ren) in the program. We are reviewing other forms of payments. Payments are required the 1st day of each month or on the 1st and 15th of each month.
Little Miracles has a secure key fob entry system for families. Upon registration families may obtain the fobs they require with a refundable deposit of $40.00 each.
Parents are required to submit one (1) month written notice for termination of care. Those providing less notice will be required to pay for care based on the monthly rate for the full one-month term of notice
It is normal for a child and/ or parent to become anxious or upset when separating from each other. This is especially true for a child and parent who may be new to the Centre. Our educators are all trained in methods to help ease the transition from home to the Centre. Visits to the Centre are recommended for all families prior to the child’s first day. These visits provide time for both the family and the child to become comfortable. It is also an opportunity for the educators to get to know the child and allow for a sharing of information to ease the transition.
During the orientation period, we ask that you bring your child consistently to the Centre. If the child’s attendance is inconsistent it may take longer to transition the child. We offer time for the child to get use to the program and may recommend shorter days initially. The Staff and Supervisor will work closely with the parents to make it as comfortable as possible for the whole family.
At Little Miracles we believe young children benefit from an affirming approach that encourages positive interactions with other children and with adults. In order to support children in their acquisition of social and emotional competencies, educators will use the graduated steps, identified below, as a strategy to guide children in these domains. Educators will encourage natural and logical consequences, where appropriate, to be a guiding instrument for developing positive interaction and self-regulatory behaviours. Little Miracles will not use ‘time out’ as a guidance strategy.
Redirection: Children will be redirected to alternative activities as required.
Resolve/Reason: When the child is calm and in a ready state for engagement, educators using age and developmentally appropriate language will explain how the behaviour or action impacts the child and others. Educators will acknowledge the child’s feeling and needs ensuring that the child’s voice is dominant in the discourse. Educators will then assist the child to explore alternative strategies to manage situations promoting their sense of efficacy and the capacity to self-regulate.
Positive guidance strategies are used to meet the needs and align with the developmental level of individual children. Experiencing positive relationships in early childhood has significant long term impacts on physical and mental health, and success in school and beyond.
How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, (2014) states that children thrive in outdoor spaces that invite them to investigate, imagine, think, create, solve problems, and make meaning from their experiences. We believe that outdoor play is an important element of the children’s day and time outdoors should centre on inquiry, exploration and making sense of their environment to enhance children’s development. The program should promote creative and constructive play that involves the same level of positive educator/ child interaction that occurs inside. All children in our Centre will experience daily outdoor time, weather permitting. A minimum of two hours daily is required for licensing however we strive to spend as much time as possible outdoors
The menus are developed based on the recommendation from Health Canada’s Food Guide. York Region Public Health Nutrition Services have reviewed our menus to ensure they meet the needs of our young children. Fresh fruit and water is available at all times. Please refer to the Nutrition tab on the home page for the most current menus and information on nutrition.
At Little Miracles, the Supervisor and all our Early Childhood Educators are professionals registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators. All employees are trained in Standard First Aid and CPR-C, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA), and Health & Safety Awareness. Designated educators are trained in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and hold Food Handling Certification.
The Supervisor, all educators, volunteers and students require a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) prior to interacting with children and every five (5) years thereafter. In addition, Annual Offence Declarations are completed. Individuals (with other agencies) who attend our programs e.g. early interventionists, therapists, will provide vulnerable sector screening verification prior to interacting with the children.
The Supervisor, all educators, volunteers and students must provide proof of medical requirements according to the local health authority, i.e. TB tests, rubella immunization, tetanus, COVID, etc.
At Little Miracles Child Care & Early Learning Centre we believe that children deserve to be surrounded by knowledgeable and qualified educators. Adults, like children, deserve to have the opportunities to further their knowledge, understanding and expand on their career aspirations. We promote and supports each educator’s continuous professional learning (CPL) by encouraging them to attend workshops, seminars or take courses.