SCHEDULES and OVERVIEW
Daily Schedule 2.5 – 5 years old
07:30 to 09:30 – The children arrive and have table toy activities.
09:30 to 09:45 – Calendar group time, special helper. Children go to the bathroom.
09:45 to 10:00 – Morning snack time.
10:00 to 10:45 – Outside gym time.
10:45 to 11:30 – Free play time and art.
11:30 to 12:00 – Group time and bathroom time before lunch.
12:00 to 12:45 – Lunch
12:45 to 02:30 – Nap, rest time.
02:30 to 03:00 – Getting up and bathroom time.
03:00 to 03:30 – Afternoon snack.
03:30 to 03:45 – Book time while clean up done.
03:45 to 04:45 – Outside time.
04:45 to 05:30 – Quiet time inside, setting up for morning and closing routine.
Group 2.5 – 5 years
Operates Monday to Friday 7:30 to 5:30
Offering half days (limited space) and full days part time or full-time care.
Minimum two days a week.
Program runs all year long (only closure is the Christmas holiday, same days as the Kamloops School District.
Program Activities Include:
- Art and crafts structured.
- Group Time – calendar, songs, stories, daily special helpers.
- Free Art – painting, colouring, scissors, gluing etc.
- Fine and Gross Motor Activities – beading, puzzles, sorting, indoor gym time, outdoor playground field etc.
- Baking – children participating in the measuring and mixing etc.
- Math – calendar, counting objects, number recognition etc.
- Sign Language Program – Instructional sign language DVD’s for children, activity sheets, using sign language throughout the day.
- Yoga – Children have a small yoga mat and follow along to children’s Yoga DVD’s.
- Music – Weekly rhythm lessons with Drummer Dave, who is known around the community.
- Field Trips – Monthly (due to children’s needs and weather) around the community.
- Theme Based Activities – Themes change every two to three weeks to keep the interest of the children.
- Gross Motor Activities – Structured and non-structured play in the gym and outdoors on playground equipment and field.
- Special Days and celebration of holidays – hot dog day, pizza day, pyjama day, end of winter party, end of pre-school party, treats and snacks on holidays, annual Christmas concerts.
Daily Schedule – Multi-age Children’s ages – Infants to Five Years of Age
07:30 to 08:30 – Free play when the children arrive – age appropriate toys set out on table and on shelves.
08:30 to 09:00 – Diapering time – if needed/washroom time/hand washing in bathroom.
09:00 to 09:30 – Morning snack.
09:30 to 10:30 – Free play time/planned art/free art for young children.
10:30 to 11:00 – Diapering time/Gym time with age appropriate toys.
11:00 to 11:30 – Outside time/Gym time with age appropriate toys.
11:30 to 11:45 – Group time/songs/stories/finger plays.
11:45 to 12:15 – Diapering time if needed/bathroom time/hand washing in bathroom.
12:15 to 12:45 – Lunch time.
12:45 to 01:00 – Quiet time with books.
01:00 to 02:30 – Nap time/quiet time with infants if awake.
02:30 to 03:00 – Diapering time/bathroom time/hand washing in bathroom.
03:00 to 03:30 – Afternoon snack.
03:30 to 04:30 – Free play or outside time with age appropriate toys.
04:30 to 05:30 – Inside quiet play time/last diapering if needed/bathroom if needed.
Subject to change due to the children’s needs, gym schedule or weather outside.
Program Activities Include:
- Arts and Crafts – Mostly free art but some structured art activities for older children.
- Age appropriate fine motor and gross motor activities.
- Basic sign language taught and used throughout the day.
- Music – Songs in small group time settings, may participate in group rhythm lessons with Drummer Dave.
- Daily outdoor play with developmentally appropriate toys, and games.
- Neighbourhood walks.
- Theme Based Activities – Changes every two to four weeks based on the age of the children.
- Special Days and celebration of holidays – hot dog day, pizza day, pyjama day, treats and snack on holidays. Food given will be age appropriate.
What is ACTIVE PLAY? Active play is physical activity which includes moderate to vigorous bursts of high energy, raises children’s heart rate and may make them ‘huff and puff’ such as running or jumping. For an infant or toddler, active play may include reaching out for a toy, rolling over, balancing in a sitting position and crawling/walking.
Why is ACTIVE PLAY Important? Active play helps to promote healthy growth and development and supports body control and movement. Active play can help build strong bones and muscles, improve balance, coordination and assists with the development of gross motor and fine motor skills. Active play also helps to promote children’s confidence, improves concentration and thinking and learning skills and provides opportunities to develop social skills and make friends.
Physical literacy is motivating, building confidence and physical competence by increasing the knowledge and understanding of the value and responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. Physically literate persons consistently develop the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement. They are able to demonstrate a variety of movements confidently, competently, creatively and strategically across a wide range of physical activities. These skills enable individuals to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment.
Play is the “work” of children. Most of your child’s early learning takes place through play. Through play, your preschooler will explore and discover the world and his or her role in it. In playing, your preschooler is having fun which can nurture a love for learning. By providing a variety of different play activities and exposing your child to different types of situations, you will be sure the brain receives the stimulation it needs to thrive. Typically, a child of three will engage in imaginary play, tell stories and create characters. Your preschooler will play alone most of the time, but may be increasingly able to play with others. A sense of ownership may be developing. At age three, children can typically throw, catch, and kick a ball as well as pedal a tricycle – be sure your child wears an approved and well-fitting helmet whenever on a tricycle. Many three-year-olds will have the hand-eye coordination to try more complex activities.
Our “Safe Play” Goals
Teach children how to be safe and act responsibly at the playground as well as how to correctly use play equipment, and to be aware of potential hazards. Minimize exposure to harmful UV rays by appropriate scheduling. Consider staying indoors during the hottest part of the day. Teach children about safety promotion and injury prevention, to remove items around their neck such as scarves, necklaces, and hood strings before playing on equipment. Ensure that children are supervised at all times by a person who is an educator, an assistant, or a responsible adult.
Being physically active is important for your preschooler’s healthy growth and development. Helping preschoolers to build physical activity into their daily routine helps to create an active lifestyle that will stay with them for life. Physical activity builds strong bones, strengthens muscles and the heart, and helps develop flexibility, good posture and balance. An introduction to a range of activities will get your preschooler ready for safe physical activity at school. An easy way to increase your child’s physical activity level is to choose activities to do in many 5 -10 minute periods throughout the day. At three years of age your child should be able to jump off the ground with two feet, hop on one foot for a few steps, use pedals to ride a tricycle, dance to music in rhythm, and catch a large ball. It is important to recognize that young children develop these skills at their own pace and adults should be patient while preschoolers learn.
Ready, Set, Learn!
A child learns to prepare for success in school through everyday activities and play. While many of today’s families balance many responsibilities, spending time with your child (playing, snuggling, reading, and talking) will make a big difference.
- Relationships with friends
- Language development
- The ability to communicate needs
- The ability to follow instructions and routines
- A setting that encourages creativity, motivation, cooperation and persistence
Helping your child learn to enjoy books is crucial. There is a strong link between what preschoolers know about books, words, sounds and letters and their readiness for school. At three years old, your child will typically have an increasing interest in books and the written word. Preschoolers need to be encouraged to love books. You should enjoy sharing books with your child, but don’t try to teach reading at age three. Some children will learn naturally on their own, but most children won’t start actual reading until they are in Kindergarten or Grade 1. Make sure your child doesn’t get frustrated. Encourage questions and use humour. Over time, encourage your preschooler to help tell the stories in books, particularly with favourite ones. Read for fun, with your child and on your own.
Getting Along with Others
Up until now, your preschooler has been mostly concerned with his or her own needs. Usually around the third birthday, this “egocentric” view of the world begins to change. Typically, your child will be more interested in playing with friends, although friendships may be short-lived. Your child may be able to show empathy, take turns, and begin to understand the idea of sharing. As well, more and more preschoolers are able to follow rules and instructions and are interested in seeking approval from adults. It is important to set basic rules and stick to them consistently. Getting along with both children and adults so that your child may do well in a group environment is a very important part of helping your child get ready for school.
The preschool years are important years for learning to taste and enjoy an expanding number of foods prepared in different ways. Children need a variety of foods from each group of Canada’s Food Guide every day to help them learn, play, and grow. See page 21 for a Website link that explains Canada’s Food Guide. Children have small stomachs, so they need to eat every two or three hours. Plan for three meals a day with healthy snacks in between. At meal and snack times, children learn both eating and social skills. Children’s appetites go up and down through growth spurts so let them choose whether or not to eat and how much. Offer foods from two or more foods groups of Canada’s Food Guide for a healthy snack.