The Children’s Program is licensed under the Child Care Services Act of the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Children's Program can provide care for 56 children between the ages of 24 and 84 months.
Daybreak is not a regular child care centre; it is a Parent Child Centre. Focus is on “supporting the entire family”. Staff is available to assist your family in a way that is helpful to you. Staff from the Parent Program will meet with families to help identify goals for the family.
The Children's Program is guided by beliefs about children and families; they provide the framework for program development.
- Children and families thrive in strong healthy communities. Partnership with families and the broader community is essential.
- Parents and children have capacities and strengths. They have abilities to cope with challenges if the approach is strengths-based and family-centered.
- The family is fundamental in a child’s development and overall well being.
- It is important to support the family’s development in ALL areas.
- Play is essential to a child’s learning and optimal growth
- Program development is best when it is responsive to the child’s overall development and is responsive to the family overall.
- Children are active learners, and the daily routine in the Children's Program promote their abilities, interests and problem solving.
- Parenting is a life-long learning process and all parents at sometime need support.
- Secure attachments and affirmative parent-child interactions in the early years of life have a long term positive impact.
- Timely and responsive service provision is critical for success in the developmental growth of children, and capasity building of parents and families.
The Children's Program is designed to provide children with experiences to promote his/her development. The staff of the Children's Program offer a High Scope enriched environment. High Scope is a comprehensive educational approach that strives to help children develop in all areas. This approach means that children are active learners, discovering things from direct hands on experiences with people, objects and ideas. We believe that children learn best by pursuing their own interests while being actively supported and challenged by adults. As they pursue their choices and plans, children explore, ask and answer questions, solve problems and interact with peers and adults. In this kind of environment children naturally engage in activities that foster developmentally appropriate skills and abilities.
The High Scope Curriculum began as a result of of a research study known as The Perry Preschool Project. We know through evidence from this research that high quality programs make a difference in children's lives. Research shows that children who participate in such programs achieve greater success as students and adults. High Scope integrates all aspects of young children's development. It uses research based and validated strategies to enhance growth in academics as well as social-emotional, physical and creative development. It provides a comprehensive and complete system of child instruction, staff development and child and program assessment. By learning to use this approach effectively, you can make a difference in children's lives.
The enrolled children will receive two COR ( Child Observation Record) during the year. The Child Observation Record is a family report that that is used to help identify and record the growth that is taking place as children play, try out new ideas, solve problems and make new friends. Parents become partners with the ECE in using the COR to observe and record their child's experiences. The COR outlines the various stages of development of children from the age of two years to their sixth birthday. It is arranged into six categories of learning:
- Initiative- making choices and plans, solving problems with materials, initiating play and taking care of personal needs.
- Social Relations- relating to adults, relating to other children, resolving interpersonal conflict and understanding and expressing feelings.
- Creative Representation- making and building models, drawing and painting pictures and pretending.
- Movement and music- moving in various ways, moving with objects, feeling and expressing steady beat, moving to music and singing.
- Language and literacy- listening to and understanding speech, using vocabulary, using complex patterns of speech, showing awareness of the sounds in words, demonstrating knowledge about books, using letter names and sounds, reading and writing.
- Mathematics and Science - sorting objects; identifying patterns;comparing properties; counting; identifying position and direction; identifying sequence, change and causality; identifying materials and properties; identifying natural and living things.
Admissions to the Children’s Program is overseen by an Admissions Committee compromised of six staff members. This includes staff of the Children’s Program, Parent Program and Executive Director. Referrals are accepted throughout the year and in the spring the committee will meet to review referrals for the next year. Each year children start in September and are enrolled for one year. During the year the committee meets monthly to review any new referrals.
Referral to the Children’s Program may come from:
- Self – referral
- Family and friends
- Department of Child Youth & Family Services
- Public Health Nurses
- Janeway Child Development Rehabilitation & Learning
- Janeway Family Centre
- Professionals including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech & Language
- Early Childhood Educators
- Direct Home Services
- Eastern Health
- Family Support Workers
- Community Outreach Workers
The staff of the Children’s Program work with families and other professionals to develop a team approach to child programming. Professionals and consultants from other agencies and organizations visit Daybreak on a regular basis to provide programming support and ideas for the staff and families of children enrolled.
ISSP ( Individual Support Services Plan) meetings are held with families, schools and service providers for children who are involved with numerous support services.
Each week staff from Children's Program meet with Parent Program staff to discuss achievements, strengths, goals and future programming for your child’s family.
All children enrolled in the Children’s Program have a written Child Development Service Plan that outlines the development of the child and his/her individual needs. The plan is developed by the Early Childhood Educator and is shared with the family. It is then implemented in the home room.
All Children's Program staff have a diploma or degree in Early Childhood Education. On a regular basis staff participate in training and workshops. All staff are certifed Early Childhood Educators and hold a Level II to Level IV certification.