The first stage ranges from infancy to 18 months of age. Our programs concentrate on the development of social learning, sensorimotor coordination and symbolic thought through the application of activities involving age appropriate toys, games, songs, crafts, books and puzzles. Understanding that during this period there is an extreme dependence on the caregiver, each child’s individual needs is our primary focus. Through the establishment of a personalized schedule for feeding, playing and learning, a child is encouraged to discover his world in a safe and nurturing environment. Provider/Child ratio is 1:2.
The second stage of early childhood development ranges from 19 months to 30 months. During this stage of learning, the primary focus of our program is on the cognitive and physical development of the child. Children are encouraged to develop social interactions during indoor and outdoor play. Provider/Child ratio is 1:6.
The third stage of development ranges from 2 ½ to 4 years old. During this stage, our programs concentrate on the development of emotions and on the discovery of ways to manage and express these cognitive processes. Our programs encourage ready to learn concepts involving numbers, colours, position, shapes, patterning, sequencing, vocabulary and listening skills. Activities involving running, climbing, jumping and dancing are critical to the social skills development of the child at this stage. Provider/Child ratio is 1:6.
The final stage of early childhood development is kindergarten (ages 4 to 5 years). The early learning programs for this stage concentrate on developing reading and mathematics skills. Children participate in structured outings that encourage these skills (i.e.: nature hunts, community discovery etc.). Specific attention is given to the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of the child. Provider/Child ratio is 1:6.
School Age/Before & After School
HDCS also offers school age and Before & After School programming (ages 4 -12 years).
The learning program for these ages parallels the school board curriculum and continues to focus on developing reading and mathematics skills. Children can participate in structured outings that encourage these skills such as participating on field trips, nature hunts, community discovery, library visits, sporting activities and more. Specific attention is given to the social, cognitive, physical and emotional needs of the child. Provider/Child ratio is 1:6.
Our agency will guide you through the regulatory licensing process leaving you with the time and energy to devote your skills to providing exceptional child care services to the children of your community.
Quality First is a professional development initiative created by the Region of Halton to support licensed programs. HDCS is a proud participant of the Quality First program.
Halton Day Care Services is a member of the Home Child Care Association of Ontario.
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“ Teaching, at its best, is a creative act.” ~ Susan Stacey
HDCS bases its programs on the four stages of child development. HDCS is committed to the social and cognitive development of children. We have adopted a play-based learning approach to our programs. Specifically, our plans are designed to integrate gross and fine motor skills while encouraging learning and emotional development through active and quiet play.