Our Quality Program
Heritage Green Child Care Inc. is dedicated to supporting children’s learning, development, health, and well-being through caring and responsive Early Childhood Educators, who focus on active learning, exploration, play, and inquiry, and who see children and their families as competent and able, and as active participants in all aspects of the program.
A key feature of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, is the focus on strengthening child care programs and ensuring high-quality experiences for children. The CCEYA authorizes the Minister of Education to issue policy statements regarding programming and pedagogy for the purpose of guiding operators of child care and early year’s programs. How does learning happen? Ontario’s pedagogy for the Early Years (2014) is the document used by Heritage Green Child Care Inc.
The 4 Foundations of How Does Learning Happen?
The document has a strong pedagogical focus, indicating that the pedagogy is not a prescriptive formula that lays out a specific curriculum or activities but instead challenges the status quo and explores how learning happens for children. How Does Learning Happen? is organized around four foundational conditions that are considered essential to optimal learning and healthy development for children:
The four foundations apply regardless of the child’s age, ability, culture, language, geography, or setting. Unlike a structured curriculum, the conditions are high states of being that children naturally seek for themselves and should not be viewed as separate elements.
Quality Programs Have Quality Goals
All children and staff have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society. Thus, all Early Childhood Operators and Educators have a professional obligation to advance equity. They can do this best when they are effectively supported by the early learning settings in which they work, and when they and their wider communities embrace diversity and full inclusion as strengths, uphold fundamental principles of fairness and justice, and work to eliminate structural inequities that limit equitable learning opportunities. We commit to fostering a compassionate, accepting, and inclusive environment in our organization and in each of our child care centres.
Program Statement Implementation Policy
A Message From Our Director
Heritage Green Child Care Inc. is a Non-Profit child care centre, which first opened its doors in 1993. In 2006, we added a second centre where we operate a school age program, this program services St. James the Apostle Elementary School. In 2014, we opened a school age program in the Mount Albion Elementary school. In 2015 we opened a school age program in the Tapleytown Elementary School. Then, in 2017 it was very exciting to open a new centre at St. James the Apostle Elementary School. As a licensed facility under the Ministry of Education we have the capacity to provide care for 300 children. In 2018 we opened an EarlyOn Child and Family Centre in the St James the Apostle Elementary school, during the pandemic we moved to an out door program, and in January 2022, we will be moving to the newly renovated Valley Park Recreation centre.
Our program acknowledges that parents are the primary caregivers of their children. We believe that all children should be treated fairly and with respect, while embracing and celebrating their cultural diversity. Our program is developed through careful observation, conversation and reflection. The development of our curriculum is in collaboration with and in response to the children. Since it emerges from their interests, it is engaging and encourages them to explore their world. The teachers provide guidance and meaningful learning opportunities that emerge from these interests, curiosities and developing skill levels.
Child initiated, teacher supported play is an important component of our program as it creates an engaging learning environment. Open and regular communication amongst parents, teachers and management helps to ensure a full and successful program for all children. With this approach in mind, our program helps each child reach their full potential.
Heritage Green Child Care Inc. is governed by Board Members who control its’ operation under regulations required by law set forth by the Consumer and Corporate Affairs Branch of the government as well as the Ministry of Education. Our board consists of parents of children attending our program in addition to outside community members. Through regular meetings, the Board ensures the smooth and professional operation of our four centres. These dedicated individuals are an additional key component to the ongoing success of Heritage Green Child Care.
I look forward to meeting with you and supporting your child and your family in this most important stage of development.
Karen Tabone B.A.H.Dip.Ed. R.ECE., AECEO.C
Executive Director, Heritage Green Child Care Centre Inc.
Safe and Positive Experience
Heritage Green Child Care wants to ensure that all children have a safe and positive experience that promotes their growth as a learner. To this end, the Director or designate will observe staff interactions with children ensuring that they align with our program statement and beliefs in adult-child interactions. The following practices are not supported by our facility:
In the event that the Director or Supervisor observes or is made aware of any practice that is not supported, they will address the issue with the staff member according to the strategies outlined in the Disciplinary Policy that is outlined in the Operations Manual.