Our Programs

Our Early Childhood Education Programs are planned to provide challenging, creative programming and to promote the overall growth and development of young children.

The play environment is designed to meet the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of the young child. Children, sometimes alone and sometimes in collaboration with others, play out fantasies and events of their daily lives. Through play, young children consolidate their understanding of the world, their language and their social skills.

Music is part of our program on a daily basis. ln addition, a Music Specialist comes into the centre once a week and provides a music program for the children. Rhythm and rhyme, the introduction to musical instruments and the joy of music and movement are some of the objectives of these sessions.

Our preschool children also benefit from practicing yoga every other week with a certified yoga instructor.

Here are some of the many benefits of yoga:

  • Develop body awareness
  • Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way
  • Strengthening and energizing
  • Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
  • Build concentration; awareness and focus
  • Increase their confidence and positive self-image
  • Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group

The daily schedule reflects the importance of providing children with the opportunity for active and quiet play indoors and outdoors, for self-directed activity and structured time.

Age appropriate materials are provided for the shared play experience of all children

Many of our programs have large picturesque windows that overlook our natural playgrounds. Mature trees provide ample shade for the grounds that are equipped with natural play structures and an extensive variety of materials.

To enter our Early Childhood Education Programs is to step into a world of wonder, exploration and discovery.

Sample Daily Schedule

Schedules vary from time to time according to the needs of the children and program variations. Schedules for individual programs are posted on the parent board.

7:30- 9:00 a.m. Free play
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Snack
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Art/Planned Programming/Circle Time
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Outdoor play
11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Rest/Quiet activities
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Snack
3:00-4:00 p.m. Outdoor play
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Free play

Sample Menu 1

Sample Menu 2

Meals and Nutrition

A warm lunch plus morning and afternoon snacks are provided, with the exception of the Kinder and School Age programs where snacks are provided but lunch is the responsibility of the parents. All food is prepared and cooked on the premises. The menu is posted on the Parent Bulletin Board. All food is chosen on the basis of its nutritional value and with the food preferences of preschool children in mind. Our menus are aligned with Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide and Section 4 -Nutrition of the Child Care Centre Licensing Manual.

Student Educators

CBCEL is proud to support the local colleges offering Early Childhood Education programs. We often have students placed at our sites for their practicum component. A practicum offers students opportunities to see experienced and professional Registered Early Childhood Educators interacting with children in a professional setting as they work through real situations, implement program experiences, and use guiding and caring strategies. Registered Early Childhood Educators work in partnership with college instructors to support the learning and evaluation process of student practicum.