Our Programs

We offer programs that are child-centred, inquiry and play-based learning supported by
responsive relationships.

Our Educators plan, create, implement, document, assess and adapt the curriculum based on children’s growing interests and inquiries. Learning is expressed through on going, and open-ended Pedagogical Documentation.  Educators observe, record and document the learning processes in collaboration with children and whenever possible, their families. This approach to documentation makes the learning visible so it’s easier to reflect upon and discuss during the process of making the curriculum.

Our indoor and outdoor curriculum is organized around the four foundations of learning: belonging, well-being, engagement, and expression (How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years).  Each programs’ environment (both indoors and outdoors) is intentional and unique and reflects the emerging interests of the children.  Loose parts and natural materials support children in exploring their natural play spaces. With this purposeful approach to pedagogy, the curriculum is meaningful for the children.


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.