Programs & Nutrition

CURRICULUM AND PROGRAMMING

Learning Tree Academy offers programs for Infants, Toddlers and Preschool (aged 6 months- 5 yrs). Our curriculum and programming are built upon the foundations of the HighScope™ model in association with the Emergent curriculum model from the Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT), as well as How Does Learning Happen pedagogy from the Ministry of Education.

We develop opportunities for activities and experiences which expand upon the different domains of development as stated in the ELECT/Highscope™ and How Does Learning Happen document. Everyday our children will have opportunities to develop within the following developmental areas:

We view children as active learners who are capable and competent, and the educators as participants and co-learners with the children. The teachers plan activities and experiences which scaffold upon the children’s interests. Primarily in Preschool, HighScope uses the term scaffolding to describe the process whereby adults support and gently extend children’s thinking and reasoning. Scaffolding is a term introduced by developmental psychologist Jerome Bruner and is based on the work of psychologist Lev Vygotsky.

 

Vygotsky referred to the zone of proximal development as the area between what children can accomplish on their own and what they can do with the help of an adult or another child who is more developmentally advanced and how to enter this zone. Children must be secure and confident in what they already know before they are ready to move to the next level. When HighScope says adults support and extend children’s learning, it means that the adults first validate, or support, what children already know, and then, when the time is right, gently encourage them to extend their thinking to the next level.

 

HighScope teachers carefully observe children so they know when and how to enter this zone. Children must be secure and confident in what they already know before they are ready to move to the next level. When HighScope says adults support and extend children’s learning, it means that the adults first validate, or support, what children already know, and then, when the time is right, gently encourage them to extend their thinking to the next level.

For further information on our curriculum and programming please click the links below or call us to set up a tour.

Additional Documentation

Our Infant and Toddler program provides learning through the Emergent lens, while our Preschool program primarily focuses on HighScope.
Infant - 6 months to 17 months

Our infant program aims to cater to the individual needs of each infant. Naps and meals are all provided to each infant according to their own schedules. Learning opportunities are created based on the individual developmental levels of each child, so that they can be supported, and their developmental milestones can be achieved.

Toddler - 1.5 years (18 months) to 2.5 years (29 months)

Our toddler program aims to enhance the social and emotional skills for the well-being of our toddlers. Routine and structure are the cornerstones for toddler children to feel comfortable and confident as learners.

Preschool - 2.5 years (30 months) to 5 years or until children graduate into Junior Kindergarten

Our preschoolers are viewed as competent and capable learners, and the teaching staff are co-learners and facilitators to their learning. Using a blend of Emergent and HighScope curriculum models the Registered Early Childhood Educators are creating learning environments where the children are encouraged to make their own decisions to direct their learning towards topics that interest them. This all takes place within the structured environment of the HighScope philosophy that offers the children periods of planning and reflection on the learning outcomes.

 

NUTRITION

We believe that in order for our children to grow to be healthy and strong, they need to be provided with a foundation healthy and nutritious meals. This is why all of our menus are certified by a nutritionist to ensure that every single meal meets and exceeds the Canada’s Food Guide standards. Our in-house cook prepares each meal fresh daily for the children. All of our baked goods are made from scratch to ensure that children are getting the best quality ingredients in the meals that we provide. If your child has any allergies, intolerances or dietary restrictions, please let us know and we will do our best to help cater to their needs.

Use of Documentation

Learning Tree Academy uses a variety of documentation methods to share in the joy of children’s learning and development. Each classroom creates a piece of documentation that highlights the children’s thoughts. These pieces of documentation share a bigger picture of what is happening in each learning environment, within each classroom more long-term focused documentation pieces are also created and shared with families. These documentation pieces reflect the children, families and educators in each individual learning space and take on a variety of formats, including individual learning stories, group reflections, storybooks, and documentation panels.

Frequently Asked Question

We have 8 classrooms in total. 2 Infant rooms, 2 Toddler rooms, and 4 Preschool rooms.

  • Infant (6 months to 17 months)
  • Toddler (18 months to 29 months)
  • Preschool (30 months to 3.8 years)
  • The ratios vary depending on the age of the children, as younger children require more hands-on care than older children.
  • Infant Classroom: 1 teacher for every 3 children
  • Toddler Classroom: 1 teacher for every 5 children
  • Preschool Classroom: 1 teacher for every 8 children
  • Indoor and outdoor shoes
  • Water bottle
  • 2 blankets for nap time
  • 4 full extra changes of clothes
  • Diapers, wipes and diaper creams (if your child is not toilet trained)

Outdoor clothing for the season:

  • Winter – full snowsuit, hat, 2 pairs of mittens, warm winter boots, scarf, extra socks
  • Spring and Fall – light jacket, hat, rubber boots
  • Summer – sun hat, closed shoes or sandals with a secure back strap (no flip flops – safety hazard)

Infant specific:

  • Bottles
  • Snacks from home (must abide by our nutrition policy for healthy eating)
  • Breast milk and/or formula if using

We only offer part-time options for the toddler and preschool programs. We define part-time as either 2 or 3 full days for a set schedule of days per week (example: full days for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays). We do not offer a half day option. There is no part-time schedule option for the infant program.

You can find some of our menus here (https://www.learningtreeguelph.ca/offered-programs-and-nutrition/) . All our lunches and snacks are made fresh and on-site by a qualified cook. If your child has any allergies, intolerance’s or dietary restrictions please notify us during the registration process and we will do what our best to accommodate your child’s individual needs.

Each infant classroom has a fridge/freezer to be able to store milk and/ or breast milk so that the staff has quick access to it as your child needs it throughout the day.

Every classroom goes outside for one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon, weather permitting.

The front door has a biometric (fingerprint scanner) system where only registered individuals will have access to the building. All other individuals will be escorted on to the premises by a staff member. There are also security cameras throughout the center for an added level of safety and security.

  • The toddler and preschool classrooms each have a 2-hour nap/rest time where the lights are turned off and soothing music/ sounds play in the background to encourage a restful time.
  • The infant classrooms are set up so that nap time is provided for each child on an as needed basis.

We encourage families to come for short visits beforehand so that the child and family feel comfortable in the new environment. All of the classrooms have qualified Registered Early Childhood Educators who will do their best to help with making your little one feel comfortable in their new classroom. If your child would like to bring in something from home as a comfort item to aid with their transition, they are able to.

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