The Prospect Bay Children's Centre offers full and part time care for children from infants to 12 years old.
We are licensed for 66 children (8 infants, 12 toddlers, 16 preschoolers and 30 school age). Our programming is done with the children’s interests in mind. Activities are set up that are appropriate to the children’s developmental levels and children can be actively involved in their learning. Early learning goals are reviewed for each child, based on the Early Learning Curriculum framework twice a year.
Every morning each group gathers together to talk about the interests of the children and decide what we will do for the day.
We aim to spend a large part of each
day outside. Many of the activities listed
in the programmes below, have the ability to be transported and enjoyed outside.
Infant Programme (up to two years)
The schedule for this programme is individualized to meet the needs of each child. Please send in your child’s daily schedule so your child will feel more comfortable and secure. There is an orientation for transition younger children, which is given to parents during registration.
Toddler Programme (2 to 3 1/2)
Socializing with other children is the primary focus at this age. Educators help children to develop skills in all areas of development (physical, social, creative expression, approaches to learning, communication and literacy, cognitive and health and safety).
Preschool Programme - Part Day
Upon arriving at 9am, children meet up with our full day children to play outside. Here they can choose to play in our mud kitchen, with our running river, our construction area, music wall, art area, or gross motor toys.
All teachers have access to our Sandbox app that allows us to document activities and communicate with parents.
Snack is offered from about 9:30 to 10:00 each morning.
Preschool Programme - Full Day
Children that attend the full day programme join in with the part day programme until lunch time (See above programme for list of activities).
At lunch time, we all sit together and children are given a choice of which parts of the meal they would like to have. Educators serve the meal and then sit with the children to eat together.
This is followed by a quiet period. For the children that do not nap, quiet activities (books, quiet boxes that contain puzzles, fine motor activities, or do journals etc.) are provided until the other children wake up. They are offered an afternoon snack which may be offered inside or in our outdoor eating area, weather permitting.
School Age Children Programme
School age children are generally met outside in our adventure playground where they are provided the opportunity to explore and interact with nature by building forts, playing in or around our running moat. Educators also provide various activities such as art.
Around 8:30 am, we go to the community playground across the street and play until the bus arrives at 8:45 am.
At 3:15 pm, the children are met at the bus as they return from school, they return to the adventure playground where they are offered a snack, which often takes place in the playground - weather permitting - and continue to play outdoors.
During full days such as PD or school break we offer a full day forest school experience.
Full day Infant, Toddler and Preschool is open from:
Monday to Friday
7:00am to 6:00pm
Part day (Monday-Friday)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
School age children Programme
7:00 am - 9:00 am
3:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Full day programmes
are offered between
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
March Break &
Summer Exploring Nature Camps
Open to children in the community
Monday to Friday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
We try to offer programmes that are suitable for everyone, for parents that work inside and outside the home, for full and part-time workers. We believe that our flexible programming - meeting the diverse needs of parents - has contributed to our longevity and excellent reputation in our community. Our advertising depends solely on word of mouth because we feel parents are the most credible advertisers.
We believe school children need a
“loose structure,” where they can plan their own activities, since their school day is often planned for them.