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. Progress reports are done twice a year.
Every morning we gather together
around our tree for our "Talking Circle",
where the person with the talking stick
shares something that interests them
or something that is happening in
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, children can choose an activity of their interest: art, journal, puzzles, dramatic play, blocks, sand, water, cooking, books, woodworking, music, clay, and more...
All teachers on our team are zone players:
A teacher sets up a daily activity in the ART area.
A teacher helps with writing activities and reads stories in the BOOK NOOK - the journal and reading area.
A teacher (support staff) documents the activities and assists wherever she/he is needed.
Snack time runs from about 9:30 to 10:30 (or whenever hunger strikes) and may include 2-3 sittings. Children are involved in preparing and serving snacks.
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 encourage the children to serve themselves. This is followed by a quiet period. For the children that do not nap, quiet activities (books, puzzles, journals etc.) are provided until the other children wake up. They receive an afternoon snack and then go to the outdoor playspace, weather permitting.
School Age Children Programme
Upon arriving, children can choose an activity of their interest (lego, music, cooking, games and art). The cooking club often prepares the snacks for the afternoon. Children can also choose to go to the outdoor play space for soccer, basketball, gardening, or woodworking.
Around 8:30 am, we go to the community playground across the street and play until the bus arrives at 8:45 am.
At 2:45 and 3:30 pm, the children are met at the bus as they return from school. They receive a snack, which often takes place in the playground - weather permitting - and continue to play outdoors.
Around 4:30 pm, we return indoors where the children can choose an activity of their choice.
Around 5:00 pm, the children have quiet reading time, individually, or in small groups.
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
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Full day programmes
are offered between
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
March Break &
Summer Nature Camps
Open to children in the community
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.
The teachers are partners with the children and co-create the learning environment with them.