Infants

(9 – 18 Months)

We realize that leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step forward. At our Daycare, everyone – most importantly, our naturally talented baby teachers – will work with you to ensure that the transition goes smoothly. As Garderie Sesame, our priority is to make your baby feel safe and ready to explore the world. Our infant rooms care for children ages 9 weeks to 18 months and offer flexibility and individualization.

Toddlers

(18 Months – 3 Years )

During the ages of two-three, a child’s vocabulary can grow to nearly 300 words. Two-year-olds constantly want to explore, touch, and mimic their peers and teachers. At Garderie Sesame, we encourage your child to examine, create, and share, as they broaden their language through interacting with teachers and classmates. Our toddler rooms serve children ages 18 months to 36 months and offer age-appropriate activities.

Preschoolers

(3 – 5 Years)

 

At Garderie Sesame, our preschool curriculum focuses on your child’s primary developmental areas; social and emotional development, gross and fine motor skill development, as well as character building. Our preschool program serves ages 36 months to 5 years and aims to create life-long learners.

Programme Educatif

Accueillir la petite enfance, programme educatif pour les services de garde du Quebec. Version 2019

https://www.mfa.gouv.qc.ca/fr/publication/Documents/programme_educatif.pdf

 

The educational program promotes

The educational quality of the childcare services offered;
Consistency in the educational approaches adopted in the various educational childcare establishments;
Continuity in the educational interventions carried out with young children and their families.

 

Basic principles of the educational program

A partnership between the educational childcare establishment and the parents is essential to the children’s harmonious development. The process of accompanying young children in their overall development is a joint project shared by parents, the educational staff, the home childcare provider (HCP), and, when applicable, the administrators or any other person working in the childcare establishment. Based on a relationship of mutual trust, this partnership reassures the children and helps establish a meaningful relationship between them and the adults who take care of them during their parents’ absence. It also promotes the choice of individualized interventions adapted to each child within the same group at the childcare establishment.

Children learn through play. It is through play that children learn and develop. By helping them derive full benefit from the play they initiate, the educational staff and HCPs support their overall development.

Children are the main actors in their development. Young children are most likely to achieve their full potential when they are the main actors in their development, and when they are able to initiate play themselves, make suggestions that are implemented in the childcare establishment and participate in decisions.

Each child is unique. An in-depth knowledge of each child and his or her development helps the adult in charge of that child to recognize and respect his or her particular nature, rate of development, areas of interest and needs.

A child’s development is a comprehensive, integrated process. A child’s development is a comprehensive process involving all areas of development at the same time (physical and motor, social and emotional, cognitive). All these areas interact and are integrated into a whole: the child.

Areas Of A Child’s Development

 

Physical and motor

Health and safety, physiological needs (nutrition, sleep, hygiene), sensory development, perception of their own bodies, gross and fine motor skills.
 

Cognitive

Attention, memory, symbolic function, the capacity to categorize and conceptualize, reasoning, mathematics and science awareness.
 

Language

Prelinguistic language, oral language, reading and writing awareness, as well as graphic development.
 

Social and emotional

Attachment (establishing meaningful affective relationships), temperament, self-concept, identity, emotional and social skills.
 

Playing is learning

For children, playing is the ideal way of exploring and understanding the world around them. Playing must therefore be seen as an essential activity through which they learn to express themselves, understand the world and integrate into a group.
Whether it involves individual or group play and simple or complex rules, playing helps children learn different things in different ways.
 

A Balanced Program

Each childcare establishment applies the principles of the educational program, taking into account its own context, resources and the opportunities available in its environment. It adapts the program to the ages of the children in its care and the hours of the day when they are present.
Although the experiences offered to children can vary from one childcare establishment to another, the daily educational program must always be balanced. It must include indoor and outdoor play, calm and active play, individual and group activities, as well as small and large groups, while always being mindful of the children’s health, safety and well-being.
Educational staff supervises and assist the children as they play, and through observation, collect information that is essential to assisting them in other activities; provide the children with the materials they need and suited to their interests and level of development; support and encourage them.
 

Evaluation

By observing and collecting data, children’s developmental portraits are evaluated twice a year and progress reports are handed out to parents by Dec 15th and June 15th, regardless of age group. The data is used to encourage parents and educators to work on areas that need improvement. The reports are based off the requirements of the educational program set by the minister de famille, Accueillir la Petite Enfance.
 

Your role as a parent

You are the person best placed to guide the educational staff or the HCPs. You can also help your child by: taking an interest in his or her childcare experience; asking the educators questions and giving them useful information about your child; attending parent meetings.
Your collaboration is invaluable to the childcare establishment and essential to your child’s harmonious development.