Maurice Cody Childcare 2015-2016 Before and After School Kindergarten and Grades 1 - 6 Programs are now underway! As well as in the school, the children are adjusting to their new childcare rooms and teachers. It's an exciting time of year, full of new experiences and fun.
The Ministry of Education document, "How Learning Happens," informs our pedagogy and curriculum. Our teachers observe the children's interactions and interests and design a program incorporating both through meaningful daily experiences. The children's suggestions and input are encouraged and reflected in the program everyday.
City of Toronto After School Survey -Children Perspectives
In 2015, a survey by the Toronto Children's Services published the following results about what matters to children in their after school programs.
*Getting active - "I like gym and when we play dodgeball."
*Playing with Friends- "I like playing with my friends."
*The staff - "I like the staff - they are really, really nice."
* Having fun - "because that's LIFE!"
* Arts and other activities - "I like art, drawing, pictures and dress-up."
* Snack-time - 'I like havong a delicious healthy snack."
* Safe and Respectful enviornment - "Being safe and listening to the staff and alwasy being nice to other people."
* Homework Support - "Help kids with their homework."
PRESCHOOL PROGRAM CLOSURE
The Preschool Program (currently offered in B12) will be closed following the end of this year’s program on July 25, 2014. Children currently in the Preschool Program will graduate to the Before and After FDK program starting July 28, 2014. We are proud of the preschool program that we have been running the last two years. The feedback from parents and children has been very positive and supportive.
The changing demographics of the Maurice Public School Community have placed increasing demands for School Age care. After long and careful consideration, the Board of Directors decided to close the Preschool Program in order to provide continuity of care for Kindergarten and School age children. This change aligns our programs with the needs of the school community we serve.
Parents who are on our waiting list for a Preschool spot for August 2014 have received an email informing them of the closure. These families will also be carried forward on the waiting list for the Before and After Full Day Kindergarten Program. In our Helpful Links section, you will find a link to the Toronto Children's Services website. Clicking on Child Care finder will bring you to an alphabetical listing of Child cares and a listing of programs by Ward. Please click on Ward 22 to find all the child care programs in this area. Contact and program information is listed there.
We accept applications for child care from families who reside outside the MCPS catchment area. However, you must reside within the catchment area at time of enrolment. Also, applications will be received for child care for children from birth to 12 years of age.
If you wish to place your child on our waitlist please do so as soon as your child is born to give you a better chance of receiving a spot. You are able to download our waiting list application by clicking on the link below.
Registration for Waiting List Policy Procedure
All MCCC School-Year Programmes are registered through a waiting list process. The following procedures outline this process
Families may place their child’s/children’s name(s) on the waiting list on or any time after the first business day in June of the year following the child’s/children’s birth(s). The waiting list application form is accessible on our website.
Waiting List Applications received on the first business day in June following the child’s/children’s birth will be collected until close of business on this day. A lottery will be used to determine order of applications received on this day.
Waiting List Applications received any time after the first business day in June following the child’s/children’s birth will be placed on the waiting list in order of date and time of day it was received.
SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do you offer subsidized Child Care?
Fee subsidy is available through the Children's Services Division, City of Toronto. Web Page: http://www.toronto.ca/children/subsidy.htm
What are your hours?
Our regular hours are 7:30 am - 6:00 pm, Monday - Friday.
The Before and After Kindergarten Program runs from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. We are closed all Statutory Holidays.
Are there available Child Care spots? / How do I get my child on the Wait List?
Please download our waitlist application for on our main page
Does my child need to attend Maurice Cody P. S. in order to be at the Child Care?
Yes. All of our enrolled children do live in the Maurice Cody Public School District.
MAURICE CODY SCHOOL CALENDAR
Please note that we are open for full day care on the following school PA days, Friday, Nov.13, 2015,Friday, January 22, 2016, Friday, February 12, 2016, Friday, June 10, 2016 and Friday, June 30, 2016. Maurice Cody Child care operates from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm in the Kindergarten Program and from 7:30 pm to 6:00 pm in the School Age Program
Please see the link below to view the current school year calendar. Listed in the calendar are all PA days, Statutory Holidays and School Board Closure dates.
PLEASE NOTE: Maurice Cody is OPEN on all School Board PA days, March Break and Winter Break. Maurice Cody Childcare is CLOSED on all statutory holidays only.
SAVE THE DATE -December 2, 2015 FESTIVE FEAST!!
Our annual festive feast for all the childcare families is being held in the school atrium from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Please bring a home made family favorite dish or other items, such as fruit and cheese plates, sushi, pizza and other child friendly foods to share. Please do NOT BRING any foods containing PEANUTS, TREENUTS, COCONUT, ETC. Please label any home made dishes to indicate their ingredients so that families with dairy, egg, or other allergies can make other choices.
This celebration is a great way to connect with and meet other childcare families and to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and is enjoyed by all who are able to attend.
ATTENTION ALL MAURICE CODY PUBLIC SCHOOL AND CHILDCARE FAMILIES: THE MAURICE CODY CHILD CARE WAITING LIST IS OPEN!
WHERE TO APPLY? Maurice Cody Child Care
FEE? $100 per family (Non-refundable)
For more info call 416-484-4071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New 9+ School Age Program
Our new 9+ School Age program is off to a fine start. Our oldest children seem to quite enjoy being with fewer children in a quieter space room B7 and room B8 on the bottom level of the school. The children and staff have been participating in some unique programming ranging from making homemade ice cream, and experiments involving which type of chocolate will melt first "under the dome" . Other highlights include new board games such as Settlers of Cattan, Skulls,and "Where the Wind blows?" an active game for outdoor play. Team challenges have been on the agenda, such as, Who will survive the egg drop? Each team is equipped with the same materials and they need to create a safe vessel for an egg, which will be dropped from the top of a school stairwell. Halloween was great this year with the creation of a spectacular Haunted House for all the childcare children to travel through..... All this and of course,
BASEBALL, BASEBALL, BASEBALL...
There is always a quiet space avalible for homework, or reading, which are also popular activity choices.
Our B3-B4 7-9 Yrs Program
The children in B3-B4 are also having a great start to the school year, with many fun acitvities, such as cooking, creative and sensory activites, such as making our own Marble Runs, out of clay and fall colours art. Lately, many special and spooky Halloween Activities, such as designing and making our own costumes and 'goopy sensory play' were enjoyed by all.
Our B2 - 6 -7 Yrs Program
Who has the best haunted house in the childcare? The B2 children worked hard on their house for three weeks adding many special features. As well, the drama center and many parts of the room were decorated with ghosts, bats, witches and spiders. The children had a chance to vote and express their choice for the next federal government. A great learning experience and a chance to see how the election process works.
Some Ideas for Gender-Neutrality in
*Avoid using the pronouns ‘him’, ‘her’, ‘he’ or ‘she’.Refer to children by their names instead.• Be careful with your use of stereotypical male or
female books and toys. Never imply that the ‘girly’materials aren’t intended for boys and vise versa.• Pink is not for girls and blue is not for boys. Children
may choose whatever color they want to represent themselves with without any gender norms pressuring them. Encourage students to experiment with many kinds of activities and not be limited. Ask the girls if they
want to play with the trucks and the boys if they would enjoy dress-up.• Do not laugh at students who are trying new things. It may look adorable if a little boy dances around in a princess costume, but laughter can often comeacross as ridicule.
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