Ascot Avenue Community Daycare is a non-profit community based child care center. We are governed, inspected, and licensed annually by the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Education and under the regulations set out in the CCEYA (Child Care and Early Years Act). Our license gives us the capacity to serve 36 children aged 0 to 4 ayears old and the capacity of 155 children, 4 to 10 years old. Toronto Children’s Services, Toronto Public Health and the Toronto Fire Department also regularly inspect our facility, policies, and procedures. All reports are kept on file in the daycare office.
Ascot Avenue Community Daycare has expanded to two locations.Our infant, toddler and preschool programs are located in Oakwood Collegiate.Our kindergarten and school-aged programs are located in Regal Road Public School.
Board of Directors
The operation of Ascot Daycare is supported and assisted by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, in conjunction with the Director and Supervisor, is the governing group directly responsible for approving and overseeing all financial activities, policy direction and the general management of the center. For example, the Board approves annual budget plans, sets the daycare fees, and authorizes policies such as our food restriction policy or withdrawal of care policy.
The Board is composed of the child care Director, Supervisor, and up to 6 parent and/or community volunteers who wish to be actively involved in the care and education of the children enrolled in our child care centre. Officers are appointed by the elected Board of Directors and form an executive committee which holds specific powers to act on behalf of the Board of Directors and the child care center. Our executive committee is composed of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Board members are nominated by the general population of parents and child care staff at our Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in May or June of each year. As all families are an integral part of our centre, your attendance at the AGM is essential. The AGM provides the necessary forum in which:
1. The board of directors, management and staff review the activities of the previous year.
2. Issues of concern and plans for the year to come are shared;
3. A full report on the financial status of the center is presented, including the approval of the financial statement and auditor’s report.
4. The auditor for the upcoming year is appointed; and
5. Any special resolutions are presented, discussed and, when appropriate, approved.
6. These yearly meetings also provide the forum in which all parents may voice opinions and suggestions regarding the operation and direction of the center.
Purpose: Ascot Avenue Community Daycare offers an early learning and community based high quality child care program from 2.5-10 years of age. Our focus is based on nurturing children to achieve their optimal development while supporting parents in their parenting role.
Ascot Avenue Community Daycare believes that:
Early child development sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour and health. Therefore children are entitled to the opportunities that support their social-emotional, cognitive and physical growth and optimal development in a safe and nurturing environment that fosters active learning, autonomy and respect for diversity.
Children benefit from planned curriculum, through continuity of learning from home, community and early childhood settings. Early learning experiences are critical to the future well-being of children and establish the foundation for the acquiring of knowledge and skills that will affect later learning and behaviour. Our planned curriculum is play based/emergent that promotes learning and development while respecting the children's choices and interests. Play is a crucial part of children's social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. The curriculum content builds on prior learning and experiences that is inclusive to all children within the group or as individuals that are shared between families, Early Childhood Educators, and the community.
The centre supports parents in participating in their children's early learning, care and development as well as in their own pursuits. Families bring with them rich knowledge and varied view-points about child-rearing practices, childhood and development. When families are able to share their knowledge and background, as well as their understanding of their children with early childhood educators, they will become more supportive in their children's learning and development.
Staff members understand the importance of nurturing and educating children during the early years.They have chosen this profession because of their passion, skills and knowledge of child development.They believe in the importance of the process and practice to deliver educational and fun program, all while caring and tending to our children and family’s needs in an early childhood setting. Staff members are entitled to safe working conditions, financial compensation, open communication and support.Ascot Avenue Community Daycare believes E.C.E.’s are responsive, knowledgeable professionals and we support continual learning through workshops and working alongside our city resource consultant.
FOUR FOUNDATIONS OF HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN?
How Does Learning Happen? is an exciting resource developed to promote a shared understanding of what needs and what can be done to help children grow and flourish.
How Does Learning happen? describes effective practices and emphasizes positive relationships as critical for quality early years programs, It is meant to promote deeper reflection on how to create places and experiences where children, families, and educators explore, question and learn together.
Every child has a sense of belonging when he or she is connected to others and contributes to thie world.
Every childhood programs cultivate authentic,caring relationships and connections to create a sense of belonging amoung and between children, adults and the world around them.
Each child is developing a sense of self, health and well-being.
Every childhood program nurture children's healthy development and support their growth and sense self.
Each child is an active and engaged learner who explores the world with body, mind and senses.
Every childhood program provide environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative and meaningful exploration, play and inquiry.
Each child is capable communicator who expresses himself or herself in many ways.
Each childhood program fosters communication and expression in all forms.