In the spirit of co-operation on which the centre is based, families and teachers work together as responsible role models reflecting warmth, consideration, and respectfulness. The community between home and child care helps to ensure an atmosphere of acceptance and care. Working together, we can create an environment in which the children not only learn, but also develop a love of learning. It is our aim to provide an atmosphere in which children feel free, safe and comfortable to follow their urges to explore, discover, learn and thrive.
At Shoberry's Daycare Centres, we encourage the children to learn to be responsible for their own behaviour. When appropriate, we expect them to solve their own problems, with the assurance that there is an adult present for support if it is needed. There is immediate adult intervention if destructive behaviour is exhibited by any child against self, another child or equipment.
We practice positive child guidance strategies. We believe, however, that it is impossible to create a warm and secure atmosphere if the environment is punitive. We place the emphasis on understanding the individual child and the reasons for the inappropriate behaviour. It is therefore, our responsibility to locate the source of that inappropriate behaviour, understand it, and help to change it.
The most effective means of producing more appropriate behaviour is through modeling, explanations, redirection, and presenting alternatives. Our focus is to bring the children to a level at which they understand their own individual needs and are able to express emotions and direct themselves appropriately.
Shoberry's Daycare Centres provide an anti-bias approach in program development that promotes equal respect and acceptance for all. Differences are GOOD; they exist and can be enriching. As children are exposed to diversity in all programming areas it teaches the acceptance of these differences. As a result, children grow to be more tolerant. Our staff is trained to work closely with families to provide cultural consistency in harmony with the home. This promotes an atmosphere that encourages openness to the perspectives of others.
Shoberry's Daycare Centers programs are open to all children. We will continue to train and support all staff consulting the expertise from outside agencies such as Early Intervention Services, Blue Hills, and Mackenzie Health to provide programs based on the needs of the child and the family. It is our intention to work closely with families to provide support based on a family's unique needs and expectations. We are willing to make changes to the program and/or space to accommodate the physical needs of a child with special needs.
It is the policy of Shoberry's Daycare Centres, to use behaviour management techniques that ensure the developmental growth and safety of all children. The aim of behaviour management is a conscious effort to guide the child in learning appropriate behaviour. A developmental program of good quality that meets the needs of each child should by and large eliminate much inappropriate behaviour.
In a controlled voice, explain in simple language the inappropriateness of the behaviour displayed.
If the behaviour continues, staff shall redirect the child to an alternate activity.
If the behavior continues, the child shall be removed from the situation (to another activity) for a limited supervised period. As soon as the child is ready to return, he/she will rejoin his/her group.
Follow through with natural consequences; e.g. if he/she continually throws sand, he/she will not play in the sand box.
Failure to comply with any of the above is cause for dismissal of an employee.
All Shoberry's Daycare Centres staff, students and volunteers review the program statement prior to interacting with the children, and at any time the program statement has been modified. Placement Students and volunteers are not permitted to be having direct unsupervised access with the children (ie. When the child is alone with an adult). Placement and Volunteer students are not counted in staffing ratios. The statement is also reviewed annually, during staff evaluations.
The Supervisor will ensure that the approaches set out in the statement are implemented in the daily operations of the program.
Your hard work and dedication is what makes you ladies such an amazing team. Thank you for ALL you do for the children and families you work with.
Just wanted to express our gratitude for all the work and teaching you do. Over the past few months we have seen such incredible development in John. Sure some of it is age and what we do with him at home, but you have and continues to have a large role in his learning. His communication, life skills, creativity and cognitive skills have really flourished and we remain so impressed by all of you. We are so happy we chose Shoberry's and John ended up with such a wonderful group of loving, dedicated and talented teachers. Some people see day care as exactly that - care - but you have shown us that it is so much more than that. I feel that because of you, John will be off to a great start and well prepared for JK. Thank you for all your awesomeness!