Toddler Room

Children of this age learn cognitively by exploring their world physically and with all of their senses. This is also a time for learning self-control and identifying emotions. A regular routine to maximize a sense of security is crucial for this age group. Within the structure of the day, our staff will provide a variety of sensory materials for the children to explore. Opportunities for role-playing will be available on a regular basis. Role-playing gives children an opportunity to practice social and language skills. Teachers will assist the children in socializing and problem solving with their peers in an appropriate manner. An introduction to math, language and cognitive curriculum through songs, stories and music will also be part of the Toddler Program at The Orchard Children’s Centre.

As a part of the centre, our Toddler Program participates in the Quality First Programme.

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Intermediate Room

As children grow, so do their interests and curiosity. Their world becomes a bigger place and cognitive development is at its peak. The children will be given the opportunity to learn about space, science, other countries and cultures. Within the content of this curriculum, the staff will also be teaching preliminary math and reading skills. Through the use of reading programs and the Second Step social program, the children will gain general knowledge and practice skills to be used in future schooling and socialization. Teacher implemented games and activities give the children an opportunity for hands on learning experiences. Opportunities for social play and group work on a regular basis will enhance each child’s leadership and team building skills.

Of equal importance to the preschool child, would be many opportunities for physical exercise. Regular outdoor time, as well as scheduled physical activity indoors, promotes a healthy life style and cardiovascular exercise for additional health benefits. Interesting and challenging activities with a variety of equipment and music will encourage the children to participate in this portion of the program.

The Intermediate Program activity participates in the Quality First Programme.


Qualified teachers will plan curriculum to ensure that your child is prepared cognitively, socially and emotionally for their move to grade school. Math, science and literature will be paramount for this age group. Our “learn through play” philosophy will still apply but more structured activities will be integrated into our daily program plans based on current interests of the children. The children will be given opportunities for physical activities both in and outside. Creativity will be encouraged through many different types of media, and social opportunities will be plentiful. This program includes Trips, Community Visits, Special guests and Educational Excursions to enhance the curriculum.

The Senior Preschool Program activity participates in the Quality First Programme.

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Daily Routines

  • 01.
    Meals A nutritious lunch and two snacks are provided daily. Snacks are prepared in our own kitchen. Lunches that can not be prepared on site are prepared and delivered to us from our sister centre, Parkside Daycare, in Waterdown. Menus rotate weekly and items are changed seasonally. We accommodate allergies and food preferences.
  • 02.
    Outdoor / Active Time Children participate in a morning and afternoon outdoor time, weather permitting. Outdoor time combines opportunity for fresh air, gross motor activity and nature study. Off site visits to the park and neighbourhood walks are part of the programme.
  • 03.
    Rest Time Children enrolled in a licensed Child Care Centre are required to have a rest period of up to 2 hours daily. After one hour of rest they may participate in quiet activities. This is in accordance with the Child Care Early Years Act
  • 04.
    Playtime Play is an invaluable teaching opportunity for teachers to assist children’s learning in all domains. Cognitive, language, social and motor control, are constantly being challenged when children are offered a wide variety of interesting toys and activities. Teachers utilize “play” as a tool to teach children by asking open ended questions, supervising play and assisting children to make appropriate choices.
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    Group Activities Learning social skills through small group activities will ready children for future school experiences. Taking turns, speaking confidently and respecting others is a skill learned in small group situations. At The OCC, we take daily opportunities for children to gather, eat, dress and play in small groups.