Toronto Community Child Care Centre
Information for Families
Welcome to our Centre!
Toronto Community Child Care was established in 1985 and has been providing a caring and educational service to the Community for over 30 years. We have children who attended years ago who are returning with their own children. Toronto Child Care Centre is a community based not for profit Centre. This means that all the money from fees goes back into the Centre for resources etc. We are run by a parent Committee which is made up from parents of children attending the Centre.
Toronto Community Child Care Centre is a 55 place, community, not for profit Centre managed by a parent committee. This Committee meets on a monthly basis. All families are welcome to attend Committee meetings and indeed join the Committee. It is after all your children that the decisions are being made about.
Toronto Child Care Centre offers a program based on the National Early Years Learning Framework.
This is all about Being, Belonging and Becoming. It is divided into 5 Learning Outcomes which we work on with each child throughout the year. Children learn best through play and through ‘doing’. We see children as being capable and independent thinkers and we encourage them to develop these skills. Children and families are encouraged to contribute to the daily program and learning journeys that happen. Our programs incorporate literacy and numeracy into all aspects of them on a daily and ongoing basis.
We also run a comprehensive transition to school preschool program. This program works on areas such as social skills, numeracy, literacy, turn taking, conflict resolution and much more. This helps give children a great foundation for the beginning of their school life.
The staff at Toronto Child Care Centre are all qualified Educators. We regularly attend in -services and workshops to update our skills and knowledge in First Aid and all aspects of The Early Childhood field. Relief staff are used at the centre to cover primary contact staff absences. We aim to use regular casual staff to provide continuity of care. Our centre also utilizes additional staff to support children who may have additional needs.
We recognize that the parent is the first educator. You know your child best. Families are always welcome at the centre and are encouraged to become involved in the centre through the family participation program. Families are encouraged to contribute to their child’s portfolio and any comments or suggestions will be incorporated into the centre’s program. We love to hear about your weekends and interests as this is often the start of an ongoing interest or project in the rooms.
Families are encouraged to contribute to the functioning of the centre by attending management Committee Meetings. By becoming involved in the centre families have the opportunity to ensure continued operation of the centre, allow for a variety of views to be expressed, enhance the programs provided and develop a positive rapport with staff.
Hours of Operation:
We are open from 7.30-5.30 Monday to Friday. The centre operates for 48 weeks per year and is closed for 4 weeks over Christmas. The centre is also closed for public holidays ( no fee charged).
This year for 2018 our fees are $98 per child per day.
Fees are calculated on a daily rate which is subsidized for families through the Family Assistance Office’s Child Care Benefit (CCB). The Child Care Rebate, which reimburses 50% of out of pocket expenses, can either be paid directly to the Centre or to the parents every 3 months. Fees are inclusive of all meals and resources used by the children.
Children at the centre are divided into three rooms
- The Nursery – 12 children – 6 weeks -2 years with 3 Educators.
- The Toddler Room – 15 Children – 2-3 years old with 3 Educators.
- The Preschool Room – 28 Children – 3-5 years with 3 Educators.
The centre provides all the food children will require throughout the day – Morning tea, a two course lunch and afternoon tea. We follow the Good for Kids, Good for Life Guidelines when planning our menus.
The meals are planned and prepared by our qualified cook and are nutritionally balanced. The menus are on display in the foyer for your information. Milk and water are provided as refreshments. It is asked that food not be brought into the centre to ensure the protection of children with allergies.
What to bring:
We need a copy of your child’s birth certificate, immunisation printout from the medicare website and customer reference number for you and your child.
Children should be dressed in comfortable, practical clothing so that the toileting is easy and they are able to participate in all the experiences provided.
All belongings need to be clearly labelled with the child’s name for easy identification.
All children need a bag big enough to hold all their belongings and work. Children will need to bring a spare change of clothes (for various weather), sheets (not necessary for the Nursery. Children in the Nursery need to bring prepared formula and / or empty bottles for milk as well as six disposable nappies.
It is asked that toys be left at home and only those required for sleep/security be brought to the centre.
After receiving a completed waitlist form and $20 waitlist fee we will enter the child’s details onto our computer waitlist. This $20 will be credited to your account on enrolment.
Names placed on the waiting list in order of the date received and places are offered in this order, taking into consideration priority of access, the child’s age and days required.
Enrolment of children will follow priority guidelines set by the Federal Government.
For more information visit http://docs.education.gov.au
To complete the enrolment the centre will require payment of two weeks fees in advance, a copy of the child’s, blue book and birth certificate.
On enrolment families will receive a policies handbook which outlines some important policies and information. A full copy of the centre policies for families can be found in the foyer of the centre.
We look forward to having you at our centre!
Toronto Child Care Centre Philosophy
At Toronto Community Child Care Centre we believe that children are special and unique individuals. We collaborate with families and the wider community to ensure that we provide a caring and supportive learning environment where children feel secure and develop a strong sense of belonging.
We provide a play based curriculum encompassing the Early Years Framework. Our Educators plan in partnership with families and will implement and develop programs and future learning experiences to suit children’s individual needs and interests. With respect and positive guidance, the children develop a sense of self and confidence, gain new skills, face challenges and develop meaningful relationships. We develop a holistic approach to teaching which allows children to gain the skills to be confident, independent and involved learners who will try new things and safely take risks.
Each child is an individual who is an integral part of a group. A flexible daily program will cater for the needs and interests of the children individually and also in group settings. We provide a positive and stimulating environment both indoors and out that promotes respect for the world we live in and through direct participation we strive to make sustainable practices a natural part of everyday life.
We promote staff in their continuous personal and professional development through training opportunities. This ensures high-quality care and inclusive practices allowing equity for all children in our care. We engage in reflection and look for ways to improve our practices. We advocate for each child and parents trust that we will recognise a child’s ongoing needs and will liaise with other professionals to meet these needs.
Our routines provide a balance of active, quiet and creative experiences and encourage interactions and explorations that build relationships and confident learners and enhance children’s emerging skills.
Families are the most important influence in every child’s life, they are the first teacher. Together, Educators, Families and Children work towards achieving goals, fostering communication and we encourage interaction, participation and involvement from all our families.
We are committed to providing high-quality Child Care with educational programs in a sustainable environment where children are encouraged to develop and become empowered and competent lifelong learners.