Programs

Harstone Children’s Centre has three unique programs designed to stimulate and care for children ranging in age from 12 weeks old to 12 years old. Updated program information coming soon!

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Infants

Our Infant and Toddler program is dedicated to providing a nurturing and stimulating environment that encourages curiosity, exploration and growth. Our primary goals in child development encompass social, emotion, cognitive and physical domains, ensuring a well-rounded foundation for each child. Through a blend of structured activities and free exploration, we aim to ignite their curiosity and lay the groundwork for lifelong learning.

Infants are just beginning to discover the world around them and are constantly exploring and using all of their senses; sight, touch, sound, smell and taste. Our environment is designed to be safe, engaging, and conducive to exploration, with age-appropriate toys and materials that encourage sensory exploration, fine motor development, gross motor development and more.

In our program, we believe in the importance of loose parts play and its ability to support various developmental milestones. Providing children with loose parts during play time can help support cognitive development as the children learn about cause and effect, problem-solving, and decision making through their interactions with the materials. It also provides them opportunities to build language skills and work on their hand eye coordination; all while fostering creativity and imagination.

Through a carefully crafted routine that balances feeding, sleeping, and exploration, we aim to provide stability and consistency while also accommodating individual needs. Our daily routine is thoughtfully crafted to balance essential care tasks, comforting nap times, interactive play times and opportunities for learning experiences; allowing each moment to be an opportunity for growth and connection.

We also understand the benefits of fresh air and sunshine for infant’s health and well-being, and we integrate outdoor play into our daily routine to provide a well-rounded and enriching experience for each child.

Our team of dedicated caregivers strive to create a warm, supportive and home like atmosphere where your child can thrive and reach their full potential.

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Preschool

Preschool is the time to learn fundamental skills that will prepare children for their transition into school, and lay the groundwork for their skill development later in life.

Our preschool programs are filled with investigation, exploration, and discovery. Active, and enthusiastic children refine, and expand their skill set.

Our daily program is divided into varied areas to offer the optimum learning experiences for each child. We follow daily routines including: snacks, free play, toileting, nap, lunch, outdoor play, structured activities, and self guided activities.

Some of the activities include: art, dramatic play, music, manipulative play, sensory play, gross and fine motor opportunities, literacy, science, and block play.

Through intentional teaching practices, and purposely designed learning environments, our program ensures children have a meaningful, and fun learning experience everyday. Our emergent curriculum puts our preschoolers at the centre of their development, while our educators interact, observe, and interpret each child’s interest to encourage new discoveries.

 

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School-Age

At Harstone Children’s Centre we are committed to providing a high quality school-age based learning environment that offers a diverse variety of activities and experiences which foster positive outcomes in relation to children’s learning, exploration, play, inquiry, social development, health and well-being.

We aim to connect with each child and recognize their individual uniqueness. We enable children to develop strong relationships, learn together, and challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment. We plan and develop programming that is individualized to support each child’s imagination, interests and needs.

We model and encourage positive interactions by guiding through problem solving, using positive reinforcement, providing the children with the resources required to enable self-regulation, actively asking, listening, and understanding, to teach empathy and respect; providing an inclusive environment in which children feel free to express their individuality, independence, opinions, feelings and differences, all in a collaborative community setting that encourages belonging.

We encourage individual diversity and celebrate differences and uniqueness with the children. We provide a variety of experiences (activities that are creative, active, indoor/outdoor, quiet/loud, social/individual) so that each child can feel both comfortable and inspired throughout the day.

We encourage the children’s learning through hands-on experiences, asking questions, fostering positivity, encouraging participation and challenging them through new activities and ideas. Some of the activities include: Art, Dramatic play, Sensory play, Gross and Fine Motor, Literacy, Science, S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Loose Parts and exploring Nature in the world around them.