How does the waitlist work?
When a spot opens up, the Centralized Admin team will consult the waitlist for the next child in line to fill the vacancy of the age category needed. For instance, if an infant ages up into the toddler room, a vacancy is created in the infant room. We would consult the waitlist to see who the next available infant is on the list and their priority placement. That parent or guardian would receive the first right to fill the vacancy. If they choose to, their child would be enrolled into our centre and the waitlist would decrease by a family. If that family declines the opportunity, they will be asked whether or not they want to continue to be waitlisted or if they would like to be removed altogether.
What are the policies for Kids@ Churchill Park Child Care Centres?
A Parent Handbook which explains policies and practices, including Guidance, Supervision, Parent Participation, Gradual Entry, etc. is provided at the time of Registration. You are welcome to ask these questions beforehand when setting up a tour.
How are the Program of Activities planned and offered to the children in the Child Care program
The curriculum at Kids@Churchill Park-Kahanoff Child Care is based on current Early Childhood Practices. Using the AB Curriculum, Flight, as the base along with professional theories and philosophies, the Early Childhood Educators, build a program of activities with observations of a child’s interests, development, dispositions, and schemas, combined with the parents’ goals for the child. In the Preschool Program the same model is used in a condensed version to make the best use of the 2 hours per day. The programs are inclusive to meet the diverse development and needs of children in care, which may include seeking needed additional supports for children as identified by the Educators and the Parents.
How is it decided which age group a child is placed into?
Children are generally placed into a group of other children with same age. There are groups for Infants (children under 19 months), Toddlers (children 19 months to 36 months), Preschool (36 months to not yet in grade one. This age group may be divided into older and younger children) The Preschool group is not the Preschool Program but the age group. Once a child’s needs, development, and the group dynamics is known, children will be placed in a group where they will be most successful.
Is food provided in the centres?
Kids@ Churchill Park Child Care Centres have food catered from Kids@ Churchill Park’s centralized kitchen. The kitchen provides wholesome, made from scratch snacks and a lunch daily. A menu will be sent to parents and posted in the centres.
How do the program team’s communicate with the parents?
Kids@ Churchill Park use a communication program called Hi Mama. This program allows the Educators, Program Management, and Churchill Park Executive, the ability to email parents with operational messages, events, and daily observations and photos of children,
and to receive messages from parents.
Is there an opportunity for parents to be involved?
All of the Kids@ Churchill Park programs have a volunteer parent committee that supports the programs through assisting in organizing events, providing input into parent needs and ideas, and to assist in evaluation the programs. Parents are always welcome into the program when their child is in attendance, without notification to the program team. Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s group through regular program activities and/or sharing an activity
What are the qualifications of the staff employed to be with children?
The team at Kids@ Churchill Park-Child Care consist of a Program Manager, Alternate Manager, Educators, Team Supports, and On-Call Staff. All employees have Alberta Child Development Certification with the level of Certification meeting Child Care Licensing Regulation requirements. The Management team are Child Development Supervisors (formerly Level 3), the Educators are either Child Development Supervisors or Child Development Workers (formerly Level 2), and the Team Supports are Child Development Assistants or the same as an Educator. All employees have a current Criminal Record check with Vulnerable Sector Search, and First Aid Certification. The team regularly receives additional training and professional development to remain knowledgeable of current practices.
What are the child to educator ratios in Kids@ Churchill Park Child Care Centres?
Infant less than 12 months – 1:3
Infant 12 months to less than 19 months – 1:4
19 months to less than 3 years – 1:6
3 years to less than 4.5 years – 1:8
4.5 years and older – 1:10
There are combined age groups within the centres. The ratio for combined age groups is determined by the majority of children in a particular age group.
When are fees due?
Fees are due on the first working day of each month.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept pre-authorized debit and debit (at main office)
Do you offer subsidy?
Our centres do allow for subsidy through the provincial government. All subsidy requests must go through the province/region and not through our centres. Please check with our Centralized Admin team who is more than happy to assist providing you with appropriate information for the AB subsidy program.