All children are provided an environment to express themselves for balanced development and growth
Early Foundations has a comprehensive set of daycare features that make life better for families.
Self-directed learning in our Academy is divided into monthly, weekly and daily program plans. Each plan is customized for the two age groups; 19 to 35 months, and 36 months and over. The program plan follows the Emergent Curriculum methods and is developed with each child’s input. For an example of our program plan, parents are invited to see our Monthly Newsletters or simply observe a classroom in session. We would love for parents to visit us for an in-depth understanding of how we are preparing children for the future while letting them have fun during the entire learning process.
Children at our Academy are self-directed learners, and we are the facilitators in encouraging their joyful exploration through positive and supportive communication.
An excellent outdoor play area with a physical activity curriculum
We provide a large 20,000 square foot playground that is regularly maintained to the highest level of safety and aesthetics. Our playground is fully fenced, and children enter the stadium from inside the building, ensuring their trip to and from the playground is safe. Each age group receives encouragement, facilitation and invited to explore physical movements, social interactions and become motivated to experience an ample green space. In addition to traditional toys and equipment, we ensure children are always supervised by staff to maximize their social and physical development concurrently.
Children’s Health and Safety is Paramount
All team members delivering child care service have a current first aid certificate. Furthermore, we conduct monthly fire evacuation drills and have policies for inclement weather that is regularly communicated to all staff. There are specific policies, such as medication disbursement, and treating minor bruises, that are provided in the Parent Handbook. All medication is kept out of the reach of children, and all rooms have a first aid kit, with an eye-wash station and larger first aid kits in two kitchens to ensure the highest level of daycare and preschool safety. All new staff receives an orientation about our existing health and safety policies.
Daily activity reports about children’s learning, nutrition, sleep and health
We set up all new parents on our reporting platform so that they receive a daily report in their email inbox at 6 PM every weekday. This report covers how much the children ate, how long they slept, what they learned that day and we frequently include photos of activities to show how much children are learning and enjoying by being in our Academy. Parents can also send messages using the App for another avenue of communication.
Large and accessible on-site parking with easy access
Parents are provided dedicated parking on-site which is convenient during cold winter months, reducing the exposure of cold to children. It is easy to walk into the main entrance with just a short walk, and the premises are kept in immaculate condition for a comfortable experience for all visitors. The parking is exclusively for the daycare and preschool parents, with additional quick-drop spots for even more accessibility.
Occupational therapy is related to delays in performing activities productive living. Occupational therapy is provided free of charge for children who qualify under Alberta Education’s criteria for this service. We assist in completing all required paperwork to apply for this service at no additional cost.
Our classrooms are bright, modern, child-friendly and inviting
Several large windows surround each classroom, letting in ample natural sunlight to help children grow. Children’s classrooms are divided into age groups; toddlers attend classes built for an 19-month to a 35-month-old child, and preschoolers attend classes for 36-month and older child. The benefits of age-specific classrooms are that each sink, toilet, table, and a chair is customized for the height of each age group. Each class has materials, toys, equipment, and appropriate staff that maximizes the developmental potential of each child. Pictures can be viewed on the homepage.
Our facility has excellent security features
All parents who enroll in the childcare program receive a unique security pass to access the building. All doors are locked at all times. All hallways, entrances, and every classroom have high-resolution cameras.
Our team members have extensive knowledge, education, and training in childcare
All of our staff members have Canadian child care experience, with several years of education in child care certification. Currently, most of our team members possess a Child Development Supervisor certification, which is the highest qualification for a Child Care professional. We conduct extensive background checks for all employees, including Police check, reference verification from previous employers, and a vulnerable sector search.
We partner with various providers who specialize in assessing and treating children for speech during their stay at the daycare. The funding for this service is provided by Alberta Education, so a qualified child’s parents do not have any additional cost. Speech therapy at an appropriate time can enhance the learning experience of a child, and we can process all documents at no additional cost to parents.
We have an Alberta Health certified kitchen facility with an on-site cook
Our kitchen facility is approved by Alberta Health Services, and our cook has a current certificate to cook for commercial purposes. All food is bought fresh and kept in our state-of-the-art kitchen facility with commercial equipment. We observe the highest levels of hygiene and sanitization and have a commercial dishwasher certified for sanitizing to a medical grade level. There is an extensive, 6-week rotating menu which covers all 4 major food groups required by Health Canada. We serve delicious, healthy and nutritious meals and ensure children have variety when it comes to seasonal items. All daycare children receive breakfast, hot lunch and evening snacks.
Sports-stretching, mindfulness, dance and art instruction
We are dedicated to letting children experience the creative-development side of their selves. One of the best methods that are accessible for children is practicing sports-specific stretching, and fine-tuning their gross and fine motor skills. Introducing children to quiet their mind a few minutes a day will also improve their ability to concentrate and aid in their learning and exploration development. Using music, and encouraging children to free play and express themselves through dancing is another great opportunity for them to become aware as active beings. Artistic expression is introduced progressively as children improve their pencil grip, learn colour combinations and express themselves creatively.