Is gradual entry an option?
Starting at a daycare centre is a huge step in the life of your child and yourself. For many children this is the first time they have spent any time away from their parents, and may be their first experience of being in a group.
At Smiling Stars Daycare, it is our intention to make this experience be a positive and successful one. Therefore families will be assisted in making this transition through a period of a gradual entry. We will work with each family to meet their needs and have the child build upon daily successes in their entry into the program. We usually find that a one week gradual entry period works well for most children. This one week is meant to help the child, the parent and the staff to get to know each other.
We recommend that gradual entry consists of numerous short stays and eventually a brief drop off. Documentation that is required by licensing, needs to be completed before your child can be left at the centre.
Do I need to pack a snack?
Our daycare provides two nutritious snacks a day.
What time is nap time?
3-5 program 1-2:30
Infant toddler 12:30-2:30
What if my child doesn’t want to eat their lunch?
We do not force any children to eat something they don’t like, but we do help and encourage the importance of healthy eating. (This Daycare is a nut-free centre)
We do ask parents to try to arrive at daycare by 10 AM, please let one of the staff know if you are going to arrive at a later time.
Do I need to be at daycare at a certain time?
If a child is not feeling well a staff member will contact a guardian and request for a pick-up.
What if my child becomes sick at daycare?
What if I don’t want my child to sleep?
We do not force any children to sleep, but we do encourage everybody to have a rest on their cots, while they look at books or play quietly