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Most children spend forty plus hours a week in their childcare program. We believe valuing the attachments that form between the children, their families and the educators creates trust and emotional security. Moving up to the next age group with a primary educator and their friends maintains the relationships formed, avoiding the stress of creating new emotional ties within their new group. It also maintains the partnership formed between the families and the educator throughout the child`s enrollment in the program.
We love living in Calgary and supporting local businesses. We buy locally whenever possible and take the older children to learn about the multitude of businesses and amenities nearby. With special guests children can learn from our neighbours, and we hold regular fundraisers to show children how they can contribute to our diverse community.
Our fully enclosed outdoor play space has been created carefully, emphasizing safety and imagination. Our infant yard uses wooden decking for the inevitable stumbles of learning to walk, run and climb. Shaded by trees, with toys to ride, push, pull, throw and climb, this area allows this age to challenge and expand their capabilities. Sensory tables provide opportunities to make messes and flower beds tickle their sense of smell, this area is a multi-sensory fun zone. Our larger yard area uses natural materials to create a little piece of the mountains right at their finger tips. From the tire-mound to the sandbox to the asphalt race track, children are drawn to move their bodies and create. Logs are provided to balance on, a playhouse to pretend in and easels to draw on, children are provided an area to expand their imaginations and develop their skills.
Part of caring for our future means to care for the Earth. We recycle, reuse, compost, grow plants, avoid harsh chemicals, use cloths instead of paper towels, and look for items that are from sustainable resources. From using natural materials when possible to repurposing items that would otherwise be waste - we are teaching our children what it means to be green.
Proper nutrition fuels children to do what's important - play. We offer a variety of foods that are whole grain and teach the children the importance of eating a rainbow. Fresh fruits and vegetables are offered multiple times a day in the breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks we serve from our onsite kitchen. Opportunities to help prepare the food encourages children to try new things and explore the different flavours in our international menu. As a healthy initiative we have incorporated two meatless days a week, to experience more plant-based proteins, and have introduced microgreens to our menu
Expanding Imaginations Child Care acknowledges it is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, including the Siksika, Piikani and Kainai Nations; the Stoney-Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley Nations; and the Tsuut’ina Nation. This is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
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