Infant/Toddler - Birth to 36 Months

Infant & Toddler Program

Children come to our centre as individuals, each with their own unique blend of intelligence, personality, temperament, talent, interests and so much more. Our commitment is in creating an environment that both nurtures and supports these precious ad unique blends. We recognize the value of unstructured learning which allows children to make choices, experiment, and use hands- on exploration with materials.  We provide developmentally appropriate toys and activities to facilitate the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of your child.

We have designed and implemented a strong, rich, and creative curriculum applied in a bilingual French/English environment. This curriculum centers around inspiring a child’s love of learning as well as fostering their joy for discovery. We accomplish this through language enrichment, artistic expression, learning through play, and with hands-on experiences. At Children of the Island, we strengthen all developmental domains (physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and artistic) while promoting respect of self, respect for others, and respect for our surrounding environment and community.  Our dedicated and passionate educators encourage and promote a sense of independence and autonomy by providing each child with varied ways and opportunities to experience, explore, and interact with the world around them. This is all provided for within a safe, joyful, loving, and unhurried environment.

Our classroom space, materials and routines are designed to support our program and encourage autonomy. Each day, children have ample opportunities to be engaged with materials and experiences that stimulate learning through a play based approach.  

At our centre each child is assigned a caregiver.  That caregiver will have 4 children in his/her care.  From the child’s first day the caregiver will work in partnership with parents with the goal of ensuring consistent care and a trusting reciprocal relationship with families.  Personal care routines (toileting, feeding, and napping experiences) with a child’s assigned caregiver builds a secure and trusting relationship by fulfilling the toddler’s need for unhurried, one to one dialogue, co-operative participation in their care and warm individual attention. 

Language: poems and rhymes, finger plays, storytelling, puppetry, interactive book reading, book corner, circle time, learning letters, letter / sound correspondences and songs.   We will use sign language as one of our means of communication.  We believe that using sign language empowers the children with choices and ‘words’ as we go about our day reading stories, singing songs, or engaging in daily personal care routines.

Numeracy: counting, sorting, ordering, measurement and weight concepts.

Social Play: kitchen corner, doll corner, monthly theme play area, dress-up, puppets, block play, outdoor play

Fine Motor: pinching, pouring, pounding, scooping, gluing, stacking.

Gross Motor (inside classroom): Weekly creative movement trough fun adapted ZUMBA classes, obstacle courses, ball play (throwing, catching and rolling), jumping, hopping.     

Outdoor Play: Children play outside everyday rain or shine in our beautiful nature inspired play space. We have playhouses, push toys, cars, a sand box and more.

Creative: painting, drawing, coloring, clay work, collage, murals, recycling art.

Tactile Play: manipulative play with water, ice, sensory boards and bins.

Problem Solving: puzzles, games, block play, construction games.

Circle Time: singing, poems, movement, games, stories, sharing

Highlights and strategies of our program.

Themes and activities are based primarily but not exclusively on nature and cycles of the year. Each monthly theme revolves around one or more projects that integrate learning and builds skills across several subject areas.

Examples of our curriculum themes are Forest Life, Sea Life, Pond Habitats, Nocturnal Animals, Vancouver Island wild life, solar system, and weather.

Our educators adapt to each Childs individual developmental level and needs. They encourage children through modeling, guidance, and they work with the children to stimulate their interests, build upon their strengths and bolster the areas that need development.

Educator-guided activities are well balanced with play and free choice activities.

A variety of both open-ended and structured work/play activities are offered every day.

Monthly Themes
We use monthly themes as a means to enhance and integrate learning across all aspects of the curriculum. This way of working provides depth to the learning experience. Strong planning and organising is key to the success of the monthly themes. Our classroom is always well stocked with a wide variety of materials to support all curriculum areas. Each month, the materials are refreshed to align with the topic of the monthly theme. Books, stories and new songs are also used to reflect the monthly themes. Each month there will be one theme based project.

Example of a “Forest Life” theme

Each month a corner of our classroom is changed to reflect the monthly theme. For the “Forest Life” theme it could be transformed into a woodland scene using materials from nature and populated with forest wild life animal figurines. The elements in the scene can serve to introduce new vocabulary and used by the children in creative play.

Outside Play
Outdoor play is a big part of program, allowing children to develop on a social, physical and imaginative level nourishes a child’s mind, body, and spirit.  We have plenty of materials to keep them active and engaged in our beautiful nature inspired space.  We have push toys, sand toys, balls, hoops, trucks and more.  The children can also create beautiful artwork on one of the many chalk boards
We encourage and model creative, co-operative, social, and physical play. It lifts the spirit and builds the body. The children grow and develop in every domain by engaging with one another.