Curriculum

Children come to our centre as individuals with their unique blend of intelligences, personalities, temperaments, talents, interests, and learning styles. Our challenge is to create a learning environment that nurtures and supports all types of learners.

We have designed and implemented a strong, rich, and creative emergent 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 classrooms, materials and routines are designed to support our curriculum and encourage a learning through play approach. Learning through play has been identified as vital to a child’s early development, and is key in laying the foundations for: learning to read and write, learning mathematics, science, technology, and a for providing a foundation for the arts.

 

 

Poem

Although I am not their parent,

I care for them each day.

I cuddle, sing and read to them

And watch them as they play.

I see each new accomplishment

And help them grow and learn.

They come to me for comfort.

I soothe away theirs tears.

They proudly show their work to me.

I give the loudest cheers.

No, I am not their parent,

But my role is just as strong.

I know some day the time will come,

When we may have to part.

But I know each child I have cared for,

Is forever in my heart.

 

-Author Unknown-

Bilingual approach

 

Researchers say the best way to become proficient in a second language is to start young and practice often. Young children learn a second or third language by being surrounded with that language as they engage in their world. The benefits of being bilingual, such as greater cognitive flexibility, have been well documented. While these benefits are valuable, our personal excitement here at Children of the Island lays in the cultural exchange and expanded perspectives that come from speaking more than one language.

English is the dominant language used daily here on the island so inside our centre we will endeavour to encourage French language development. Educators whose native language is English will speak English and incorporate French words and phrases while leading group activities, playing games, conducting circle time, and singing songs. Educators whose native language is French will speak French to the children as well as amongst themselves as a further means of modeling French to the children.

When engaging individually with a child, educators will speak in the language chosen by their parents. Children are encouraged to play and communicate with each other in which ever language is most comfortable for them.

 

Nutrition

Health Canada says that nutrition is the cornerstone of the early development of a child’s brain. Children of the Island is committed to providing an environment that both nurtures and supports the growing minds you have entrusted us with. That is why one of the very first decisions we made in creating this centre, was to have an on site kitchen. We are proud to have two red seal chefs on staff that prepare our delicious and nutritious snacks and lunches daily.

It is a pleasure to work with our families to address the dietary needs of your child whether it be for religious reasons, allergies/intolerances or family preference, this is something we take very seriously. We offer a large variety of foods along with a daily vegetarian option.

Children of the Island is a nut free facility!

All of our menus and snacks are prepared in accordance with the Canadian food Guide.

If you would like to learn more about Canada’s Food Guidelines or any of their healthy eating programs please visit:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/choose-choix/advice-conseil/child-enfant-eng.php

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthy-eating/healthy-weight/kids-program

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Philosophy

It is imperative that children develop good eating habits while they are young. We at Children of the Island take food children love and give them a healthy spin. Our menu is specially designed to appeal to children’s palates. Our amazing lunches and snacks are healthy, delicious, offer plenty of variety and most importantly children will want to eat the food.

Our amazing chefs have several ‘sneaky ways’ to add more nutrition to the children’s diet. They often add cooked fresh mashed vegetables to Spaghetti sauce, Sloppy Joes or Chili.

Together, their combined expertise provides over 10 years of experience in the Food, Health, and Hospitality industries and they always ensure that our food is nutritious, high quality and enjoyable for the children. 

Children are impressionable and enjoy imitating their peers. Parents, educators, and other adults play an important role in shaping the child’s attitude toward the acceptance of nutritious foods. Educators in the classroom are expected to reinforce positive food attitudes by eating and socializing with the children at mealtimes. Meals are provided to all and served family style.