Preschool

Preschool Connections
September 2019

 

This September the Preschool Program welcomed 16 new preschool children, 13 children transitioned up from the Toddler Program and the others from the neighborhood. The first few weeks we have really put a focus on building connections and relationships with children and educators. Positive relationships are important because they help children develop independence, self-esteem and well-being. Children will feel confident, secure and be able to trust their relationships with their educators and fellow peers, in turn learning to trust their own decisions.

 

Girl holding two hoops on grass

 

Some factors we are focusing on within our program to support the children in relationship building are the Four Foundations, Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement and Expression from the document we follow How Does Learning Happen. These key factors are truly the Foundations to establish relationships and connections.

 

Since the beginning of the school year we have really emphasized on these four key factors:

 

“Belonging cultivates authentic, caring relationships and connections to create a sense of belonging among and between children, adults, and the world around them.”

 

“Well-Being nurtures children’s healthy development and support their growing sense of self.”

 

“Engagement provides environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative and meaningful exploration, play and inquiry.”

 

“Expression fosters communication and expression in all forms.”(How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years)

 

We encourage the children to follow and support these foundations as well by showing acceptance, caring for the environment, spending quality time with their peers and really being in the moment. We have ongoing conversations about lending a helping hand, sharing, and working as a team. Participating in activities within the program, trusting and respecting one another, engaging and communicating with educators and others.

 

We are very proud of the progress we have made so far and will continue to learn through play.

 

Two girls sitting in sandbox smilingSmiling girl with paint on her faceLU PS Sept2019 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

Address
550 Chesapeake Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
N2K 4G5

Hours of Operation
6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Phone:
(519) 747-0054
Email: stluke@owlchildcare.org

Supervisors

Headshot of kathleen Henderson

Kathleen Henderson, RECE 
Supervisor

Headshot of Michelle Hiebert

Michelle Hiebert, RECE
Assistant Supervisor