Policies

Canton Day Care Center provides a curriculum that encourages children to be actively involved in the learning process. Each child is encouraged to pursue his/her own interests in the context of life in the community and the world. Our curriculum focuses on the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development of each individual child and the building of every child’s self-esteem and acceptance of peers through social interaction.

Goals for our children:

  • To provide a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate learning environment.
  • To provide a balance of opportunities and activities that stimulate and encourage each child to play, explore, create, learn, and problem-solve.
  • To promote a feeling of personal well-being and independence through awareness, acceptance, expression of emotions, coping skills, and nurturing a positive self-concept.
  • To promote positive social interactions and communication skills with peers and adults through the use of verbal and non-verbal language to share ideas, feelings, and scenarios through stories and dramatic play.
  • To help children develop an awareness and acceptance of the differences in people.
  • To foster gross and fine motor skills.
  • To foster a refreshment of strength and spirits after a structured day or activity.
  • To develop and foster positive and productive safety and health habits.
  • To support and have open communication with the child’s home and school.

Classroom Management

Our teachers facilitate a warm, nurturing environment for the child and provide guidance to teaching assistants. All staff receive in-service training to ensure the best possible care and sensitivity to each child’s needs. With our philosophy of promoting and building positive self-esteem, our childcare programs create and encourage children to feel good about themselves.

Discipline Policy

Discipline means to guide or to teach. There can be no freedom without discipline – children need limits. Guidance at CDCC is love-oriented, not power-oriented. Discipline helps the child develop the internal controls to behave appropriately. Therefore, the staff use positive behavior management techniques to help children understand expectations for behavior. They anticipate possible conflict situations, and, when necessary, intervene in a timely manner to prevent problems from occurring or escalating. Staff create an environment that encourages positive behavior by:

  • Defining the classroom areas;
  • Planning a safe, comfortable, and developmentally appropriate program;
  • Establishing clear rules and reasonable limits that protect the child’s safety and welfare, the rights of others, and our environments;
  • Using positive language to explain desired behavior, avoiding the words “don’t” or “no”;
  • Speaking in soft, conversational voices;
  • Bending down to the child’s eye level when speaking;
  • Avoiding calling across the room;
  • Providing clear and positive suggestions, choices, and redirection when necessary;
  • Helping children anticipate transition to the next routine;
  • Encouraging verbalization, problem-solving, self-help skills, and independence;
  • Acknowledging emotions, feelings, and appropriate example with our own behavior.

Teachers circulate throughout the classroom and outdoor play areas, placing themselves to be able to see the entire area at a glance and use humor, imagination, redirection, and consistency to assist the children in developing self-control. We never use corporal punishment, or control, isolate,  humiliate, or withhold food or sleep as a punishment. Emphasis is placed on teaching alternative behaviors and giving each child situations to practice positive behaviors in order to establish new, acceptable habits. Staff may utilize a “cooling off” time-out when a child is in danger of hurting him/herself or others. This brief period is intended as a time for the child to regain his/her self-control in order to better communicate and listen to the needs of all involved.

Nutrition

Canton Day Care Center meets USDA standards for a healthy and balanced diet, and is a member of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) program that provides reimbursement for serving nutritious meals to children that are in child care settings. USDA requirements for food/drink portions vary depending on the age of the child. Our qualified Kitchen Manager at United Helpers is informed of and meets all USDA/CACFP requirements. Full menus are posted in the main entrance way of our Center weekly. Parents are welcome to supply their child’s meals if they would prefer not to receive the meals scheduled.

Children are provided with all meals and snacks in a family-style environment for a relaxed social experience. The staff encourage children to utilize self-help skills to gain independence, and model appropriate mealtime manners and habits.  The children are served a portion of all the foods being offered and encourage to try a “no thank you bite” of all foods. Children are never required to eat foods that they are not comfortable eating, and food is never used as a reward or punishment.

Meal Schedule

Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Snack 3:00 p.m.

Age Grouping

We follow New York State requirements for child to staff ratios:

Age of Child Minimum Staff Required / # of Children
6 weeks to 18 months 1 staff member for every 4 children
18 months to 3 years 1 staff member for every 5 children
3 years to 4 years 1 staff member for every 7 children
4 years to 5 years 1 staff member for every 7 or 8 children
5 years to 12 years 1 staff member for every 9 or 10 children

*Dependent upon the size of the total group

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