Childcare Programs

We offer two Childcare Programs:


Our Program Guide and Policies

Personal Information

At the time of registration a number of forms will need to be filled out. Please ensure that all of this information is kept current.

Confidentiality

All information discussed with the staff of Bellabee Childcare Ltd. will be held in strict confidence, as are all files concerning your child.

Arrival and Departure

When your child arrives in the morning please place all of their belongings in their “cubby” area and put on their slippers or inside shoes. The parent will then need to place their child’s lunch in the fridge and fill out their child’s daily sheet, which will include who will be picking your child up. During the day, your child’s caregiver will write down diaper changes, mealtimes, naps, etc. This is to keep the parents up-to-date on the events that took place during their child’s day.

Please remember to let us know if someone besides the regular pick-up person is going to be picking up your child. Every pick up person, other than the parent/guardian, must be on your child’s “authorization for pick up” form and it must be signed by the parent or guardian. We also require a piece of picture ID if someone whom we have not yet met is picking up your child.

All notices and pertinent information will be placed next to your child’s daily sheet. There is also a “Parent Board” which has up to date information about community events pertaining to parents and families of young children.

Orientation

All children react to daycare differently; therefore, gradual entry is a key part of our orientation process. We will discuss an entry program that best suits you and your child once registration takes place. All children, once registered, will be on a 3-month probation period. If, during this time, the staff feels that the child is experiencing difficulty with the program, they may be asked to withdraw.

Toys

We would appreciate if all toys were kept at home. Cuddly toys for naptime are permitted.

Birthdays

We like to celebrate birthdays. Our ‘party’ usually takes place during afternoon snack time. Parents usually send a small treat to be shared. We also welcome family members to join us in this celebration; please let us know if you are able to join us.

Naptime – Inflant & Toddler

All children need to bring a fitted crib sheet and blanket from home for naptime. Infants and young toddlers will be provided with cribs, while the older toddlers will sleep on cots.

Infants and younger toddlers will nap when needed. Because of their individual needs, there will not be a scheduled nap time in the infant/toddler room.

Each day between 1:15pm – 3:00pm, the older toddlers and preschool aged children will have a nap or quiet time. Our program is very active and by 1:15 most children are ready for a rest. After 20 minutes or so, those children not napping will involve themselves in puzzles, reading, or other quiet activities until naptime is over.

Naptime – 3 to 5 Year Olds

Each day between 1:15pm – 3:00pm, the older toddlers and preschool aged children will have a nap or quiet time. Our program is very active and by 1:15 most children are ready for a rest. After 20 minutes or so, those children not napping will involve themselves in puzzles, reading, or other quiet activities until naptime is over.

Clothing

Our program includes plenty of outdoor play, which can sometimes get messy, so please send your child in appropriate clothing.

Each child is required to have a complete change of clothes at the daycare at all times in case of spills, accidents, etc. Children will also need a pair of slippers to wear while indoors.

If your child requires diapers, please ensure that they have an adequate amount to get them through the day. If you prefer, you may send a large package of diapers and wipes which the daycare is happy to store.

We also require that you send weather appropriate clothing with your child. A hooded jacket and boots should be kept at the daycare in case of rain. Mittens/gloves, hats, scarves, and snowsuits should be sent to the daycare when needed. Rain pants should be kept at the daycare all year. All items should be clearly labeled with the child’s name.

Laundry

We will wash your child’s sheet and blanket every week. Any clothing that is soiled during the day will be placed in a plastic bag on your child’s hook to be taken home.

Parent Participation

Parent participation is always welcome. Feel free to join us on outings, lunchtime, story time, or just to drop in for a play. We welcome any suggestions or ideas parents may have in regards to our program planning, themes, field trips, etc.

Food

Children aged from 0-30 months are required to bring all meals, snacks, and bottles to daycare.

If your child has bottles of formula throughout the day, please have the formula pre-mixed in bottles. The daycare has a microwave oven; therefore parents may send food that needs to be heated up. Please ensure that ALL containers are clearly labeled with the child’s name as many of the children have similar lunch items and containers. We encourage all parents to send lunches, drinks, etc. in washable, re-usable containers. Bellabee Childcare is committed to a Greener approach to everyday living and we are enthusiastic about recycling and constantly teach and demonstrate to the children how to reduce their carbon footprint by making less garbage for our landfills.

Illness

Bellabee Childcare Ltd. cannot provide care for an ill child. If a child becomes ill while at daycare, a parent/guardian or emergency contact will be notified for immediate pick-up.

We define illness as anything that is contagious. If your child has: a green runny nose, fever, diarrhea, an unexplained rash, or has vomited in the last 24 hours, or is unable to cope the daily routine of daycare, they must not be brought to daycare. If your child is going to be staying home from daycare, it is essential to let us know by 8:30am.

If your child has an accident while at daycare, a parent/guardian or emergency contact will be notified. If it is a life-threatening situation, 9-1-1 will be contacted first.

Medication

We are only able to administer medicine prescribed by a doctor. The medicine must be in its original bottle/container. A signed medical form (available from the daycare) and a doctor’s note are required prior to this.

We do not administer non-prescription drugs (Tylenol, cough syrup, etc.). If your child is in need of this to cope with the program, they are most likely too ill to be attending

Abuse

If any form of abuse if suspected, we are under legal obligation to report it to North Shore Health and to the Ministry of Social Services.

Our Guidance Policy

Every child is unique individual deserving of respect.

A child’s behavior reflects his/her level of development, their experience and environment.

It is our goal to assist children in developing self-control, self-confidence, and ultimately, self-discipline and sensitivity in their interactions with others.

Our guidance strategies are based on a positive, non-punitive approach which accepts children at the level they are at.  We offer constructive assistance, and assure the child that their value and worth as a person is never compromised.

Our philosophy includes the following preventative strategies for behavioral management:

  •     provide a safe, nurturing environment
  •     establish clear, simple rules and limits that are    age/developmentally appropriate
  •     remind children of the rules and limits
  •     explain the reason for the rules limits
  •     let children know what they can do
  •     offer encouragement to the children throughout the day
  •     use statements that refer to the behavior itself, not the child
  •     offer choices only if there really is a choice
  •     be realistic in expectations
  •     know when not to intervene
  •     give children the opportunity to practice their social skills
  •     be a valuable resource for children to come to
  •     be aware of the whole group

This policy also includes Section 51 of the Child Care Licensing Regulations:

51 (1)  A licensee must
(a) ensure that behavioural guidance is appropriate to the age and development of the child who is receiving the guidance, and
(b) provide to employees and parents a written statement of the licensee’s policy on behavioural guidance.
(2)  If the child has a care plan that includes instructions respecting behavioural guidance, the licensee must ensure that
(a) any behavioural guidance given to the child is consistent with those instructions, and
(b) if the behavioural guidance includes the use of restraints, that the restraints are administered only by a person who is trained in the use of, and alternatives to the use of, restraints.