Our Kindergarten daycare program offers a more formal classroom setting that builds upon educational foundations. Structured and comprehensive, we design our curriculum with High Scope, Reggio, and Ontario Ministry guidelines as we introduce our learners to age-appropriate topics including languages, art, history, geography, visual art, music, STEM, French, and physical education. The program also includes field trips, designed to help integrate children into settings where they can embrace experiential learning outside a classroom setting.
The kindergarten program is created in a way that is meant to prepare young learners for the structure and routine they will experience in the first grade. This full program helps mold the child to the expectations of more formal education.
Cleaning up after themselves, understanding and completing homework, working within their own workspace and learning collaborative social practices are all part of this program. The importance of independent care and maintenance is emphasized with age-appropriate responsibilities, such as the child’s ownership of their own desk space, cubby, and pencil case.
On top of our academic schedule and integrative educational practices, children in the Kindergarten program are taught the importance of responsibility, organization, self-regulation and caring for their own personal workspace and materials. Experiences, such as field trips aimed at promoting learning in different settings, help children expand their scope of understanding. We put a focus on communication and collaboration, introducing them to, and preparing them for, the core concepts of education including STEM, art, history, geography and literacy. All of which the children will be exposed to in the next phase of their educational journey.
What are the core elements of the Kindergarten Program?
This program reinforces personal responsibility and self-regulation, while the physical classroom setting follows a smaller student-to-teacher ratio capacity than normally expected. We encourage creative development through artistic exploration in a warm and supportive learning environment. In-class activities are designed to encourage independent thought, collaborative communication, development of self-discipline, and a sense of purpose and motivation fueled by the joy of multi-dimensional learning.
What Does A daily schedule look like?
Sample Daily Schedule:
6:30-8:30 – Arrival commences and Breakfast. Self-directed Activities and Collaborative Play
8:30-9:30 – Reggio Emilia Approach Table Activities
9:30-10:00 – Morning Welcome Routine. O Canada. Circle Time
10:00-11:00 – Academic Program-Language and Literacy
11:00-12:00 – Outdoor Play
12:00-12:30 – Lunch
12:30-1:30 – Academic Program – Math and Numeracy
1:30-2:30 – Outdoor Play
2:30-3:00 – Science and Technology
3:00-3:30 – Afternoon Snack
3:30-4:00 – Journal Buddies! Kindergarten Journal Program
4:00-5:00 – Creative Art
5:00-5:30 – Bookworms! Evening Reading Circle
5:30-6:30 – Departure Commences. Self-directed Activities and Collaborative Play
What is Nutrition like at Bradford Academy?
Nutrition is vital to the health and well-being of both body and mind. Our in-house chef prepares quality child-friendly and multicultural meals, providing varied nutrition while maintaining the highest safety standards. We provide all-organic vegetarian and omnivore options and operate on a seasonal, four-week, rotating menu. All our meals are nut-free and we provide special meals for children with any specific dietary needs. Check out our nutrition philosophy and a sample of our nut-free menu.
What is the Bradford Advantage?
The Bradford advantage is distilled into one key concept: we care about every aspect of your child’s growth and development. We understand that the job we do is one of vital importance, to support young people on their path to personal and academic excellence. We are proud to provide a holistic approach to childcare, one that incorporates personal growth, emotional development, proactive social skills and robust educational integration. Our staff love what we do, and that is building the best environment for your child to develop a lifelong love of learning.