A non-profit's goal is to use all the money received in fees within the program. There is not an individual that is profiting off of money received over the course of the year. Parent fees are used to pay wages, plan special events, provide material, pay for the facilities, etc. Fundraising is extremely important at GCCS to continue supporting extracurricular activities and the many materials that we provide.
We are fully accredited!
Accreditation is going above and beyond the base regulatory requirements and continuously evaluating the program to ensure we are providing quality care for the children and families. The process involves goal setting, monitoring and reaching standards from the association for the accreditation of early learning and care services.
for more information visit: https://www.aelcs.ca/Pages/default.aspx
12 - 19 Months - $1213.00/month
19 Months - Kindergarten - $1163.00/month
Kindergarten/100 Voices - 1050.00/month
Out of school care - 595.00/month
**part time also available
Fees include: breakfast, all snacks, lunch (daycare and Kinders only), field trips, special guests, materials used, sunscreen, wipes, bug spray, muddy buddies (daycare only), all programming
Yes, we accept subsidy.
Please see more information and if you qualify at https://www.alberta.ca/child-care-subsidy.aspx
families are responsible for the application and renewal of subsidy and are responsible for fees that are not covered by child care subsidy.
We follow Alberta's early learning and care framework, "Flight". Our program is child-led and based off our observations of the children. Their actions and ideas are reflected back into the environment, materials, and activities within the centre. Our image of the child dictates the way we run our programming and set up our environments and routine.
For more information on the flight framework please visit: https://flightframework.ca/
The children at GCCS are outside for three hours a day weather permitting. In nice weather outside time is not limited to only three hours as long as the same indoor programming is reflected outside. We are outside in all weather conditions and families must provide clothing to prepare the children for this. We provide Muddy Buddies.
We will keep children inside if:
There is poor air quality that will affect the children
The UV is too high
There is thunder or lightning
The temperature with the windchill is under -15 for the infants and -18 for the rest of the centre.
Children nap in all rooms under 4 years of age.
Cots and sheets are provided by the centre and blankets provided by the families are washed weekly at the centre.
Children generally sleep well in the classrooms. We usually see shorter naps until children adjust to sleeping in a new environment.
Children who do not sleep or do not fall asleep are given activities to do on their beds or at a table.
Our cook creates a menu on a 6 week rotation and changes it twice a year. She closely follows Canada's food guide and has included more plant based proteins into her cooking to reflect the changes in the food guide. Different cultural food is throughout the menu and are loved by the children!
Breakfast 8:00 am
Morning snack 9:00am
Freeplay and outside time
Nap 12:30 (Older rooms - free play)
3:00 Afternoon Snack
4:00 Outside time
** Bathrooming/diapering is completed throughout the day based on the room
All educators have a child development certificate (assistant, worker, or supervisor) and we encourage professional development and further education. Majority of our educators are Child Development Supervisors. All educators have child care first aid and CPR, criminal record checks and child intervention checks.
For more information on certification: https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/5837df5e-0abd-4a77-ae21-466b38a786ec/resource/f7dbcda2-0755-4aa1-bbf0-13fabbfd4d51/download/child-care-staff-certification-guide-2018.pdf
Families are communicated with daily in face-to-face conversations and interactions.
Emails and phone calls are also used.
A main way of communicating to families is through a communication app called Hi-Mama. We are able to send messages, provide pictures throughout the day and send a summary of their day at the end of the day that includes feeding, diapering, and activities.
Children are required to be potty trained before entering the sunshine room (3 years - 4 years). Exceptions do occur for medical and developmental reasons.
Educators are fully capable and supportive of potty training within the chick (1 - 2 years) and sharks (2 - 3 years). We do not force children to sit on the potty, but naturally choose to as they watch their peers. Educators work with families to potty train and follow the lead of the parents. Being consistent and following routines help the educators and families potty train.
Yes. We have a play or pay policy. Parents either provide us with a cheque of the required amount or volunteer. Families on the daycare side are required to do 6 volunteer hours and the OSC are required to do 3. This is per family, not by the amount of children.
We are open 7:00 - 5:45. We ask that children are dropped off by 10 AM. Exclusions apply for children that attend community learning opportunities (100 voices or Glenora Preschool).
Stay tuned for an updated list of family events.
We provide free transitional visits into the program. We always encourage families to spend time within the classroom with their child to allow the child to have a trusting relationship present while building new relationships with the children, educators, and space. The transitional visits usually start with a parent attending and for a short period of time during a free play period. The time spent within the program grows as the child does more visits.
We do a walking program to St. Vincent and Glenora Public School. We currently have busing from Grandin and Holy Cross. Parents are responsible for arranging buses every school year. Parents are also responsible for researching to see if other schools will bus to the OSC location prior to enrolling.
Our OSC is located in Faith Community Church. The church allows us to lease a beautiful large space within the Glenora community. The address is 10405 142 street. Please make an appointment prior to entering the space.
Our kindergarten children play outside daily in the afternoon anywhere, but not limited to 2PM - 4PM.
Our walking program plays at their school playgrounds after school before returning to the OSC site.
On Thursday, for early dismissal the program goes outside after all children return from school and will have outside time at one of the community parks.
OSC outdoor location is always posted on the outside doors of the church.