ABOUT US

First Friends Preschool and Daycare is a family run facility that bases instructions on strong values and principles of family and friendships.

We strive to offer peace of mind for parents/guardians knowing that they are leaving their children in capable hands as they go about their daily lives.
In accordance with the Ministry of Education, Early Leaning Division and the Child Care and Early Years Act 2014,

First Friends Preschool and Daycare promotes, encourages, and believes that:

"All children are competent, capable, curious and rich in Potential"


OUR COMMITTMENT 

We are committed to providing quality child care and education in an environment that encourages the development of independence, social skills, self-confidence and responsibility while building upon the children's individual interests.We believe that early childhood education should be a time of discovery.

"Our goal is to engage children in experiences that stimulate their senses, mind and emotional well-being, while having fun and making their very own first friends."                 


LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

First Friends Preschool and Daycare promotes the health, safety, nutrition and well-being of every child enrolled in the program. The Health and Welfare of all children is
imperative,  That's why we follow the policies and procedures set out by First Friends Preschool and Daycare for each and every child, including our Sick Child Policy and Medication Policy. The safety of the children is of the utmost importance and is upheld by our Drop Off/Pick Up Policy, Accidents (major or minor) Policy and our Emergency Preparedness Policy.
First Friends supports each child's well-being through our Transition Policy, Belongings Policy and Toilet Training Policy.
"Well-Being is about children being confident, happy and healthy individuals."


NUTRITION

First Friends Preschool and Daycare believes that proper nutrition is important to a child's development,  We ensure all children are provided with a complete and a well balanced menu with no limitations on the number of portions each child requests. First Friends Preschool and Daycare follows Health Canada's "Canadian Food Guide,"  and the Ontario Dietitians of Public Health - Paint your Plate program. All meals are prepared on-site by our cook.
First Friends Preschool and Daycare is a Peanut/Nut Free Facility.

CENTRED APPROACH

First Friends Preschool and Daycare builds on the 4 foundations that ensure children learn, grow and explore the environment provided to them
How Does Learning Happen? The Four Foundations are:


First Friends Preschool and Daycare supports and encourages positive and responsive interactions including:
Child:Child
Child:Adult
Child:Environment
Adult:Adult
"These opportunities allow the children to interact with each other and communicate in a positive, meaningful way."

INCLUSION

"Diversity and inclusion of everyone, is an essential cornerstone of our community."
First Friends Preschool and Daycare supports  the full inclusion of children who have additional support needs of a physical, social or emotional nature.
We support families working with such agencies as, Erin Oak Kids, Kerry's Place Autism Services, Pirs and Brampton Caledon Community Living.

RAISING THE BAR

Raising the Bar is a quality initiative designed to enhance quality care in child care and early years programs. The presence of a Raising the Bar certificate and window cling is a sign that the program is committed to maintaining provincial regulatory standards as well as local community standards.

In cooperation with Affiliated Services for Children and Youth (ASCY), (copyright owner of RTB Peel's Adaptation for Raising the Bar). It is based on:
Lifelong Leaning
Reflective Educators
Mentorship
Leadership
Collaborative Inquiry

Raising the Bar engages programs and educators in ongoing reflection and critical thinking to enhance quality in their environments through positive relationships.It provides a platform to increase a program's capacity to enrich their practices. 


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