Charitable Reg. Number:
11884 8456 RR0001
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The Youville Centre Child Development Program provides an early childhood learning environment that addresses the social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical needs of each child. This program provides the best possible start in the lives of our infants and toddlers. Early identification and intervention are program goals that guide our practice and enable us to provide a rich program aimed at assisting our children to meet their developmental milestones and “be ready” to start school with their age-mates.
Our childcare program serves 40 infants (ages 2 – 18 months) and 15 toddlers (ages 18 – 30 months). Clarissa is our Child Development Program Coordinator; Krista, Kelsea, Ashley, Christina and Myia are the LEAD teachers who also assist the Program Coordinator. We employ 15 full-time ECE’s, Program Assistants, kitchen, cleaning and clerical personnel who help deliver a quality childcare program.
Continuous professional development allows our staff to remain current with best practices in areas such as workplace health and safety; childcare safety and security; confidentiality; documentation; risk factors for parents and their children and parenting strategies. Our program has committed to participating in Module Training through Children’s Integration Support Services “Intervention Before Reacting: A positive Integrated Approach to Behaviours in the Child Care Environment”. The Child Development Program has engaged in the first module training for Physical Space.
The Child Development Program has adopted Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT), a framework for Ontario Early Childhood settings. The primary purpose for implementing this framework is for our ECE’s “to use the information to plan curriculum that is meaningful for individual children as well as the group of children”. Our staff appreciates the importance of using differentiated planning/instruction to meet the needs of all of our children.
The Child Development Program will be participating in “The Growing Healthy Screening for Success” initiative which is a community response in the City of Ottawa supported by United Way, using the Nipissing District Development Screening Tool (NDDS). The objective of this 4 year pilot project is to screen, detect, and refer children who are in our program and who have developmental delays to appropriate interventions in order to mitigate the impact of delays and to give the children the best chance to succeed in school.
Our Centre continues to be a placement site for students in ECE programs attending Algonquin, La Cité and Heritage Colleges. We are grateful to community partners who continue to assist us and support our young families: Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, CHEO, Children’s Integrated Support Services, Ottawa Public Health Department through Healthy Babies, Healthy Children, First Words Clinics and Dental Screening programs. Our Childcare services are stronger because of these effective partnership