Wee Creations Christian Preschool is in Woodstock, Ontario.
Wee Creations Christian Preschool strives to present a program that enhances the physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual development of your child.
We seek to balance preschool activities with encouragement in the Christian faith.
Our staff are qualified Early Childhood Educators, and we are licensed by the Ministry of Education.
The program statement for WCCP is based on the Ministry of Education’s document called “How Does Learning Happen?” and the Childcare and Early Years Act, 2014. This is a living document and will be revised annually to reflect the needs of our families and staff as we work to provide a quality preschool program in Oxford County.
Every student who participates in our program is viewed as curious, competent, capable of complex thinking and created in the image of God.
Our program upholds the following goals and approaches while keeping children, families, and educators at the centre of our philosophy…
Supporting Student, Family, and Staff
- It is our goal to provide open-ended play opportunities in our creative art centre, our block centre, our sensory area and our dramatic play centre. We will use the iPad to photograph the children’s creations/play scenarios so that we can reflect on these for future experiences.
- Staff members will be informed on current trends in child care and early childhood education through attending at least two professional development opportunities per year. As members of the College of Early Childhood Educators, staff must be involved in Continuous Professional Learning. Staff will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities offered by the Oxford Mentor Network, Oxford Early Learning Association, and other organizations.
Fostering Communication and Exploration within the Classroom and Community
- Our program will make use of community partnerships for the benefit of our students, families, and staff.
- A Child First is a valuable resource for referring families who have students with extra needs/concerns (developmental, emotional, behavioural).
- Oxford County is a helpful communication resource as well as funding source.
- St. Mary’s High School and Life Academy are sources of co-op students.
- Woodstock Christian School is a generous host for our fundraising endeavours, assisting with promotion of our program to interested families.
- Staff and parents will have open communication facilitated by in-person conversations, emails, phone calls and written communication.
- Staff will take the opportunity to speak with parents/guardians at drop off and pick up times. Communication will also take place through monthly newsletters, year-end reports, as well as our Facebook site through photos and anecdotes. Staff is also expected to use individual notebooks to write notes about student’s interests for reflection purposes.
- One of our goals is to build a child’s confidence in his/her abilities and coping strategies.
- Children will be observed and interacted with to determine where their interests lie. Adults will adapt environment and play materials to extend their interests.
- We aim to provide an hour of free choice play each day.
- We plan to incorporate more teacher documentation so that activities/materials that extend play/interests can be added. Changing the dramatic play centre and puzzles occasionally will generate new interest from students.
Ensuring Physical Health and Safety
- We endeavour to provide an environment for preschoolers (2-5 years) that is developmentally appropriate. Many hands-on activities will be offered. Children will be supervised at all times, within ratios set out in the Childcare Act 2015. Each day will include a Gross Motor activity, indoors or outdoors depending on the weather.
- Toys and equipment will be chosen to enhance preschool play skills and to promote exploration and inquiry. Any broken or damaged toys or equipment will be removed immediately.
- Our snack menu is approved by the local Board of Health. We will serve snacks that promote health and good nutrition. Students with dietary restrictions will be accommodated, possibly with alternative snacks coming from home.
- Playground inspections will be done on a per-use basis as well as monthly and annually.
- This preschool balances children’s health and safety needs with the need for indoor and outdoor play. Each day is scheduled similarly for consistency and stability.
- Each day our class will use the playground outside. We have the option to use the school gymnasium when the weather is not favourable outside. In the event that neither option is available, we will execute a gross motor activity inside the classroom.
- Our preschool will be open to feedback from parents, co-op students, and resource staff in order to meet the needs of our students and families.
- An annual Parent Survey will be put out by the Board of Directors to gauge satisfaction with program content, facilities, staff and times.
Supporting Positive and Responsive Interactions
- We aim to welcome each child as created by God, capable of complex thinking, competent, curious and rich in potential.
- Children are to be greeted by staff on arrival, with the opportunity for parent/grandparent/guardian to share any information from home that may help provide the best care for the child. Also, staff are expected to inform parents of anything notable happening at preschool.
- Children should be encouraged to solve their problems using their words, initiate interactions with their peers, and ask for help from an adult when necessary.
- This may include modelling for the child or helping initiate problem-solving the first few times. We will make clear that we do not use our bodies to hurt each other. Staff and children will work through problem-solving together, with less support as children gain confidence and capability to solve problems on their own.