Located within Hillcrest Elementary School at 40 Eastwood Street, Hamilton, ON.
Our program at Hillcrest provides child care services to children who are 18 months to 12 years of age.
Child care services are available from 7am – 6pm each day. The daily program provides children with a balance of activities that promote healthy growth and development in all domains… gross and fine motor, speech and language, cognition, self-help skills, and social and emotional development.
The starting point for curriculum in the Umbrella programs is the belief that children are curious, capable and they learn best by pursuing their own interests and goals in a carefully designed learning environment.
Educators view themselves as co-learners with children, listening carefully to children’s thoughts, providing materials and posing questions to allow children to explore, solve problems and draw conclusions. Children’s thinking and learning is recorded by educators through photographs and written observation and posted in the program for the review and consideration of both children and adults.
Staff members use the document “How does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years” as set out by the Ministry of Education, as a guide in supporting developmentally appropriate practice. This document includes expectations for programs centered on four foundations that are considered to be key ingredients for optimal learning and healthy development. These foundations are: Belonging, Well Being, Engagement and Expression. Goals for children include:
The four foundations for learning are implemented in the Umbrella Family curriculum and the Umbrella Family Vision, Mission and Core Values statements closely align with these.
Children are provided with nutritious snacks each morning (before the school bell rings and until approximately 9:00 am and after school each day. Snack menus are posted in the Parent Information Area and are also available to parents on this website.
Our on-site cook prepares a full-course mid-day meal which is served to children attending child care for the full day. School age children are required to bring a lunch from home.
Toddlers – 18 months to 2 ½ years
Early Childhood Educators working with toddlers use keen observation skills to plan and implement a program that will promote healthy growth and skill development through age appropriate play activities. Since every child has a unique set of skills and abilities, parents/guardians and child care staff members take the time to discuss the child’s daily routine (meal times, sleep and toileting patterns) prior to enrolment to ensure the child’s successful entry to the early learning environment.
Preschoolers 2 ½ to 3.8 years (3 years, 8 months)
The daily program provides children with a balance of activities that promote healthy growth and development in all domains…gross and fine motor, speech and language, cognition, self-help skills, social and emotional development…at their own pace! Developmentally appropriate activities are planned and implemented based on the observations of qualified early childhood educators/experienced staff members—in the classroom and on the playground! The interests of children guide educators in determining the wide range of resources required to extend learning, while promoting the development of new skills.
A weekly program plan is posted on the Parent Information Board.
The Child Care and Early Years Act requires that children under the age of 3.8 years (3 years, 8 months) are provided with the opportunity to rest for up to 2 hours each day.
Care for children who are attending Kindergarten and School Age Programs
|Before & After School||Child care services are available from 7:00 am until the morning school bell rings, and again at the end of the day from the time the dismissal bell rings until 6:00 pm.|
|Programs During School Breaks||Programs for Kindergarten and School Age children are offered in select schools during school break periods. (i.e. PA Days, Christmas, March Break, Summer.) If these programs are not available in your child’s school, you will be offered care in another nearby school. Children are accepted on a first come, first served basis.|