Umbrella Family Programs
All Umbrella programs are inspected and licensed by the Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act (2014). The license is displayed in the program for parents to view.
In addition to meeting all licensing requirements, Umbrella staff strive to stay current and implement best practices in Early Childhood Education. Programs are evaluated twice per year using recognized and validated rating scales. All programs participate in Raising the Bar, a community program designed to ensure that program quality remains high.
Full Day Programs for Toddlers (18 months to 30 months) and Preschoolers (30 months to 44 months)
The daily program for toddlers and preschoolers provides children with the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that encourage and stimulate growth in all areas of development and includes both indoor and outdoor play. Children play outdoors for a minimum of one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon, weather permitting.
Each week, staff members plan and implement a program based on the observed interests and developmental needs of the children in their group. A weekly program plan is posted in the Parent Information Area.
Toddlers and preschoolers are provided daily with lunch, as well as a morning and afternoon snack. The weekly menu is posted in the Parent Information Area.
The children also rest after lunch, for a period not exceeding two hours, on cots provided by the program.
Extended Day Programs for Kindergarten (44 months to 68 months) and School Age (68 months to 12 years) Children
Staff in extended day programs work closely in partnership with HWDSB staff to provide a consistent experience for children and their families Before and After School.
Before School Programs
Before school programs begin at 7:00 am. Parents are required to bring their children into the school building to assure their safe arrival into the program. Children remain in the program until the morning school bell rings.
A morning snack, consisting of items one might eat for breakfast (e.g. cereal with milk, muffins, toast) is offered. The menu is posted in the Parent Information Area in each program.
A variety of activities, designed to stimulate all areas of development, and based on the observed interests of children, is provided. The weekly program plan is posted in the Parent Information Area.
After School Programs
After school programs begin as soon as school is dismissed in the afternoon. Parents are required to pick up their children by 6:00 pm.
An afternoon snack (e.g. fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, sandwiches, vegetables and dip, etc.) is offered. The menu is posted in the Parent Information Area in each centre.
A variety of activities that are of interest to school-age children (e.g. arts and crafts, games, puzzles, sport activities, music, etc.) are offered each afternoon, based on the observed interests of children. The weekly program plan is posted in the Parent Information Area.
Children participate in active outdoor activities each afternoon, so it is essential that children have appropriate clothing (e.g. running shoes, outer wear, etc.). Our outdoor session is longer than a 15-minute recess period, so depending on the weather, hats, gloves, sunscreen, etc. are a necessity!