Child Care Programs

At Guiding Stars we plan activities on a weekly basis to meet our children’s individual interests and needs.

Guiding Stars provides care for children aged 0-5. We have an Infant program for ages 0-18 months, a Toddler program for ages 18 months-30 months, and a Preschool program for ages 2.5-5 years.

Below are the rates for our full time child care programs.

Child Care Rates

Classroom Full Time Monthly Full Time Daily Rate
Infant 1430 $66
Toddler 1213.33 $56
Preschool 1105 $51

For more information about the Full Time rates and Part Time rates, contact us today or download our Parent Handbook.

Understanding Our Curriculum

Guiding Stars uses two main documents to help us in implementing our play based environment and programming. Those documents are How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for Early Years (Queen’s Printer for Ontario, 2014) and Early Learning For Every Child Today, A Framework for Ontario early childhood settings (ELECT) (best start expert panel on early learning, January 2007).

How Does Learning Happen? Is a professional learning guide that focuses on the relationship aspect of learning. Relationships, not just with the educator, but with family, community and environment. Every child should feel that they belong, are a valuable contributor, and have every opportunity to succeed. The document focuses on four major areas in relationship building, they are belonging, well-being, engagement, and expression.

ELECT is a document that charts age appropriate development in five different domains for children in early years. These domains list several skills that are learned and refined through play. The areas of focus are physical (large and fine motor), cognitive, emotional, language, and social.

Both of these documents promote play as their core learning tool. Play propels learning and development. When a child feels comfortable, and happy they can become engaged in play activities. Play then facilitates learning by creating pathways, making that experience an enjoyable one rather than a chore. These documents also allow us to focus on following the child’s lead by observing their play in order to promote their interests, extending engagement in the play to extend the learning.

More information can be read by downloading the Parent Handbook.