We are very excited to welcome all children to our centre!
At Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre, admission is open to all children, 12 months to 12years, including special needs children who’s individual and family needs can be met by our program. Children are allocated in spaces in such way as to maintain our staff/child ratios and in accordance with Government Regulations. As we are licensed for children from 12 months to 12years, we reserve the right to limit the amount of time children under 16 months of age spend at the center. It is recommended that children younger than 16 months of age should not spend more than 9 hours per day at the Montessori, as we believe this can be stressful for a young child at this age to be away from his/her parents for longer durations. Furthermore, children in this age category have a staff/child ratio of 1:4, of which we must always maintain. Keeping in mind staff schedules do not exceed 9 hours per day in the center.
Our program is committed to celebrating and appreciating diversity by providing equality of opportunity for all children, families, and employees.

Our Goals
 To include and value the contributions of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity.
 To ensure inclusion is incorporated into all activities throughout our entire program.
 To provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, people with disabilities, and diverse ethnic and cultural group
 To provide a secure environment in which all children can flourish and in which all contributions are appreciated.

Our Strategies
 Our Program is open to all members of the community.
 We provide an environment that includes Practical life, Language art, Sensorial, Mathematics, Culture and Science.
 Our Classrooms are provided with Montessori materials which offers experiences in developing motor skills, independence, senses and interest.
 Our program will celebrate each child’s individuality.
 Our Staff will develop warm and respectful relationships with each child and family through informal chatting, open discussions, and collecting relevant information about each family’s unique context.

Practical Life
This is the heart of Montessori education which helps children master their everyday tasks. The activities involve real life materials which helps children to explore and understand their
environment. The practical life helps children to enhance their concentration skills, body control, independence, sense of order, coordination of movement, fine and gross motor skills.

Sensorial
The sensorial curriculum helps to provides children the structure and vocabulary they receive through their senses such as the visual, tactile, thermic, baric (nerve cells), stereognosis, Auditory, Olfactory, Gustatory (Tongue), Muscular (Nerve cells in the body)

Language Art
The language art helps children to build on knowledge they have already acquired and develop their ability to express it. The language curriculum is presented in different and engaging
activities that helps children to understand speech, vocabulary, writing skills, reading and understanding of patterns in language.

Culture and Science
Culture and Science helps children to ask question and explore their environment. Science is the part of culture which helps children to understand their world both in the Montessori classroom and outside the environment. The culture and science consist of Zoology, History, Botany, Science and Geography. All children can understand, observe and ask question of what is
going on around the within and outside of the world.

Mathematics
In Montessori early childhood program, the arrangement of the classroom, the activities prepared for the children and materials helps the children Mathematical minds. The Maths focuses on Numbers, Matching Numbers, Numerals, addition, division, multiplication and subtraction.

Music:
Music helps body and mind together. When children are exposed to music at early development helps them learn different meaning of words and sounds. Bon Accord Montessori learn meaning of
music through songs, dance and performance concert.

Outdoor Activities:
Our outdoor space consists of different Open -ended materials and loose parts that enhanced children development. All the children will have flexible time to enjoy outdoor play and nature
walk in our neighbourhood. Activities range from open ended play where children will use their imagination and enhance their gross motor, fine motor and social skills.

Sport fun:
Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre will introduce Athletic activities based on children age starting from our Bambini (infant), Bambini(Toddler) to Casa. The sport program will help the children to learn basic sport games with the help of our Volunteers from Bon Accord Community such as Obstacle course, basketball, soccer, relay games, Tag games, Eagles eye, and baseball.

Art and Drama:
Children will be involved in drama through book, story performance and puppet show which will enhance their engagement in learning, imagination, information retention and problem-solving skills.

Show and Tell
Children will be encouraged once in two weeks to bring their favourite toys for show and tell at the Montessori. As children talk about their favourite toys in front of the group, this will enhance their communication, multimodal literacy, Participation, leadership skills and self confidence.

Reading Program:
Bon Accord Montessori curriculum is built on encouraging the children on the element of reading and writing one by one in a way that is enjoyable to all children. The children in Montessori learn to read first before they can start to write. When the child as mastered the sounds associated with each letter, they will be introduced to the moveable alphabets which will allow them to easily put letters together, sounding them out to spell. Children can learn by using the sensory materials such as sand tray, sandpaper letters and visual cards.

What to bring on first day
– Indoor shoes
– Nap blanket (This will be taken home every Friday)
– Diapers, wipes and diaper cream (if applicable), please ensure they are labelled with child’s name.
– Comfort items like stuffed toys (if required and family picture).
Please do not bring toys other than a comfort items.
– Extra Clothing two sets if potty training (tops, bottoms, underwear’s and socks)
– For Winter: warm outdoor clothing as the weather starts to change (Snow pants, winter jackets, mitts, tuque and winter boots)
– For fall and summer, we will also require sunscreen (nonaerosols), bugs spray (non-aerosols) and a hat.
– Sippy cups or water bottle, to be sent home at the end of the day
– An art smock or an old paint shirt
– Medication and completed form if applicable
– The child show and tell items (labelled in a Ziplock bag) on the child show and tell day. Pleas check with your child’s educator.
– All children will be provide with a basket and a cubby in which their items will be stored. (Please label all your child’s items)

Note- The centre will not be providing food, please provide your child with food in their lunch pack for breakfast, Lunch and Snacks. Also ensure that your child’s name is written on the lunch box or bag.

Daycare Closure
We will close on all Alberta Statutory Holiday.
– New year day
– Family day
– Good Friday and Easter Monday
– Victoria Day
– Heritage Day
– Labour Day
– Truth and Reconciliation Day
– Thanksgiving Day
– Remembrance Day
– Christmas week from December 25th to January 1st!!

Hours of Operation
7am to 6pm (Mon-Fri)

Parents Events

SeptemberTerry Fox run fundraising
OctoberThanksgiving/Food bank fundraising
NovemberCommunity Helper
DecemberWinter concert
JanuaryDemonstration of Learning
FebruaryFriendship party
MarchReading Month
AprilEarth Day
MayMother’s Day/Art Gallery
JuneFather’s Day (Demonstration of learning/ Graduation
JulySport Day
AugustMulticultural Day 

Contact Information
Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre
Unit 1, 5028 50 Avenue
Bon Accord
Alberta
T0A 0K0

Phone Numbers : 780-565-0026
Email : bonaccordmontessori@gmail.com

Full Time
Infant (Under 19 months) Toddler
(19months-under 3 years)
Preschool
(3years- Kindergarten)
Remarks
Full Fee (A) 1200 1075 1015 Same as 2023
Affordability Grant (B) 883 709 626 Increased by the government to bring down parent’s portion
Subsidy (C) This has to be applied for and the amount varies with household income
Parent’s Portion (subtract affordability and subsidy from full fee) i.e.  A – (B+C) Reduction of 248, 199 and 176 for Infant, toddler and Preschool respectively
One time NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee: $100

 

Upon arrival at the center, we ask that you accompany your child into his/her room, inform the Staff of his/her arrival. This will not only ensure the safety of your child, but it is also Bon Accord Montessori Regulation. Make sure that you say goodbye and reassure him/her of your return. It is also a good idea to communicate with the Staff about how your child may be feeling (if he/she had a bad night etc.), special events that he/she may be excited about, or events that may influence the child’s well-being. If your child has not arrived by 10:00 a.m., we will assume he/she will not be attending for the day. It would be greatly appreciated if you could call the Center to let us know if your child will not be attending especially if he/she is sick. It is regulation that we monitor illness and report 2 or more cases of the same symptoms to Alberta Health Services. At the end of the day, it is important to notify the Staff when your child is leaving. Do not assume that everyone is aware that you are picking up your child up. Please inform the Staff if someone other than yourself will be picking up your child, either by a note in the communication book or by phone call. Please be advised that your child will only be released to the persons on the authorized pick-up list on the registration form. Staff will ask for picture identification if the authorized person has not been to Bon Accord Montessori before. If someone other than what is on the list will be picking up the child, the Parent/Guardian must inform the Center with a signed letter or put this person on the authorized list if it will occur again. It is the Parent/Guardian’s responsibility to ensure the child will have the proper safety restraint/car seat when the child is picked up from the Montessori.

Children will not be released to anyone that appears to be under the influence of alcohol or any form of drugs. If this should happen, alternate arrangements will be made to ensure the safety of the child, at the Parent/Guardians expense. If there is a discrepancy regarding this matter, proper authorities will be notified. Therefore, for the safety of your child, communication from the Parent/Guardian is key. Bon Accord Montessori Development Centre will not be responsible in this case should the Parent/Guardian not communicate a change in the child’s normal daily schedule.

Late Policy

Please ensure that you have made arrangements for your child to be picked up by the designated time on your registration form, your caregiver’s hours are scheduled between these times. If you are going to be later than your scheduled pick-up time, please call the Center so that we can ensure our Staff/Child ratio is always in place. The Center closes at 6:00 p.m.

We will take into consideration late pick due to rare and unusual circumstances, for example: car accident, excessive snowstorm or car trouble. However, a phone call is greatly appreciated. If your child is picked up after 6:00, a late fee of $15.00 for every 15 minutes per child will be in effect. If Parent/Guardians are late on a regular basis, the Director will ask the Parent/Guardian to assess the situation (whether another program with a later closing time would be a better solution).

 

At Bon Accord Montessori, we use staffing models such as teaching teams and floaters. Employing extra staff is important in this field and helps us to “prepare for the unknown”. We do this in effort to lessen the impact of a teacher change on children, families, coworkers, and program administrators. With this in place, staff seem to work together better by planning curriculum and managing the classrooms together and the Center seems less likely to experience the negative effects of high staff turnover. If Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre makes the decision to recruit new staff to the “team”, we use the following procedures:

  1. Choose Method of Advertisement. *Local newspaper *internet / electronic media *paid or free

  2. Compose an Ad containing the following: *Job title and brief description of position *Qualifications, both required and preferred *Status – full-time or part-time

    *Schedule – work hours and days of the week
    *Location
    *Program features that might be important to applicants teaching philosophy *Contact information – where to send resumes, how applications will be accepted
    *When and how to apply (times to call, in person submit resume *Non-discrimination policy statement – that the center is an equal opportunity employer

  3. Develop a list of Criteria / Characteristics of a Good Fit for the position.
    (Ie: When Recruiting an Applicant keep in mind Cultural Background to ensure Diversity in our Center).

  4. Begin screening and scheduling interviews.

  5. Interview questions:

    *If you were choosing a center for your child, what would you look for? *What is the most important quality you have to offer children?
    *Describe your special talents and skills.
    *What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?

    *Describe the ideal teacher for young children.
    *Why are you interested in working for this center?
    *Describe a mentor you’ve had. How did that person help you grow professionally?
    *What was your worst work experience? Why?
    *How would you respond to a mother who asks you to make sure her child never cries?
    *How would your co-workers at your last job describe you?
    *What do you like to do for relaxation?
    *When a child refuses to eat, what would you do?
    *How do you feel about changing diapers or cleaning up after a sick child? *What would you do when a child cries for his parents when they leave? What if the crying persists for weeks?
    *If a child hits you, what would you do?
    *What role does customer service play in early care and education?
    *What are the specific things you do to establish rapport with parents? *What new professional skills are you eager to learn?
    ****It is a good idea to have the applicant answer some questions in writing as some people may be more comfortable answering questions this way. It will also give you a sample of his/her writing capabilities.

  6. Check references (2 references including 1 from a former employer)

  7. Ask to see the applicant’s Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector

    Search.

    All employees and volunteers must provide a criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector search, dated not earlier than 6 months prior to the date of commencement with the program and every three years after that date. The date the Individuals unable to provide this information will not be employed until they can do so. All employees are required to produce a valid First Aid in Child Care Certificate, a copy will be kept in the Staff Member’s file.

  8. Summarize Information on each Candidate.
  9. Final decision and extending an offer.

    Formal offers should include salary, benefits, introductory period, job pre- requisites. *It will also include things the Employer will do orientation period / Training, regular evaluations, an assigned mentor etc. (The Center will take into consideration the Ethnic Background of the Applicants to ensure Cultural Diversity).

  10. Send letters to applicants who are not considered for employment. The letter will notify applicants in an ethical manner that they have not been chosen but can remain a part of the “Applicant Pool.”

 

To ensure that Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre is providing a safe environment, the following policies and steps will be implemented with the underlying principle that all children will be treated with respect and kindness. The behavior of the Montessori Staff will always be gentle and courteous with age-appropriate explanations.

Methods that will be used when guiding and redirecting behaviour:

Proactive approaches:

  • Staff will promote and encourage appropriate behaviours through a rich, interesting and stimulating program that meets the developmental needs and interests of the children in the care.

  • Staff will promote and encourage behaviour by consistency in routines. appropriate maintainin rules and 

  • Staff will promote appropriatevbehaviours by maintainingvsmooth transitions, giving advance warnings of any change in activity and dividing children into smaller groups that are manageable, less chaotic and more appropriate for young children’s developmental level.

  • Staff will communicate to children the rules and reason for the rules using positive statements, getting down to their eye level and talking to them in a calm, quiet manner about what behaviour is expected of them.

  • Staff will promote and encourage appropriate behaviour through modeling desirable behaviours and socially acceptable language. After the child is reminded of the appropriate behaviour, the child will be given time to comply with the rules and change the problem behaviour. The desirable outcome is for children to take responsibility for their own actions and behaviours and learn appropriate behaviours through practice in a safe environment.

 

Reactive Approaches

  • If the child does not change the undesirable behaviour, he/she will be redirected through alternatives/choices to another activity area.

  • Room Staff shall document any history of recurring discipline problems, arrange to have a conference with the parents and keep subsequent formal conferences in the child’s record.

  • In cases of recurring or severe misbehaviour, parents will be contacted so that we may work things out together. If the misbehaviour continues, the Director may place the child on a two-week probationary period. If the situation does not improve, or a

  • Plan cannot be implemented for improvement during the probationary period, Parents will have one week to withdraw their child from the Montessori.

These forms of punishment are not permitted at Bon Accord Montessori

• Physical or verbal punishment, physical degradation or emotional deprivation

• Under no circumstance will any child be denied /threatened to be denied any necessity

• The use of any form of physical restraint, isolation confinement, or isolation

 

Staff will respect confidentiality of families and co-workers at all times.

In cases of emergency or injury, information may be released to the proper authorities, medical staff, or in the case of suspected abuse, the appropriate child welfare authority. Information may only be released to other authorities with the written or verbal permission from the parent or guardian of a child in our care. Staff cannot release information on co-workers, children, or Parents without written consent from the individuals mentioned. Gossip will not be tolerated at the Center. We are Child Care Professionals, and we will conduct ourselves in a Professional manner.

 

While it is preferable to avoid becoming involved in an access dispute, the protection and best interest of the child(ren) will always be our priority. Access disputes between Parents or other family members may be complicated by the fact that legal custody has not yet been determined by a court or formal agreement such as a consent order.

The following guidelines will be applied when deciding when to release the child:

  • If you have any custody and access arrangements by way of consent or court order, we request a copy for your child’s records. However, it is not our responsibility to interpret, determine and enforce these orders.

  • If the child’s mother or father that is listed on the registration form comes to pick the child up, we will release the child to that parent if he/she can produce a valid picture I.D., if we haven’t been introduced to him/her. We will only release the child to individuals that are listed on the authorized pick-up list on your child’s registration form. Again, if we have not been introduced to these individuals, we will require picture I.D. before we release the child.

  • If you have sole custody and can provide a document that clearly defines the non-custodial parent’s access, we will not release the child to that parent – this has to be stated on the child’s registration form. Should the situation arise where the non-custodial parent comes to pick up the child, we will ask for a document signed by you, we prefer that you either call or speak to the Director in person first, stating that the other parent has the right to pick the child up.

    If this does not occur, we will contact the sole-custodial parent and the police if deemed necessary. In these circumstances, it is very important that the Parent/Guardians have regular communication with your child’s Teacher and the Director. Any changes to the custody arrangement must be documented in the child’s file.

    Bon Accord Montessori will not be held responsible if the child’s file has not been updated on a regular basis.

 

We will close on all Alberta Statutory Holiday

 

All staff will be notified about which children (if any) use emergency medication by information being posted in the Bambini (Infant), Bambini (Toddler) and the Casa Room. The information will also be posted in the Child’s File. If emergency medications such as Epi-pens and Benadryl are to be administered, all staff will be informed, so the child will be observed carefully for allergic reactions i.e.: hives, difficulty/inability to breath, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea, itchy eyes, nose and face, loss of consciousness. Emergency medications will be stored in child’s room, on the shelf above the sink in the “emergency medication box”. Procedures on how and when to administer the medication will be posted in the child’s file and in both playrooms in the center. Staff will check the expiration dates daily and return any medications when the authorized period has ended. The staff responsible for a child who requires health care (additional to giving medication) are trained in the proper method of administering the type of health care required by the child and this training will be documented in the child’s file and the staff’s file. Parents are required to provide information in writing (your child’s daily communication book) about when any medications/herbal remedies were given to the child prior to arriving at the Center.
Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre
EMERGENCY MEDICATION PROCEDURES If your child requires emergency medication, it is important that the following information be recorded correctly.
  1. Parents/Guardians must show the Staff the emergency medication and demonstrate how to use it correctly.
  2. A Life-Threatening Allergy Alert Form will be given to the Parent/Guardian to fill out if necessary. The entire form must be filled out and must include the Parent/Guardian signature. If the child has only a mild allergy, a signed letter from Parent/Guardian specifying the type of allergy and symptoms to watch for, the type of medication, dose of medication will be posted in the child’s room and in the child’s file.
  3. Medication must come in the original container with the child’s name on it. If it is a prescription medication it must have a prescription label with the physician’s name, the child’s name, name of medication, date of issue, dosage to be administered and expiry date.
  4. Make sure the instructions for administration/application are clear. For example: “when the child gets hives, difficulty breathing, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea, itchy eyes, nose and face, loss of consciousness.”
  5. All medication must be given to the Staff in the morning if the medication is not left at the Center, including asthma inhalers. For emergency medications it is recommended that the medication remains at the Center. Medication cannot be left in the child’s cubby or backpack.
  1. There is a locked Medication Box that is kept in the refrigerator in the kitchen and there is Emergency Medication box stored on the top shelf above the sink in the room. This is where all emergency medications are kept.
  2. Qualified Staff (Staff that have a First Aid Certificate) will then ensure the child’s medication is administered correctly. Staff will observe the child carefully for any allergic reactions that could occur. The Staff will then fill in the chart on the medication form and sign it.
  3. Medication will be returned to the child’s family when the authorized period has ended.
  4. For anaphylactic allergies, the epi-pen will be administered by a qualified staff (in the event of a child who requires an epi-pen, all staff will be trained the proper method of administration) while another calls 10. Parents/Guardians will be notified soon after. (As stated in our Health Policy and in the signed consent portion of the child’s registration form, Parents/Guardians are responsible for any expenses associated with emergency care e.g.: ambulance fees, medication, hospitalization etc. 
  5. Any serious incident will be reported to Alberta Children and Youth Services (Licensing).

 

If the center will go on a field trip, the following procedures will be discussed and followed by all Staff and Volunteers participating in the Field Trip:

1. Staff will visit the site prior to taking the children to assess:

  1. age/developmental appropriateness

  2. washroom/water availability

  3. telephone availability (cellular)

  4. security personnel on site

  5. check for any potential safety

    hazards

  6. shaded rest area g. wheelchair

    accessibility

2. Staff will choose a method of

transportation:

  1. public transportation – keeping in

    mind walking distance.

  2. walking (only within the neighborhood)

c. Golden Arrow Yellow Bus Service. Staff will enforce car safety rules

that comply with Transport Canada Guidelines Preparing to go and Things to bring.

  1. There will be an extra staff over the required ratio on all field trips.

  2. When deciding on the number of parent volunteers, the lead Teacher will consider the

    following:

  1. the ages and the needs of the

    children involved.

  2. the type of activity

  3. the environment in which the

    activity is taking place.

  4. any other relevant criteria

 

There will be a Montessori Staff leading each group and responsible for the safety and well-being of the children in each group. Parent Volunteers will not be left alone to 

 

supervise a group of children at any time. Parent Volunteers will accompany and assist staff only. Each group will have a copy of the Field Trip Policy and Procedure as a reference.

  1. Each Staff, Parent Volunteer and child attending the trip will wear either a matching t-shirt or an identification tag with the name, address, and phone number of the Center.

  2. Each child must have written parental permission before he/she can participate in the activity. The parent permission letter will include the destination, method of transportation, date, time of departure and return to the Center, supervision arrangements, requirement of appropriate clothing/ necessities

such as sunscreen, hat, snow

pants etc.

  1. Teachers will inform the children

    where they are going and what will happen, whom they will see and who they will need to listen to. Enough information will be given to help the children feel secure and comfortable but not too much to spoil the experience.

  2. Teachers will plan with the children and set up experiences in the Center that will enhance the field trip experience i.e.: begin a documentation panel, practice safety rules etc.

  3. Safety rules will be discussed with the Staff, volunteers and children e.g.: designated meeting area, children must stay with the adult and group in which they were assigned. Only if ALL Staff and adults are aware, will a child 

 

switch group. Attendance will be taken BEFORE the group leaves the Center.

  1. All adults attending the trip will be equipped with a cell phone, so if the group gets separated, adults can still communicate.

  2. All Staff will have a valid First Aid Certificate, including those staying behind at the Center.

  3. In case the groups get separated, each Staff responsible for a group will carry a backpack containing the following:

  1. emergency medication (if any required)

  2. first aid kit

  3. portable emergency information

    for both Staff and children.

  4. emergency change of clothing

  5. snacks, water, tissues (wipes),

    sunscreen

  1. Staff remaining at the center will have a copy of ALL activity information including routes travelled and estimated time of arrival/departure. The field trip site will also have a copy of this information so that if the group does not arrive, they can notify the Center.

  2. Upon arrival, Staff will:
    • take attendance again
    • visit the designated meeting

    place and review applicable

    safety rule

Staff will review the guidelines to follow if someone gets separated from the group:

  • stay put.

  • don’t go anywhere with someone

    you don’t know

  • ALL children will be accompanied by an adult when using the

    washroom. staff will take attendance regularly.

  •  

    IN THE CASE OF A LOST CHILD

    Staff will be prepared to do the following:
    • Conduct a brief search of the immediate area – then get help from the nearest employee or security officer. Check designated meeting place.

    • Give a description of the child and the clothing he/she was wearing – show the photo of the child.
    • Contact the police, parents and Day Care Licensing @ 780-307-6056 • Ensure the other children are safe and decide to remain on site or return to the Center.

    4

    15. After the activity, teachers will follow-up by:

    • listening and observing children while on the field trip – what are their questions and interests?

    • planning related activities and learning experiences.

    ——** Staff will have a backup plan in case the field trip is cancelled 

 

Bon Accord Montessori is inspected by the Fire Chief on a regular basis. To help educate and orientate Staff and children about our “emergency procedures”, we have monthly fire drills. This helps eliminate panic and teaches everyone what to do in a calm step by step manner. Fire drills are even practiced in the winter so please ensure your child has indoor footwear as everyone must go out “as is”. If, for any reason Bon Accord Montessori must be evacuated, the Staff will follow emergency evacuation procedures and then proceed to walk the children outside to the side of Bon Accord Medical Clinic. When the children are safe, Parents, Guardians, or Emergency Contact Persons will be called to pick the child(ren) up. Any emergency evacuation or

program closure due to an emergency will be reported to Alberta Children and Youth Services (Licensing). Emergency procedures for both rooms are as follows:

Director

  • –  Use the fire drill bell to alert children that an evacuation is required

  • –  Retrieve the sign in clip board located in approximately the center of the Montessori

  • –  Assist Staff with the evacuation and ensure that emergency back packs have been collected by other staff

  • –  Once safely outside, the Director is to ensure that ONE PERSON calls 9-1-1. Be prepared to provide the exact address and details of the emergency.

  • Use the sign in sheet to complete an attendance roll call to ensure that everyone has evacuated at the first muster point outside of

  • –  Keep the area around the building clear

  • –  Director will approach and be the contact with the Fire Department upon arrival

    Staff in Le Bambini (Infant), Bambini (Toddler) and Casa

  • –  Calmly and quickly gather

    the children in your room (Do not put on coats and boots)

  • –  The senior staff in each of the room areas is to retrieve the children’s portable emergency information backpack containing the contact information for the parents/ guardians.

  • –  Direct the children to the nearest safe exist, providing

reassurance (Close all doors along egress path. Report to the muster point location outside by the side of Bon Accord Medical Clinic.

– Complete the attendance roll call and report to the Director

Floater

  • –  In the event that the Director is not available during an emergency evacuation, the Floater will assume all the Director’s evacuation responsibilities

  • –  The Floater will assist all staff in the evacuation of all the children

  • –  Provided it is safe to do so, the Floater will complete a sweep of the entire area, including washrooms and storage rooms, the Floater is to close all doors along their egress path.

Power, Water or Natural Gas Failure
There may be occasions when the facility has lost its power, water and/or gas supply. At Bon Accord Montessori, our primary concern during these times is to keep the children safe and comfortable. Any disruption to the power, water or gas supply for an extended period (after 1 hour without service) could result in the need for the facility to close. In these situations:

  • The parents must be contacted to pick up their children, and,

  • If necessary, the emergency procedures plan will be initiated

    Severe Weather (Tornado)

    In the case of a Tornado watch for our area, the staff will begin calling parents to let them know of the severe weather situation

At this point the parents will be given the choice of picking the child up or having the child remain at the center. In the event the Tornado Watch becomes a Tornado Warning, staff will follow the Center’s Lock Down Procedures (move children away from windows and provide stimulating activities for the children). Staff will continue to assess the situation through information from the local radio station and the internet. Staff will ensure the children’s attendance, emergency backpack, flashlight is accessible. Parents and Emergency Response will be notified.

 

At Bon Accord Montessori, parents and/or guardians are viewed as vital to their child’s successful experience. We understand that it can be difficult for parents to take time away from work. Therefore, Bon Accord Montessori is flexible and has an open-door policy allowing parents/guardians to choose the amount of time they can spend with their child in the center. Reading a book, creating project, or simply stopping by during lunch hour can prove to be valuable time spent with your child. Parents are also encouraged to volunteer in other ways as their time and the Centre’s needs permit. Consistent with Bon Accord Montessori Philosophy that learning is a life-long process, the Centre’s mandate is not only to provide high

quality care to children, but also to provide services resources that support parents as the primary caregivers as they learn about their children. Services and resources such as

• Monthly newsletter that provides important information about events happening at the center and the surrounding community

• On-site food bank, and clothing exchange that takes donations for families in need
• Our center organizes Family Celebrations that take into consideration diversity evident within our families (ie: culture, types of family units, dietary, and religious considerations).

Celebration of Learning Event, Annual Christmas Party and Celebration of

 

Learning Event, on-site field trips that parents are welcome to participate in • We offer our families the opportunity to share contact information to encourage family interactions outside of the center.

• We conduct an Annual Community Child Care Needs Survey that provides us with a better understanding as well as important information regarding the needs of families in the broader community

With regards to recognizing differences in family cultures, Staff will consult with families about belief systems and preferred effort will be made to learn significant words and phrases in families’ home language. Teachers are available and approachable to provide parents with regular updates on their child’s needs and progress. If parents have specific

questions or concerns, meetings between teachers and parents are arranged at mutually convenient times.

Family views will be acknowledged and responded to in a timely fashion. For the development of a true partnership, communication must go both ways. Teachers listen to parents and whenever possible and follow through on their suggestions and ideas.

 

Bon Accord Montessori regularly takes pictures of the children for daily activities (use of Montessori materials), field trips, portfolios, and our web site. If you do not wish for your child to take part in these pictures (to appear anywhere or be published), please indicate this on your child’s registration form – on the Informed Consent Form and make sure your teacher is aware. All information that is provided on your child’s registration form and during your enrollment at Bon Accord Montessori will be considered confidential. Staff will, always, respect confidentiality of families.

Day Care Licensing Inspection Visits / Monitoring Bon Accord Montessori
These visits are unannounced, and a Day Care Inspection Checklist is filled out by the attending Licensing Officer. These checklists/reports are posted on our Parent Bulletin Board for anyone to browse.

 

Clothing is an important part of our everyday lives. It keeps us warm and protects us from the weather. It may seem surprising, but clothing and shoes can be dangerous for our children. Drawstrings and necklaces are extremely dangerous as children can be strangled if they get caught on items such as playground equipment, fences or in car/bus doors. To ensure the safety of all children we ask that parents check their children’s clothing to ensure their child will not have any drawstrings in their hoods or necklaces that could cause harm to their child while at Bon Accord Montessori.

Drawstrings at the bottom or waist should be no more than 8 cm in length from where the strings come out of the garment when it is fully expanded and should be free of knots or toggles. Choose clothing with alternative closures such as snaps, Velcro, or elastic. Parents please be advised that if you choose

to send your child to Day Care with necklaces/drawstrings that could potentially be dangerous for your child, Bon Accord Montessori will not be held responsible for any injury to your child caused by drawstrings or necklaces as our policy clearly states that drawstrings and necklaces are not permitted at Bon Accord Montessori.

Soft-soled shoes or slippers as well as socks are required for your child to wear indoors for health and safety purposes. Fire Drills are held monthly (even in the winter), and this requires that all children “go out as is”. Choosing appropriate footwear for your child is also very important for your child’s safety and comfort. We ask parents to keep in mind the following helpful hints:

• ensure the shoes fit properly – shoes that are too big can cause a child to have poor balance.

• shoes with Velcro fasteners are preferred as it can be difficult to keep all laces tied when children are

in a group setting. Velcro fasteners support your child’s autonomy and independence.

• make sure shoes are practical and will enable your child to be active – fancy dress shoes are not practical and can be dangerous. Please do not send dress shoes for your child to wear at Bon Accord Montessori.

Flip flops and any other sandals that do not have a back strap to secure the shoe to the child’s foot can be dangerous also. These types of shoes are not permitted at Bon Accord Montessori for indoor or outdoor use – please do not send them for your child.

An extra set of clothing is also required, Accidents can also happen – an extra set of clothes can save the day! Please remember to label all clothing items with your child’s name as we have 34 children in the Center. Especially in winter, please make sure your child has suitable outdoor clothing such as:

Snow suit (one or two piece is acceptable)

• Warm winter boots – fashion boots that do not have a winter lining are not acceptable.

• Mittens, gloves with fingers are not acceptable as they are not warm, and they are difficult to put on young children. It is recommended that mittens are attached to a string and placed inside the sleeves of the child’s jacket. This will ensure the mittens will not get lost or mixed up with another child’s belongings.

• Warm hat that covers the child’s ears.

• Neck warmer

Outdoor Play is a regular part of our program, and all children are required to participate.

 

Please make sure that all clothing is clearly labeled with your child’s initials or name!!

 

In the event of misunderstandings, personality conflicts, or specific complaints against the center staff or about the center policies, parents are encouraged to contact the Director via telephone, e-mail, or speak with the director in person to remedy such problems. Complaints may also be aired at parent’s meetings in order to discover if other parents have similar complaints and to work on positive solutions. Good communication and interpersonal relationships make problem solving much easier. Please take the time to get to know the staff and to let them get to know you.

Day Care Licensing

At any time, parents can call Alberta Children’s Services

for information or to address concerns. The phone number is (780)427-0444 and ask to speak to the intake Licensing Officer.

Staff will greet each child and discuss with the Parent any health problems or symptoms. The Parent is responsible for informing the Staff of any medications being administered at home in case of a reaction during the day (there is also a reminder on the attendance form). The Parent is also responsible for informing the Staff of any recent injury or accident that may influence their child’s behavior and/or health.

Parents are required to keep their child home if he/she is displaying any of the symptoms listed below. Therefore, it is extremely important that parents arrange a backup plan should their child become ill. This is for the protection of the other individuals on the program premises, and it is now a Day Care Licensing and Alberta Health Services Regulation.

  • Fever of 38 degrees C or higher (especially if the temperature is high or persistent).

  • Diarrhea/Vomiting

  • Undiagnosed rash/skin condition.

  • Communicable disease (other than mild respiratory tract infection) such as: Hepatitis A, Impetigo, Measles, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Pink Eye, Rubella, Scabies, Head Lice (nits), Strep Throat, Tuberculosis, Chicken Pox (children can return when they feel well enough to participate in all activities, including outdoor activities).

  • Obviously infected nasal discharge/mucus (thick and colored eg: green or brown).

  • Lethargy and irritability.

  • Persistent pain (earache).

  • Severe cough (especially if gagging or vomiting occurs).

A receiving Staff member, who notices any of the above symptoms when a child arrives, will ask the Parent or the person dropping the child off, to take the child home or to a doctor for a note confirming that the child’s health is not infectious. Please do not take your frustration out on our Staff as we are only doing our job by complying with Alberta Health Services Regulations. This is for the Health and Safety of the children and Staff at our Center. We will gladly have a Representative from AHS or Licensing contact anyone who questions our Policy or Regulations we are required to comply with.

***NOTE: If your child is not feeling well enough to attend school or participate in Montessori activities (e.g.: going outside) it is requested that your child be kept at home. Please do not ask our Staff to keep your child inside. This is not an option as we need to always adhere to Child/Staff ratio. A child’s illness can result in greater care needed than the Montessori Staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.

 

Supervised Care for Sick Children

If a child begins to display any of the symptoms listed above, at the Day Care, the Parents or Emergency Contact Person(s) listed on the registration form will be called to pick the child up. A sick child will be

removed from his/her group to relax in the quiet atmosphere of the office, with the supervision of the Director until the Parents or Emergency Contact People arrive to pick the child up. Any child that was removed from the program due to illness, will not be permitted to return until the Program Director is satisfied that the child no longer poses a health risk to other persons on the program premises. Acceptable evidence may include the child is symptom free (without medication) for at least 24 hours or the Parent has a physician’s note stating the child is not contagious. For Diarrhea and Vomiting, we ask that children with these symptoms remain at home until 48 hours after the last symptoms.

The Center will record and document any children/staff that are ill including the individual’s name, the date the individual was observed to be ill, the name of the staff member that identified the individual to be ill, the time the parent was contacted, the name of the staff person that contacted the parent, the time the child was removed from the center, and the date the child returned to the program. Any two individuals that attend the program displaying two of the same symptoms will be reported to Alberta Health Services.

Please note: Parents will have 2 hours from initial notification from the Montessori to arrange for pick up of the ill child. It is the Parent’s responsibility to arrange for a back up plan prior to any illness

Individuals Who Have Not Been Immunized

It is the parent’s choice whether to immunize their children. However, should there be an outbreak of disease, Bon Accord Montessori will not be held responsible should a child become ill with a disease that would have been prevented through immunization. Should there be an outbreak of disease, any child that has not been immunized will be absent from our program until the threat of exposure has passed.

Medical Emergencies and Accidents

Children sometimes injure themselves or get into an altercation with another child. We will take all precautions to avoid this possibility. Parents will be called if deemed necessary by the Director. If not, the person picking up the child will be informed of the occurrence. The accident/incident will be recorded in the child’s file and the parents/guardians of the child will be asked to review the record and sign it. Our program uses this information to track and analyze accidents and incidents to identify any trends or issues. If a serious accident, injury, or illness occurs, an ambulance will be called immediately. Parents or emergency contact person(s) will be informed as soon as possible. As stated in the signed consent area of the child’s registration form, Parents/guardians will be responsible for any expense associated with emergency care eg: ambulance costs etc. Any serious injury, accident, or incident (injury requiring medical attention, lost child) will be reported to Alberta Children and Youth Services (Licensing)

Hiring Protocols and Procedures

At Bon Accord Montessori, we use staffing models such as teaching teams and floaters. Employing extra staff is important in this field and helps us to “prepare for the unknown”. We do this in effort to lessen the impact of a teacher change on children, families, coworkers, and program administrators. With this in place, staff seem to work together better by planning curriculum and managing the classrooms together and the Center seems less likely to experience the negative effects of high staff turnover. If Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre makes the decision to recruit new staff to the “team”, we use the following procedures:

  1. Choose Method of Advertisement.
    • Local newspaper
    • internet / electronic media
    • paid or free
  2. Compose an Ad containing the following:
    • Job title and brief description of position
    • Qualifications, both required and preferred
    • Status – full-time or part-time
    • Schedule – work hours and days of the week
    • Location
    • Program features that might be important to applicants teaching philosophy
    • Contact information – where to send resumes, how applications will be accepted.
    • When and how to apply (times to call, in person submit resume
    • non-discrimination policy statement – that the center is an equal opportunity employer
  1. Develop a list of Criteria / Characteristics of a Good Fit for the position. (Ie: When Recruiting an Applicant keep in mind Cultural Background to ensure Diversity in our Center).
  2. Begin screening and scheduling interviews.
  3. Interview questions:
    • If you were choosing a center for your child, what would you look for? *What is the most important quality you have to offer children?
    • Describe your special talents and skills.
    • What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?
    • Describe the ideal teacher for young children.
    • Why are you interested in working for this center?
    • Describe a mentor you’ve had. How did that person help you grow professionally?
    • What was your worst work experience? Why?
    • How would you respond to a mother who asks you to make sure her child never cries?
    • How would your co-workers at your last job describe you?
    • What do you like to do for relaxation?
    • When a child refuses to eat, what would you do?
    • How do you feel about changing diapers or cleaning up after a sick child?
    • What would you do when a child cries for his parents when they leave? What if the crying persists for weeks?
    • If a child hits you, what would you do?
    • What role does customer service play in early care and education?
    • What are the specific things you do to establish rapport with parents?
    • What new professional skills are you eager to learn?
    • It is a good idea to have the applicant answer some questions in writing as some people may be more comfortable answering questions this way. It will also give you a sample of his/her writing capabilities.
  1. Check references ( 2 references including 1 from  former employer)
  2. Ask to see the applicant’s Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search.
    • All employees and volunteers must provide a criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector search, dated not earlier than 6 months prior to the date of commencement with the program and every three years after that date. All employees are required to produce a valid First Aid in Child Care Certificate, a copy will be kept in the Staff Member’s file.
  1. Summarize Information on each Candidate.
  2. Final decision and extending an offer.
    • Formal offers should include salary, benefits, introductory period, job pre-requisites.
    • It will also include things the Employer will do orientation period / Training, regular evaluations, an assigned mentor etc. (The Center will take into consideration the Ethnic Background of the Applicants to ensure Cultural Diversity).
  3.  Send letters to applicants who are not considered for employment. The letter will notify applicants in an ethical manner that they have not been chosen but can remain a part of the “Applicant Pool.”

In the event there is imminent danger to the Staff or children in the Center (whether Staff suspects threat or upon notification from local Authorities), the following procedures will be in effect:

  1. All doors will be locked.

  2. All children will be moved to the Casa Room at the middle of the Center away from the windows, where the children can be involved in quiet activities.

  3. Lights will be turned off.

  4. Authorities will be contacted – “911.”

  5. This will remain in effect until notification from Police Department

Bon Accord Montessori Staff will only administer medication that is prescribed by a doctor or medications required for allergic reactions. All staff know which children (if any) use emergency medications, where the medications are stored, and how to administer them if necessary. Prescription medications must be in the original container with a prescription label on it. The prescription label must include: the name of the physician, the patient’s name (must be the person for whom the medication is to be administered), date the medication was prescribed and the instructions for dosage. Medication will only be administered according to the labelled directions. Once it is administered, staff will record the name of the medication, time of administration, amount administered, and initials of who administered the medication. If your child requires Prescription Medication to be administered at the Montessori, a Medication Administration Form will need to be filled out and signed by the Parent/Guardian (see Medication Administration Procedures below).

Bon Accord Montessori will administer Emergency Medications that are required for allergic reaction. However, Parents/Guardians must inform the Staff of possible allergies. This information is to be recorded in the child’s registration form file. A letter from the child’s physician with information pertaining to the allergy, symptoms of allergic reaction, medication required, dose to be administered, how often to administer medication, will be required for the child’s file. The medication must be in the original container with the child’s name on it. The Parent/Guardian will also need to fill out and sign an Emergency Medication Form. Bon Accord Montessori will not, under any circumstance, administer any other medication by mouth that is not prescribed by a physician. Parents/Guardians of the child are welcome to administer the medication themselves, however, they must inform the

Staff of the medication given and the time it was given (even if this was given at home before day care) – the child’s communication book is a good place to write this information. This is a precautionary measure in case the child has a delayed reaction throughout the day. If a child requires medication such as Tylenol to treat symptoms such as fever, severe cough, or pain it is important for the Parents/Guardians to refer to the Bon Accord Montessori Health Policy and Infectious Disease Policy and Procedure. Children that have these symptoms should remain at home until they are symptom free. If a child requires Topical Cream or ointment, the Parents/Guardians must inform the staff and a Medication Administration form will be required.

Medication Administration Policy

If your child requires prescription medication to be administered at Bon Accord Montessori, it is important that the following information be recorded properly. Failure to do so will result in the medication not being administered.

  1. Parent/Guardian must inform the Staff of the type of medication, whether it is a prescription medication or Emergency Medication. If it is an emergency medication, depending on the severity, a Life-Threatening Allergy Alert Form will need to be filled out and signed by the Parent/Guardian. For mild allergies, a signed letter from the Parent/Guardian specifying the type of allergy and the symptoms to watch for, the type of medication, dose of medication will be posted in the child’s room and the child’s file. For prescription medication, a Medication Administration Form will be given to the Parent/Guardian to fill out. This form will only have to be filled out once. However, it must be filled in correctly with the child’s full name, date, date the medication is to start and to finish, name of medication, dosage to be administered, time to be administered, special instructions (e.g.: to be given with food), Parent/Guardian signature (medication will not be administered if any of this information is missing).
  1. Medication must come in the original container. The container must also have a prescription label with the child’s name on it.
    Helpful hint: if the medication will be taken by the child over a period e.g.: 10 days, it is advisable to have the pharmacist divide the medication into two containers with labels. This way the medication can remain at the Center until it is finished (sometimes it can be forgotten at the Center and then the child misses the doses to be given at home).

  2. Make sure the instructions for administration/application are clear. For example: there has to be a specific time for administering the medication (e.g.: to be taken with food, put 12:30 p.m. as that is the time the children are finished eating) and not, “when she finishes eating” or “after lunch”.

  3. All medication must be given to the Staff in the morning if the medication is not left at the Center, including asthma inhalers. Medication cannot be left in the child’s cubbies or backpack.

  4. There is a locked Medication Box that is kept in the refrigerator in the kitchen

  5. There is also medication box in each room which is out of children reach.

  6. Qualified Staff (Staff that has a First Aid Certificate) will then ensure the child’s medication is administered according to the labelled directions. The Staff will then fill in the chart on the medication form and sign it.

  7. Staff will return the medication to the family when the authorization period has ended.

  • State the ground rules. “Walking for safety”. “Hold hands.” “Stop at every street crossing.” Practice the rules with the children, “Look to the left and then to the right.” Play “red light/ green light/ yellow light” games.

  • Let children know your safety expectations: walking feet, all children must stay with the group, listen to directions, never leave the group with a stranger – someone you don’t know! etc.

  • All children must stay with the group – if a child must use the bathroom, an adult must accompany him/her

  • If you are taking a stroller, the younger or easily diverted children can be asked to hold on to the other children’s hands.

  • Let the children know before you go on a field trip that you return immediately if children act in an unsafe manner. Stay calm if it happens, but don’t back down. You can always try another day and the children will learn that you are serious about safe behavior.

  • Notify other Staff of your usual neighborhood routes and any special field trips.

  • Plan trips based on the ages of the children.

  • Plan for rests along the way. Know where the public washrooms are.

  • Take a compact first aid kit and your “Emergency/Consent cards”.

  • Carry a survival bag with spare clothes, finger food snacks and Kleenex etc.

Outdoor play experiences are considered a vital component of the environment for play. At Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre, we believe that different kinds of play experiences can happen outdoors. Children need opportunities for physical challenges such as: running, sliding, rolling, riding, climbing, jumping, and transporting etc. In addition to these physical challenges, the outdoor play environment can support more contemplative pursuits: making discoveries in the environment by digging, planting, exploring with water and sand, finding a quiet spot to sit, or maybe even reading a book. Creative opportunities exist outside also with outdoor art and construction materials. In addition, outdoor play can be beneficial in developing cognitive skills, language skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self-help skills, and emotional skills. All primary staff are required to prepare, and plan based on children’s interests. Outdoor activities will be incorporated into a program planning. Bon Accord Staff will ensure scheduled daily opportunities for outdoor play in a safe, stimulating and developmentally appropriate environment. Staff will use the important supervision procedures outlined in the Center’s Supervision Policy to ensure the safety of the children. During the winter months, it is important for Staff to keep in mind and use discretion as climbers can be slippery when boots are full of snow. Staff use the Center’s “Daily Playground Checklist” when opening the playground in the morning. This checklist ensures that playground is free of toxic plants. Except in the most inclement weather, Staff will take the children outdoors at least twice daily throughout the year. In the winter, Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre uses the following guideline provided by Alberta Health Services: if the temperature is colder than -20°C Celsius, play will remain indoors. Temperature between -15°C and -20°C, educators will use their discretion regarding the length of time outside, wind gusts, sunshine and how the children are coping. It is mandatory that all children are dressed for the weather conditions, they should dress in layers and the outer layer should be windproof and waterproof. They need to have a hat that covers the ears, mittens not gloves, and a neck warmer instead of a scarf. There will be no exception made to this aspect of the program. If your child is unable to go outside for any reason, other than cold induced asthma (please be advised we will require a treatment plan from your child ‘s physician, if this is the diagnosis) he/she should not attend the Montessori.

In the summer, children will be encouraged to play in the shady areas of the playground and during the hotter months we ask parents ensure their child has water bottles ready to go outside with them. All children are required to have a sunhat and are required to wear sunscreen also. Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre has a sunscreen program that families are welcome to be a part of if they wish. Information regarding our sunscreen program can be found in our Sunscreen Policy. Again, there will be no exception made to this aspect of the program. If your child is allergic to all sunscreen, this would not be the program choice for your child. A list of appropriate and inappropriate summer attire can be found in our Shoes and Clothing Policy. The Primary Staff Members for each age group will include Outdoor activities in their regular programming so that interesting, age-appropriate activities are planned for this area each day. The Emergency Backpack containing emergency contact information and a first aid kit will accompany any group that venture off the Child Care Premises.

The Staff working with the Young Toddler group will ensure the children will have a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate environment that supports and encourages children’s exploration and positive interactions.

➢ Sufficient play materials are provided to give children the opportunity to play together or alone, if they choose.

➢ Staff will use redirection strategies when a child is acting inappropriately (doing something not wanted by others e.g.: taking another child’s toy – Staff will show the child that there are more of the same, throwing toys – Staff will recognize that the child would like to practice throwing skills and encourage the child to throw bean bags/soft balls into the folding hoop). Staff will help the child to focus on something else to do that is appropriate to achieve his/her goal.

➢ Age-appropriate play materials and play experiences are provided to enable children to experience success and eliminate frustration.

➢ Children are given transition periods to help them change activities in a smooth nonconfrontational manner.

➢ The play environment is changed in response to the children’s interests, behaviors and needs.

➢ Children are provided with appropriate periods of time for “child initiated” play.

➢ Staff will use ongoing communication conducive to the developmental ages of the children. Continuous language communication not only reassures and directs the children, but it also promotes healthy language development.

➢ Staff will communicate with the parents at the start of the day to find out how the child is feeling (tired, onset of illness, etc.). This will give the Staff a better understanding about the child’s behavior. This can also be recorded on a “Daily Checklist” so closing Staff can relay important information to the Parents at the end of the day.

If a child is upset, the Staff firstly assures that he/she is physically comfortable (dry diaper, not hungry, properly fitted clothing). If the crankiness persists, the child is held, cradled and reassured. If a child is putting himself/herself into a dangerous situation (climbing on a high surface, throwing toys, etc.), the danger is removed, followed by an age-appropriate explanation.

The Staff will then redirect the child’s attention to a more positive age- appropriate activity. At all times, the Staff is aware that they act as positive role models to the children. Accordingly, the Staff engage in positive social behavior, respecting

the stage of the children’s development and their feelings. The Staff always ensure the children receive individual attention by using “active listening” skills and by assisting in problem solving and learning activities.

These forms of punishment are not permitted at Bon Accord Montessori

  • Physical or verbal punishment, physical degradation or emotional deprivation

  • Under no circumstance will any child be denied /threatened to be denied any necessity

  • The use of any form of physical restraint, isolation

  • An emergency evacuation

  • Unexpected program closure

  • An Intruder on the program’s premises

  • A serious illness or injury to a child that requires the program to request emergency health care and/or requires the child to remain in the hospital overnight.

  • An error in the administration of medication by program staff or volunteer resulting in a child becoming seriously injured or ill and requiring first aid or the program requesting emergency health care/or requires the child to remain in the hospital overnight.

  • The death of a child

  • An unexpected absence of a child from the program (i.e Lost child)

  • A child removed from the program by noncustodial parent or guardian.

  • An allegation of physical, sexual, emotional abuse and /or neglect of a child by a program staff member or volunteer

  • The commission by a child of an offense under an Act of Canada or Alberta

  • A child left on premises outside of the program’s operating hours.

Incident report forms can be found on Government of Alberta website:

www.humanservices.alberta.ca

Please attach a copy of the child’s enrollment form

All incident reports must be reported immediately by:

Phone 780-427-044
Monday to Friday 8.15am -4.30pm
Fax: 780-427-1622
Email’s. Reg6ccincident@gov.ab.ca
Most Critical Incident reports can be followed up with Licensing Office the following day. If you are experiencing a Critical Incident that requires
IMMEDIATE attention, please contact the Child Abuse Hot line at 1-800-387-5437 to report the incident.

We believe that rest is a very important part of the child’s daily program. We observe quiet time from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Children are encouraged to lay quietly for a “body rest” at the beginning of this time to allow other children to fall asleep. Children who are still awake after 1:30pm (or if the room is tidied up, sooner) are offered quiet activities or if weather permits, outdoor play. If your child has a special blanket or cuddly toy, you may send it for rest time. Please do not ask us to keep your child up during rest time.

At Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre, interaction refers to the ways in which Staff (adults who are in the classroom and work with the children daily, for a substantial portion of the day) relates to the children. These interactions will be expressed in a positive and warm manner through physical contact and other non- verbal communication, such as gestures, the kinds of touch Staff use when holding or meeting the children’s needs, the focus of attention, or facial expressions. Positive interactions will also be expressed through verbal communication that occurs between Staff and children. Bon Accord Montessori promotes a supportive climate in which adults and children are partners throughout the day. This is important as it carries the message of being happy, content, relaxed, patient, respectful, and interested, helping the children feel more valuable, competent, appreciated and loved. Research indicates that the way adults interact with children plays a very important role in children’s learning and development. These studies demonstrate that in classrooms where teachers are responsive, guiding, and nurturing, children take more initiative and are more likely to be actively involved and persistent in their work (High Scope Educational Research Foundation, 2011). Interaction strategies that promote active learning. Some of the most important adult-child interaction strategies practiced in Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre are listed in detail below.

❖ Adults are responsive to and involved with the children. This means that Staff pay attention to the children’s interests, activities, needs, concerns, or requests and provide them with what is needed. Children need adults to interact with them for many reasons – for example, they may need someone to help them, to share in what they are doing, or to provide affection, comfort, or information. Staff can meet the children’s needs for interaction either verbally or non-verbally using active listening skills (at the child’s level), warm gestures and affection.

Responding in a warm, supportive manner means that the Staff answers the children’s needs in a way that is satisfying to the child. Such response helps children to have good feelings about themselves – they feel safe, competent and valuable. A warm, supportive response shows that the Staff share the children’s interests, consider the children’s needs to be important, and act to meet them. For example:

  • Answering a child’s question

  • Listening to a child when she/he wants to say something

  • Comforting a child who is hurt or crying

  • Paying attention when a child shows what he/she has created

  • Showing concern and following through when a child says he/she is feeling sick

  • Ending a group activity when children are not interested

  • Intervening when children fight and cooperating with them to solve the problem

  • Providing what children need when they are tired, hungry, or need to use the toilet

  • Helping a child deal with fears, anger, or disappointment

  • Comforting a child who is upset or embarrassed

  • Giving a child physical affection when needed

❖ Adults offer children comfort and contact. Staff pay close attention for children who may need reassurance or support and are quick to offer a hand to hold, a lap to curl up in or just their calm presence nearby. Appropriate physical contact is always pleasant and not intrusive to the child. Such contact can be identified by watching the child’s response – if the contact is perceived as being positive, the child will not pull away or show a facial expression of dislike or discomfort. Some examples of warm, appropriate contact are when a teacher enthusiastically hugs or cuddles with a child, or less obvious actions such as smoothing hair, touching a hand or shoulder, sitting close enough to touch, holding hands, or gently touching while guiding or controlling a child. Such touches let children know the teacher is present and supportive. It is important for Staff to ensure that the amount of positive attention they provide is evenly divided among all children, with no one child receiving attention than another.

❖ Adults show respect for children. Staff will interact with all the children in a way that lets them know they are valuable human beings. Staff will treat children with no less politeness and concern than they would give to their own friends. Staff will also treat children as they themselves would prefer to be treated by others. For example:

  • Respond to children’s feelings in a way that shows acceptance

  • Consider children’s ideas

  • Use polite words and actions with children

  • Guide, rather than “boss” children

  • Share with the children

  • Show patience and support

  • Appreciate each child for who he/she is, without comparing to others or emphasizing the negative. It is very important that Staff model respect for the children by treating all people, both adults and children, as if they were good friends. They are polite and acceptant, solve disagreements without anger, do not discriminate or show prejudice in any way, and always try to give attention and consideration to the point of view of others.

❖ Adults will respond sympathetically to children. Staff will pay attention to and validate a child’s feelings, even if the child is showing emotions that are often considered unacceptable, such as anger or whining. Often, when a child’s feelings are validated through a sympathetic response by Staff, the problem a child is having is vastly reduced, and the problem can be solved more easily than if the staff responded with anger or impatience. A negative response by Staff only lets the child know that he/she is not understood and that no one cares.

  • Adults participate in children’s play. Staff will look for natural openings in children’s play and then join the child or children at their physical level. Once near a child who is playing, adults often imitate what the child is doing. This shows the child that his/her activities are valued and supported by the adult. At children’s invitation, adults often play as partners with children. Adults may suggest new ideas to challenge children within an ongoing play situation, but in so doing adults continue to follow children’s cues and stay within the play theme the children have chosen.

  • Adults converse as partners with children. Staff will look for opportunities for open-ended conversations with children about the activities children are engaged in. Open- ended questions asked sparingly and responsively, out of genuine interest for what the children are doing, give children the opportunity to take the lead in these conversations. It is important to make comments that allow the conversation to continue without pressuring the child for a response. Avoid quizzing on facts or concepts and avoid making judgmental comments. Make only objective, specific comments that encourage children to expand their descriptive language and think about what they are doing.

  • Adults encourage children’s problem solving. Whenever possible, Staff encourages problem solving skills by demonstrating active listening, asking questions and offering choices, if needed. Problem solving strategies help to reduce conflicts and help to develop self-control and a sense of responsibility and recognition of the needs of other children.

Because the skin of young children is very vulnerable to the sun’s rays, we need to work together as a team to protect them from harmful burns. In fact, most skin damage takes place before the age of 18. Then sun damage caused to the skin during childhood is cumulative and irreversible. Furthermore, one person out of seven is likely to develop skin cancer during his/her life. The main cause is overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays (Mission UV Educational Program).

Bon Accord Montessori has chosen to use Ombrelle, the #1 recommended sun protection brand by Canadian Dermatologists and Pharmacists – Mission UV Educational Program. To cover the expense and to eliminate having 27 different brands (the staff would have to wash their hands after each application), we ask that each child contributes $21.00 towards our “sunscreen fund”. Parents will then be asked to fill out and sign the permission letter below if you would like to participate. All sunscreens will be applied at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. We also ask that each child bring a sun hat to protect them from heatstroke also.

Bon Accord Montessori has purchased sun hats for each child also as sometimes hats are forgotten at home. The hats will be labeled with each child’s name; however, these hats must stay at the daycare in your child’s bin. This will be included in the sunscreen fee.

It is our parents’ choice whether they would like to participate in this Sunscreen Policy. However, they must ensure that their child(ren) have some form sunscreen protection while participating in outdoor activities at Bon Accord Montessori. Bon Accord Montessori will not be held responsible if the sunscreen provided by parents is not effective. It is the parent’s responsibility to be knowledgeable and research the product they are providing for their child(ren). Protection from mosquitoes is also very important. However, because the peak time for exposure is “dawn and dusk”, we choose not to apply mosquito repellent as overexposure can be very harmful to children. Only if a child has a severe allergy and we have written consent from the parent, will we apply repellent.

As we provide care to different age groups, we ask that you do not allow your child to bring toys or small trinkets (coins) from home due to potential choking hazards, health and liability issues. Some cuddly toys are allowed for rest period or quiet time.

Transition from Lunch Time to Nap Time

 
To help make this time go more smoothly, it is important for ALL staff to communicate with each other and use a team effort. To make this fair and to not have to designate specific roles, staff can rotate daily, but need to communicate which task he/she will be doing (diapering/ bathroom procedures or story time and supervision of quiet activities in the room). Do what you can to streamline these tasks. One caregiver can leave the lunch table early to put out the mats and then be able to start diapering / bathroom procedures with the children who have finished eating and are ready. The other caregiver can have story time with the other children.
 

Diapering and Toileting Before Nap Time

Every child should use the toilet or have on a dry diaper at the beginning of nap time. It is important to remember that assembly line diapering and toileting is not appropriate.

Following these procedures will ensure a smooth transition:

  1. Start early -One group always begins lunch earlier. One staff can start the diapering / toileting as soon as the first child is ready to leave the table.
  2. Supervise well -One staff person can provide story time and is responsible for the supervision. The other staff person is responsible for the supervision in the bathroom, for diapering, helping with clothing, hand/face washing etc.
  3. Give waiting children something to do. A small basket of books could be available for the children who have left the table, don’t feel like having story time and are waiting to be diapered.
  4. Return to the room. The children who have finished in the bathroom can return to their room and have story time with the other staff or get settled on his/her cot. Make sure you announce who you are returning to the room and taking out to the bathroom.
  5. Tuck in. Once everyone is on his/her mat, you might give each child a special “tuck in” with a tickle/rhyme before going to sleep!
  6. Put on some soft lullaby music. This will help calm the children and help them drift off to sleep.
  7. Remember that, even when all the children are asleep, the room needs constant supervision.
 

(a) This policy is meant to ensure that people’s privacy and confidentiality of information about the Center, children, parents/guardians/caregivers and staff is upheld. Everyone involved with the Center must adhere to this policy. Failure to do so can result in consequences and disciplinary action.

(b) Cell phone/Communication Devices: are not permitted while working on the floor or outside during work hours with the children, all communication devices must be kept in staff cupboards/purses etc. * all personal calls can be made or taken through the Bon Accord Montessori phones. IF: for safety purposes, it is necessary for staff to take a personal cell phone during outings with children, it must be used only for emergency contact with the Center or the children’s parents/guardians/caregivers.

(c) IF IT IS NECESSARY, and with the parent’s /guardian’s/caregiver’s permission, for a staff person to use electronic devices to photograph or video tape children, Centre iPad must be used.

(d) Staff, children and all others using the Center’s computers and electronic devices must respect and protect privacy of others and must respect and protect the integrity of all electronic resources. All intellectual property (ideas, creations and copyrights) of others must be respected and protected. All communication must be in a respectful manner and the use, or discovery of the use of any threatening or inappropriate material, must be reported. **Information about staff, children, parents/guardians/ caregivers and the Center (including photos or videos) must not be posted on the staff’s personal web space, any social networking site (e.g.; blogs, Facebook, myspace, twitter) any public networking or file sharing site (e.g photo bucket, flicker, you tube) or any other type of internet website. ***Staff must not accept children as “friends” or “buddies” when using social networking sites such as Facebook or MSN

(e) Authorized employees of the facility have the right to monitor the use of information technology resources and to examine, use and disclose any data found. They may use this information in disciplinary actions, and release to the police if it is criminal in nature

At Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre, we welcome volunteers and work experience students who are interested in coming into the Center. Volunteers are unpaid and have chosen to participate in our program as an extension of their training. Therefore, these individuals will not be included in child/staff ratios and will not be left alone to have sole responsibility of the supervision of the children within our program. Their main purpose is to shadow Child Care Staff and interact with the children. Police Information Checks including Vulnerable Sector Search and references will be required before a volunteer will be able to assist with the program. All work experience students will undergo an interview before joining our program for the designated time required to fulfill their course.

Dear Parents,


We are happy to have you as a new member of our community. Our primary goal is to offer your child a safe and healthy environment designed to promote positive child development outcomes. We are here to support you in the joyous task of raising your child and hope to be partners in this effort. Please feel free to ask questions daily about your child’s activities and moods. Sharing your child’s home life, culture, and traditions will similarly better equip us to understand him or her. The Parents Handbook contains information on the program philosophy, goals and objectives, an overview of the curriculum for children, and statements of center policies and procedures. Please take a few minuets to look over this information.

Our Staff
Our Early Childhood Educators come with a wide background of education and experience from certification in Early Childhood Education and Montessori teacher training. Our staff goes through a rigorous screening process that includes demonstrating their values and skills, providing police security clearance checks, and vulnerable sector search that is renewed every three years, with a valid CPR first aid certification. Once selected, new staff participates in orientation and training on Bon Accord Montessori policies and procedures, Ministry of Education regulations, and Bon Accord Montessori curriculum.
Classroom curriculums are designed around thematic concepts by our staff each month, while simultaneously providing students the freedom and flexibility to make learning choices based on their needs and interests. Our staff uses their knowledge and training to ensure that each individual child is provided the appropriate learning environment where they can not only engage with new concepts daily but as well learn to build healthy social connections with others around them and strengthen their own sense of identity and confidence. Most importantly, our teachers make sure to continuously practice the Bon Accord Montessori standards of child safety and protection with all students in the classroom.

Our Families, Our Partners
At Bon Accord Montessori, we understand that the most important people in a child’s life are their family. Bon Accord Montessori educators play a supporting role when parents go to work or school. Involving and consulting with staff and informing family members about the Bon Accord Montessori program helps children feel a greater sense of belonging. We are committed to creating and sustaining an environment of equality that represents our diverse population free from discrimination and harassment. We are committed to connecting, partnering, and engaging parents to provide the best possible care for each child. In situations where issues and concerns arise, Bon Accord staff, educators, and supervisors, together with the family, will work as a team to reach a resolution in a timely, confidential manner in keeping with Bon Accord Montessori values based on Montessori Pedagogy (respect, responsibility and caring, for oneself, each other, and the environment).

Licensing At Our Daycare
Every childcare centre in Alberta including ours are regulated by the Provincial Licensing Standards. Centers are required to meet the mandatory regulations as stated in the Alberta Child Care Licensing ACT and are regularly visited by a Licensing Officer to ensure they are in compliance. Reports from these visits are posted in our centre and are available for parents to view. Any recommendations from these reports are used as an opportunity to improve the center.

Program Philosophy
Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre is built upon a child-focused philosophy, one in which the child learns best through hands-on exploration and a prepared environment that provides for the child all materials necessary to learn the skills and concepts they need to grow within their developmental stage of life. Our teachers work together with children to nurture this learning potential through activities, group experiences, play, and much more.
The curriculum for ages 3-6 incorporates both the Montessori method as well as learning through play to introduce children to key academic and social concepts for their developmental stages. Learning in these classrooms happens at the child’s pace, guided by teachers who set goals and expectations for them based on observations done during the school day. Children are exposed to a wide range of skills, concepts, and ideas in the Montessori classroom, from learning how to dress themselves and clean up after themselves, to learning numeracy and word-building with hands-on Montessori materials. With the combination of Montessori and Learn Through Play approaches, our goal for all students is to guide them in learning to become independent, caring, and adaptive learners, armed with the social and academic skills that will allow them to succeed in all environments they move into after leaving our school.

Daily Routine Daily Routine for Bambini Infants (Ages 12 months – 19months)
7:00 Center opens, Free play activities available.
8:30 Snack time: Children can enjoy a light morning snack that has been provided by their parents.
9:00 Diapers and toilet training begins.
9:15 Circle time activities – stories and music.
9:30 Classroom activities. For example, art, science, dramatic play, blocks, puzzles, music
10:00 Gross Motor activities in the room or outdoor playground, group games
11:00 Diapers Changes
11:15- 12:00 Lunch break. Lunch provided by parents.
12:00- 12:15 Prepare for naptime, and diaper changes Check.
12:30 Naptime begins.
2:30 Naptime ends, Diaper change and toilet training.
2:45 Afternoon snack provided by parents.
3:15 Diaper changing.
3:30: Outdoor walk or acreage or park play activities.
4:00: Teacher led activities or free play in the classroom.
5:30 Room closes.

Daily Routine for Bambini Toddler Group (Ages 19 months – 36months)
7:00 Center opens, Free play activities available.
8:30 Snack time: Children can enjoy a light morning snack that has been provided by their parents.
9:00 Diapers and toilet training begins.
9:15 Montessori Morning Circle Time; Large Group Learning Activities (Ex. Calendar, Songs, Stories, Meditation)
9:30 Open Activity Time; Montessori working period, Teacher planned thematic activities, and outdoor activities interspersed.
11:00-11:15 Diapers and Toilet training
11:15 Preparation for lunch (Washroom, washing hands, taking lunch bags)
11:30 -12:15 Lunch break. (Lunch provided by parents)
12:15 Storytime / Quiet music time in preparation for rest period
12:30 Resting Period / Naptime
2:30 Rest period ends.
2:45 Washroom breaks, Diaper and Toilet Training
3:00 Afternoon snack time begins (provided by parents)
3:30 Thematic activities planned and prepared for by teachers (Based on Montessori activities and/or curriculum theme of the month
3:45 Yoga / Large motor activities in the classroom/Outdoor
4:30: Free play in the classroom
6:00 Centre closes

Daily Routine for Preschool/Kindergarten/Out of School Care School Days **(4years to 12years)
** 7:00 Center opens, Free play activities available
8:30 Snack time: Children can enjoy a light morning snack that has been provided by their parents.
9:00: Morning Meeting: Discussion of activities for the day
9:10: Morning Lessons: Academic activities (Writing practice, math activities, cultural lessons) with support of Montessori materials.
9:30 Open Activity Time; Montessori working period, Teacher planned thematic activities.
10:00-11:00 Planned Outdoor Activities
11:15 Preparation for lunch (Washroom, washing hands, taking lunch bags)
11:30 -12:15 Lunch break. (Lunch provided by parents)
12:15 Storytime / Quiet music time in preparation for rest period
12:30 Resting Period / Naptime
2:30 Rest period ends.
2:45 Afternoon snack time begins (provided by parents)
3:30 Thematic activities planned and prepared for by teachers (Based on Montessori activities and/or curriculum theme of the month
4:00 Yoga / Large motor activities in the classroom/Outdoor
5:00: Free play in the classroom
6:00 Centre closes

Registration and fees: Fees for childcare services are due on the first of each month before 5:45 p.m. Payments accepted include post-dated cheques and money order draft. $45 NSF fees will apply on returned cheques (NSF), as well as additional late fees. For new students, a non-refundable registration fee of $100 must be paid. Please contact the daycare for current tuition rates.

Supplies for School
Your child will need the following supplies listed below:
● Change of clothing to keep at centre (Extra pants, T-Shirt, Underwear, Socks)
● Blanket and bed sheet for naptime
● Indoor shoes (Please avoid black soles as they leave marks)
● Lunch and snacks provided by parents, as well as a water bottle

ALL OF YOUR CHILD’S PERSONAL ITEMS MUST BE LABELLED
The center cannot be responsible for tears or stains on clothing that occur in normal play on any given day, so please make sure that you choose daycare appropriate clothing. The centre is also not responsible for the loss of any clothing or materials that are not labelled by the family.


Diapering Policy
Parents are to provide diapers for their infants and toddlers. Extra clothing should be provided in case of accidents. Please label any jars of ointment, powder, Vaseline or creams that you provide. Potty training is only successful if this practice is encouraged and followed at home.


Child Drop Off and Pick Up Policy
Parents should ensure that they bring their child into the classroom when dropping off. Children should be dropped off and picked up by persons who are identified as the designated persons on the registration forms who are 18 years of age or older. We will not release children to minors.

Absences or Delays We hold strongly to the belief that children must follow regular routines and a consistent schedule in order to provide them a sense of security and stability when adjusting to school life at our centre. Our daily program begins at 9 a.m. For that reason, we will not accept arrivals at the centre past 10.00 a.m. Exceptions will be made for doctor appointments or family emergencies, provided teachers are given notice in advance. Please understand that our late arrival policy is held in place for the benefit of the child. When children arrive on time to the centre, they are given the time to engage in our academic programs, our group lessons, as well as our large motor activities, preparing them later for the quiet and relaxing period we have after lunch. When children arrive late, it is more difficult for them to engage properly in our lunch and rest period. Late arrival students often require the 1-1 support and attention of a teacher. Rest period is the time when teachers are given the chance to have lunch and prepare for afternoon activities, making it difficult to provide proper support to students who do not want to engage in the rest period. In order to facilitate the healthiest and most supportive environment for your child, then, we ask that you adhere to our 10:00am cut-off of daily drop-off time. No drop-offs are allowed between 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. as this will disturb children who are resting.

Incident or Accident Reporting Young children are active and curious – so it is not uncommon for them to experience cuts, scrapes, and bruises while playing. All staff have valid certification in Standard First Aid CPR and have been trained in emergency procedures.
● Any time your child has an accident, staff will record the details on the Bon Accord Montessori Incident/Accident Form. This incident report will outline the injury which occurred, describe any first aid administered, and describe how the injury occurred. The Teacher will ask you to review the details in the report and ask for you to sign it to file for our records.
● We ask that parents also inform teachers of any injuries that happened at home, so that teachers can continue to keep a close eye on the child for any further symptoms.
● In case of serious injury requiring medical attention, parents will be notified immediately by phone. If the parent is not available, the emergency contact will be called. An incident report will be filed, and the emergency medical services notified.

Parents/Guardians are responsible for any expenses associated with emergency care.
Illness
The public health unit sets out and monitors a comprehensive cleaning and sanitation routine and personal health practices including frequent hand washing for staff to follow. These routine practices are designed to minimize the spread of illness. you can help by preventing the spread of illness by keeping your child home from the program anytime they have symptoms. If your child shows any of the following symptoms at home, we ask that you keep your child at home until symptoms have resolved themselves: ● Cough / Runny Nose ● Fever or chills ● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing ● Headache ● Sore throat. ● Diarrhea

If your child displays any of these symptoms, we will call the parents and have the child picked up for further observation. Please understand this is done to help protect the safety of all students at our centre.

The Alberta Child Care Licensing ACT states that children displaying symptoms of illness must be removed from the program to prevent the illness from spreading to other children. Symptoms of illness listed in the Child Care ACT include:
● Vomiting more than twice in the last 24 hours.
● Temperature above 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit)
● Difficulty or rapid breathing
● Sore throat, especially if accompanied by a fever
● Undiagnosed skin rash
● Persistent scratching of body or head
● Eyes are red or yellow, bowel movement is gray or white, or urine is dark or tea colored.
● A severe cough
If your child experiences any of the signs and symptoms of communicable illness listed above while at the childcare program, a teacher will contact you or one of your designated authorized pick-ups.

Medication Policy Anytime your child has medication that must be administered during their time at the centre, you MUST fill in a Medication Administration Authorization Form providing us with all the information about the medication. This form requires you to fill out detailed instructions on dosage, exact times of administration, and a signature providing permission for our schoolteachers to give your child medication. Teachers will keep the medication in a locked box in the refrigerator or in Medication box which is available in all the rooms. Do not leave the medication in the lunch kits for the safety of your child and other children.
We can only administer medication to children if these strict guidelines are followed.
Please remember the following important notes regarding medication:

○ Medications must be provided in the original containers according to health and safety standards as stated in the Child Care ACT.
○ The name of the child to whom medications are to be administered must be on the bottle. Medications cannot be shared among siblings.
○ The medication dosage should be visible on the bottle which includes the number of times per day to be administered and instructions on how long the medication should be administered. The dosage written on the form must correspond with the dosage stated on the medication bottle.
We are not permitted to administer OTC medications (ex. Advil, Tylenol) unless prescribed by the Doctor with the child’s name, dosage, time and expiry noted on the label of the medication.

Health Information records -The center is required to keep up-to-date records of children’s immunizations and contact information. Please send us all pertinent information that may have changed since the time of registration for our records.

Nutrition Parents are to provide nutritious meals for lunch and snacks. The type of food that your child finds in his or her lunch box will determine the energy that he or she has for participating in activities. When selecting foods for snacks and lunches, please consider those that are low in fat, sodium, and sugar. Yogurt, cheese, crackers, carrots, granola bars, and fresh fruit make good snack choices. We have microwaves and toaster ovens to heat up lunches. The containers should be BPA-free and microwave safe and labeled with your child’s name. Please include a cold pack for dairy items packed in the lunch kit. The way children are fed is dependent on their age and level of development. Children are encouraged to practice holding a spoon or cup when they are developmentally ready to do so. Children are also encouraged to remain seated when eating or drinking. To avoid choking hazards babies must remain in a seated position when consuming food and drinks.

Life-Threatening Allergies Bon Accord Montessori strives to protect the children in our care who have life-threatening allergies by reducing as much as possible exposure to their known allergens. We are peanut free centre and families are advised to inform if there are any updates or changes to health history. Any parent or guardian of the child with a life-threatening condition is responsible for providing Bon Accord Montessori with detailed information about their child’s known allergens, signs, symptoms of an allergic response, and the steps to take in an emergency prior to their child starting care. Please provide a labeled, up to date EpiPen to be kept on site.

Supervision Policy Staff will be required to always keep children within their sight. This means that staff do not allow themselves to become distracted and that the children are their focus. Use of devices such as cell phones is prohibited when staff is in ratio. Staff will use the Tablet to take pictures and videos of children during engaged activities which will be posted later for parents to view on Timesaver.

Child Discipline Policy Discipline is a method to teach children better management techniques for them to communicate more effectively with each other and with adults, and to develop self-control. At Bon Accord Montessori, we believe strongly in positive discipline as opposed to punishment. As such, negative behaviors in children will be addressed as teaching opportunities geared toward providing positive direction which involves teaching children to take an active role in choosing to redirect their energy and in communicating their emotions appropriately.

Acceptable forms of discipline will include, but may not be limited to:
– Redirection
– Expression of feelings
– Communication (educators will speak to children in calm voices, and maintain respectful body posturing that is not intimidating, acknowledge children’s feelings)

Emergency Response In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, we practice monthly fire drills with the children and staff, so they know how to respond to personal injuries, medical emergencies, building emergencies (power failure, flood, damage), inclement weather, threats from criminal activity (lockdown).
An evacuation route for each room will be posted on the wall inside the room where it can easily be seen. The emergency evacuation plan is also posted in the front foyer for parents.
Depending on the nature of the emergency, the staff and children may have to relocate to an evacuation site until you can pick up your child. The mustard point during emergency is beside Bon Accord Medical Clinic. In the event that your child is involved in an emergency evacuation, we will contact you or the emergency contacts you have identified in your child’s registration form.

Child Safety and Security
We have installed security camera in all rooms and exterior of our centre. Parents should be aware of this while taking decision on enrolling their children at our facility. Doors will constantly be locked, and doorbell must be used if you want to enter the facility.
Door Fobs may be provided for Parents, and these must be returned to the centre if service is terminated. Refusal to return the fob will attract a $200 charge. Please note that the Fob remains the property of Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre.

Smoke-Free Smoking or handling a drug, cigarette, or tobacco on the premises of our property is strictly prohibited, including all indoor and outdoor areas, including playgrounds, and surrounding area within the 10metres or on off-site activities where childcare activities are being offered. Please do not throw your cigarette butts on our property.

Weather During extreme weather conditions, advisories, or alerts (tornado, wind, fog, cold temps etc), Bon Accord Montessori will follow the guidelines of the local health department. Our priority is to keep children safe from serious adverse effects (such as frostbite or sunburn). We will adjust the amount of time spent outdoors or provide alternative indoor gross motor activities.

Extreme Weather In Case of extreme weather warnings the center will be closed if the local schools are closing.

Late Pick Early childhood educators are counting on you to be on time to pick up your child at the end of the day so that they can meet their personal and family obligations. We do understand that weather and traffic accidents happen; however, we appreciate you calling the office to let us know that you will be late and are planning for an alternate adult to pick up your child. Childcare services may be withdrawn by Bon Accord Montessori for parents/guardians who frequently pick up their child late after closing hours. Late charges will be applied as $1 per minute. Please make the payment to the staff who must wait with your child. Parents will be asked to sign on a late registry book/form as well.

Program Closures Bon Accord Montessori will be closed during all statutory and civic holidays and Christmas break during the year. When a statutory or civic holiday falls on the weekend the center will be closed on the following business day in lieu of the holiday. Fee payment does not change to reflect the holiday closure.

Refunds
Refunds for childcare fees will not be processed for absences, missed days, sick days, vacations or inclement weather closures.

Withdrawal Notification
Should you choose to withdraw your child from Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre you will be required to submit a one-month (30 day) notice to our office on the first of the month. If you have not provided notification 30 days ahead of time, full payment of the month’s tuition is required.

Withdrawal of Child Care Services
Bon Accord Montessori strives to meet the individual needs of all children and families enrolled in our program; however, situations arise where it may be necessary for Bon Accord Montessori to withdraw childcare services for a child and their family. 

We do not take these decisions lightly and we take responsibility to ensure a thorough assessment of the child’s needs, community support available, and Bon Accord Montessori ability to support the child have been undertaken before withdrawing services. Examples leading to the withdrawal of services include.
-Nonpayment of program fees
– Frequent late pick-ups past closing time
-Parent/guardian or children who exhibit violent or harassing behavior towards staff, volunteers, or other children or families.
– Community resources for children with special needs are unavailable or have been exhausted
– Refusal by parent/guardian to meet with Bon Accord Montessori or consent to the use of support services for children.

Cell Phones, Electronic Games, iPads, Toys, and Other Information
Cell phones, electronic gadgets, toys from home are not allowed and are required to be stored away in cubbies or the office. Potential issues such as privacy of information are breached when children take photos or videos of each other and share them with others which can end up on social media with undesirable consequences. For this reason, we strongly discourage cell phones at our facility. Teachers need to supervise children and cannot look for lost toys while in ratio.

Communication
i)Email and Phone
You can contact us directly on the main telephone numbers 780 565 0026. We regularly check our voicemail and will respond as soon as we can. Voicemail is also convenient for leaving us after-hour messages. All regular correspondence from Bon Accord Montessori will be sent via Time Saver App or newsletters.
Conflict resolution We believe that open communication and supportive relationships between home and school are imperative for the full development of the child. However, things don’t always go perfectly to everyone’s satisfaction. Occasionally there might be issues, misunderstandings, conflicts, or communication confusion between parents and the school. If you have questions or concerns that you want to address, please start by contacting your child’s classroom lead teacher. You may schedule a meeting if you wish. If you are not comfortable with the outcome of that meeting, you are encouraged to contact the Director.

Child Custody Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre is dedicated to the total development of each child. We believe that all children need a loving, supportive family. When a family separates, it is especially difficult for the children. Their loyalties are torn as they love and need both parents. The school will not limit a parent’s access to his/her child unless there is a court order on file in the child’s records at the school limiting or specifying conditions for a parent’s access.

Birthday Celebrations (The Birthday Walk Around the Sun)
Each child is honored in a special celebration called “The Birthday Walk,” an international Montessori tradition. Parents share in this important occasion by helping their child select photographs from each year of their life, by helping him/her prepare a written history of milestones reached, and fun times had during each year. These milestones are shared as the child walks around the “sun” once for each year celebrated.

Registration Process and Checklist

The registration form must be returned at least 3 days before the start date to ensure the Staff can create the Emergency Contact File as well as become familiar with the child’s background information and interests. Please be aware that your child is not registered until we receive the completed registration form, non-refundable registration fee ($100) and tuition. It is the Parent/Guardian’s responsibility to ensure the entire registration process is complete before the start date. The registration form asks for important information about your child, it is the Parent/Guardian’s responsibility to notify the Center of any change with respect to addresses, emergency contact information, phone numbers, family status, allergies or medical problems. If we do not have a space available, we can put your child on our “wait list” and we will contact you when there is a space that will be available within a 30 day start period.

Registration Process Checklist

Fully completed Registration Form and take note of the following sections that are commonly overlooked.
• At least one emergency contact with current contact number and address.
• All parts of the of the Health Care Information section is filled (Health Care Number, Allergies or Medical Conditions, Ongoing Daily Medication, etc.)
• Initialed all parts of the Informed Consent section.

*REMINDER… ALL DAY CARE FEES ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE THE 1ST DAY OF THE MONTH. A $30.00 LATE FEE WILL BE CHARGED IF FEES ARE NOT RECEIVED BY THE 8TH DAY OF THE MONTH.

A one month written notice is required if you wish to withdraw your child from our Program. Failure to do so will result in the Parent/Guardian to be responsible for the payment of that month’s day care fee whether the child attends or not. This is stated in the Registration Form and forms part of our agreement.
At Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre, we reserve the right to refuse care of your child. If, for any reason, the Director deems necessary (eg: late fees, our program not meeting your child’s needs, Parents showing disrespectful behavior to Center Staff etc.) it is quite possible you will receive termination notice.

Payment of Fees Policy

At Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre, we respect the fact that our Families are very busy. However, all Day Care Fees and Parent Portion Fees are due on or before the first day of every month. We accept e-transfers to brightlilies18@gmail.com  or cheques made payable to: Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre. Postdated cheques are also accepted and recommended. Fees remain in effect regardless of absences due to illness, unexpected program closure or family vacation. There is a $45.00 fee for any NSF cheques written to Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre. Notices of late payment will go out on the 5th day of each month and there is a penalty of $30.00 for fees paid after the 8th day of the month. A termination notice will be served to Parents that do not acknowledge payment of their Montessori fees. Please be advised that Termination Notice may also be issued after 3 consecutive late fee payments.

We understand that there may be special circumstances, on occasion, in which Parents/Guardians may not be able to make a payment on time. Please come and talk to the Director so that we can work out a solution together. Do not assume that late payment is acceptable without communication to center administration, this could result in losing your childcare service immediately.

Any third party payments for childcare services (Alberta Supports) must be paid directly to Bon Accord Montessori Child Development Centre from the agency providing the funding. As with all Day Care Fees, this payment must be received on or before the first day of each month. If payment is not received, childcare services will stop immediately, your child will be put back on the bottom our wait list and the next family on the list will take your space.

*Regarding Childcare subsidy, please direct your application and questions to Alberta Government at www.child.alberta.ca/childcaresubsidy

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