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Walden Day Care Centre

History of Walden Day Care Centre

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Our world is a rapidly growing place and many changes in the traditional roles of men and women have been embraced with varied levels of enthusiasm.

Through choice and necessity, many families find that all adults in the family are in the work force both full and/or part-time.

Since our greatest natural resource is, and always will be, our children, it is imperative that we provide security in a loving and caring environment outside the home. Day care has filled this need in our society.

We feel Walden Day Care is one of the best facilities in the City of Greater Sudbury and designed with the specific needs of children 18 months to 12 years of age.

Our "doors" officially opened at 5 Westview Crescent in Lively, on July 31, 1989 after a group of interested parents and professionals worked for two years to provide evidence of a need in the community and to develop a sound business plan. The start up costs were funded through the Ministry of Community and Social Services and local fund raising endeavors.

Originally licensed for 36 spaces through the Ministry of Community and Social Services, we have grown through continuous demand, to our present 167 spaces. We currently employ 40 full-time and many part-time employees, up from the original "3" in 1989.

Philosophy of the Centre

The centre is based on a playbased philosophy where children thrive in a positive environment, which is secure and stimulating.

We provide an atmosphere that encourages the development of self-confidence, self-esteem and independence, creativity and co-operation. Through play, children learn about their world. Each child's interests in learning is stimulated and encouraged by using materials, activities, people, experiences and events.

The program promotes active learning by providing choices and accommodating individual learning stages. Progressively, Walden Day Care has been a forerunner in integration, which is the mainstreaming of children with special needs.

With the help of a Resource Consultant from Child Care Resources and Enhanced Staff, these children are incorporated into the setting to participate at his or her own pace.

It is our hope that with continued encouragement and support from our families, our facility will continue to reflect the needs and expectations of our community.

Program Goals and Objectives

The objective of our agency is to provide children with appropriate learning experiences with other children based on individual needs, interests, abilities and special challenges. As well, it provides a safe, secure, healthy, stimulating and enriching environment for children while parents pursue career or educational interests.

The educators are constantly aware that their primary goal is to give daily to each child, the individual attention and understanding that the child needs.

A general overview of the program goals directed at attending to the child's social, emotional, mental, and physical needs are as follows:

Develop Confidence -

  • by providing opportunities for learning
  • by commenting positively on accomplishments, efforts and attributes of the child

To Express Feelings and Emotions -

  • in allowing and encouraging the expression of feelings -in the receiving and giving of affection

To Develop Relationships -

  • through playing, sharing, and conversing with other children and staff -through affection

To Feel Secure -

  • through competent educator supervision -by placing necessary limits on behaviours -by being consistent, firm and fair-to ensure a "homelike atmosphere"

To Develop Self-Motivation and Independence -

  • by encouraging and recognizing efforts-by encouraging the child to do things for him/herself

To Develop Responsibility -

  • by directing the child to become responsible for his/her actions-by providing natural consequences for a child's behaviour-by having "important" tasks available for the child to help with i.e.: setting a table, tidying up centres, making beds, etc...

To Develop Creativity -

  • by supporting the child's individuality and freedom of expression (i.e.: art, music, dramatic play)-by providing positive feedback

To Develop Respect for Self and Others -

  • providing the child with limits and restrictions within his/her level of development-by ensuring an adequate child-staff ratio to allow for each child to be heard and "listened to"-by having challenging, yet self-correcting tasks available to allow for a certain degree of success

To Develop Social Skills -

  • by emphasizing sharing and taking turns-by setting rules that teach these skills

To Develop Listening Skills and the Ability to Follow -

  • through consistent verbal direction

To Develop Language -

  • through encouragement of conversation-through story books-through opportunities for the use of puppets and dramatic play-through interaction with other children and adults