Core Values

Formalized Child Guidance Policy


The Agency has every provider and parent sign a document that states how providers are to treat children.


I also am always reading any information I can get my hands on for information on child guidance. A provider in Sherwood Park clued me in on an excellent website that I have found very helpful.


It is


It is such a helpful site! Thank you Sharon!!  Great dialogue and stories and activities for toddlers too!  It has Parent Training Modules on Teaching Your Child to Identify and Express Emotions, Teaching Your Child About Feelings, Responding to Your Child’s Bite, and so much more!!


I will discuss with each parent their child’s needs and strategies on an on going basis such as how to handle temper tantrums, how to help their child when they are missing mommy, what we do when bonks happen etc.


Planned Curriculum


I do spend time each weekend planning my week’s menu and activities. I find having a theme each week helps make things more interesting for me as well as the children.


It is very important to understand that the plan is not set in stone. If during the week I notice that one child is very interested in Gorilla’s for instance I will ensure that I add books/ stories / field trips in the next week’s activities. If during the day I say lets do a craft and I planned to make snow storm pictures but one child wants to make had wreaths, I give her the materials needed to make had wreaths. I set up the plan but allow the children to lead us to where they want to go. Certain things are non-negotiable such as washing hands before eating and after going to the washroom or holding on to the stroller as we walk to the park. I always offer choices to the children as they need to feel the empowerment of making their own decisions. I do have profiled colouring sheets that I offer the children; I allow them how they want to use them.


I also find that young children need to be exposed to new ideas from my planned activities in order that I find out what they are interested in and then I can add it to the next week’s plan.






I have a journal that goes home at the end of the day with the preschool aged children.


The intention of the journal is to assist in the coordination of care of the child between my day home and their home. It helps parents be informed on what and how much the child ate what their bathroom routine was and when they napped.


This is intended of course for preschoolers who can not communicate this information to their parent. It also highlights an activity that the child really enjoyed during the day.


It is a positive way to communicate goals met and strategies that were worked on and any other information that needs to be communicated for the benefit of the child.  


I always email the week’s plan to my parents by Sunday evening so that they are aware of the planned activities and meals.


I try to stick to the meal plan but if I run out of a particular food or a child sees the bananas on the counter and would like one, I exchange the food group accordingly. It is always in addition to or an equal exchange of quality of food and appropriate food group.


Parents are encouraged to call me in the evenings to discuss any concerns or ideas as I find pick up times very much harried and not perhaps appropriate to discuss with children listening. I find emails can be misinterpreted so I appreciate phone calls to discuss any concerns.


Field Trips


I try to plan one field trip per week as this benefits the child’s development INS so many ways. According to the Children's Health Education Center, field trips give children a welcome break in routine. Kids can look forward to and prepare for the field trip, spend the morning in a different environment. Learning in assorted ways can appeal to varied learning styles, helping children to succeed whether they are visual, auditory or kinetic learners.


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We generally leave my home at 10 am and return around noon or shortly after. I take Calgary city transit and enjoy going to the Calgary Zoo, Calgary Science Centre and Downtown Library. We usually have our snack and lunch during this trip. Parents will sign a field trip form for each outing. Sometimes we meet other providers and their children which add to the whole experience.


It is understood that all outings are to be for the benefit of the children and NOT for my convenience. I will also:


1.     review all safety rules with the child/children prior to the trip,

2.     prepare the children as to where they will be going, what will happen there, who they will see and to whom they need to listen to,

3.     ensure the children are secure in the vehicle according to Alberta Highway Traffic Act,

4.     respect individual parent wishes.



Screen Time


In my day home I have decided to incorporate a policy of not having any DVD or TV time. For ages 4 and under it is extremely easy as we are so busy with the day to day activities, meals, snacks and naps that there isn’t any opportunity for TV time. I find having library books scattered around for their amusement works great especially during meal preparation and clean up and our bathroom break routine.


For the older children I have made sure I have age appropriate interesting books on hand and quiet activities that they are able to do independently and this helps amuse them for quiet time. Quiet time is usually after lunch for about an hour and a half.


MyPyramid has tips on limiting media time - “How Much Inactive Time Is Too Much” at


The AAP provides a description of the TV program­ming rating scale and tips for parents/guardians at


Our TV that is in the room where children are present only plays music from channel 411 which is children’s music or Christmas music. We don’t watch any television during the 7:30 am until 5:30 pm hours of operation. I do allow, with parent’s permission, television watching with school aged children but this typically occurs after our dinner.


I have age-appropriate books available for each child in my care. I have found this website really helpful "Reach Out and Read" at for more information.




Physical Activity


Physical activity and movement are an essential part of the development, learning and growth of young children.


Therefore, I promote children’s active play every day. We run, climb, dance, skip and jump! I plan daily active play outdoors and games that promote movement and continuous opportunities to develop and practice age-appropriate gross motor and movement skills.


I have both Toddlers (twelve months to three years) and preschoolers (three to six years) in my care so I am able to be outdoors from 11 am until noon and 3:30 to 4:30 pm most days.


I like to take the children to my neighbourhood’s parks as the equipment is superb for gross motor skills. The parks are very close to my home and are an enjoyable walk. This outing usually takes place from 11 am until noon as the day is warm and the younger children have had their naps and in the afternoon we head out to my large back yard to play.


These outdoor times are curtailed somewhat during winter conditions but then I increase the time of indoor activity in my large play room in my basement so that the total amount of exercise remains the same. The goal is Toddlers should be allowed 60 to 90 minutes and Preschoolers should be allowed 90 to 120 minutes per an eight hour day.


It is very important that parents supply their children with appropriate clothing for outdoor play. Examples of appropriate clothing/footwear include:

1) Gym shoes or sturdy gym-shoe-equivalent;

2) Clothes for the weather, including heavy coat, hat, and mittens in the winter/snow; raincoat and/or boots for the rain; and layered clothes for climates in which the temperature can vary dramatically on a daily basis;


Examples of inappropriate clothing/footwear include:

1) Footwear that can come off while running or that provide insufficient support for climbing

2) Clothing that can catch on playground equipment (e.g. with drawstrings or loops).


If children wear “dress clothes” or special outfits that cannot be easily laundered, I encourage parents to save them for home use.  My goal is in providing physical activity during the day and I encourage you the parent to provide a set of clothes that can be used during these physical activities and are ok to get messy.


The other huge benefit to daily outdoor play is of course the light exposure of the skin to sunlight promotes the production of vitamin D that growing children require.