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JK/SK full day of learning

As Ontario schools move towards full-day kindergarten, you may be wondering about the advantages of all-day learning, and about the differences between public schools and private child care centres like Childventures Early Learning Academy.

Well, to start off, full-day kindergarten – whether it’s public or private – offers all kinds of benefits. When children spend more time learning, they build vital skills faster. They show better readiness for grade 1, and develop enhanced social and academic abilities that will serve them well throughout their school careers. In a recent article in Parents Canada magazine, Dr. Angela Valeo, assistant professor at Ryerson’s School of Early Childhood Education, had this to say about full-day learning:

“Studies show (children) have better outcomes educationally throughout their schooling. In addition to increasing their literacy and mathematical outcomes, they learn socialization skills. Social confidence is a big part of stress reduction in school.”

So how do you choose the right full-day kindergarten for your child? Should you go with your local public school, or is private education at a learning centre like Childventures a better bet? Public schools are local, convenient, and don’t require tuition. Private schools, on the other hand, offer better resources, enhanced curriculums, lower teacher/student ratios, smaller class sizes and other benefits. So what’s right for your family? Here’s a quick overview of questions to consider:

What are the educator to student ratios? At Childventures, we maintain a 1:10 teacher to student ratio in junior kindergarten, and 1:12 in senior kindergarten. Compare that with 1:20 (or more) in public schools. With a lower ratio, your child gets more one-on-one attention, and learning is more focused and personalized – a key benefit at an age where developmental and skill levels vary wildly, and can be very different for a child born in January and one born later in the year.

What are the facilities like? Chronically underfunded public schools often struggle to keep their facilities maintained and up-to-date. They simply have no capital to renovate, so young kindergarten students often end up having to go to a far away bathroom down the hall, learning in outdated classrooms, or playing in a substandard playground.

Private schools have more capital to build and maintain modern facilities. For example, Childventures state-of-the-art learning facility has up-to-date classrooms, speciality learning rooms and enviable playgrounds. We offer our students plenty of variety; on a given day, they may spend time in the art studio, music room, gym, computer lab and house centre. Children don’t interact with the same large group all day (which can be overwhelming for some), but learn in a small-group setting that offers better quality interaction. Plus, Childventures, like all licensed day care centres in Ontario, follow the Day Nurseries Act for daylighting, and outdoor and indoor space.

Is before and after school care available? Some public schools offer day care. But they often have long waiting lists, and require that children move to another part of the school with different caregivers, which can be stressful and disruptive for the child. Parents who are unable to get their children into an available after-school program – or whose children are at a school that doesn’t have day care – have the additional hassle of arranging outside care.

Private schools like Childventures treat before and after school care a little differently. Our facility is open from 7:00am to 6:00pm, and the “extra” hours before 9:00 and after 4:00 are staffed by the same teachers your child sees all day. Children don’t have multiple caregivers throughout the day; being with same people all day helps then establish deeper relationships with their educators, and mirrors their home environment. Teachers get to know your child as an individual, not just a face in the crowd.

Who makes sure they eat their lunch? Pre-schoolers aren’t known for their good eating skills. Many, if left unsupervised at lunch or snacktime, won’t eat at all, or will only eat certain items, leaving them hungry and without energy in the afternoon. Most public schools don’t have enough staff to supervise 20 busy preschoolers and ensure they eat their lunches, so children may not get enough “encouragement” to get the nutrition they need. At Childventures, our students are carefully supervised by their classroom teachers every day at lunch and snacktimes to make sure they eat enough to get them through the rest of the day.

How often will you talk to the teacher? In public schools, teachers are often too busy with the 20 students in their class to be able to chat with a parent at pickup of drop-off time. Of course, teachers are generally open to making appointments to discuss the child’s progress, but there isn’t that everyday “touching base” that can be so helpful when gauging how your child is doing.

 

When your child attends a learning centre like Childventures, it’s a different environment. Parents and teachers have a chance to talk every day. Smaller class sizes, more educators, and a commitment to daily contact ensure you know exactly what your little one is doing and where they need help or encouragement. You have a chance to let the teacher know if your child is tired, is going through something at home, or even has something really interesting to share with the class.

So what’s the best full-day option for your soon-to-be kindergartener? It really depends on your child and your family. Choose several schools and/or centres and visit them all with a pen and notebook in hand. Take notes, and compare them based on the criteria that are most important to you.

If you have questions about full-day kindergarten options or about Childventures, we’d love to hear from you. Comment on our blog below, or drop us a line at info@child.devsrm.com.

 

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  • Our child was enrolled with Childventures for 5 Years. We chose the CV program as it offered seamless before and after school care, no down time over the holidays when we didn’t have the time off. The safety and security of the facility was a big deal and the core knowledge and Montessori base Read more...
    Brandon L
    January 15, 2018
  • My children were enrolled at Childventures for 4 years. We chose CV’s JK/SK program over the public or other private sector because the class sizes are smaller, the strong reading program and advanced curriculum content. After completing the JK/SK program their transitions to public school wer Read more...
    Simona N
    January 8, 2018
  • My two children were enrolled at CV for 3 and 4 years. We had such a Positive experience throughout our time at CV that we didn't want it to end! When they started public school we quickly found the transition to be lacking in many ways mostly because of what we had become used to at CV. We pul Read more...
    Roxanne T
    January 4, 2018
  • My children were enrolled with Childventures from infant to completion of SK. We chose CV over the public or other private sector because of the smaller classroom sizes and focused attention on Montessori skills, reading/writing, mathematic development and organization of learning for young children Read more...
    Alana Welby-Solomon
    December 18, 2017
  • Our LO is 16 months old and is enrolled at the Oakville location. It's clear to see that he enjoys being there everyday just as much as we enjoy dropping him off. Doesn't matter who's at the desk when we first enter in the mornings, whether it's Kathryn, Chris or Matthew we are always greeted with s Read more...
    Tricia F
    December 12, 2017
  • I just wanted to write and say, two weeks into our son attending child ventures my husband and I noticed a HUGE difference in his behaviour, manners and patience. Best of all he was potty trained in a couple short weeks! We noticed what he practised at school, he brought back to our home life. Manne Read more...
    Krysta M
    November 15, 2017
  • My daughter has been with CV since the age of 1. She started out in the infant program and is now currently thriving in the JK program. At 3 1/2 years of age she is far more advanced than I could have imagined. Keep up the great work CV!! Read more...
    Audrea M
    October 24, 2017
  • I would recommend CV to all my friends because it's so great. My son started at CV When he's 11 months old. All the teachers are very caring, nice and knowledgeable. Currently my son is in the JK/SK, he's very happy to study there. Read more...
    Maggie S
    October 24, 2017
  • We are very impressed with Child Ventures Oakville. I was nervous to leave my son to go back to work but transitioning into daycare was made so much easier by the wonderful staff and teachers. We are confident we made the right choice and see so much growth already in our son the past month he has b Read more...
    Diandra
    October 16, 2017
  • The Chef provides delicious foods to eat and tries to provide something that Ashton will eat (he is very texture oriented and picky). They approach me to find out what his favourite foods are and try their best to ensure that he is getting what he needs throughout the day. Ella clearly loves her foo Read more...
    Chris A
    October 6, 2017
  • Our son is 22 months old and this is his second experience in a childcare setting. We call Ryan sunshine personified - he is a happy, smiley little guy. He is also a little guy who has had a pretty rough start to his little life. Much of his first year was spent at SickKids but he handled multiple s Read more...
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    October 6, 2017
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