Crèche Childcare Centre: Program

Programming & schedules

Below you can find the daily programming & scheduling at Crèche Childcare Centre.

Daily schedules

Infants (under 18 months)

Time and location Experience
/ Activity
Skills enhanced
7:00 a.m.
Daycare / morning
drop-off in indoor
activity room
(all children)

Free play for all children

Social Interaction

Group Interaction

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Indoor activity room
for infants and toddlers

Free play
Soft climber and slide
Push toys
Building blocks
Paper and crayons

Gross Motor Skills

Active Play



Social & Group Interaction

Fine Motor Skills

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Infant room
Preparing for morning snack
Washing hands and faces
Changing diapers (if needed)

Introducing Self-Help Skills

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Infant room

Morning Snack

Please See Our Menu Posted On The Bulletin Board

Menu Is Rotated On A Weekly Basis

Social Interaction

Self-Help Skills

Fine Motor Skills

Language Development

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Diaper Change

Indoor Activity Room

Depending On Weather

Extreme Wind-chill Warning Raining,Smog Advisory

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Infant room

Sensory Activities
Shaving cream
Water play
Play dough/bubbles/soap
Shredded Paper

Art Activities
Painting with different types of brushes
Gluing feather, tissue paper, cotton balls, on paper
Colouring with crayons/markers
Chalk/Chalk board

Tactile Exploration

Auditory Discrimination


Visual Discrimination

Group Interaction

Social Development

Fine Motor Skills

Eye Hand Coordination


Social and Emotional

Experimental play

10 - 11 a.m.

Outdoor play / playground/ Stroller Walks For Younger Infants

Sand Box: Scoops/shovels/trucks/
Musical Instruments on large blankets
Exploring in the Tree-House
Climber/Slide (For Older Infants)

Gross Motor Skills


Social and Emotional


Language Development

11 - 11:30 a.m.
Infant room

Prepare For Lunch
Washing hands and faces
Changing diapers if needed

Introducing Self-Help Skills

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Infant room

“Come On Everyone, Its Circle Time”

Story books
Felt board

Thursday’s French Circle With Amal

Music and Rhythm

Language Development

Cognitive Development

Group Interaction

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Infant room

Lunch Time

Please See Our Menu Posted On The Bulletin Board

Menu Is Rotated On A Weekly Basis

Social Development

Self-Help Skills

Fine Motor Skills

Language Development

12 - 12:30 p.m.

Changing Diapers/Getting Ready For Sleep Time

Reading/Looking at picture books

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Depending on length
of each child's nap


For the babies that had a morning nap, they will have a nap later in the afternoon

2:30 - 3 p.m.
Infant room

Quiet Activities

Reading/Looking at picture books
Soft blocks
Crayons and paper
Gross Motor in the indoor activity room

Some children will be waking up from their naps

Prepare For Afternoon Snack

Washing Hands and faces
Changing Diapers

Afternoon Snack

Please See Our Menu Posted On The Bulletin Board

Menu Is Rotated On A Weekly Basis


Social Development

Gross Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills


Introducing Self-Help Skills

Fine Motor Skills

Social Interaction

Self-Help Skills

Language Development

3 - 4 p.m.
Infant room

Free play

Dramatic play
Crawling in the tunnel
Pop-up toys
Barn yard and animals
Shape sorters

Gross Motor Skills

Eye-Hand Coordination

Cause And Effect

Auditory Exploration


Social Development

4 - 5 p.m.
Outdoor play

Outdoor play
Infant/Toddler Playground

Push toys
Story books on blanket
Musical toys on blanket
Sand Box
Climber and slide (Only For Older Infants)

Cognitive Development

Gross Motor Skills



5 - 6 p.m.
Infant room

Indoor playtime
Depending on Weather

Musical toys
Shape Sorters
Soft blocks

Quiet Time

Social Play

Fine Motor Skills


6 p.m.
Infant room:
evening pick-up

Daycare Closed. Have a great night!

Cuddly Toddlers (18 - 30 months)

Time Experience /

7 a.m.
Indoor active playroom

Free play

Gross motor activities

Climber & slide
Ball & bikes, tunnels
Push toys

Fine motor activities

Puzzles, lego,magna doodle, lacing/sorting

Arts & Crafts
Crayons, paper,chalk and chalk board

Active play

Balancing coordination

Group cooperation

Eye-hand coordination

Fine motor skills


Self expression

8:30 a.m.
Cuddly toddler room

Free play

Carpet toys and shelf
toys/animals farm

Dramatic play, small cars and
trucks with garages, little people and doll house

Arts and Crafts
Scheduled craft OFFERED DAILY

Crayons and paper
Easel painting
Chalk/ chalk board
Scissors and paper
Painting - small/large brushes

Social interactions
Group interactions
Turn taking skills
Language development

Problem solving skills
Group interaction
Social and emotional development

9:00 a.m. AM Snack
See posted menu

Language development

Self help skills

Turn taking

9:30 a.m.

Arts and crafts continued, fine motor and sensory activity

Offered daily

Puzzles, lego, self-help boards,
blocks, shape sorters

Scheduled fine moral activity


Scheduled activity on program

Offered Daily

Play dough, sand, water

Eye hand coordination

Problem solving skills

Social development

Turn taking

Language development

Social /individual development

10 a.m.

Outdoor play / enrichment programs in small groups

Library day

Intergenerational program
French program

Outdoor play
Climber, sandbox and sand toys
Push toys, large cars
Musical instruments

Cognitive development

Appreciation for books

Concentration skills

Appreciation for our elders

Socialization community development

Language development

Large and gross motor

Fine motor

Social and emotional development

11 a.m.


Finger plays, puppets felt board stories, special scheduled activity
as per program

Social skills

Language development

Group cooperation

Cognitive development

11:30 a.m. Lunch time
See lunch menu

Social skills

Turn taking

Trying new things

12 p.m.

Books, sleep toys as children settle

Sleep time environment
setup in room

Light turned out

Soft music and night light kept on

Self control

Emotional development


12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Children that are awake are given books and quiet activities or go to indoor active play room

Quiet time

Respect for individual needs

Self help skills

2:30 p.m. Snack time 
See posted menu


Self help

Turn taking

3 p.m.

Free play:

Including dramatic play, fine motor

Manipulative toys, legos, magnets, buts and bolts, shape sorters are placed on tables

Fine motor skills


Self expression

4 p.m.
Outdoor play

Water play in the summer
Sand play
Cars and trucks
Chalk drawing
Push toys
Musical instrument on blanket

Social development

Gross motor


Language development

Cognitive development

5:30 p.m.
Indoor play (weather depending)

Shelf toys

Quiet activities such as books
and manipulative toys

Individual play

Quiet time

Fine motor skills


6 p.m. Home time

Jolly Toddlers (18 - 30 months)

Time Experience / Activity Skills enhanced
7 - 8 a.m. Free play in the indoor active room
(large gross motor room)

Social skills and peer interactions are integrated in group games and activities.

For example, building with blocks in a small group, or using the climber together
— both promote sharing and taking turns.

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Programmed creative &
cognitive exploration
Colouring with crayons, chalk,
markers, pastels, etc.

Sorting toys
Sorting in colours, shapes, etc.

Ex. stacking cups/rings, multicoloured shapes,
puzzles and pegboards

Creative activities promote self-expression and imagination.

Cognitive activities enhance the child's problem-solving skills.

The child learns through "trial & error" experiences

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Morning snack
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Group time
Reading books
Singing songs
Using finger puppets, felt pieces
Finger plays or new games to promote
learning of colours, shapes, letters, etc.
Group circles and games enhance the child's language, social,emotional and
intellectual development.
9:30 a.m. Washroom routine (diapering and toilet training) Children will learn independence through toilet-training, self-help skills, ex. hand washing
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Dress up for outdoor play Self-help skills & independence
promoted through learning to
dress on their own (putting
on their hat, boots, learning
to do the zipper on their coats)
9:45 - 11 a.m. Outdoor play in the playground / bike area Gross motor activities are implemented 
Kicking a ball
Pushing a shopping cart
Riding a tricycle / stroller
Using a big car
Digging in the sandbox
11 - 11:30 a.m. Group time / washing hands Learning new songs or poems.

Friday is show & tell (child brings in item from home to share with friends). This enhances language
& social skills.
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lunch time Independence & self-help skills are encouraged (feeding and drinking from cup)
12 - 12:30 p.m. Washroom / toileting
12:30 - 2 p.m. Naptime Toddlers sleep on a cot and teachers assist them
2:30 - 3 p.m. Sensory and fine motor activities

Children learn through exploration. Sensory consists of:

Fine motor:
Stringing buttons / beads
Using tongs to pick up pom-poms

... These activities promote
pouring, scooping, rolling,
pincer grasp (picking up
with finger/thumb)

3 p.m. Afternoon snack
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Dressing time & apply sunscreen
3:45 - 5:30 p.m. Outdoor play

Physical games
Follow the leader 
Using hula hoops (rolling or jumping in hoops)
Drawing with chalk on the ground
Water painting 

5:30 p.m. Washroom routine
6 p.m. Crèche closes

Junior Preschool

Time Experience
/ Activity
Skills enhanced
7-7:30 a.m.

Free play in the Indoor Active Room
(large gross motor room)

A variety of activities are offered
that provide social interaction,
co-operation and turn-taking skills –
i.e. using the climber to improve
gross motor skills, using the climber
to build a train, encouraging
imagination and pretend play, or playing with small lego blocks to build on fine motor skills

7:30 -
8:45 a.m.

Free play in the Jr. Preschool Room
with different activities set up on
the tables – ex. water colour painting,  gluing activities, water play, playdough, pasta play, stringing beads, zipping, lacing, and buttoning boards, magnet puzzles, bingo games, shape boxes, etc.

These fine motor activities promote hand-eye coordination.

Sensory activities help with tactile exploration. Creative activities increase imagination
and creative thinking. Finally, cognitive activities enhance problem solving skills.

8:45 -
9:15 a.m.

Morning snack, washing hands.

Independence and self-help skills are encouraged through actions like serving themselves, scraping food into the garbage, and putting dishes in the sink.

9:15 -
9:30 a.m.

Clean up and washroom routing (pull-ups and toilet training)

Children are encouraged to use toilets and sinks for hand-washing

9:30 -
10:30 a.m.

Outdoor play for group 1 – dress up in the locker area.

Programming learning activities for group 2 (circle time).

Provides opportunities for group discussions about different holidays, families, foods, etc.

Includes an introduction to alphabet, numbers, colours and shapes. Also involves show and tell every Wednesday.

Self-help skills and independence are promoted through learning how to flip (putting their jackets, shoes, hats, etc. on)

Circle time promotes language skills, turn taking, social interaction and helps build self-esteem.

10:30 -
11:30 a.m.

Outdoor play for group 2.

Programming learning activities for group 1.

11:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.

Handwashing, lunch time, and washroom routine

Independence and self-help skills are encouraged (serving food, scraping food, placing dishes in the sink, etc.)

12:30 -
2:30 p.m.
Rest time

Preschoolers sleep on cots while teachers help them go to sleep by rubbing their backs. Soft music and quiet activities are provided for children who do not nap (ex. books, colouring, etc.).

2:30 -
3 p.m.

Hand-washing and afternoon snack.

3 -
3:45 p.m.

Activities such as music and movement stories, felt board, puppets, reading our favorite books (letting children finish familiar sentences), telling stories, music instruments and singing songs.

These activities promote self-expression, enhance language skills, teaches rhythm and improves memory recall.

3:45 -
4 p.m.

Dressing up in locker area.

4 -
5:30 p.m.

Outdoor play (balls, hula hoops, scheduled activities for outside, follow the teacher, “Simon Says,” cars and garage, balance beam, etc.)

Outdoor play gives opportunities to practice balancing skills and coordination, and lets the children participate in group games that teaches them co-operation and teamwork.

6 p.m. Closing

Senior Preschool

Time Experience
/ Activity
7 a.m. Daycare open, children in large playroom
7 - 8:15 a.m. Children move to preschool room
8:15 - 8:25 a.m. Washroom
8:25 - 9 a.m. Sr. Preschool room - free play and snacks
9 a.m. Clean up time Children are asked to clean up the toys they are playing with and put them back on the shelves
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Pre-Academics (Group A) 

Learning Circle (Group B)
View details below. 
9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Learning Circle (Group A)

Pre-Academics (Group B)
View details below.
10:10 - 11:10 a.m. Outside - Group A Washroom routine - dressing at cubbies – going outside
10:20 - 11:20 a.m. Outside - Group B Washroom routine - dressing at cubbies – going outside
11:10 a.m. Go inside - Group A Undressing at cubbies – wash hands – go to lunch area
11:20 a.m. Go inside - Group B Undressing at cubbies – wash hands – go to lunch area
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lunch
12 - 12:15 p.m. Washroom
12:15 - 2 p.m.  Quiet/nap time

Children sleep or do quiet activities on their cots.

Once we get all the children who nap to sleep, we invite the ones that are awake to come to the table to do quiet activities (colouring, painting, bead work or just looking at books)

2 - 2:15 p.m. Washroom
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Mini circle Teacher will describe activities
and assign children to stations:
approximately 20 minutes per station, in this mini circle we will ask the children what project they would like to work on.

Throughout the day we will also observe the children to see what they are interested in to help us decide what our next project will be.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Snack
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Activity stations View choices below.
3:30 - 3:40 p.m. Clean up
3:40 - 4 p.m.  Music circle The children will pick songs that they would like to sing. We play musical chairs, duck duck goose and simon says
4 p.m. Outside Washrooms routine – dressing at cubbies – going outside

Pre- Academics & Learning Circle - Details & activities

Learning Circle - The children will learn to sing the "good morning song," the "weather watcher song" ( we have a child look out the window and the rest will sing the weather watcher song, "Weather watcher Weather watcher what do you see, tell us what the weather is, tell us what the weather is come tell me." If the child tells us the weather is sunny then we sing "sunny is the weather the weather sunny is the weather today").

We learn the song "the months of the year" and ask the children what month is it and we learn the song "the days of the week" and ask the children what day it is (Today is Monday June 22, 2009) We learn to count and our different shapes and colours.

To help us learn we will use the bingo game, memory game, building blocks ( smallest to tallest). We have a rug with the different shapes and colours upon it, and we ask the children to sit on the shape of a square and tell us what colour it is.

We will play a game where we ask the children to find us five things in the room that are square, four things that are shaped like a triangle, three things that are shaped like a circle and two things that are shaped like a rectangle and one thing shaped like a diamond, then we will ask what colour are your shapes, this enforces there shapes, colours and numbers.

Pre-Academics – Research supports the importance of multi-sensory teaching to address children's diverse learning styles: visual, tactile, auditory and kinesthetic. We encourage the multi-sensory activities in the classroom to appeal to different learning styles and make lessons fun. The Get Set for School (pre-academics) program goes beyond typical multi-sensory instruction. Our strategies and materials are exceptional and uniquely effective at facilitating dynamic classrooms. Here are just a few teaching methods:


  • Step-by-step illustrations of letter formation give clear visual direction
  • Clean, uncluttered black and white pages are presented in a visually simple format
  • Illustrations in workbooks facing left-to-right, promoting left-to-right directionality


  • Wet-Dry-Try on a slate or blackboard gives children touch and repetition without boredom
  • Step-by-step workbook models are big enough for finger tracing
  • The frame of slate helps children make lines and keep letters and numbers well proportioned


  • Consistent, child-friendly language helps children learn and remember easily
  • Music promotes memorable and entertaining letter instruction 
  • Unique letter games prevent children from using old bad habits by delaying the auditory letter cue


  • Music and movement teach letter formation
  • Imaginary writing teach using large arm movements and visual cues

Below is the list of our multi sensory lessons:

  • Music and movement
  • Wood pieces
  • Mat man
  • Roll a Dough letters
  • Shaving cream
  • Wet dry try
  • Tracing in sand
Activity stations 

Choices include:


  • The children will go on stage and use their imaginations to play house, doctor, fireman, put on puppet shows or dress up


  • The children will develop their fine motor skills by putting together puzzles, using lacing boards or building sets


  • Water play: washing dishes, soap and water, animals in the water, ice cubes and water (how long does it take for the ice to melt), find the buried treasure inside the ice cube, fill cups and bowls (how many cups of water did it take to fill the bowl or bucket?)
  • Sand play: buckets and shovels, hidden treasures (how many teddy bears, Dino's, etc. did you find in the sand)
  • Sensory beads: hidden animals, fill containers, goop play (the children make goop using cornstarch and water we add paint for colour)


  • Counting teddy bears arranging from smallest to largest
  • Measuring how tall we are
  • Cash register (to learn about money and the value of money)


  • We have two science experiments a week, exploring milk, lava lamps, volcanos, dancing raisins, learning about magnets, magic of bubbles, growing plants, learning about animal life styles (frog cycle)
  • Once a year we will have a science fair where we invite the parents to see what we have learned about science


  • The children will use their imaginations to create art with different materials: paint, beads, boxes, flowers, string, pom poms, beautiful junk (egg cartons, paper towel rolls, Styrofoam trays, coffee cans and thing that we can find and recycle)


  • The children will build castles, roadways, buildings, boats whatever their imaginations can think of
  • The children will build using wooden blocks, Lego's and boxes
  • The children will bring in cars, animals and fishing rods to complete their play

Enhancement schedule

September 2019 – June 2020

Mornings (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.) Afternoons (3:30 – 5:00 p.m.)
Cuddly Sr. Preschool
Jolly/Infant Jr. Preschool
Jr. Preschool Jolly/Infant
Sr. Preschool Cuddly
All Programmes are 30 minutes.

James FunnyHat (p.m.)

Music, movement and pretend play with guitar and accordion.

  • September 10, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • November 5, 2019
  • December 9, 2019

Tiina Kiik (a.m.)

Introduction to music, notes and sounds with books and accordion.

  • September 19, 2019
  • October 17, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • December 19, 2019
  • January 16, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • March 19, 2020
  • April 16, 2020
  • May 14, 2020
  • June 18, 2020

Soli Reid (p.m.)

Interactive singalong with guitar, puppets and movement.
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Sr. Preschool, Jr. Preschool, Infants/Toddlers.

  • September 23, 2019
  • October 21, 2019
  • November 18, 2019
  • December 16, 2019
  • January 20, 2020
  • February 10, 2020
  • March 23, 2020
  • April 20, 2020
  • May 25, 2020
  • June 22, 2020

Sportball (p.m.)

Introduction to group sports.

  • September 6, 2019
  • October 4, 2019
  • November 1, 2019
  • December 6, 2019
  • January 10, 2020
  • February 7, 2020
  • March 6, 2020
  • April 3, 2020
  • May 8, 2020
  • June 5, 2020

French with Julie

Introduction to French through songs and simple stories.

Alternating by program on Wednesday mornings 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. (9:30 – 9:45 & 9:45 – 10:00 a.m.), starting on October 1, 2019. First lesson to Preschoolers.