PROGRAM GOALS

We believe that the parents are the primary care givers to their children and it is our job to support families, we do not in any way replace them. We work to help families feel confident on their choice of Pleasant Heights for their school age child care needs. With the proper safeties in place we want parents involved in our program to the best of their ability and feel that both children and our program benefit from the involvement of our families.
GOAL 1

To provide a physical environment that supports each individual child’s growth and development and secures each child’s health and physical safety.  We achieve this by:

  • Providing a well-designed physical layout of children’s play spaces, which ensure safety and multiple usages.

  • Maintaining and displaying materials and equipment in an orderly and inviting manner.

  • Creating a warm and inviting atmosphere to support cooperative interactions.

  • Arranging the room to support effective and age appropriate supervision.

  • Providing opportunities for fine and gross motor activity both indoors and outdoors.

GOAL 2

To provide support to the families of children in our care.  We achieve this by:

  • Offering parents adequate orientation opportunities to our program through telephone discussions, a parent handbook and the offering of an annual parent orientation in the fall.

  • Keeping parents informed about their children and our program through the offering of a monthly newsletter (September to June), daily communication (often through the use of the “REMIND APP”), and opportunities for parents to attend monthly board meetings.

  • Giving parents opportunities to share information regarding their home and cultural dynamics.

  • With proper safeties completed, parents are offered the opportunity to attend field trips.

GOAL 3

To plan the program to provide a consistent and age appropriate framework.  Staff will consider individual as well as group needs that provide familiar experiences as well as offering new opportunities for growth.  We achieve this by:

  • Planning the program to meet the individual needs and interests of each child. The children contribute monthly to programming ideas through the child interest meetings.

  • Create an environment that supports a wide range of learning experiences. 

  • The provision of a wide variety of age and interest appropriate toys and equipment and activities.

  • Providing for outdoor playtime daily (Weather permitting).

  • Ensuring that practices and materials are respectful of cultural diversity.

GOAL 4

To plan the program to provide a consistent and age appropriate framework.  Staff will consider individual as well as group needs that provide familiar experiences as well as offering new opportunities for growth.  We achieve this by:

  • Planning the program to meet the individual needs and interests of each child. The children contribute monthly to programming ideas through the child interest meetings.

  • Create an environment that supports a wide range of learning experiences. 

  • The provision of a wide variety of age and interest appropriate toys and equipment and activities.

  • Providing for outdoor playtime daily (Weather permitting).

  • Ensuring that practices and materials are respectful of cultural diversity.

GOAL 5

To help children develop confidence in personal relationships and their environment through positive staff/child interactions and by having staff model supportive and socially accepted behavior.  We achieve this by:

  • Ensuring that the child’s self image is protected through positive staff/child interactions that help the child develop self-confidence.

  • Encouraging children to develop concepts of responsibility and independence.

  • Helping children to develop positive communication skills

  • Helping children to develop effective problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrating respect and appreciation for diversity in all aspects – cultural, gender, racial and ability.

GOAL 6

To employ and retain well qualified staff. We believe this is key to the provision of a quality school age care program.  Staff will be provided with recognition and support in their professional development.  We achieve this by:

    • Offering employment opportunities to young adults that have participated in our programs for youth (play leadership).

    • Paying competitive salaries.

    • Providing and contributing to an employee benefits package available to all full time staff that work in excess of 40 hours per week.

    • Employing staff that are seeking a future in a child related field (including Teaching, social work, Psychology, Sociology, Recreation, etc.)

    • Providing a positive working environment that promotes a safe and supportive environment for learning and growth for staff and supports the individual contributions.

    • The provision of financial supports for staff members looking to return to school to change their level of certification.  Approval of the Board of Directors is required for this benefit.

    • Staff is encouraged to attend opportunities for professional development through the provision of a bonus system tied to merit (when said funds are readily available and allocated by the Board)

GOAL 7

To plan the program to provide a consistent and age appropriate framework.  Staff will consider individual as well as group needs that provide familiar experiences as well as offering new opportunities for growth.  We achieve this by:

  • Planning the program to meet the individual needs and interests of each child. The children contribute monthly to programming ideas through the child interest meetings.

  • Create an environment that supports a wide range of learning experiences. 

  • The provision of a wide variety of age and interest appropriate toys and equipment and activities.

  • Providing for outdoor playtime daily (Weather permitting).

  • Ensuring that practices and materials are respectful of cultural diversity.

GOAL 8

To provide opportunities for older children to challenge their own bodies, their abilities and their leadership skills.  We achieve this by:

  • Providing the P.H.A.S. Council and P.H.A.S. Too programs for 9 to 12 year olds.

  • To work with the older children to create a program specific manual and contracts.

  • To provide older children with challenging and age appropriate activities for leadership, opportunities for discussions and age appropriate field trips.

We believe that all children deserve to be cared for in an environment where their individual needs are met, where their developmental milestones are achieved and where their sense of self worth is validated.
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