On January 6, 1986, the doors of the Centre opened to receive 6 children of varying ages in two renovated classrooms. We had 3 staff and a capacity of 24 children. Since then, our staff has grown to over 21 Educators and a licensed capacity of 134 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. We now have 7 classrooms and over 90 families using our facilities. Because we are located in the Port Hope High School, we have the advantage of working with and instructing co-op students during their placements. We offer a full range of programs- full day, half day, Before/after School, lunch supervision, PA days. Our Infant room opened in the fall of 2009 offering space for up to 10 Infants.
The Centre strives to provide and maintain a warm, nurturing environment that ensures your child's experience away from home is a secure and happy one. The centre believes that the childcare program must balance with the child and his/her family situation. The caring, qualified staff encourages the development of social skills as well as fine and gross motor skills and cognitive development. independence, self-esteem and respect for themselves as well as others are also fostered.
Ganaraska child Care Centre Inc. is committed to providing the best child care within Northumberland county. We are motivated to provide and maintain a safe, warm and nurturing environment for children to assist in their development.
The staff at the centre is chosen with care and reflects the philosophy of the child care centre. All of our staff ensures that your child has a well balanced and complete experience while in our care. From our most recent graduates to our most experienced Early Childhood Educators we offer enthusiasm continuity and commitment. We believe and stand for quality child care in our community.
The centre strives to employ the most qualified Early Childhood Educators in order to provide the best quality programs for all children. All Early Childhood Educators must be members of the COLLEGE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS and renew their membership annually in order to be employed in our child care centre.
All staff must submit Criminal Reference Checks, up to date immunization, Tuberculosis test results and current First Aid/CPR documentation before beginning in our centre. Staff must also present proof of graduation from a recognized Early Childhood Education program with a recognized college and membership to the College of Early Childhood Educators.
The Board of Directors is comprised of parents whose children attend the Centre as well as interested members of the community and parents whose children may have left the Centre but still want to play an active role. The Board meets on a monthly basis to sets fees, review policies and discusses Centre issues with regards to hiring, staffing, etc. The participation of these members is strictly on a volunteer basis.
Childcare policies are an integral part of the day to day operation of a childcare centre. They are required by the Ministry of Education and do provide essential information and guidance for both parents and staff. Policies are reviewed on an annual basis and changes made if necessary. Comments or suggestions are welcome and are taken to the Board level for discussion.