September - October 2019

Welcome to new and returning families!

 

Please take a moment to read the staff profiles on our website – www.yorkuchildcare.ca – they are also posted on the wall across from the kitchen door.

 

The staff have some great programs planned for the children. Staff will also be assigned a child(ren) for documentation. Please take a moment to read your child’s binder, however, please do not take any items in the binder home. They will be given to you once you withdraw from our program.

 

Please ensure we have received all of your information for your file. We will be licensed soon and will receive non-compliance if files are incomplete.

I will be going through every file and will let you know if there is anything missing,

 

We are pleased to announce that Michelle Pham will be returning to Lee Wiggins in October.

 

Best,

Stephanie


 
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o    Annual flu shots are required. Once completed, provide the Centre with the form for us to photocopy.

o    Wash your hands and your child’s upon entering the Centre.

o    Only full-time children have permanent cubbies. Please remove the name tag at the end of your stay.

o    Part-timers – leave diapers in your

child’s pouch by the washroom.

o    Full-timers – check your child’s

basket/bin for diapers.

o    Ensure that your child is warm and comfortably dressed for fall weather.

o    Please help us out by removing mucky outdoor shoes before entering the Centre. Also, tuck hats and into jacket sleeves.

o    Label all your child’s belongings (i.e., hats, shoes and clothes) so we can keep lost items to a minimum.

o    Please see Stephanie for financial questions with the exception of payment. Any staff may assist with counting cash



o    September 2: Closed. Labour day.

o    September 3: 1st Day for YorkU classes.

o    September 22: First day of fall.

o October 9: Annual General Meeting 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

o    October 12-18: Reading week (Centre open)

o    October 14: Centre closed. Thanksgiving.

o    October 23 – November 3: Costume Mash Up (Optional costume participation).

o    October 24: RECE Appreciation Day!

o    October 31: York Lanes Halloween walk.

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Michelle Pham – Acting Coordinator, Registered Early Childhood Educator

Stephanie Pappas – Acting Assistant Coordinator, Registered Early Childhood Educator

Alexandria Spadafora –Registered Early Childhood Educator

Rita Colacino – Full Time Early Childhood Assistant

Carly Laurenza – Early Childhood Assistant

Ayesha Saleem – Early Childhood Assistant

 Alix Best – Early Childhood Assistant

Cindy Sanchez –Early Childhood Assistant

Varisha Memon –Early Childhood Assistant

Christy Tse –Early Childhood Assistant

Sayera Babur – Early Childhood Assistant


LWCC’s Amazing Board of Directors!

The Board is made up of 7 members. The full Board typically meets 10 times per year, usually for 2 hours. Meetings are typically held monthly with the exception of the summer and December.

The responsibilities of Board members include but are not limited to:

·        Ensuring that the LWCC meets the needs of the people it serves.

·        Ensuring financial solvency of the LWCC through budget development/approval; monthly review of financial statements and ensuring an annual audit.

·        Ensuring LWCC meets all legal standards and requirements.

·        Assisting the Coordinator to market the Centre’s services, lobby and raise funds.

·        Developing a mission statement and policies for the Coordinator to implement.

·        Selecting the Coordinator and delegating the person to carry out their policies.

·        Providing the Coordinator, a complete and current job description.

·        Evaluating the Coordinator based on performance (Formal evaluation annually, but ongoing feedback provided).

·        Working as a team with the Coordinator and Staff to accomplish objectives.


Board of Directors 2018/2019

Mike Cado – Chair

Kevin Reynolds – Secretary

Michael Fraschetti – Treasurer  

Wan Park

Rob Castle

Natasha Walsh

Noreen Cauley


 
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The Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019

The LWCC Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Light snacks will be provided for members (parents/guardians/staff/board) during this meeting. Meeting room is TBA.

We need a 10% enrollment of parents/guardians to attend.

 This is a major financial meeting of your membership to the LWCC. At this time, members are presented with the previous year’s audit for discussion and approval. The Centre’s Operating Budget is presented, along with any other information and business such as upcoming fundraisers.

Quorum

At each meeting of the members, be it annual or general, quorum must be obtained. Quorum refers to the minimum number of officers and members that must necessarily be present for the valid transaction of Cooperation business. It is important that members try to attend such meetings, or if that is not possible, to find a member who is attending and send their proxy vote.

Board of Directors

Members of the LWCC are encouraged to stand for election to become a board member. This is the Centre’s highest decision- making body. Having member representation is critical to the sustainability and success of the Centre.

Parking fees are reimbursed to board members who provide a receipt when attending a board meeting on campus. Please keep the receipt(s)!


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The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michelle Pham will be returning to the Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre as Acting Coordinator.  Michelle has been on an extended series of leaves before and after the birth of her daughter.  Michelle has a long history with the Centre.  She first joined Lee Wiggins in 2006 as a summer student volunteer.  For six years until 2012, Michelle was an assistant childhood educator when she gained her ECE.  In January 2013, Michelle was promoted to Assistant Coordinator.  Please join the Board welcoming Michelle back to the Centre.

While Michelle was on leave, Stephanie Pappas has been the Acting Assistant Coordinator, with full supervisory responsibility over the Centre.  Working closely with the Board, Stephanie guided Lee Wiggins through some very challenging times and the Board wants to acknowledge her excellent leadership and to thank her for her dedication and wonderful work with children, staff, and parents.  Stephanie will continue as the Acting Assistant Coordinator.

The Board has decided that this would be the best time to carry out an open search for the position of Lee Wiggins Coordinator, something we have not done in over 20 years.  Our plan will be to use the next six months to undertake the search.  We will be sharing more information with you in the coming weeks.  In the mean time we are excited to have such a strong staff team on board and look forward to working with the team.


Student Subsidy Fund

We are excited to announce that LWCC is establishing a Student Subsidy Fund to offer assistance for childcare needs to undergraduate and graduate students who are not eligible for other subsidies. This Fund seeks to provide some help to York’s student-parent population in an effort to break down financial barriers that student-parents often face in completing their studies. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student not currently covered by the CUPE 3903 discount, please notify staff in order to register for the Student Subsidy.

We invite members to spread the word so that students who are considering daycare for their children can be informed of their options at our centre. At the same time, we invite donations from individuals and organizations, for which we would issue a charity receipt

 
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Allergy Alert

LWCC is aware that some of the children attending the Centre have allergies, some of which may be life threatening. These allergies may include a condition known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic shock caused by exposure to certain foods and other substances.

Common allergens include peanuts, strawberries, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, soy, latex, and bee stings.

LWCC does not claim to be free of foods and non-food items that may lead to a severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction. However, our Centre’s anaphylaxis plan is designed to ensure that children at risk are identified and strategies are in place to minimize the potential for accidental exposure.

LWCC takes reasonable efforts to reduce the risk to children with severe allergies or anaphylaxis. Creating an environment that reduces the risks will require the cooperation and understanding of all members of LWCC, including staff, volunteers and parents/guardians.

 
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Book and Toy Lending Library

The resource books are available for borrowing for a two-week period. One book per adult and two books per child may be borrowed, due to the size of the library we offer.

The toy lending library offers a wide variety of toys reigning in ages from infancy to school-age children. Toys and costumes can be borrowed for a one-week period and on a one-per-child basis.

If a book or toy is lost or misused the fee will be the full replacement cost. All fees collected will be put into a fund for the purchase of new resource materials.

Documentation Partners

Staff documents observations of each child based on the Early Learning for Every Child Today document (E.L.E.C.T.). Each child has a documentation binder found on the divider.

Full time children are generally paired with a part time staff and full time staff paired with a part time child. This way, we optimize the amount of observation time between partners.

Full time children are documented once a week, part time children twice per month.

Although each child will have one designated documenter, please keep in

mind that all staff supervises the children. There is not just one “go to” staff.

Hours of Operation

Our hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. At the end of the day, please arrive at 5:30 p.m. and leave the Centre by 5:40 p.m.

The staff has had a long day and have many duties to prepare for the next day. Please be respectful of the staffs’ time.

 

P.A. Days

Do you need or know someone who may require care for school-aged children? If so, we offer occasional and emergency care!

Please email the Centre ahead of time to see if we have space

Vacation Notification

The LWCC is open during YorkU reading weeks. If you would like to request a vacation during this time, please provide the Centre with one month written notice.

 Members who register their child(ren) for 1 year, or 3 consecutive semesters may take 10 consecutive business days without being charged. 5 consecutive business days of vacation may be taken at a time. All other vacation time that is taken will be considered payable days.


July-August 2019


Happy Summer!

As a lot of children are leaving us this September, it is time to register new children. If you are staying at the Centre, there will be a fall survey that will be going out shortly. Please fill it out as best as you can and hand it in by the due date.

It is important that I have everyone’s schedule as soon as possible, in order to let new parents know when we have space for their children.

We are closed the week of August 19th for registration week. Please make sure that you empty out all your belongings in your cubby.

A reminder that if your last month is August, you need to let me know via e-mail by July 26th, if you have not already let me know (verbal communication does not count). We only return your refund deposit at the end of every semester (April, August and December). If you leave mid-semester, it is in our policy that you will not receive your refund deposit back.

We hope everyone has a wonderful summer and good luck to all the children that are off to school in September!

Best,

Stephanie


Reminders:

UPON ARRIVAL:

Upon arrival please take your child to the washroom. If your child does not need to use the washroom, please make sure that your child washes his/her hands before playing with toys. As well, if your child is still in diapers, please make sure they have enough diapers for the day in their bathroom cubby.

LABELS:

Please remember to label all of your child’s belongings. This way all items will be back in your child’s cubby and there will be no confusion. Items without labels can be found in the lost and found bin in the cubby

area.

ITEMS FROM BACKPACK:

When arriving to the Centre, please remember to take out any items from your child’s backpack and put it above in their basket in their cubby. Items such as their hats, sunscreens, water play items, extra clothing, etc., should be in their baskets. This makes it easier for staff to grab before heading outside and to ensure we do not forget any items for your child to wear outside.

WATER PLAY:

Now that it is summer, please remember to bring things for water play for your child (bathing suit, swimmers (diapers), towel, water shoes, and an extra bag to put wet swimsuit in, etc.) as we will be enjoying water play when it is hot outside.

 

DOCUMENTATION:

On top of the divider board, we have documentation for all the children. Please feel free to take a look in your child’s documentation binder to see their learning through play

 

SORRY LEE WIGGINS IS CLOSED ON:

• Monday August 5, 2019 for Civic Holiday

• Monday August 19 to Friday August 23, 2019 for Registration (FEES ARE PRORATED)

VACATION NOTICE:

Families who register their child for ONE year or THREE consecutive semesters may take ten vacation days without being charged. Five consecutive business days of vacation may be taken at a time. All other vacation time will be considered payable days. Families who register their child for TWO semesters may take five consecutive business days of vacation and not be charged. All other vacation time will be payable.

Parents MUST notify Stephanie TWO weeks prior to taking vacation

time.


TIPS TO GET READY FOR BIG SCHOOL

It’s that time of the year again, to say goodbye to some of our amazing older friends! We would like to say goodbye and give our best regards to the children and the families that are leaving the Centre. We have enjoyed building a relationship and exploring with your children and will truly miss each and every one of you. We look forward to your visit and to hear all about big school!

• Establish strong routines at home: bedtime routines,

reading routines & family mealtime routines

• Encourage independence and self-care

• Talk to your child and tell them what to expect in big school by expressing excitement and enthusiasm (who the teacher will be, the daily school routine, talk about your own experiences when you went to school & involve your child when going school shopping)

• Arrange for your child to spend time with relatives or family friends so they can develop a growing sense of independence and capacities for communicating needs with other adults

• If you have registered your child for big school already, go for a visit before the first day so they can familiarize themselves with the school and have an idea of where they will be attending

• Lastly, just HAVE FUN! We will miss our older friends and we wish the best of luck to everyone!


PLACES TO GO IN THE SUMMER

• Centreville Amusement Park: www.centreisland.ca

• Canadian National Exhibition (CNE):

www.TheEx.com

• LEGOLand Discovery Centre Toronto: www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca/toron to

• Toronto Zoo: www.torontozoo.com

• Pirate Life: www.piratelife.ca

• Riverdale Farm: http://riverdalefarmtoronto.ca/

EASY SUMMER TREAT - WATERMELON POPS

INGREDIENTS

• 1 large round slice of

watermelon (cut 1 inch thick)

• 8 wooden lollipop sticks

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut the slice of watermelon into 8 triangle portion. Use a knife to make a slit in the skin of each portion and push the wooden stick into the slit.

Freeze on a plate or baking tray for 1 hour. You can then transfer the pops into freezer bags to store.


May-June 2019

Happy May/June!

 Please make sure you dress the children appropriately for the weather, as we do spend 2 hours outside a day.

 In the summer months, our numbers are typically lower than usual. If you need extra care, please ask one of the staff members and we will most likely be able to accommodate your request.

With that being said, please also pay your invoice on time, as we do not have a lot of children enrolled and need to pay our staff members.

Please refer to our May and June calendar, as we do have a lot of activities in store for the children.

We are going to Black Creek Pioneer village on Thursday, May 16th, 2019. If you are not scheduled that day, you are still more than welcome to join us, at no extra cost. Please arrive at the Centre no later than 8:30am.

Best,

Stephanie


 
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IMPORTANT NOTICES

 

VACATION POLICY

As summer approaches I’m sure lots of families will be planning vacations! If your child is going to be taking time off from daycare, you must give Stephanie at least
2 weeks notice.

-         If your child is registered for
8 months (2 semesters), you may take 5 consecutive days off without being charged. All other vacation days will be considered payable days.

-         If your child is registered for
1 year (3 semesters), you may take 10 consecutive days off (or 2 sets of 5 days) without being charged. All other vacation days will be payable.

 WITHDRAWAL POLICY

April, August, and December are the months you may withdraw from the Centre and receive your refund for your deposit.

If your child will be leaving for the summer and returning in the fall, you must leave your deposit to ensure that a spot will be held for you in September.

 SUNSCREEN FEES

You will be charged $5 on your May fee memo for sunscreen for the year.

If you wish to bring in your own sunscreen for us to use on your child, please do so and let us know so that the $5 fee can be waived.

 CENTRE CLOSURES

- MAY 20th – closed for Victoria Day

- Registration Week – closed for 1 week in August (19th – 23rd)


 
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Gentle Reminders

 

CLOTHING

The weather is finally warming up! Please remember to bring a summer hat and the appropriate outdoor shoes—no crocs or flip flops please or anything with an open back, as they are a tripping hazard.

You should always have at least one extra change of clothes for your child.

Please label all clothing with your child’s name.

DOCUMENTATION

Feel free to take a look in your child’s documentation binder to see their progress at Lee Wiggins! Toddlers have blue binders and preschoolers have red binders. Full-time children get documented once a week and part-time children get documented once every other week. 

CUBBIES

If your child is only at the Centre part-time, please remove your name tag from the cubby when you leave the Centre, and put it in the corresponding lettered box on the wall. The cubbies are shared with other part-time children.

HARD GOODBYES

In the next few months, we will have to say goodbye to some of our amazing friends, some of which will be moving on to “big school”! We give our best regards as we say goodbye to the children and the families that are leaving the Centre. We have truly treasured our time spent with your children and will miss each one of you dearly. We look forward to your visits!


THINGS TO DO IN THE CITY

JOIN THE LWCC AT BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE

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On Thursday May 16th, we will be exploring art and history on a morning field trip to Black Creek Pioneer Village!

Permission forms are due back by

May 10th at the latest.

If your child is not scheduled for Thursdays, please know that you are still more than welcome to bring your child for that day for no extra charge.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let Stephanie or Ayesha know!

SEE WHAT’S NEW AT THE TORONTO ZOO

Spring is in the air, and that means there are lots of cuddly newborn animal babies! Enjoy a day with the family exploring all the new additions to the Zoo.

VISIT THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN HIGH PARK

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Every spring the Sakura trees blossom for about 1-2 weeks, and they’ve started to blossom this year! High Park is one of the best places in the city to see them.

 

MOTHER’S DAY AT THE AGO

On Sunday May 12th, go for a delicious brunch at AGO Bistro with Mom and the family. Featuring a special kids’ menu, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

 

FATHER’S DAY AT MEDIEVAL TIMES

Enjoy dinner and a show with the family for Father’s Day at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. On Sunday June 16th, dads are free!


MOTHER’S DAY FINGERPRINT ART

  1. Draw or trace a heart onto a piece of paper and cut it out.

  2. Position the heart on another piece of paper and temporarily stick it down using sticky tac or tape.

  3. Using as many different colours as you like, dip your fingers in paint and place fingerprints all over the paper.

  4. When it’s dry, remove the heart cut-out and voila! A beautiful painting for Mother’s Day.

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FATHER’S DAY FRAME ART

Materials:

  1. Cheap wooden frame (can be purchased at the dollar store)

  2. Photo or message for inside

  3. Materials to decorate frame (rocks, buttons, shells, etc.)

  4. Glue (*optional: hot glue)

Help your child to make a picture frame for Father’s Day by gluing decorations on it (you may want to assist them and use hot glue). Can make a great gift for any occasion!

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RECIPE: FROZEN BANANA TREATS

Ingredients:

-         Bananas

-         Wow Butter (or other nut or nut-free butter)

-         Strawberry Jam (or other type of fruit jam)

Directions:

1.    Slice bananas around 1.5-2cm thick.

2.    Add a small amount of butter and jam to 2 slices of banana.

3.    Make sandwiches out of the bananas and place the treats on a tray lined with paper.

4.    Freeze until solid, for approx. 2 hours, then transfer to a freezable container/bag.

5.    Enjoy these delicious healthy snacks straight from the freezer! Store properly, they maintain their best quality for 2-3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.

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January-February 2019

A NOTE FROM STEPHANIE

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to our returning friends and our new friends!

We hope everyone had a great start to the new year and is settling back into routines nicely. Our staff would like to send a special thank you to all the parents and children for the lovely cards and thoughtful gifts. We really appreciate it and look forward to having another great year with you!

A reminder to parents that we are having a photographer come in to take class photos. He is coming in Tuesday January 22nd and Thursday January 24th around 1030 a.m. If you are not scheduled for either of these days, you are welcome to send me an e-mail and let me know that you would like to come in for the photo session.

We are hosting two Ryerson students this semester, Julia and Athena, that are starting with us the week of January 21st.

Stephanie



November-December 2018

Happy November/December!

Time is moving quickly as we find ourselves preparing for January 2019! We will be registering a few new families in the winter term, so it is imperative that our current members pass in your January schedule request no later than December 10th, 2018.

A reminder that this is the first year that we are staying open until the holidays. The last day the Centre is open is December 21st, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Kevin Reynolds, the secretaryon the Board of Directors at reynol15@yorku.ca.

We have a few new volunteers and will host two E.C.E. students in the new year. Please take a moment to introduce yourselves and make them feel welcome!

We would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a Happy New Year! Stay safe and warm!

Best, Stephanie


September-October 2018

Welcome Everyone!

We are excited to start a band new term, with new families and a few new staff. We were proud to send our well-prepared children off to “Big School” and are confident they will excel!

Please take a moment to read the staff profiles on our website www.yorkuchildcare.ca, they are also going to be posted across from the kitchen door.

The staff have some great programs planned for the children. Staff will also document their observations of your child(ren) and follow up with activities and document their process in their binder.

Please take time to read your child’s binder, as the staff have put a lot of thought and care into programs and the documentation.

All contents of the binder will be given to you when you withdraw from our program.

Please ensure we have received all of your information for your file. We will be licensed soon and will receive non-compliance if files are incomplete. Michelle will be reviewing all children’s file and may ask you to sign or complete missing information.

Here too a great year and hope we have great weather for fall as our summer was not great this year!