Targeted Emergency Childcare ended. 

Almonte Daycare's Targeted Emergency Childcare offered at Holy Name of Mary will end on January 22/ 21. 

We will resume our  Before and After care  effective January 25/21 at Naismith Public School,  R. Tait McKenzie Public School  and Holy Name of Mary Catholic School. 

 

COVID -19 Targeted Emergency Childcare Response Plan

Childcare Information

The Almonte Daycare Centre and School age programs are licensed by the Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years act, 2014.

All childcare programs are planned and implemented by qualified Early Childhood educators using Lanark County’s Quality assurance resources to enhance quality in their environment. Specialized services, such as Lanark Early Integration Program, Speech Therapy, are available for your child’s individual needs.

The Daycare is a secured environment which is monitored by the Leeds Grenville and Lanark Health Unit, Ministry of Education and Municipal By- Laws.

Please contact our head teachers Tammy Costello by email or phone at 613-256-3833   and copy the Childcare Manger Anita Legault if you:

Have a new childcare application to submit or have any questions.

For Daycare policies and procedures during this pandemic, please see the Daycare COVID 19 Response Plan below.

COVID 19 Response Plan 

 Hours of Operation

 

The Almonte Daycare Centre at 208 State street, and 110 Paterson daycare (attached to Holy Name of Mary Catholic School) are open Monday through Friday from 6: 30 – 6: 00 p.m. throughout the year, except for statutory holidays.

The Before and After school age programs are open Monday through Friday from 6: 30 – to the start of school and from after school until 6: 00 p.m. throughout the school year, except for statutory holidays.

Full day programs are offered during March Break and Professional development days.

Summer Programs for our school age children run from the first week of July until the last week of August unless otherwise stated.

Programs


FULL DAY CAREPROGRAMAGE GROUP
Almonte Daycare Centre Infant 3 months - 18 months
  Toddler 18 months - 2.5 years
  Preschool 2.5 years - 4 years
Holy Name of Mary Daycare Centre Toddler 18 months - 2.5 years
  Preschool 2.5 years - 4 years
BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS PROGRAM  AGE GROUP
Holy Name of Mary School Kindergarten 4 years - 6 years
  School Age 6 years - 12 years*
Naismith Memorial School Kindergarten 4 years - 6 years
  School Age 6 years - 12 years*
R.Tait McKenzie School Kindergarten 4 years - 6 years
  School Age 6 years - 12 years*

Children turning 12 may complete school year.

Enrollment is dependent on available space, please contact the daycare directly to confirm availability.

See Fee Schedule for child care rates.

Daycare Forms

2020 Almonte Daycare Parents Handbook

Medication Form

Single Parent Registration Form

Double Parent Registration Form

Daycare Paperless Billing Enrollment Form

 

Testimonies

 

Honour Roll

 Reflections from RECE, Angie Giles, Naismith Program

A mentor of mine often includes a slide showing two swans swimming in her presentations. She shows this image to explain how like swans, educators make the work they do look calm and smooth on the surface but below  the water or behind the scenes they are working furiously to keep up to the demands of the job, in other words, keeping afloat. Never has this been more true than now, during the pandemic.

When I returned to work in July, it was to do a job that was quite different than the one I had left in March.  It was to a new reality which I could have never anticipated when embarked on a career as an ECE, nor even one I would have imagined just months before.  Prior to COVID - 19, there was an expectation to keep materials clean and ensure the children were healthy. But now I am tracking children's temperatures, attuned to the slightest sniffle, or cough, cleaning all the toys, materials and furnishings in the program daily and washing my hands so many times they have dried out, resembling the skin of an elephant.  Other changes like not being able to visit places around town with the children, no longer doing cooking activities with them, and providing sensory experiences that are individualized and single in use are adjustments I have had to make. In the first few weeks back to work I felt like I was grieving. Grieving books on a shelf, grieving singing songs, grieving feeling comfortable with the children in my personal space, grieving exploring beyond our classroom and yard with the children, grieving, grieving grieving. It was really tough. 

With the passage of time, some creativity, and a few tears shed, I am learning to adapt to the new normal in childcare.  I am grateful to the children, families, and my co-workers for helping me through the challenging period of returning to work. My concerns of how the children would react upon re-opening were entirely unfounded. The children came back enthusiastically, not concerned about the mask and shield I was wearing, eager to engage in play and seemingly just happy to be with others outside of their homes for the first time in months. They taught me so much about being flexible and finding joy despite the changes.  The families have been so patient as I struggled with malfunctioning thermometers, so trusting that their children were being kept safe and happy inside a building they are not allowed to enter and so appreciative of the efforts being made to re-open childcare safely. My colleagues have been so supportive and understanding, checking in on my well being, delivering another bottle of disinfectant when I ran out,  and being there to listen when I just needed to be heard. To everyone who has helped me on this pandemic working  journey, I  thank you deeply. I can now say that I love being at work again. 

As educators, perhaps I and others make the work we do look too easy, just like those swans gliding effortlessly across the water. There is always more to it than meets the eye. While observing, planning, reflecting, documenting, engaging, guiding amongst an endless list of other things, I try to gracefully navigate each and every day with the children I work with. It isn't always simple. Some days are more difficult to pull off the illusion. However I cannot imagine myself working in any other profession. Some day I will once again take the children to the park, and remember how slow walking with a group of children is. Some day I will do cooking activities and remember how much of a mess there is to tidy up after. Some day I will relearn the songs that I have forgotten the words to.  Someday children will hold books in their hands again. I have no doubt that the children and educators are going to emerge from the pandemic protocols, changed.  Some of it will be for the good. Thinking positively is how I can make out like a swan. It is the way I have learned to keep that smooth, calm above the water surface appearance and how the furious paddling below water is sustainable. Even though the water can be choppy sometimes, I love this pond that I am swimming in.