Temple Sinai Community Preschool is a licensed non-profit Jewish school.
We offer a caring and engaging learning environment for children ages 10 months to 4 years.
Through play-based learning Temple Sinai Community Preschool strives to provide a happy and supportive environment for children to learn and gain an understanding of the world around them. Our program is based on promoting positive self-esteem, curiosity and creativity. Our goal is to help develop the child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical capabilities to the fullest.
We recognize that the family and child’s well-being are connected and provide ongoing opportunities to develop this connection. Parent involvement is a crucial part of our philosophy, and we know the importance that family brings into the classroom. Parent participation in our program is greatly encouraged and appreciated. We have a low teacher-student ratio, which creates a supportive and engaging environment. Our ratios are Kiddie Ko-op (toddler) 1:5 and Nursery 1:8.
At Temple Sinai Community Preschool, we are dedicated to fostering each child’s love of learning and endeavour to help them reach their fullest potential.
Fundamental to our program is our Jewish philosophy, where the introduction to and celebration of the Jewish festivals is central. Our philosophy is that of community with the goal of establishing the love for learning and fascination of the festivals while approaching the world in a Jewish way. Being located in Temple Sinai helps strengthen this philosophy as well as the child’s Jewish identity.
Temple Sinai Community Preschool teachers are dedicated and nurturing educators with many years of experience and who pride themselves in fostering positive and memorable experiences. Our teachers are registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators.
Our Program Statement
We have developed our program statement based on – “How Does Learning Happen; Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years,” a professional resource guide for those working with young children and their families. Our program statement will be reviewed annually to ensure that it follows the Minister of Education’s guidelines.
At Temple Sinai we recognize that children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential. Our program is based on promoting positive self-esteem, curiosity, creativity and love of learning. Our goal is to help develop the child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical capabilities to the fullest.
We are committed to promoting the health, safety, nutrition and well-being of all the children attending our program:
- Educators will observe children as they enter our school for signs of ill health.
- Handwashing and toy cleaning are essential in preventing the spread of illnesses. All educators and volunteers will follow the Sanitary Practices Policy to ensure in helping prevent the spread of illness.
- Children are supervised at all times to ensure their safety.
- All snacks and lunches are based on recommendations from Canada’s Food Guide and menus are posted outside the classrooms.
- Educators will review all information in regards to allergies, exceptionalities, food restrictions, and medication requirements.
- Our water will be tested as required
- The playground and equipment is inspected as outlined in our Playground Policy.
Positive and responsive interactions will be supported among the children, parents and educators. We strive to promote a sense of belonging for children and their families by creating positive interactions, communications and partnerships and meeting the needs of the individual child.
We encourage the children to interact and communicate in a positive way and to teach them and support their ability to self-regulate. Through role modeling, appropriate play activities, self-regulating games, and positive reinforcement these skills will develop.
It is through play that children learn and discover the world around them and it is our goal to foster our children’s play, exploration and inquiry. Our educators create rich learning environments indoors and outdoors, in which our children flourish. Through constant observation of the children we can extend their exploration by providing additional materials, tools and guidance. By posing open-ended questions to the children, we are supporting and encouraging their inquiry.
Our educators will provide child-initiated and adult supported experiences. Through observations our educators will plan and create a positive learning environment that is based on the interests of the child. New ideas, interests, facts, concepts, skills and experiences will be introduced to widen the child’s knowledge and experiences.
Our educators respond to the expressed interests of the children and plan their curriculum accordingly. Our program offers interesting, engaging open-ended activities that are challenging and child-directed. These experiences allow children to learn using all of their senses and to experience the world around them. Through self-initiated active learning experiences, children learn concepts and form ideas. Educators ensure the presence of the materials, encourage choices and provide support.
Consideration will be taken when planning indoor, outdoor, active play, rest and quiet time to meet the individual needs of the children. Our outdoor learning environment provides extended opportunities for all elements of learning, including gross motor development, nature exploration, independent and cooperative games. When weather is inclement, gross motor play can continue in our fully equipped gym. Each classroom has an area devoted to quiet play. Rest time will be encouraged for children in our extended day program.
Our outdoor learning environment provides extended opportunities for all elements of learning, including gross motor development, nature exploration, independent and cooperative games. When weather is inclement and unpredictable, gross motor play can continue in our fully equipped gym.
Parents are our children’s primary caregivers and their best teachers. Their participation in our program is greatly encouraged and appreciated. Communication about the program and their children is ongoing throughout the year. Temple Sinai Community Preschool has an open door policy and families are welcome at any time. Parents can connect with the teachers at drop-off and pick-up times. We acknowledge the value of parents sharing their expertise, hobbies, work skills or special talents. Parents are provided with information about their child’s day through portfolios, picture documentations, posted program plans and menus, weekly email newsletters and parent visits. Parent/teacher portfolio night is held in January. Parents are invited to participate in many special events that happen throughout the year.
We are committed to involving local community partners and to engaging those partners in supporting our children, families and staff. Community partners such as resource professionals, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, counsellors will be an important part of our centre in support of the children and their families.
All early childhood educators are registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators and are encouraged to pursue continuous professional learning. Current theories are explored at two professional development days during the year. Staff members are kept current through ongoing information shared in the child care community at our weekly meetings. There are on-going opportunities for educators to engage in critical reflection and discussion about pedagogy and practice.
Our program statement will be reviewed annually, or at any time when the program statement is modified. An ongoing cycle of planning, documenting and evaluating each child’s learning will enable us to review the impact of our strategies. It will include a variety of methods as all children demonstrate their learning in different ways. At our year end staff team meeting we will reflect on the successes and challenges of the past year and set goals for the upcoming year.
Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
210 Wilson Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5M 3B1, Canada
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