Policies

Inclusion Policy

Inclusion Policy

Definition: At Huron Park Montessori, we encourage an inclusive society where we are committed to supporting the physical, mental, emotional and overall development of every child. We respect every child as an individual and their culture. We also respect children with special needs who, due to emotional, familial, physical, behavioural, developmental, cognitive or communicative factors, are at risk of not maximizing their potential. We are committed to providing support and assistance to each child irrespective of the diagnosis.

Goal: Safe and quality child care to every child and their families.

Policy Statement: At Huron Park Montessori we believe in creating an environment for each child that is appropriate as per their developmental need, self-inviting to have the freedom of expression, to get best possible healthy expression from them and to create a sense of belonging and to better support the needs of individual children and their family.

Guiding Principles:

  • Providing an active learning environment will support all children’s uniqueness, dignity and development.
  • Children with special needs are to be included in all aspects of their community.
  • Through Montessori training and play based activities focused on children’s interest, strengths and needs, we can support all children’s overall development.
  • The best care can be provided through partnerships between families and their support systems through involvement, input and ongoing collaboration.
  • Diversity in all forms enriches communities to be better and more productive places to Learn, Play and Care.

Procedure: At Huron Park Montessori our child care refers to Government’s new pedagogy “How does learning happen” connecting with community partners such as PIRS – Peel Inclusion Resource Service, to make the classroom environment more inclusive, welcoming and appropriate according to the need of every child. We have a purchase of Service Agreement with region of peel that enables us to offer fee subsidy.

Accountability: Every member at Huron Park Montessori - Owner operator, Directors, Supervisor, teachers, placement students and volunteers is committed to maintain and provide inclusive environment. If it is determined that the centre is not able to accommodate the child’s needs, the centre will work in partnership with the family to ensure all appropriate supports have been explored and will develop a transition plan for alternate child care if necessary. Every effort, action and resource will be exhausted prior to the withdrawal of the child.

Other Policies

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE
To ensure children’s safety upon arrival, please accompany your child to the class room, so that the teacher is aware of your child’s attendance. When picking your child up, please ensure that a staff member is aware of your child’s departure. It is very important to inform the school if there is going to be a change in the normal drop off and pick up routine of your child. Your child will not be released to any unauthorized individual. Please provide the school with the name of the person picking your child. Please notify the individual that the staff will ask for proof of identification for confirmation.
ATTENDANCE / PUNCTUALITY
Punctuality is important as it builds a sense of order in a child’s daily routine. Children arriving on time are more prepared for the daily learning. In order to minimize classroom disruptions, children are consistently reinforced the need to arrive on time. A late arrival for a class is disruptive as well as distracting for the ongoing presentation. Children also miss out the introduction of new topics and materials presented by their teachers.
NUTRITION
Children participating in the lunch program are provided with a nutritious lunch, morning and afternoon snacks following the Canada Food Guide. Weekly menus are posted on the information board in the class room. Vegetarian / Halal lunch is also catered depending as per the child’s parent request. Parents must inform the school in writing of all the allergies and food restrictions. Parents are allowed to bring birthday treats to celebrate their child’s birthday. Parents are requested to inform the school a day prior to the child’s birthday. As a precaution, please make sure that all the product is nut free and that there are no traces of nut appear as an ingredient.
HEALTH POLICY
Parent(s) are requested if their child is ill before coming to school, they need to make an alternate arrangement for the day. We will check each child as they come in the class room each morning to ensure they are well. Should your child show any symptom of illness like fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, discharging eye/ any contagious eye disease / any other contagious illness, the parent will be called immediately to pick up their child. You are requested to pick up your child promptly. The child may not return to school until he/ she have been fully cured for 24 hours. Parents are encouraged to tell staff when their child has been in contact with someone with communicable disease. Parents are encouraged to seek early medical treatment for their child, if there is any suspicion of a communicable disease.
MEDICATION
Medication can only be administered if prescribed by a doctor. The school is not permitted to administer any over the counter medication that is not specifically prescribed to the child. (Regular cough medicine must also be accompanied by a doctor’s note). The school may administer or allow the administration of patent or prescribed medication to a child only if: The written consent of a parent has been obtained, with their signature. The medication is in the original labeled container, with the child’s name on it. The parent fills out the required and necessary forms stating clearly the times and amounts of medication to be given. The parent releases medication to the teacher in charge.
EMERGENCY AVAILABILITY
Parent(s) are requested to keep the Huron Park Montessori informed of their current updated information. Should your telephone number, home address, your workplace/ business change, please notify the school immediately. In the event of an emergency requiring a hospital visit, your child will be immediately taken to a nearest hospital with a supervising staff member. In the event child’s Parent cannot be reached, the child’s emergency contact person will be notified. Please ensure the emergency contacts are aware of this responsibility.
BEHAVIOUR
Our goal is to help children develop inner discipline. Children appear to learn best when they are given reasonable limits and freedom to choose. Discipline is planned to assist the child. We want students to understand and be responsible for their actions and the consequences that follow. We also believe in positive interactions and redirection when necessary. We work very hard to assist children in understanding virtues and the feelings of other people. If a child is being harmful, the child will be asked to work independently until the child is ready to work in a group setting. The staff works with the parents to maintain consistent expectations both in the home environment and within the school.
BELONGINGS
Please ensure that the personal belongings of your child are clearly labeled to avoid difficulties for staff and the belongings of the child may not get lost. On the first day of school your child should bring a pair of clothes, blanket pillow and a cot sheet. Winter: snowsuit, shoes for inside, pair of sock, hat, pair of mitten, neck sock and boots. Summer: Sun hat and Sunscreen (not Coppertone or Life Brand to avoid potential allergic reactions).
SCHOOL CLOSURES
The school may be closed due to severe weather conditions. On the days of extremely poor weather conditions, please call the school before coming.