Ingredients to Quality and Safety

Wonderful Leaders

"The leaders that we have had at Summit have been nothing short of amazing, especially this year. Mr. James and Miss. Olivia have been outstanding and we will miss them desperately. We are sorry that your program is not in our school, St. Cyril. And I just really wanted to communicate that you about how awesome everyone has been and that those leaders you got are gems."

Angela C.
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2016-11-25T11:25:22+00:00
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“The leaders that we have had at Summit have been nothing short of amazing, especially this year. Mr. James and Miss. Olivia have been outstanding and we will miss them desperately. We are sorry that your program is not in our school, St. Cyril. And I just really wanted to communicate that you about how awesome everyone has been and […]

Kind & Caring

Both of my children attend Summit Kids at the Terrace Road School. Ms. Jess and Ms. Jodi have been absolutely fabulous. I cannot thank them enough for their kindness and care. You are very lucky to have such dedicated and enthusiastic employees. They truly deserve to be recognized for their hard work and the positive ways in which they represent Summit Kids.

Thank you

Amie L.
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2016-11-25T11:31:20+00:00
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Both of my children attend Summit Kids at the Terrace Road School. Ms. Jess and Ms. Jodi have been absolutely fabulous. I cannot thank them enough for their kindness and care. You are very lucky to have such dedicated and enthusiastic employees. They truly deserve to be recognized for their hard work and the positive ways in which they represent […]

Professional & Friendly

"Mr. James and his team do an excellent job and the kids are happy.

They're very well organized and their programming is always interesting and varied.

Not only do they really care about the children, but Mr. James and his staff are always professional and friendly with parents."


Sean F.
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2016-11-25T11:41:05+00:00
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“Mr. James and his team do an excellent job and the kids are happy. They’re very well organized and their programming is always interesting and varied. Not only do they really care about the children, but Mr. James and his staff are always professional and friendly with parents.” Sean F.

Caring & Attentive About Their Families

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! 

It feels like you guys really pay attention and care about your families and I really appreciate it.

Keep it up, its so refreshing to find this kind of care and attention in service these days!!!  You knocked my socks off!!"

 

Cori W.
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2016-11-25T11:56:59+00:00
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“Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!  It feels like you guys really pay attention and care about your families and I really appreciate it. Keep it up, its so refreshing to find this kind of care and attention in service these days!!!  You knocked my socks off!!”   Cori W.

Excellent Care

Our family loves Chestermere Summit Start, we couldn't be happier with the care they receive. The caregivers are friendly, helpful and truly care about the kids. The staff listens and adapts to the needs of your individual child to ensure your child is receiving the best care possible. Both our kids are learning so much and have created some wonderful relationships with not only other children but more importantly the staff as well. Thank you Chestermere Summit Start for providing excellent care to our children as well as a place we can feel comfortable and confident in the care our children receive. We would recommend Chestermere Summit Start to anyone looking for excellent childcare.
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Lindsay L.

2018-04-02T11:03:45+00:00

Lindsay L.

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Our family loves Chestermere Summit Start, we couldn’t be happier with the care they receive. The caregivers are friendly, helpful and truly care about the kids. The staff listens and adapts to the needs of your individual child to ensure your child is receiving the best care possible. Both our kids are learning so much and have created some wonderful […]

What Children Want

For children, a high-quality program may mean feeling accepted for who they are no matter what their ability or culture.

It means having friends and responsive adults, being emotionally and physically comfortable and the possibility of having a variety of fun, interesting and engaging activities.

We pride ourselves through the Summit Way of conducting our staff and programming with compassion and care.

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What Parents Need

For most parents, quality child care safeguards a child’s health and safety; the child is happy, and the program is conveniently located and affordable.

For many parents, quality child care is key to balancing work and family, so that parents have peace of mind while they are at work.

Other parents may define a high quality program as incorporating tangible school readiness activities, such as pre- or early reading or learning to count, or highlighting learning social skills such as cooperation. Or they may define a quality environment as one in which their families’ culture and their child’s abilities are respected.

Or parents may define high quality child care as an environment in which their child is happy, makes friends, has interesting and positive experiences, and learns about a wide variety of things.

Or… all of the above…and more.

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How to Get Both under one roof!

Health and safety

  • (In a centre or other regulated setting) – The license is posted in a visible place
  • The centre/home is clean and in good repair.
  • Doors to outside or to unsafe areas (e.g. a garage or parking area) are secure
  • Balconies are locked and off limits, there are gates on stairwells and windows are securely fastened
  • Staff/caregivers and children wash their hands before meals and after toileting or diapering
  • Toys are disinfected on a regular basis (daily for infants and toddlers)
  • There are clear routines in case of an emergency such as fire, evacuation or accident
  • Procedures about children’s allergies (such as food) are clearly stated and observed
  • There are clear routines for giving children needed medications at child care
  • Cleaning products, medications or implements are stored safely
  • If meals are provided, menus are posted, and the food is nutritious and appealing
  • When children leave the premises (to go to the library or park, for example), they are well supervised
  • Outdoor space is clean, well-maintained and available
  • Cribs/ playpens and other equipment meet current safety standards
  • Each child has his/her own crib (infants/toddlers), cot and/or bedding/pillow/blanket for sleeping
  • Staff/caregiver has up-to-date first aid training (CPR is desirable)
  • Parents are aware of the presence and roles of all adults on the child care premises (including family members)
  • The number of children in the home/group/room (at a minimum) meets the provincial / territorial standard

Environment, materials and programming

  • Parents are regularly provided with information about the daily schedule and programming, as well as about their child’s day and activities
  • (If the child care setting is multi-age): There are activities, equipment and materials suited to  children of different ages
  • Children have access to a variety of kinds of age-appropriate equipment and materials
  • Activities emphasize play and exploration through group and individual activities
  • Children have considerable opportunity for active play, much of it outdoors.
  • The child care environment is set up in a safe, accessible and interesting way (for example, children can use materials freely)
  • Children are not overly controlled or programmed; at the same time, they are not wandering around aimlessly
  • Children are engaged with the materials and environment, they look busy, content and relaxed.
  • There are displays of children’s work and documentation of activities
  • Diversity – racial, ethnic, gender, ability – is well represented in materials, visually and in programming.
  • The space is organized to make transitions (from indoors to outdoors, or from active play to lunchtime) smooth
  • There is a welcoming, warm atmosphere for parents
  • There is at most limited use of TV or other passive technology

Staff/caregiver

  • Staff/caregivers have education or training related to working with young children; at a minimum, provincial/territorial training requirements are met by the centre or home
  • The staff/caregiver engages in professional development or information sharing with others in early childhood education on an ongoing basis
  • Staff/caregivers can provide a police reference check. (this is likely to be a requirement in a centre or regulated home setting)
  • In a home setting, caregivers can provide references
  • Staff/caregivers have a clearly defined approach to education and caring
  • Staff/caregivers treat children with respect, listen to them and respond to them sensitively
  • Staff/caregivers encourage co-operation, problem-solving and independence in the children
  • Staff/ caregiver welcomes parents into the child care environment at any time; there is an “open door” policy
  • There is a plan for staff/caregiver replacement in the event of their illness or other absence
  • (In a centre): Staff communicate with each other in a positive and respectful manner (the program seems to have a good working environment)
  • (In a centre):  All staff  (and practicum students, if they are present) are acknowledged and introduced to visitors in a respectful way