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Welcome : OCN Public Services : Hilda Young Child Care Centre

90 Waller Road, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
Box 1000, The Pas, MB
R9A 1L1

Phone: (204) 627-7090
Fax: (204) 623-1646

Email: hyccc@opaskwayak.ca

Hilda Young Aboriginal Head Start

History
Aboriginal Head Start was first introduced in January 1998. First Nations values, traditions and approaches to early intervention programs for children will shape the Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve Programs, as it evolves. Communities need to take a holistic approach towards First Nations children by including; culture and language, education, health promotion, nutrition, social support programming and parent involvement.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Hilda Young Aboriginal Head Start Program seeks to provide a program that focuses on the needs of the community's children regardless of their physical, emotional or intellectual abilities and to further provide programs to their parents, guardians and families that are spiritually, emotionally and physically strong. This program designed by the parents will focus on the six components:

  1. Culture and Language
  2. Education
  3. Health Promotion
  4. Nutrition
  5. Social Support Programs
  6. Parent Involvement

Goals:

  • To develop and maintain a program that meets the current needs of children and their parents/guardians and is flexible enough to suit the changing needs of children and parent/guardians as individuals
  • To respect the needs of each child and parent/guardians as well as the total group
  • To provide warm, friendly and non-institutional environment in which children and their parents/guardians can grow and learn.
  • To utilize existing community services
  • To provide a well balanced program of traditional, intellectual, emotional, social and physical activities for all children and parents/guardians that will promote a healthy lifestyle
  • To foster independence within each child and parent/guardian through planned activities.

The Centre will offer the following activities on a Daily Basis:

  • Play activities that will encourage positive interaction between parents and their children;
  • Incorporate traditional teachings and the Cree language for both children and their parents/guardians such as a sharing circle and a smudging program;
  • Combine physical activities and developmentally appropriate similar activities;
  • Nutrition, menu planning and smart shopping is scheduled on a weekly basis;
  • Elders will be recruited to participate in the daily programs;
  • Home visits will provide parent support, individualized programming for children;
  • Parents are involved in planning and implementing their children's activities on a weekly basis;
  • Various community resource people would be invited on a regular basis to meet with parents/guardians in a social context to discuss topics;
  • Traditional crafts for both children and their parents are implemented on a weekly basis.
The Hilda Young Aboriginal Head Start offers programming for children 0-6 years old. The program has two classes' -a.m. and p.m. sessions with 20 children per class, depending on infant ratio. The Centre is open from Monday to Friday.

There is no fee to the parents or families involved in our program. Transportation will be provided to those who require this service. Nutritious snacks will be served. Parental involvement is a major feature to the success of our program.

Hilda Young Child Care Centre

Daycare Information

Introduction
This set of operating principles has been developed to provide parents with children attending the Hilda Young Child Care Centre with an introduction to the Centre and a summary of the way in which the Centre functions.

Ownership and Administration The Hilda Young Child Care Centre operates under the authority of the Chief and Council and is managed by staff within the Community Services Department. Policies and direction are provided by a Parent Advisory Committee consisting of representatives of parents whose children participate in the Centre, and other community members.

Philosophy
The Hilda Young Child Care Centre seeks:

  • To respect the needs of each child as well as the total group;
  • To provide a means for a greater understanding of the Tribal way of life and the roles that young people have in this way of life;
  • To foster independence within each child through activities and the daily routine;
  • To provide a warm and friendly atmosphere in which children can grow and learn;
  • To provide a well balanced program of traditional, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth for all children who participate.
Goals and Objectives
The goals and objectives of the Centre can be described as follows:
  • To develop and maintain a program that meets the current needs of parents and children, and is flexible enough to suit the changing needs of children as individuals. Each child will be respected as an individual;
  • Children will be allowed to show emotion in ways that are considered to be appropriate, and in ways that are respectful to others;
  • Children will be provided with the opportunity to learn Tribal history, language, and culture through a variety of activities;
  • Children will be provided with the opportunity to engage in both small and large muscle activity;
  • Children will be provided with the opportunity to participate in both group and individual activities;
  • Children will be encouraged to attempt new and challenging activities and will be helped to learn new ideas.
Program Areas and Activities
Each of the following program areas will be offered and “ttested" on a regular basis to determine the suitability and the applicability of the program area to the needs of the children within the Hilda Young Child Care Centre.

Dramatic Play:
A variety of materials to “role play" and to illustrate various activities of others (i.e. housekeeping, office work, construction workers, etc).

Manipulative Play:
A mixture of materials to manipulate a child's environment including measurement, building, weighing, pouring, etc (water, and sand playing equipment).

Blocks and Cars:
A variety of materials to build and take part and pretend with (i.e. trucks, blocks, train sets, etc).

Creative Area:
A variety of work surfaces and paper, numerous materials for mixing, painting, creating sculptures, etc. (integrating native art materials whenever possible).

Construction:
A number of materials to construct and build such as carpentry benches, construction material etc.

Library:
Materials to read and look at, emphasis will be placed in materials developed in Cree syllabics and traditional stories, etc. (visits from Band Elders for story time).

Large Muscle Area:
A variety of things to climb, balance on, swing on, slide down, get into or under, push and pull, ride on, throw etc.

Science:
A number of subjects and materials to touch, measure with, and explore, materials from nature including living animals, fish, etc. (particular emphasis will be placed on the materials and living items that exist within the are of The Pas Community).

Language:
Will integrate Cree Language into various areas and activities as much as possible.

Program
The Hilda Young Child Care Centre provides you child with a stimulating environment and well planned program designed to help you child grow in all areas of development. A year round curriculum is followed which uses weekly themes such as Community helpers, transportation, animals, etc. Our trained Early Childhood Educators plan a variety of activities and proved equipment, which encourages the child to explore the theme. These activities are presented as choices for your child during free play or as part of group times. Activities may include music, art, cooking, and active and quiet play, stories, etc. The programming will incorporate the Cree language and culture as much as possible. This will be done through visits from Elders and Community Members for circle times, music, story, art, etc.

The program operates around the activity based learning principle. Learning Centres are set up throughout the Centre to meet the developmental needs and interests of the children. The children choose the learning Centres they are interested in and are encouraged to play in several learning Centres throughout the day to ensure a broad span of developmental areas. Specific programs are set up for small groups that the children are encouraged to participate in as well as large group activities such as music and story time.

The staff promote a positive, stimulating, enriched, and age appropriate environment for the children to grow and develop in, placing few restrictions other than those concerned with the health, safety, and well being of all concerned. Children are encouraged to be responsible and respect other people and the materials in the Centre, those belonging to themselves, to others and to the center.

Infant/Toddler Program

Introduction
This set of operating principles has been developed to provide parents with children attending the Hilda Young Infant/Toddler Program with an introduction to the Centre and a summary of the way in which the Centre functions.

Ownership and Administration
The Hilda Young Infant/Toddler Program operates under the authority of the Chief and Council and is managed by staff within the Community Services Department. Policies and direction are provided by a parent Advisory Committee consisting of representatives of parents whose children participate in the Centre, and other community members.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Hilda Young Infant/Toddle Program seeks to provide a program that focuses on the needs of the community's infant/toddler regardless of their physical, emotional or intellectual abilities. The activities and programs offered to parents, guardians and families would result in children and families that are spiritually, emotionally and physically strong.

Philosophy
The Hilda Young Infant/Toddler Program seeks:

  • To respect the needs of each child as well as the total group;
  • To provide a means for a greater understanding of the Tribal way of life and the roles that young people have in this way of life;
  • To foster independence within each child through activities and the daily routine;
  • To provide warm and friendly atmosphere in which children can grow and learn;
  • To provide a well balanced program of traditional, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth for all children who participate.

Nursery

Purpose:
The purpose of the Nursery School program is to provide an age appropriate program and a stimulating environment for the children in the community that will benefit the child, the parent/guardian, and the community. This program is specifically set up for the four (4) population and Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation is determined to provide a level of quality in its Nursery School programming which will support its children with the best opportunity for a full and productive life in any community.

Philosophy
The Hilda Young Nursery School seeks:

  • To respect the needs of each child as well as the whole group;
  • To provide a means for a greater understanding of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation's way of life, and the roles that young people have in this way of life;
  • To foster independence within each child through activities and the daily routine;
  • To provide a well balanced program of traditional, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical growth for all who attend.
Goals:
  • A high quality of teaching ability, effective program delivery, and achievement of results;
  • Flexibility of the program, which meets the needs of the children;
  • Implement in spirit and practice in Cree language, Cree history and Native studies to children;
  • Objectives and sensitive reporting of progress and personal/social development. Use specific, rather than judgmental statements, to help parents/guardians get involved in examining a situation, which will lead to a successful discussion;
  • Summarize and record meetings with parents/guardians, with emphasis being placed on cooperative plans for helping the child.


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