WEE Learn & Together WEE Can
Our focus is on nurturing quality care and learning in the best interests of your child. Children from infancy up to school age participate in our exclusive “Wee Learn” and “Together Wee Can” educational programs. These were designed by Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE’s) childcare professionals to meet children’s specific learning needs with the flexibility to work at their own pace.
“Wee Learn” stimulates language, math, science, fine motor and gross motor development.
- Follows the Ministry of Education Guidelines on “How Does Learning Happen”
- Tailored age-appropriate curriculum Wee Learn and Together Wee Can developed by an RECE and regularly updated
- Wee Learn – daily educational activities following Wee Watch learning plan
“Together Wee Can” educates children on their community or current topics. There is an annual theme with a variety of monthly activities and events that highlight special days, occasions or topics within the theme throughout the calendar year.
Various tools are used to inspire a love of learning that challenges children in all areas of development on a daily basis. The Wee Watch programs are developmentally appropriate for the individual child’s age and follow the MOE’s “How Does Learning Happen” guide for programming and pedagogy in licensed child care programs.
For infants, having a secure relationship with a single caregiver builds a foundation of trust. Wee Watch Providers will give your infant the personal attention needed to develop a warm and affectionate relationship while still nurturing a safe environment to explore. Although your Provider will have a daily routine, it can easily be changed to suit your child, to take into consideration a sleepless night, painful teething, or to forego a creative activity because chasing bubbles was more interesting.
Your Provider will work with your child using our series of educational Play & Learn booklets, All About Wee Me. This series will show you the progress your child is making in developing their sensory skills (sight, sound, taste, touch and smell), their motor skills (grasping, reaching, crawling, walking) as well as a written record of your child’s milestones.
Toddlers learn about their world by exploring their environment. Your Provider’s home is an environment where your toddler will thrive, providing ample indoor and outdoor activities and will learn through repetition and imitating others. Your child’s language skills will progress through songs and stories and encouragement.
For this age group, we have a series of Play & Learn educational booklets, Play and Learn As I Grow that is a continuation of our All About Wee Me series. This will give your child opportunities to develop their cognitive, language and fine motor skills. Open communication between parent and Provider is key to guiding the child’s behaviour consistently as self-help skills are emerging.
For Preschoolers, we focus on providing your child with challenging learning experiences through our programming in the daycare home. Your Provider will encourage your child to practice self-help skills with Kindergarten Connection using a varied program of individual and self-chosen play, combined with planned activities. Our Play and Learn educational series continues and your child begins to master concepts of size, colour, numbers, shapes, pre-reading and writing skills for school readiness.
With a young school-age child, your Provider will offer a program that is responsive to your child’s questions and allows them opportunities to interact with peers and encourages friendships. Our Play and Learn educational series, A.B.C’s, 1,2,3′s, continues to complement the school curriculum. Providers will give your child opportunities to take a leadership role to help reinforce their own skills. Physical activities such as games, sports, drama, music and dance are an important part of the program to highlight a child’s creative personality.
At this age, your child is attending elementary school and progressing in three fundamental areas: reading, writing, and math. Your child will have an opportunity to reinforce their skills and display their knowledge in their daycare setting. Your child will enjoy the warmth and comfort a home setting can provide before and after school. Discussions with your Provider will also allow for the completion of homework in the Provider’s home. Play & Learn Fun and Games booklets are great for after school and will keep your child busy with fun language and math worksheets.
The “Wee Learn” Program gives child care Providers resources to stimulate language, math, and science, fine motor and gross motor development. We use various tools to inspire a love of learning that challenges your child in all areas of development on a daily basis.
Together Wee Can
We are excited to engage Providers and children in our 12th annual Together Wee Can Program! This year more than ever, the importance of connection and community has become apparent as we all experienced a very challenging and uncertain 2020. In 2021, we look forward and want to focus as a Wee Watch Community on coming together to support learning and development of children within our homes and beyond! This year we are pleased to present – Together Wee Can Come Together 2021!
Home childcare Providers play an important role in the development of the children in their care. Families choose home childcare because of the unique opportunities that the home environment provides for their children to grow and develop. Our homes provide a place for children to interact and learn from Providers and other children of varied ages and belong to a community.
The Ministry of Education has an approach we follow, called “How Does Learning Happen”, which describes ways in which our Providers ensure that children in their homes have a sense of belonging and well-being and are engaged and able to express themselves in many ways. It is based on the fact that children learn when the environment supports their learning in 4 foundational ways: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement and Expression.
Together Wee Can Come Together 2021 will explore each Foundation for 3 months with programming and activities that support Providers in building environments for children to thrive!
In 2020, Wee Watch Providers and children engaged in our STEM Program. STEM is very popular with children, educators, schools and camps because it is a natural fit for kids of all ages! Children love to experiment, combine substances, build, collect, sort, and move things. They love to understand why things are the way they are! All this is part of STEM. Throughout the year the children learned about:
- Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) – children learned about living and non-living things and their own bodies. They did lots of chemistry experiments and learned about mass and motion. In February they had a Science Fair to demonstrate all they learned!
- Technology (Tools, Coding, Robotics) – we focused on technology that didn’t include ipads or phones! Children learned about robots and made their own robotic arms and enjoyed a Robot dance party. They also learned all about coding – which is about patterns at its root! Also they learned that technology is all about tools and how they help us in everyday life.
- Engineering (Civil, Aerospace, Mechanical) – children love to build and they learned about bridges and built structures, built and played with gears and pullies. Learning about planes and helicopters proved to be lots of fun, especially when they participated in a paper airplane challenge!
- Math (Shapes, patterns, numbers) – math is lots of fun, children played shape I-spy and much more including culminating their learning in our Wee Math Olympics where children participated in 3 math events!
In 2019, Providers and children were focused on learning all about the amazing planet we live on – Earth! Each month learning through play the children were focused on exploring a different component of our planet desert life, different bodies of water, forests, bogs, mountains & volcanoes, the arctic, animals, seasons and weather, people and space! Some highlights of the program:
- Reading lots of books during Bug Inspired Book week
- Over 600 saplings were planted by our Wee children in communities across Ontario
- Dancing, singing and playing arctic games during our Chill out in the Arctic party in August
- Gross motor skills were developed through “Astronaut Training!”
- Learning about Animals big and small
- Building our own volcanos was a popular experiment for all!
Our Together Wee Can program launched in 2008 as a way to bring all our homes across Ontario together to participate in themed activities and events on specific days throughout the year. The theme of which is learning about connections to the community. This year we took the favourite activities and programs from the past 10 years to celebrate! Highlights included:
- Valentines for Seniors- the children made valentines and delivered them to Seniors in their communities!
- Fill a box to Fill a Tummy! – Providers and children creatively decorated donation boxes and then collected non-perishable items to deliver to food banks in their communities
- Twice as Nice Art show – using only recycled items, children created works of art!
- Mad Science week – a week of fun experiments!
In 2017 Canada celebrated its 150th birthday. Providers and children spent the year exploring all about our wonderful country! Each month they focused on a specific Province or Territory, learning about what makes each region special. Children learned about the differences in time landscape, culture, food, celebrations and famous attractions.