As a CCEYA requirement, indoor and outdoor programming is posted in centre program rooms. Outdoor play is mandatory daily. A minimum of two hours of outdoor play during a full day is critical in a child’s overall development. Children must be dressed appropriately for all weather conditions. In order to ensure a child’s enjoyment for the great outdoors, parent’s are responsible for properly dressing and preparing their child for the seasonal weather conditions. This ensures children are comfortable & protected in any environment.
The playground is shared between both the toddler and preschool program so there are specified times for its use. Any day that is gauged with extreme temperatures with heat (humidex) or cold (windchill factor) alternative gross motor or physical play is planned.
Preschool children have access to the school’s gymnasium which is planned for frequently.
CPVCSAP: Vanier Co-operative is currently developing a new Policy for its parent membership & staff alike: Outdoor Adventurous Play. The objective is to examine outdoor, riskier play options with respect to the Ministry of Education’s “How Does Learning Happen” position paper.
Recently, Vanier Co-operative parents & staff have met to discuss and develop its policy position with respect to Outdoor Play. In the conversation, the group is projecting preferred and developmentally appropriate play yard ideas, brainstorming of activities and overall improvements for a 2 year plan. The benefits of sharing a joint play yard for Toddler & Preschool children are critical in the planning phase.
Once the ideas are completed, all parents, children & staff will participate in a “dotmocracy” whereby the group will “vote” and choose their most popular opinions that are all rooted in child development, Canadian Safety Standards for health & well-being of the children as well as nature based play opportunities.