Welcome to Twinkle Stars Private Home Daycare Services. We are a non-profit organization, established in 1985, with a Service contract with the City of Toronto, and licensed by the Ministry of Education. Twinkle Stars P.H.D.C. follows all regulations under the Childcare and Early Years Act (CCEYA) and the City of Toronto’s Operating Criteria. We offer quality home child care services to both full-fee and subsidized families in the areas of Toronto, York, and North York.
OUR PROGRAM STATEMENT
Twinkle Stars Private Home Day Care Services’ mission is to provide safe, quality, licensed home child care for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Our goals are to promote children’s health, safety, nutrition, and well-being and to support positive and responsive interactions among children, parents, home childcare providers, and staff.
We view all children as competent, capable, rich in potential and full of curiosity which will make learning more effective and enjoyable for them. Curious children love to ask questions and actively seek out the answers through play, communication and interactions with other children and adults. Our home childcare program which includes indoor and outdoor play, active play, individual play, group play, creative activities, and rest and quiet time are planned to foster the children’s exploration, play and inquiry. Focusing on their social, emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive development, we plan and create a positive, responsive learning environment, and child-initiated and adult-supported experiences, in which each child’s learning and development will be supported. All children are encouraged to interact and communicate in a positive way, to learn to self-regulate and to be responsible for their own ideas and efforts. In our home child care settings with small-group learning environment, individual needs of children are taken into consideration. We believe in and practice positive communication and role-modeling as effective ways to guide children’s behaviors. The following practices are prohibited in the daycare homes: Corporal punishment, physical restraint, locking exits, using harsh or degrading language, depriving basic needs, and inflicting bodily harms on children. Our family environment aims for flexibility based on the each child’s unique characteristics, abilities, and interests to ensure his or her needs are met. Individualized support plan will be planned for each child with special needs in consultation with parents, home providers, home visitors, special needs resource consultants and any regulated health professional or other who support or work with the child to accommodate his or her special needs.
We believe that parents play a crucial role in the children’s well-being and growth. We foster communication and collaboration with families, and value their strengths, contributions, and unique perspectives. Parents’ participation in giving inputs, sharing information about the children‘s development, regular updates, and suggestions about the program are highly appreciated. These can be done during daily contacts, drop off or pick up times, ongoing parent contact with our home visitors, or in parent-provider-agency staff meetings. Parents can also participate in our program by attending meetings, workshops, fieldtrips, or other agency’s events.
Our agency continues to establish positive relationships with community resource partners and invite local community members to contribute support to the children, their families, home providers and staff. Ongoing training and support for our staff, home providers and individuals who interact with the children at the daycare homes are carried out on a regular basis through visits, training courses, workshops, conferences, etc., in relation to continuous professional learning and self-reflection.
Our program statement is consistent with the Ministry of Education’s “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years”, which is the guideline for our approaches in programming and pedagogy. Through policies and procedures, these approaches are implemented and monitored in all daycare homes. The goals and approaches to quality child care are implemented consistently for better transitions and experiences and outcomes for children. The program statement is reviewed at least annually with all staff and home providers, and the impact of our set out strategies is documented
According to the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, “All individuals must be treated equally, regardless of their race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability.” Twinkle Stars P.H.D.C. adheres to the policies of inclusion and non-discrimination. It is our mandate to provide a culturally appropriate, racially sensitive and non-discrimination environment for all board members, staff, home providers, families, and children.
Our staff and home providers are committed to treating all children with respect and dignity. Every child is special and unique in abilities and needs. Our program aims to ensure each child’s needs are met. Individualized support plan will be planned for each child with special needs in consultation with parents, any regulated health professional or other persons who support or work with the child to accommodate his or her special needs.