Learning through play
Play is essential for early learning and is our primary focus at CMCS. Through play, various language, social, physical and cognitive goals are being taught. Purposeful and meaningful play that is developmentally appropriate is a significant element of our early childhood program. Play encourages curiosity, discovery and problem solving which allows individual growth and development of a positive self-image. A play based, hands on active learning environment is most appropriate for young learners. We believe that this approach which includes the whole child prepares children well for future success both in school and in their lives. In their exploratory play, children manipulate materials, hypothesize, test theories, repeat activities and draw conclusions. In their social play, children learn how to be a member of a larger community.
From Infant to School Age
Group Childcare Under 36 Months Terrace & Kitimat Locations
Nursery - Infant
3 to 18 Months
Our infant program is a wonderful environment to introduce young children to daycare. Our program and physical environment will provide safe opportunities for your child to explore and have fun while seeing, touching, listening and moving. Planning is based upon careful observations of the children using their interests, newly acquired skills, and reactions to materials. As the children grow and change, so will the curriculum. The room and materials will look very different from time to time as we constantly strive to engage, enhance, and encourage infant development.
18 to 36 Months
Our toddler program is based on the philosophy that children learn best through hands-on experiences. This is an incredibly important time in your child’s development. It is a time when language, social, cognitive and physical skills are growing at an exponential rate. Toddlers are constantly learning, and they use all of their senses to explore the world around them. Our educators help to encourage their curiosity by providing a safe, loving and active learning environment. We teach through what children do best: Play! By combining planned activities and open-ended experiences, toddlers are encouraged to move at their own pace and learn through discovery.
Group Childcare 36 Months to School Age
Terrace & Kitimat Locations
36 Months to 5 Years
Our group childcare program continues on the foundational toddler learning program. All of our group care rooms run a preschool program in the morning and every day, we incorporate all facets of your child’s development. Social, cognitive, language and motor skills are all a part of daily life. Skill development is enriched with plenty of socialization with purposeful play-based learning from the core of each day. We don’t follow a set curriculum as all children are different and unique and learn at their own pace. Through observation, educators offer hands on learning through play, following the lead of the children. It is our belief that children are capable of making choices and they are supported and encouraged in this process.
Group Childcare – School Age Terrace Location Only
School Age Program
Our school age program offers a play-based program. It includes a mix of exploration, guided and independent activities, quiet times and outdoor play. The educators provide many opportunities for children to plan their own activities, participate in group decision-making and project development. They also emphasize home-like activities allowing unstructured time and privacy for reading, homework or small social groups. Outdoor play and gross motor activities are emphasized since they are indoors for the most part of the day in school. Our program also provides increased levels of responsibility and independence.
We offer a full time summer program that closely follows our after school program. As it is summer we focus largely on being outdoors and keeping our bodies ACTIVE throughout the day.
Coast Mountain Children Society gratefully acknowledge and thank the Kitselas Nation and
Kitsumkalum Nation in Terrace and the Haisla Nation in Kitamaat Village for allowing CMCS
to operate in their respective Traditional Territory.
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