What happens when the lake freezes or the boats are not in service ?
In the event of a ferry break down the school will be taking a school bus located at the foot of Bay and Queen’s Quay. The bus will drive to Bathurst and Queens Quay and board onto the island airport ferryboat. Please keep in mind that ferry boat breakdowns are not in our control.
What formal training does the staff have?
The staff at Gibraltar Point Day Nursery (GPDN) consists of 2 qualified Early Childhood Educators and 1 qualified Early Childhood Assistant.
How do the children travel from ferry boat to the school?
Upon arriving at Island the children board onto a school bus and take a 7 minute ride to the school located on the south west side of the Centre Island beaches.
What dates does the centre close?
Gibraltar Point Day Nursery (GPDN) closes all statutory holidays, 2 weeks in December and in August. Also note the centre operates for 4 weeks in July only.
What happens if my child is ill and has to go home?
If your child becomes ill during the day a staff member will contact you to make arrangements for you to pick up your child. It is the parent’s responsibility to travel to the Island. Staff cannot escort children back and forth from the Island to city in the middle of a program day.
How often does the Centre have fundraising events?
We have two major fundraising events during the school year. There is the annual Christmas Boutique held at the Algonquin Island Association (AIA) on the island and a second event usually held during the year. Fundraisings consist of: selling children’s art, raffle baskets, silent auctions, and bake sales.
How does the staff handle separation anxiety?
The staff at GPDN are well trained professionals and ready to deal with situations such as separation anxiety. Staff are aware on the anxieties young children and parents experience during this time. We offer newsletters with tips on how parents can
understand and cope with separation anxiety.
What types of communication tools are used to correspond with parents?
Parent communication is very important. Because of the nature of our location we have developed a tools to ensure that ongoing communication is consistent. Parents are encouraged to communicate through the “communication book” that children carry in
their back packs daily. Parents are also encourage to call by phone, and visits to the centre. Daily oral communication is also provided by staff upon during pick up time.
Monthly newsletters also distributed.
How often do children spend outdoors in the winter?
Outdoor time is vital part of our program. Day Nursery’s Act states that children spend a minimum of 1 our per day outdoors. However, if a weather warning is issued children use the school gymnasium.
If my child misses a day can he/she attend another day in lieu of the sick day?
We do not offer lieu days.