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About Us

Tykes of Columbus was founded in 1999 with the goal to provide a positive daycare experience with a large focus on outdoor play. Located on just over an acre of land, and having over 7000 sq ft of outdoor play space our goal is to engage your child with both indoor and outdoor activities.

Our classrooms are bright and cheerful with large exterior windows and with interior windows separating to allow for classrooms, our aim is to have the Centre naturally lit most hours of the day, additionally this a great way to observe the children playing without disturbing the programming. We understand that placing your child in the care of others is a big step and we try to make this transition easier for both the child and Parent.

Our Supervisor, Isobel is available to answer any of your questions you may have.

Curriculum

Infants

Infants learn about the world around them through their senses, therefore exploration is critical to their development. Everything is new to them and even the simplest activities encourage imagination and curiosity. Infants are encouraged to explore cause and effect in order for their problem solving skills to develop. Nurturing caregivers support the child while they explore, encouraging them to experience all there is to offer, whether it’s through finger painting, playing with blocks, listening to songs or engaging in story-time. Infants need to feel socially safe in their environment. We at Tykes of Columbus provide a secure setting with toys that make no sound or lots of sound, have varying textures, and offer a range of sensory activities. Self-help skills are fostered through various ways such as supervised self-feeding, encouraging crawling, through having a pull up bar in the classroom to aide in learning to walk, and through group and individual activities. Group interaction is encouraged to promote language development and social skills. Children between the ages of 4 and 18 months have the opportunity to participate in our infant program. Our teacher to child ratio for this program is 1:3

Toddlers

Teachers at Tykes of Columbus offer toddlers the freedom to explore in a safe and stimulating environment. As they strive for independence, our teachers are there to help support their quest for individuality. As a result, self-directed play is one of the primary focuses of this program. We offer toddlers with opportunities for socialization and confidence building, which are the foundation of learning. Class time focuses on gross motor skills, language development, practical life skills, socialization, and sensory awareness, while providing time for group play as well. Children between the ages of 18 months and 2.5 years participate in our toddler program. In this program each child will be provided with three healthy snacks and a hot lunch each day. A nap or rest period will also be provided for two hours each day. We provide a toilet training routine and a daily charting system to assist in the child’s progress towards being self-toileting. Our teacher to child ratio for this program is 1:5.

Preschoolers

Our preschool program transitions from the foundation learned as toddlers, to learning and developing a host of skills including writing, name recognition, counting, sequencing, building, understanding and differentiating, colors, shapes, and patterns, and building vocabulary. Additionally, ensure that there is ample of time for running, jumping, climbing, dancing, and other gross motor activities across our 7000+ sq ft playground and developing social skills by engaging children in group activites. We seek to have children develop their skill in a fun-filled way both inside the classroom and out in the playground. The Pre-school Program mainly focuses on structure and developing autonomy, with an emphasis on cognitive learning such as number and letter recognition introduced through puzzles and games. The Pre-school Program provides a foundation for learning many new concepts and incorporates elements to promote mutual respect. Children are also involved in music, art, drama, pretend play and creative movement exercises, all of which help them explore new things about themselves and their environment. Children between the ages of 2.5 years and 6 years participate in our preschool program. Each child will be provided with 3 healthy snacks and a hot lunch each day. Our teacher to child ratio for this program is 1:8.