FAQ

General

  1. What are your hours?
  2. Are there days that you are closed?
  3. What training/certification do staff have?
  4. What are your ratios?
  5. Are you open on the weekend?
  6. How do you handle allergies?
  7. Will my child go outside?
  8. What does my child do all day?
  9. What will my child be eating for lunch?

Extended Hours

  1. Is there an additional fee for extended hours?
  2. Are meals/snacks offered during extended hours?
  3. What do children do during the extended hours?

What are your hours?

Our regular hours are 6:30am to 6:30pm.

For families who need it, we also offer extended hours from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Are there days that you are closed?

We are closed on weekends and on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Civic Holiday
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

What training/certification do staff have?

We know that great staff are one of the most important parts of a successful childcare centre, so we have carefully selected each member of our team for the skills and knowledge they bring to FFCC. We are also committed to on-going training and development to ensure our staff stay up-to-date with developments in their field.

All of our staff have gone through the same rigorous interview process, hold current CPR and First Aid certifications, and have completed a Police Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search with the North Bay Police Service. All Early Childhood Educators (ECE) teachers are required to be members of the College of Early Childhood Educators.

What are your ratios?

We are required to follow the ratios set out in Ontario’s Day Nursery Act. During our regular hours required ratios are:

  • Infants (0 to 18 months): 1 teacher to 3 children
  • Toddlers (18 to 30 months): 1 teacher to 5 children
  • Pre-school (2 ½ to 5 years): 1 teacher to 8 children

During sleep/rest time and the first and last 2 hours of the day required ratios are:

  • Infants (0 to 18 months): 1 teacher to 3 children
  • Toddlers (18 to 30 months): 1 teacher to 7 children
  • Pre-school (2 ½ to 5 years): 1 teacher to 11 children

Are you open on the weekend?

Currently, we are not open on the weekends. However, if there is sufficient demand for weekend hours, we may consider it in the future. Please let us know if this is something your family would be interested in on a regular basis.

How do you handle allergies?

We are committed to working with families to ensure that the needs of all children at FFCC are met. In some cases individual action plans and training may be required.

Will my child go outside?

Absolutely. We believe that a key part of a child’s day is getting to play outside. Weather permitting, we spend an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon outside enjoying the fresh air. Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing to wear based on the day’s forecast.

What does my child do all day?

Children will be engaged in activity and play at all times of the day. Each classroom will have a dramatic play centre, arts and crafts, gross motor and fine motor activities, library area and much more. In the afternoon, children will have a rest time to allow them to regain some energy for the rest of the day. Lastly, children will be given a lunch and two healthy snacks.

What will my child be eating for lunch?

A sample menu:

Monday

  • AM Snack: Scone, apple, and milk
  • Lunch: Ham casserole (with potatoes, ham, and vegetables), fresh fruit, and water
  • PM Snack: Cheese and crackers, and water

Tuesday

  • AM Snack: Banana loaf and milk
  • Lunch: Healthy homemade macaroni (with lentils and cheese), fresh fruit, and water
  • PM Snack: Sliced apple with cinnamon, rice cakes, and water

Wednesday

  • AM Snack: Whole wheat toast, melon, and milk
  • Lunch: Tofu burritos (with tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese), fresh fruit, and water
  • PM Snack: Veggies and dip, cheerios, and water

Thursday

  • AM Snack: Carrot muffins, slice grapes, and milk
  • Lunch: Spaghetti squash and meatballs, garlic toast, fresh fruit, and water
  • PM Snack: Artichoke dip, pitas, and water

Friday

  • AM Snack: Cereal, fruit, and milk
  • Lunch: Sesame chicken, brown rice, broccoli, fresh fruit, and water
  • PM Snack: Yogurt parfait and water

Is there an additional fee for extended hours?

Yes, there is an additional fee for extended hours which covers our staff’s time, and children’s meals. The fee is the same regardless of the length of time your child stays during the extended hours.

Are meals/snacks offered during extended hours?

Yes, meals and snacks are offered during extended hours.

What do children do during the extended hours?

Children will have time to engage in more activities with their friends. The before and after school program will give time for children to do any homework that they may have. During the spring/summer/fall time we will spend some time outside before it gets dark.