Summer Program offered at Three Hills Child Care Center

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Brandi Hoszouski is the program director for the Three Hills Child Care Center and School Age Program. The program runs year round, with a summer program, and another that runs after school and weekends. One center is designed for children 12 months to six years, and can accommodate 34 children. The older, school age children (kindergarten to grade six), are in a separate center that allows for 20 children.
The summer program runs from 6:30 am to 6:15 pm, Monday to Friday. For children six months to six years, the day starts with Free Play as the kids arrive in the morning. They also have Art Time daily, Circle Time, which involves music and stories, and Centers, which is their own time to play. A healthy snack is provided twice a day and follows Canada's Food Guide for Healthy Eating. The children are able to play outside twice a day (weather permitting).
Brandi is a firm believer that a natural setting for play is best, so letting the children explore the outdoors is very important at the Child Care Center. With the ongoing evolution of technology, kids are not always encouraged to use their imaginations, so back-to-basics outdoors activities are essential. There are plans to incorporate lots of vegetation and a natural playground into the landscape. The kids have already planted a produce garden and trees.
So far this summer the children have been on a few field trips including the Kneehill Museum, the Police Station and the Airport. Brandi plans for the children to start swimming regularly. The kids have also enjoyed a visit from a pilot from Prairie's Aviation program, and a dental practitioner from the Three Hills Health Unit.
The Child Care Center allows kids to be kids, and at the same time, ensures they are learning too. The kids experience interaction with other children, which is important in the development of social skills. They also have opportunity to discover the wonders of nature.