TOPP KIDS continues to implement new programs every year, focusing on bringing enrichment opportunities and life skills to our clubs and families!
Take a look at some of the newest highlights for the 2018/19 year.
Physical Literacy: P.L.A.Y
Responding to the growing need across Canada for Physical Literacy, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association created a Physical Literacy and You (P.L.A.Y.) Alberta to support, engage and connect Alberta communities in their efforts to use Physical Literacy as a resource for health and community development. TOPP KIDS has partnered with the ARPA to continue to grow our Physical Literacy Programs for next year using the P.L.A.Y. program and focusing on skill development.
STEAM Programming: Coding & Robotics
This year we will be implementing a new Coding & Robotics Enhancement Program to TOPP KIDS using new equipment and toys focused on introducing skills for future careers. Participants will get the opportunity to design video games, code the movement and patterns of robots, engineer things to move, design animation, and more! This program will be led by TOPP KIDS and Engineering 4 Kids!
Enrichment: Literacy Programs
TOPP KIDS continues to focus on building literacy skills for participants in our program. Literacy is fundamental to one’s learning, growing, and comprehension of the world. The ability to read, write, and think critically is essential in all facets of our lives – from academics and career to civic responsibility to social engagement. Whether is it reading about current events in newspapers or online, writing a cover letter to a potential employer, or reviewing the nutritional content of food when grocery shopping, literacy skills come into play. Programs will continue over the next year to incorporate enrichment as part of their daily schedule – planning literacy activities, providing time for academic work and building family involvement activities. We plan to incorporate local authors, storytellers, and multiple types of literacy into the programs.
The TOPP Artist Program
You will be amazed at what your child is capable of! This innovating program delivers quality fine art focused enhanced programming for school-age participants with simple lessons and lots of fun, giving the students the tremendous benefits of artistic expression and education. Let them discover the artist within as they learn about artists, movements, and mediums, as we use great artists of the past as well as local artists to inspire and teach. Students not only learn art history but are given the skills and confidence to be a great artist!
TOPP KIDS is currently developing a new Kindergarten curriculum that will be piloted over the 2018/2019 year. The curriculum will focus on bringing more hands-on, European inspired play based programming using more natural materials and community involvement while focusing on developmental milestones and teachable moments.
TOPP KIDS Summer Camp
Due to the overwhelming demand for summer camp spaces this year, TOPP KIDS will be opening a second and possibly third Summer Camp location for summer 2019. We are so excited that our camps are in such high demand, and it is our goal to have enough room in camps for every TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs participant in the near future.
Jr. Leadership Program
All communities need role models and leaders. Most of us agree that professions such as medicine, technology, education, business and industry, politics, and the arts need people who can use intelligence, creativity, and critical judgment.
We believe it is our job, as role models and child care professionals, to help in the development of leadership attributes and qualities and skills in children at an early age.
Our leadership program helps teach kids to feel comfortable in and addressing large groups of children, have others respond well to their suggestions and build interest in setting the direction or style of play for their peers. We believe leadership in children can be nurtured and grown and, in turn, build great amounts of self-respect and worth.
Check out the full Leadership Program page.
TOPP KIDS is an Inclusive Care program who prides itself on Acceptance, Tolerance, and Empathy with all attendees including those with diverse needs. Many of the schools we service have specialized programs such as the Bridges program that caters specifically to families with diverse needs. TOPP KIDS prides its self on the education and professionalism of our teams but we do also have the ability to help families contract additional Supportive Aides to work one on one with their child in the program through an assessment process. Funding must be approved first by FSCD (Family Support for Children With Disabilities) and Supportive Aides or Youth Community Facilitators would then be contracted through either TOPP KIDS or the separately. All Supportive Aides would be additionally trained by TOPP KIDS so that our standards would be consistent throughout the program.
YES: Youth Empowered for Success
In partnership with YES Super Camps, TOPP KIDS will be able to find their strengths, create their own Million Dollar Idea, develop their product or service, build a small business and actually enter the entrepreneurial area! During this process children will learn life skills around finance and system development and have an opportunity to involve the whole family.
Entrepreneurship shows your TOPP KID that what is learned in school can be applied in real life. Our objective is to get your son/daughter to think in terms of “how will I use what I’m learning in school to benefit myself and others in real life, rather than just understanding the theory.” – Nick Petryk- President & Co-Founder – YES – Youth Empowered for Success Inc
TOPP KIDS Café
Every one of our TOPP KIDS programs has now developed their own version of a TOPP KIDS Café. The idea has been a child led activity and it is exciting to see all the creative ideas coming from every group. Every month each program hosts their own Café club providing the kids in the program with a variety of cooking and creative culinary experience.
The Café program gives the children the opportunity to work with food crafts, bake, take turns serving and managing and has turned into a great activity for family participation too. We even have special visits from Chef Chris, SYSCO, and Poppy Innovations who come in and volunteer and help teach new recipes and culinary skills!
The best part is ALL parents and families are invited! We encourage family and community involvement, and this is definitely the most delicious way to do it!
Supporting Inclusive Approaches in Play
TOPP KIDS and Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement have partnered to introduce new resources into each centre. This latest assortment of toys and materials is intended to provide resources that support inclusive approaches in play, facilitate greater sensitivity and understanding of inclusion through enriched philosophical shifts in attitude, and integration interactions with young children and their families.
The resource materials have been designed to complement the following 9 program areas.
- Manipulative exploration
- Artistic expression
- Music & movement
- Block construction
- Sand & water
- Socio-dramatic play
- Nature & science
- Math & numeracy
- Indoor & outdoor spaces
Each set is supported by a curriculum guide that provides information addressing best and promising practice relative to inclusion, learning stories that offer insight to practical application and supporting approaches, self-reflection questions, as well as a series of supporting activity sheets with suggestions for implementation of toys and resources.
After School Check: Physical Awareness – Pilot Program
TOPP KIDS and Physical and Health Education Canada have partnered to pioneer a new physical awareness and safety program for before and after school programs across the country.
The After School Safety Check program provides support tools and resources for after school program leaders, supervisors and parents. Additionally, the After School Safety Check program aims to increase knowledge, awareness and understanding of injury prevention, risk management and best practices in safety.
The After School Safety Check program resources are divided into two categories: Parental Awareness Tools and Program Leader/Supervisor Support Tools.
- Parental Awareness Tools
- Checklists that increase parental awareness on selecting appropriate programs and the minimum required safety standards.
- Program Leaders/Supervisor Support Tools
- Interactive Games and Activities
- Physical Activity Implementation Checklist
- Physical Activity Guideline Checklist
- Physical Activity Safety Games
- Resource Documents
- Sample Forms for Communication, Protocol and Procedures
- Inclusion Guideline for Participants of All Abilities.
Programs such as these help to keep TOPP KIDS up to date with current advances and innovations is childcare, helping us provide the best quality child care possible.
CLICK HERE to see our letter to our families and schools at the beginning of this year.