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**NEW** Letter to TOPP KIDS Families…

Dear TOPP KIDS Families,

 

It’s hard to believe that another year has already passed! 2016/17 was a very busy year for the TOPP KIDS group. This past year we opened our 6th location in Copperfield and our first Kindergarten program at Maple Ridge. We added a full Support Team to ensure program quality (Regional Manager, Professional Development Coordinator & Accreditation Coordinator) and opened our first Head Office (just east of Chinook). We created a sister company (ELCC & Community Development) to better educate and facilitate workshops for both our teams as well as other child based programs across the city in the Early Learning and Childcare field, keeping up with industry changes and developments and created family support groups. Our team grew to almost 40 staff and the caliber of our programming just keeps getting better and better! We’ve now had a chance to really dig into our strategic planning and are excited for the directions TOPP KIDS will be growing into over the next couple of years!

Over this next year we will be continuing to focus on providing Quality, affordable programs as well as extend the accessibility of these programs to new communities like Silverado. Our programming focus over the next year will be based on child led emergent programming and a Kids Club based atmosphere as well as adding elements of Social Emotional Literacy, Loose Parts Play and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) outcome programing. We are very firm believers that children are natural leaders and learners and we will be continuing to develop new ways to encourage all our children to be true TOPP KIDS!

In addition, as we are now recognized as an industry leader in Calgary, TOPP KIDS is continuing to work on what we like to call Phase Two, moving toward creating a new standard in care for children ages 5- 12 in Alberta. Along with creating a system of Child Care Professional Development Workshops for not only our teams but for other Child Care companies across Calgary we are actively involved in many advocacy projects including the Lights on After school Calgary initiative or the creation of the RIGHT TO PLAY CHARTER– being signed into the bill of Human Rights in September. With this being said, we will be continuing to introduce many pilot projects over the next couple years utilizing the latest research and development in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) field with partner groups like S.A.C.D.A. (School Age Directors Association of Alberta), IPA (International Play Association), Developing Harmony (ECE Professional Development group), Play, Participation, and Possibilities: Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework, Bow Valley University and Portage Collage. The effects of this kind of development within the company will all around enhance our program and outcomes with the children and families. We encourage your feedback and welcome all suggestions!

I also must express how enthusiastic I am about the team we have built over the last few years… These individuals are unbelievably passionate and committed to making TOPP KIDS the best and definitely the most fun Out of School Care in Calgary. Their innovative minds and dedication are the reason TOPP KIDS has grown the way it has… I would like to take this chance to thank them for everything they do!

 

Thank you for your continued support over the next year! We can’t wait to continue to PLAY, GROW, LAUGH & LEARN with your family!

Cody Topp

Owner/ Operator

TOPP KIDS Child Care Centre

(P) 1 (403) 710-8384

(E) [email protected]

 

 

**NEW** S.T.E.A.M Programming

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ACTIVITY PROGRAMMING WITH THE S.T.E.A.M.!

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding children’s inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are children who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

Using the STEAM approach to activity planning at TOPP KIDS, the leaders help guide children in creating projects that make them problem solve and innovate.  Every activity is recorded by the children using our Activity planning sheet with 5 steps- Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create & Improve.

 
 

**NEW** LOOSE PARTS PLAY

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Imagination, creativity, curiosity, desire, and need are the motivation of loose parts. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Loose parts can be used                                                                                                                                       alone or combined with other materials.

What are loose parts?

Loose parts simply means moveable materials that children can use in their play. They might be bought materials, upcycled from the recycling bin or found natural objects. There’s a printable list of some loose parts ideas below, but really anything goes: boxes, feathers, marbles, wrapping paper, fir cones, water, sand, twigs, hats, drinking straws…..

What loose parts free play offers children qupte

Stocking our play space with loose parts offers children

  • daily inspiration
  • endless possibilities
  • a chance to think
  • encouragement to be creative
 

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**NEW** Monkeynastix

Monkeynastix Logo New 2016TOPP KIDS and Monkeynastix are partnering to introduce a new type of physical development program into each centre -helping to promote Fun & Fitness and creating life long motivation and positive self image.  This program will take your child on a journey of discovery that will not only shape the body and build emotional intelligence but wire the mind for academic success! Ask your Program Coordinator for more information or visit www.monkeynastix.ca .

 

**NEW** Supporting Inclusive Approaches in Play

TOPP KIDS and ARCQE (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. Further, to 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 way of 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.

**NEW** TOPP KIDS Cafe’

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Every one of our TOPP KIDS programs has now developed their own version of a TOPP KIDS Cafe’. 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 Cafe’ club providing the kids in the program with a variety of cooking and creative culinary experience.

The Cafe 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 and Poppy Innovations who come in to volunteer and help teach new recipes and culinary skills!

 

The best part is ALL parents and families are invited! One of our goals this year is to encourage more family and community involvement, and this is definitely the most delicious way to do it!

 

If you would like to get more involved with Cafe’ days at your program, speak with your Program Coordinator for more info.

 

**NEW** After School Check: Physical Awareness – Pilot Program

TOPP KIDS and Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) have partnered to pioneer a new physical awareness and safety program for before and after school cares across the country.

The After School Safety Check program provides safety 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.

1. Parental Awareness Tools

a)      Four checklists that increase parental awareness on selecting appropriate programs and the minimum required safety standards.

2. Program Leaders/Supervisor Support Tools

a)      Interactive Games and Activities.

  • One Physical Activity Implementation Checklist
  • 16 Physical Activity Guideline Checklists
  • 24 Physical Activity Safety Games

b)       Resource Documents.

  • 13 Sample forms for communication, protocol and procedures

c)       One Inclusion Guideline for Participants of All Abilities.

Programs such as this helps keep TOPP KIDS up to date with current advances and innovations is childcare- helping us provide the best quality child care possible.