North Bay Centre


Opened in 2014, our North Bay Centre offers 7 programs with passionate educators that help shape the lives of children in fun and respectful ways. Alongside our incredible supervisor, our staff work together to ensure all children and families feel comfortable and accepted in any program. As a team we understand that we learn as much from the children in our programs as they do from us, and we use this continuous learning to improve our centre and ourselves every chance we get.

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Meet the Supervisor!


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TAYLOR HUYCKE
NORTH BAY CENTRE SUPERVISOR

After graduating from the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Canadore College, Taylor Huycke entered the childcare field and has flourished at Friends Forever Childcare Centre for the past 5 years. Beginning as an Assistant Supervisor in the Toddler program, she was quickly promoted to Supervisor of the whole North Bay Centre. Throughout her time here, Taylor’s energetic and positive attitude has helped shape Friends Forever Childcare Centre into the incredible organization it is today.

 

Centre Information


address

1140 Front Street
North Bay, Ontario, P1B 6P2

contact information

Phone:
705-825-3322 ext. 200

Email:
supervisor-1140front@friendsforeverchildcare.ca

Centre hours

6:30am - 6:00pm

 
 

Program Information

FAQs


All of our programs are child-lead and follow the How Learning Happens Curriculum. We allow children to explore at their own pace with tools and materials to expand on their individual interests.


Below we have listed answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions. For further information, or for questions not listed below please contact the Centre Supervisor.

+ Infant

  • 3 Months - 18 Months Old
  • Full-day Care

Our Infant Program is less structured and follows the routine of parents at home, including nap schedules and meals which are saved if a child is sleeping. Infants sleep in cribs in a separate sleep room and sleep checks are performed by staff every 15 minutes to ensure the safety of all infants. Quiet-time activities are given to infants that do not sleep. Diapers are changed 4 times per day and/or as needed and, weather permitting, infants are taken outside once or twice a day.

+ Toddler

  • 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
  • Full-day Care

Our Toddler Program follows a more structured routine than our Infant Program but maintains its flexibility to ensure it is child-lead. Nap time is 12pm - 2pm on cots, however, because naps are not enforced, toddlers that do not sleep are given quiet-time activities. Toddlers are encouraged to self-serve food with the support of educators and, weather permitting, they are taken outside twice a day. Diapers are changed 4 times per day and/or as needed and potty training is encouraged when children are ready.

+ Preschool

Junior

  • 2.3 Years - 3 Years Old
  • Full-day Care

Senior

  • 3 Years - 4 Years Old
  • Full-day Care

Our Preschool Program follows a similar structure to our Toddler Program - continuing to maintain its flexibility to ensure it is child-lead. Nap time is 12pm - 2pm on cots, however, because naps are not enforced, preschoolers that do not sleep are given quiet-time activities. Preschoolers are encouraged to self-serve food with the support of educators and, weather permitting, they are taken outside twice a day. Diapers are changed 4 times per day and/or as needed and potty training becomes a focus so preschoolers can become comfortable using the bathroom. Between January and June, the letter and writing recognition program, Jolly Phonics, is implemented so that preschoolers become comfortable with proper literacy.

To prepare senior preschoolers for school, independence is fostered between January and August and, beginning in May, nap times are cut - typically 30 minutes at a time.

+ School-Age

Junior and Senior Kindergarten

  • 4 Years - 6 Years Old
  • Before School Care
  • After School Care
  • Full-day Care

School-Age

  • 7 Years - 12 Years Old
  • Before School Care
  • After School Care
  • Full-day Care

Our School-Age Program follows a similar structure to our Preschool Program - continuing to maintain its flexibility to ensure it is child-lead. During the school year, school-age children are dropped off at our centre, bussed to school, bussed back to the centre after school, and stay at the centre until they are picked up. School-age children are encouraged to self-serve food with the support of educators and, weather permitting, they are taken outside twice a day. Field trips are planned for full-day care, some of which include an extra cost to parents.

+ What days are you 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 do staff have?

All of our staff have completed the same rigorous interview process, hold up-to-date CPR and First Aid certifications, and have completed Police Record and Vulnerable Sector Checks with the North Bay Police Service. As well, all Early Childhood Educator (ECE) teachers on staff are required to be members of the College of Early Childhood Educators.

Beyond these qualifications, we are committed to on-going training and development to ensure our staff stay up to date with developments in the childcare field.

+ 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

+ What will my child do all day?

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

For more information, check out our Program Guidelines.

+ Will my child be 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 if my child is sick?

We uphold a set of policies set out by our Health Unit, however, for the health and safety of all families in the centre, we reserve the right to follow our own, stricter set of policies in certain situations which are evaluated on case-by-case basis.

For specific information, check out our Illness Policy.

+ What will my child be eating?

We accommodate all food restrictions and allergies by providing alternative meals for those who can't eat what is scheduled to be served on the menu. The menu is looked over and approved by our Health Unit.

Sample menu

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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

For more information, check out our Menu Guidelines.

+ 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.

+ What are my enrollment options?

At Friends Forever Childcare Centre we offer a variety of enrollment options:

Full-Time

  • 5 days per week
  • Monday - Friday
  • Set cost
  • Cost varies between programs

Part-Time

  • 2-4 set days per week
  • Days must be the same each week

Flex Care

  • 2-5 days per week
  • Days can vary between weeks
  • Schedules are requested a month in advance in order to guarantee care
  • An extra fee will be charged for flexibility of scheduling
  • We will do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee care for last minute schedule changes (to ensure we're meeting ministry requirements)

+ What are your rates?

For information regarding rates please contact the Supervisor.

+ What are my payment options?

Preferred

  • Etransfer

Also Accepted

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Paypal

Invoicing is done bi-weekly, and two weeks in advance. Payments is expected by the first day of each billing period.