About Us

Access and Inclusion

The aim of the University of Toronto Early Learning Centre (ELC) is to provide a safe, secure, supportive and stimulating environment where children are free to grow to their potential. ELC endeavors to provide a bias-free learning environment, especially in regard to language, teaching materials, response to specific incidents, and other facets of the program. Read more…

Communication

Routine communication with parent/guardians around ongoing events at the  child care is handled in a number of ways.Face to face contact with a staff at drop off and pick up time, and writing messages on a child’s daily chart are the most common ways to communicate daily. An electronic seasonal newsletter provides a summary of activities of the past three months and upcoming activities. As well list-serve messages from the management staff and Parent/guardians Advisory Committee will be sent as necessary. Read more…

Management

The management team is composed of a manager and three supervisors across our three sites.  The teaching team is composed of RECE’s and classroom assistants as prescribed by the Ontario Day Nursery Act.The University of Toronto holds the license to operate a day nursery.  Unlike a community run – parent/guardian board of director childcare centre the University of Toronto bares the responsibility of managing the child care centre. Read more…

Mission Statement, Philosophy of Inclusion and Access

The aim of the University of Toronto Early Learning Centre (ELC) is to provide a safe, secure, supportive and stimulating environment where children are free to grow to their potential. ELC endeavours to provide a bias-free learning environment, especially in regard to language, teaching materials, response to specific incidents, and other facets of the program. Read more…

Pedagogy

Research consistently points to several common elements that are characteristic of the way that young children learn. First and foremost, we know that children use play as a medium for exploring and manipulating their physical environment. What is also evident is the fact that the integration of new knowledge is best assured when children are actively engaged and when learning experiences align with their interests, individual strengths and learning styles. Read more…

Preference for University Children

The Early Learning Centre (ELC) is a department of the University of Toronto. The preference of the ELC is to enroll children of University students, staff and faculty, endeavoring to maintain a minimum of 50% of their total enrollment children of University students, and 50% children of University faculty / staff as averaged over the calendar year. Read more…

Program Philosophy

The Early Learning Centre’s program philosophy is inclusive, bias-free and based on the concept of learning through play and modeling.  We recognize that children learn through active involvement.  Learning activities are designed to stimulate creativity, individual growth, development of motor skills, listening / communication skills, cognitive skills, social / emotional skills, and environmental awareness. Read more…