The Early Learning Centre under the University of Toronto is incorporated as a non-profit corporation. 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.
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 supervisors are organized under a collective agreement between USW 1998 and the University of Toronto. The RECE’S, classroom assistants, cook and food service worker are organized under a collective agreement between CUPE 2484 and the University of Toronto.
Parent/guardians, ELC staff, University representatives compose the Parent/guardians Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Parent/guardians Advisory Committee is to provide input on the program policies, services and initiatives provided by the ELC and to advise the University of Toronto regarding parent/guardian concerns and opinions as they manage the centre. Meetings are held quarterly.
The Early Learning Centre welcomes parent participation in our programs. You may wish to participate at the Parent Advisory Committee advising us on program development or contributing to working groups that examine policies and centre program initiatives. See Appendix for PAC terms of reference.
Alternatively you may have expertise, talents or skills you wish to contribute to the program on a regular or occasional basis. As your child progresses to new age groups at the centre you will be given a form to fill out that will allow you to identify how you wish to contribute to the room.
The easiest way for parents to be involved in their child’s centre experience is to share interests and activities that your child enjoys at home. There is a section on all our program planning charts for parents to write observations and home experiences, in this way staff will be able to integrate activities from home into play and learning at the centre.
Each year the ELC PAC distributes an anonymous parent satisfaction survey which is used to set program goals for the following year. Additionally, the manager and supervisors are available either by appointment, telephone or email to receive and discuss suggestions for programs.
The University of Toronto has overall responsibility for the management and operation of the Early Learning Centre. The Parent Advisory Committee reports, in its advisory capacity, to the Manager to inform decisions.
The Manager reports directly to the Director, of Family Programs and Services in the Office of the VP of Human Resources and Equity.
All teaching, support, casual staff, the Cook and the Food Service Worker report directly to the Supervisors. The Supervisors report to the Manager. The Manager is responsible for supervising and providing direction to the Supervisors, the Business Coordinator, and the Family Resource Coordinator.
All staff are members of the bargaining unit of CUPE and USW save and except the Manager and Business Manager.