Client Spotlight – Keelmount Day Care Centre

Client Spotlight – Keelmount Day Care Centre

Keelmount Day Care Centre x Playocity

Creating a fun, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment through extracurricular programs

We are thrilled to introduce Keelmount Day Care Centre – our amazing Featured Client. Established in 1983, Keelmount Day Care Centre is a licensed daycare located in Keele Street Public School (Toronto, Ontario). They are a non-profit, community-based daycare that caters to children from 18 months to 12 years of age. Playocity has been partnering with Keelmount Day Care for several years by facilitating extracurricular programs for its learners. It’s been such a pleasure watching their students grow and flourish year after year.

At Keelmount, the children learn through play-based activities and hands-on experiences. They also benefit from daily physical exercise, which helps them develop healthy habits and social skills that will serve them well in life. Keelmount’s management and staff are truly dedicated to creating a fun, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment and we feel incredibly proud to have been part of that journey!

Keelmount Day Care Centre – Goals & Philosophy

Keelmount Day Care believes that active play encourages exploration and inquiry and helps maximize a child’s success. This allows children to meet their needs for acceptance, affection, and approval. Children gain a strong sense of self-esteem and social competence through hands-on experience in a safe and supportive environment that respects individual needs, cultures, diversity, and preferences.

“Our goals are to encourage positive self-concepts in each child as well as to build resilience through co-operation and self-regulation. Each child naturally learns and flourishes when they belong, when they are engaged, when they are free to express themselves, and when their wellbeing is addressed.”

Learning Through Play & Enrichment Programs

Learning Through Play & Enrichment Programs

The Importance of Learning Through Play

Fewer Opportunities for Playful Activities

As we are moving forward with technological progress, it becomes more noticeable that our kids have fewer opportunities to engage in active play. In other words, children spend less time learning through play. Some examples of playful activities include storytelling, painting, singing, exploring, dancing, pretending, and imagining. Above all, playful learning is a very important part of early childhood education and development. It is something that adults have an obligation to provide for their kids. Art and movement-based programs for kids are great ways to introduce playful activities in childcare, school, or homeschooling learning environment.

Jessica Smock talks about the importance of learning through play and why kids deserve a preschool that lets them play. She does a great job explaining the benefits of enrolling children in schools that understand that play.

The Benefits of Active Play and its Impact on Academic Skills

An extensive body of research claims the gains of extra-curricular activities translate into improvements in academic skills.

According to the article written by Sam Alhadeff, published in Cornell Policy Review, “Involvement in these activities could have dramatic impacts on the future success of individuals and allow children and adolescents to develop an identity, interact with peers, and experience following orders from an adult role model. Examples of socio-behavioral skills developed through EA participation include non-cognitive skills – e.g., attentiveness, task persistence, independence, and eagerness to learn – and social skills – peer-to-peer interaction, respect for authority, and teamwork. An extensive body of research claims the gains of EAs are found in these socio-behavioral skills, which then translate into improvements in academic skills.”

Enrichment Programs for Kids & Learning Through Play

In conclusion, Enrichment Programs offer amazing high energy activities that focus on movement, arts, and team building. It is a great opportunity for children to learn through play, explore, and discover their talents. Participation in extra-curricular clubs reinforces creative learning as a tool to initiate improvements in academic skills.