STEAM-Focused Approach To Promote Critical Thinkers & Problem Solvers
About Our Daycare
Creating a love for lifelong learning, along with useable, relevant skills at an early age, is one of the reasons we started our Calgary daycare. Given the right tools, it’s amazing what little minds can accomplish. There are numerous articles on the benefits of STEM/STEAM learning. STEAM is a way of educating that we have long followed, first in our day home and now at our Science Matters Daycare.
We will incorporate STEAM activities, both indoor and outdoor every single day during free play and structured play. Additionally, the kids will have free play time using loose parts where they can let their imagination take over.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
Our daycare program is geared for children ages 2.5 years to 5 years old. Unlike many Calgary daycares, we do not require a registration fee. Science Matters Daycare is open to anyone interested in it, no matter where you live in the city. Note, we currently have limited capacity as we’re in the final stages of licensing, please contact us for more information.
Classes run Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Parents have the option of choosing from 2 to 5 days per week.
WEEKLY THEMES TO FOSTER ENGAGEMENT
Every day the kids can expect to learn something new based on that week’s theme. In October, for example, it could be a theme about fall. A theme in April might focus on spring, with daily activities spent learning on things like bees and pollination.
Families have the option to sign up for our lunch program which is run through The Lunch Lady.
They have been providing meals across Canada since 1993 and deliver daily to our facility. Delivery includes a morning snack, a hot lunch, and an afternoon snack. All food delivered is nut free, individually packaged, and prepared daily by their Nutrition Manager and Red Seal Chef.
Our Philosophy & Daycare Fees
Early childhood education can set the foundation as a child grows. In fact, learning through play is one of the most effective ways for young children to learn. Using play as a way to teach makes it fun and engaging for the child.
Even from a young age, simple games like peek-a-boo, sorting, and knocking over blocks or even fitting shapes into a cut-out help develop motor skills and problem-solving abilities. Roughly 80% of brain development is completed by age three, and by age five, that number reaches 90%. This is why it’s important to begin setting the foundation before your child even starts Kindergarten.
- Full Day: 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
FEES FOR DAYCARE:
- 1 day/week: $240/month
- 2 days/week: $480/month
- 3 days/week: $720/month
- 4 days/week: $960/month
- 5 days/week: $1200/month
As you may have heard, Alberta has reached a deal with the federal government to reduce the cost of child care through an affordability grant. All families that attend a licensed facility will receive this monthly grant regardless of family income. The amount that a family receives per month is based on the age of children attending daycare and the number of days per week children attend:
In addition to the affordability grant, families may qualify for an additional $106 to $266 in subsidy based on their family income. Please click this link if you would like to apply for this additional subsidy.
With the above two subsidies, 1 – 3 day a week child care may be completely free while 4 – 5 day a week child care will be much more affordable.
Special Events & In-School Trips
Several times a year, the kids will take part in special in-school trips where they will get to know more about agriculture, science, technology, and more. The trips will include visits from:
Our in-school programming also includes options through the Royal Tyrrell Museum (Dino Safari) and visits from Calgary first responders. Each year we also host a Halloween party with face painting, a Christmas party with Santa, and a year-end picnic for the whole family. At the picnic, we keep the fun going with Fun with Playtime Rentals (bouncy castles).
Reading is an essential aspect of learning and growth. A love for reading can foster a passion for lifelong learning. Students are encouraged to practice their reading.
Once a week, the children will get to return a book and pick a new one from our daycare library. The idea is like an in house field trip where a small library is set up.
The books will rotate out throughout the year so that there are always new options for the kids. Each child will also receive personalized book bags that they can keep the books in and take home with them.