George Gordon First Nation

 

Child Care

George Gordon First Nation Head Start Program

The Aboriginal Head Start Program is a place where pre-school children learn through play. Head Start is a pre-school program, usually aged 3-4 years of age. Head Start programs provide opportunities for children and parents to share valuable experience that are vital for Early Childhood Development. The classroom setting is designed around the six components of Head Start:

  • Culture and Language
  • Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Nutrition
  • Parental Involvement
  • Social Support Programs

Head Start Program Philosophy

Our children have the right to a healthy and safe environment and to a quality of life that will enrich their developmental growth. The hope for our children is to give them the Head Start they so rightfully deserve. Pre-school children are active learners who are curious about how and why things work. When their explorations are encouraged, they develop confidence in their ability to learn.

Goals

The goals of the George Gordon Head Start are to:

  • Provide George Gordon preschool children with cultural, social, educational skills to sure preparation for the school system.
  • Provide families with the opportunity to further enhance the nurturing of their children.
  • Provide a stimulating environment where the children learn naturally.
  • To build competence and to empower children by fostering in each child a true sense of self worth.

Six Components of Head Start

Nutrition

  • To provide children and parents with opportunities to learn about and further develop nutritious and healthy eating habits.
  • A nutritious snack will be provided every day.

Health Promotion

  • The program will ensure that all children are immunized according to provincial standards. This will be done in cooperation with parents/guardians and through local health service providers.
  • The program will ensure that qualified health professionals will visit the program on a regular basis.

Parental Involvement

  • It is a well known fact that children do better at school when parents and teachers work closely together.
  • The purpose of parental involvement is to support the parent and family role as the primary teachers of children.
  • The ultimate goal is for the parents to become more confident and assertive and to have a deeper understanding of their children at the end of the program.

It is mandatory that each parent participate when requested to attend and will take part in the session that their child is enrolled in.

Social Support Programs

The purpose of the social component is to ensure that the families are made aware if resources and community services that are available to improve their quality of life.

The Head Start program will identify the need for and facilitate the provisions of social support to children and their families. Methods of social support may include:

  • Provide referrals.
  • Implement family- needs assessment/provide emergency assistance information.
  • Provide crisis intervention information.

Culture and Language

The children will be exposed to multicultural activities such as dance, music, language, dress, food, and arts and crafts. Parents are encouraged to provide input for these activities.

Education

Children learn best through hands on experience. The program is designed to meet the holistic and developmental needs of the children.

  • Provide situations, activities, and resource persons meaningful to the child's growth.
  • Provide a stimulating environment where children learn naturally.
  • Build competence and to empower children by fostering in each child a true sense of self worth.

The children learned the "Learn Not to Burn" program and visited the Firehall #4 in Regina for their year end field trip.

The 2015-2016 Head Start year there were 23 children that went through the program. 18 graduated to pre k.

Learn Not to Burn

Learn Not to Burn

Open House& Parent Orientation

September 12, 2016. Parents can register their children.

Open House

The first day of school for the 2016-2017 Headstart students is September 19, 2016.

Summer Reading

  • George Gordon Head Start August 9,11,16,18,23,25,29,31, 2016 from 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • Ages 3 & parent must attend with their child
  • Snacks & transportation will be provided
  • To register call the George Gordon Head Start @ (306) 835-2031

Staff:

  • Vicki Lonethunder Coordinator
  • Early Childhood Instructor

George Gordon Head Start
Box 248
Punnichy, SK
S0A 3C0
Phone: (306) 835-2031
Fax: (306) 835-2036

TATC Child Care Regulations

The George Gordon Head Start is guided by the safety standards of the Touchwood Agency Tribal Council Child Care Regulations. The TATC Head Start programs are monitored by the Early Child Care Manager Sheila Kaye-Machiskinic. Our Head start facilities located in the old school block must pass yearly inspections completed by the TATC Fire Inspector and the provincial EHO.

TATC Early Child Care Staff Qualifications

Alternate ECE Instructor Director/Coordinator
18 Years & Older 18 Years & Older 18 Years & Older
Standard First Aid CPR Lev C WHMIS Certificate WHMIS Certificate
Safe Food Handling Cert. Safe Food Handling Cert. Safe Food Handling Cert.
CPIC – Yearly CPIC – Yearly CPIC – Yearly
Medical to include immunizations of Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Tuberculosis & Influenza Medical to include immunizations of Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Tuberculosis & Influenza Medical to include immunizations of Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Tuberculosis & Influenza
  Orientation to Daycare (120hr minimum) Orientation to Daycare (120hr minimum)
  1st yr SIAST ECE Certificate 2nd yr SIAST ECE Diploma