The staff at Camp Waterdown and Waterdown District Children’s Centre, strive to provide a comfortable environment for both the children and parents. We offer an open-door policy to our parents: therefore, both the Director and the teachers are always available to discuss any concerns the parent may have. The arrival and departure time can be a very busy time for everyone and you may find it easier to call back during the day when everyone will have more time to address and discuss any concerns you may have.
If you have a much larger concern that may involve more in-depth discussions, please feel free to set up a meeting time with the director to sit down and discuss it.
Below is a quick glance of important policies practiced at Camp Waterdown.
Our latest WDCC Early Learning Child Care Parent / Guardian Handbook or our Camp Waterdown B&A Parent / Guardian Handbook is available on request to learn more about our organization policies (currently being revised).
As a not-for-profit organization, WDCC has opted in to the newly introduced Canada-Wide Early Learning Child Care Funding Support program (CWELCC) being phased in that will provide dramatic reductions in care fees for children under 6 years of age (ELCC and Kindergarten).
WDCC Positive Program Environment Policy (governing inappropriate and bullying Behaviours)
Camp Leader/Child Ratio’s (these ratios may temporarily be superseded by COVID-19 Policies and Practices)
In accordance with the Day Nurseries Act, enrollment is set up as the following:
Junior Explorers (JK/SK): 1 educator: 13 children
Sr. Adventurers (Ages 6 – 12): 1 educator: 15 children
Mavericks (Ages 9 – 13): 1 educator: 20 children
When your child brings belongs from home, please ensure that it is labeled properly. The Staff of Camp Waterdown will not be responsible for the safety of these items, therefore we encourage you to not send items of value.
Behaviour Management Guidelines
Camp Waterdown follows behaviour guidelines, in accordance with the Day Nurseries Act. Full statements of theses policies are available for parents to review at any time.
All staff and volunteers at the Camp will use positive child guidance techniques. They will use soft supportive voices, model acceptable behaviour, and regular intervention in the form of praise, hugs, encouragement and reminders. Limits of activities will be clearly outlined to the children and repeated, as necessary, along with positive redirection.
Late pick-up Fee
Children become anxious when parents are late. It is the parent’s responsibility to arrive at the Camp in time to pick their child up before the designated pick up times. If a parent is unable to be at the Camp by that time, we ask that they make arrangements for the child to be picked up by an identified adult caregiver on their contact list.
A late fee of $20 for every part of half an hour per child will be charged for any pick-up past the program pick up time. This fee is to be paid directly to the staff member on duty, as it is a financial representation for their additional time worked. The clock at the Camp shall be used as the official time.