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 Parent / Guardian Handbook is available on request to learn more about our specific policies.
Camp Leader/Child Ratio’s
In accordance with the Day Nurseries Act, enrollment is set up as the following:
Arrival and Departure Times (First and Last half hour of the day); 1 teacher: 20 children, no more than 5 children when a staff member is alone in the building.
Junior Explorers (JK/SK): 1 teacher: 13 children
Sr. Adventurers (GR 1-8): 1 teacher: 15 children
Mavericks (Ages 9 – 13): 1 teacher: 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 6:00pm. If a parent is unable to be at the Camp by 6:00pm, we ask that they make arrangements for the child to be picked up.
A late fee of $20 for every part of half an hour per child will be charged for any pick-up past 6:00pm. 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.