Canadian Daycare Activities
Popular daycare activities in Canada include music, reading, and gardening.
- There are 39,051 daycare childcare establishments throughout Canada and 99% of them have less than 100 employees.
- There is no national system in place for Canada's Daycare Programs.
TYPES OF CANADIAN PRESCHOOL CENTERS
- Also known as play-based learning, offer the development of social skills and a love of school amongst young citizens and makeup 24% of the childcare centers in Canada.
- The YMCA is one of Canada's oldest and largest non-profit daycare programs with over 290 centers across the country and offers play-based learning, popular activities at these centers include music, playing with sensory materials, and visual art stimulation.
- Also known as early education and is the most structured of the daycare types, they aim to teach early learning and school activities and makeup 36% of preschools.
- 72 public schools across Canada have added Early Learning Preschool Programs to their schools and popular activities throughout them include reading time, science through observation, and outdoor learning that involves interacting with nature.
- Focuses on child-based learning and makeup 30% of daycare facilities in Canada.
- TMS is one of the largest and oldest Montessori schools in Canada with 2 campuses and over 700 students, including preschool-age students.
- Music for daycare students has been and continues to be an important activity as are puzzles.
- Other Montessori school activities include gardening, manipulative puzzles, and uninterrupted work time.
- This is a one on one daycare approach with teachers and preschoolers choosing tasks together and makeup 8% of preschools.
- Waldorf schools focus highly on the arts and play-based learning and account for just 2% of daycare.
- There are also religious and community-based preschools which often have a lot of parents and family involvement and make up less than 2% of the daycare in Canada.
- Regardless of the type of daycare, basic concepts are being taught that include math, literacy, science, creative arts, and social skills — but how each school teaches these concepts may be different.
- Some common ways to teach these methods include: arts and crafts, discussion groups and circle time, music and dancing, social games, and science exploration such as gardening.
YOUR RESEARCH TEAM APPLIED THE FOLLOWING STRATEGY
We began our research by determining the number of preschools in Canada and discovered that the total was 39,051. Then, we looked for the types of preschools and their regulations in Canada to obtain some beginning insights into the types of activities being demonstrated, to determine popularity. We discovered that there is a range of different types of preschool programs available in Canada which include: playschools, academic, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and religious preschools. Each one of these programs has a different method of teaching preschool-aged children and therefore would have different popular activities being used to teach the basics of the curriculum which includes math, literacy, science, creative arts, and social skills. We determined that the three most popular program types based on disruption in the number of preschools were play-based, Academic and Montessori schools with 24%, 36%, and 30% disruption respectively. Then, we broadened the research criteria to obtain further insights for the client, on the types of popular activities available for each program based on the number of schools which use them.