The Saskatoon Early Childhood Education Demonstration Centre is located in the north end of Mount Royal Collegiate. This area was renovated in 2009 to accommodate the Saskatoon Trades and Skills Center and Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. The north end of Mount Royal Collegiate is known as the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Avenue W Campus. Sask Poly operates several courses from the building including the Early Childhood Education Certificate and Diploma Programs. The child care centre was constructed with observation booths to support the education of the ECE students. The centre’s programming reflects the curriculum of the ECE Certificate and Diploma programs.
The Royal West Early Learning Centre is located in Royal West Campus. The centre is located at the north end of the school. The main centre is comprised of two classroom areas that house the office, the kitchen, the 10 space toddler area and the 18 space preschool area. The 6 space infant room is located across the hall from the main centre. A large natural playground is located off the main centre area. Six early childhood educators provide care and education for the children. Children who require additional supports related to development or behaviour are assisted by an Inclusion Coordinator. Our excellent cook provides two snacks and lunch each day. We place a strong emphasis on healthy foods so all foods are made from scratch. The cook also has individual servings of food available for parents to heat up for lunch. Coffee, hot chocolate, snacks and a large bowl of fruit are available for parents as they head off to school or work.
The Sharon Van Cleave Centre is located in Mount Royal Collegiate. It occupies two locations in the school. The childcare office, two infant areas and the centre kitchen are located in the main centre on the east side of the school. The 10 space toddler centre with its two early childhood educators is located off the main hall on the south side of the school. The toddler room has a door directly to an inner courtyard play area. The Child Care Director and the Parent Program Coordinator share an office just inside the door of the main centre. There are two infant rooms each with two early childhood educators and six infants. All of the food served in our centre is homemade by our cook. She also prepares two lunches each week for the parents. There is soup, bagels and other easy to prepare food available in the kitchen for parents. The kitchen has a large table where parents meet and do homework or eat.
Sharon Van Cleave Child Care and Royal West Early Learning Centre provide a variety of programs and supports for young parents and their children. Our two Parent Program Coordinators design and facilitate programs that will support the development of parenting skills and parent awareness of optimal child growth and development. Several group programs are offered. A Time out for Moms group is offered monthly which focuses on wellness, healthy choices and fun! A cooking club program is also offered monthly. The program seeks to expose parents to different foods, develop cooking skills, and provide nutritional information in a positive, cooperative group setting. The centres have weekly noon groups that meets to discuss a variety of topics while enjoying a tasty, nutritious lunch. A variety of speakers and topics are addressed during the group.