About Us
The Hungry Hippo is a new, family owned and operated childcare centre! ​​
We provide care for children from 12 months to 5 years of age. 
Our centre is at 1815 17th St. East in Owen Sound. 
              The Hungry Hippo views children as being competent, capable, curious and rich and potential. Our program is guided by How Does Learning Happen? and the following goals and approaches:
               
               To promote the health, safety, nutrition, and well-being of children. We provide a morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack that offers children healthy choices based on their individual preference.  Our menu achieves suggested guidelines by Health Canada in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.

                To support positive and responsive interactions among the children, parents, childcare providers, and staff. Staff interact with children through the daily activities of our program. We encourage and support staff and parents to interact and communicate. The Hungry Hippo understands that parents know their child best so we encourage and support parent and staff communication and interactions to ensure that the needs of each child are being met.

                To encourage the children to interact and communicate in a positive way and support their ability to self-regulate. We encourage children to communicate by coaching and assisting them to positively express themselves. Communication, expression and self-regulation is supported and encouraged through many tools and activities at our centre, such as art, dramatic play, music, movement and storytelling.
 
                To foster the children’s exploration, play and inquiry. We provide a large range of materials that allow children to choose activities that encourage and challenge their abilities and interests. We regularly change play materials offered at our centre to ensure children remain engaged and interested. Our educators participate with children as co-learners and encourage children to try new activities and expand their learning.

                To provide child-initiated and adult supported experiences. Our educators plan and provide opportunities that are developed around and expand the interests of the children at the centre. As co-learners, educators follow the lead of the children and are not directors. The process of our activities is a priority and children take the lead.  Our educators are present to ask questions and provide support.
                To plan for and create positive learning environments and experiences in which each child’s learning and development will be supported. Our educators provide activities and experiences that are planned to challenge and build on children’s abilities, skills, and interests.
                To incorporate indoor and outdoor play, as well as active play, rest and quiet time, into the day, and give consideration to the individual needs of the children receiving child care. Our schedule provides 2 hours a day for indoor and outdoor play, as well as rest time. Older children that may not need rest time, will be provided with a portion of quiet and play time instead. In addition, outdoor and indoor times may be exchanged depending on the weather. For example, on a nice sunny day, children may spend more time outside than inside or the opposite for a not so nice day.

                To foster the engagement of and ongoing communication with parents about the program and their children. Each child will be provided with a communication booklet. Our educators will write about each child’s day in the book to communicate with parents. Parents are also offered the opportunity to write in the booklet daily to communicate with our staff. Our staff will also complete documentation that provides parents with insight into our day to day learning, and opportunities for children to share their learning and experiences with parents.
                To involve local community partners and allow those partners to support the children, their families and staff. Through special experiences, children will be provided opportunities to interact with local community partners. Partners will be both visited by us and invited into our centre to provide our staff and children with unique experiences and learning opportunities. Parents are encouraged to participate in our special events by volunteering or offering opportunities for partnerships through hobbies, employment, etc.

                To support staff, or others who interact with the children at a child care centre in relation to continuous professional learning. We encourage our staff to engage in qualification upgrades and additional professional learning by utilizing local educational facilities. On site learning opportunities will also be offered where possible. Regular discussions are scheduled for open discussion between staff to share issues, experiences and ideas.  

                To document and review the impact of the above strategies on the children and their families. The impacts of these strategies are documented and visible in the children’s communication booklets and in meeting notes from regular staff discussions. The impact of these strategies will be reviewed, assessed and amended where needed, annually.