Frequently Asked Questions
Our hours of operation are 7:30am-6:00pm
Vincent Massey Academy has two campuses.
Our Daisy campus offers programs to following ages:
- Day School- Kindergarten to Grade 3
- Before-and after-school programs to our neighbouring public, catholic and french schools. PA day, March Break and summer break care included.
Our Franklin Horner offers programs to the following ages:
Our before-and after-school programs only offer combined before and after school care. We do not offer the option of registering for just one. This program also provides full day care on all PA days, March Break and summer holidays.
There is no difference between our two campuses, except for the ages of programming offerings.
Vincent Massey only provides full time programs. Our Pre-Kindergarten program is offered as as a full-time program or as a reduced hours program (9am-3pm), five days a week. The reduced hours program is only offered at the Daisy campus.
Vincent Massey is licensed by the Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act. We are inspected annually by the Ministry of Education and Toronto Children's Services. We are also subject to inspections by the Toronto Public Health Department and the Fire Department to ensure that our facilities meet all city standards. Our playground is also inspected annually. All inspection reports are posted in the main hallway of the school.
Infant: 1 teacher to 3 infants
Toddler: 1 teacher to 5 toddlers
Preschool: 1 teacher to 8 preschoolers
Kindergarten: 1 teacher to 13 kindergarteners
School Age: 1 teacher to 15 school-agers
In Toronto, all childcare centres with a service contract with Toronto Children Services are assessed by the City of Toronto for quality standards. Quality Assurance Analysts conduct annual unannounced site visits throughout the year to complete a formal assessment of each childcare centre using the Assessment for Quality Improvement. All childcare centres quality ratings from this assessment are posted on the Children Services website, for parents to consider when they choose a child care program and to monitor ongoing quality once their child is enrolled.
For a more in-depth explanation on the Assessment for Quality Improvement please visit www.toronto.ca/qualityratings.
Each classroom follows their own daily schedule, which is posted outside of the room as they change seasonally. Consistent, predictable routines help young children understand their environment and feel secure. A regular routine enables children to reduce anxiety by knowing what is coming next. A well-planned routine will also help encourage a child’s positive behaviour by meeting their basic needs for eating, sleeping, active and quiet play, time alone, and time with other children.
Our Infant daily schedule is set up on an individual basis, according to the schedule provided by the parent to Vincent Massey. Our daily schedule is carefully designed to promote children's learning and development through a balance of child-led and teacher-planned educational, stimulating and exciting activities.
What happens if my child does not want to sleep at naptime (infant, toddler and preschool programs)?
Infants follow their own individualized schedule. Toddler and preschool students are encouraged to rest for at least one hour. Quiet activities are programmed for children who are unable to rest. Naptime is approximately two hours in length.
Yes, Vincent Massey is catered by Wholesome Kids Catering. WKC is a leading children’s caterer, who provides high quality meals and snacks for children attending child care and schools. A hot, nutritious lunch is provided as well as two well-balanced snacks every day. We are a nut, pork, and shellfish free facility. Alternative food choices are available to those children with other food allergies and/or restrictions. Our menus are reviewed annually through a registered dietician based on the Canada Food guide and the provincial Child Care and Early Years Act.
Vincent Massey does not allow outside food to be brought into the school. Exposure to certain foods is a life threatening issue for some our students.
Homogenized milk is provided for students in our infant program and 2% milk is provided at lunch time for all other programs. Water is available throughout the day. You can bring in alternative beverage choices for your child.
Who else will have contact with my child? Are there students or other adults working or volunteering in the program? If yes, who are they? What responsibilities do they have? How long and how often are they at the program? Can I meet them?
Vincent Massey often has students enrolled in an E.C.E program at various universities or colleges, visit our school to complete their co-op placements. Their role is to observe the teachers and program in action and provide activities as required as part of their course. Their name, picture and profile about themselves will be posted on the door of the classroom they are completing their placement in. All health certificates, first aid training and criminal reference checks will be collected from the student before they start their placement at our school. Student placements are typically one semester long. The co-op student’s supervising teachers from the college will also visit the classroom to observe the student in action and provide feedback to them regarding their performance. Parents are encouraged to introduce themselves to any students working in their child’s classroom.
Each infant’s sleep schedule is individualized and based on their own daily schedule. Our infant students nap in a crib. Before infants graduate to our toddler program they will transition to sleeping on a cot. Our toddler and preschool students’ take their nap/rest periods on a cot.
Each child has their own designated crib or cot. Vincent Massey supplies cot sheets that are washed weekly or more often if required.
Eight weeks written notice is required if you wish to withdraw your child.
There is no additional cost for food. However, parents are required to supply all toileting supplies (diapers, wipes, creams) for their child in our infant and toddler program.
Yes. All fees must be paid regardless of sick days, extra vacation days and statutory holidays.
Fees will be withdrawn by direct withdrawal on the first business day of each month. This is the only method of payment that is accepted.
Vincent Massey does not charge a registration fee. The first month fees are required at the time of registration to secure your child’s placement. This first monthly fee is non- refundable.
If you wish to enroll your child at the Daisy Campus call 416 252 3304 ext. 232 and for Franklin Horner Campus, please call 416 252 3305 ext 227.