Daily Programs

How Does Learning Happen?

Children are viewed as competent, capable, and curious. “How Does Learning Happen?” (Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years) is the framework for program development, teaching, and practice at Buckhorn Daycare. It is intended to strengthen the quality of programs and ensure high quality experiences that lead to positive outcomes in relation to children’s learning, development, health and well-being.

Investing in Quality

Our Daycare is participating in the Investing in Quality Program with other childcare programs in the City and County of Peterborough. It is a program designed to help families ensure that their children are receiving high quality early learning and childcare services. The program is committed to maintaining provincial regulatory standards as well as local community standards.


Our educators greet you upon arrival, inform you about your child’s day, and encourage information sharing. We support you in making connections with formal and informal supports (e.g., community agencies, other families and support networks).

Ontario Early Learning Framework

Program Plans are posted outside of each room. Planned Activities are blue, Developmental Skills are red, and emerging activities are green.    

Individual Support Plans

Buckhorn Daycare is an approved integrated Centre for Special Needs Children. If a child has needs physical or developmental in nature, or behaviours that prevent them from participating in the program in a meaningful way, an individual support plan will be set up and conducted by qualified consultants from Five Counties Children’s Centre in Peterborough. All plans include parental involvement.

Nippissing Developmental Checklist

Staff will fill out this checklist for all children, and parents will receive a copy. Parents will also receive a copy of milestones, warning signs, and a chart showing the development of speech sounds.


Pictures and learning stories are posted to demonstrate children’s thinking and learning, and provide educators with information on how to plan developmentally appropriate experiences and environments.

Loose Parts

Loose parts are items that children can move, carry, combine, redesign, line up, take apart, put back together in multiple ways, and use to enhance their play and exploration. They provide a high level of creativity, choice, and the possibilities are endless for how they can be used. Research shows that children like to play with loose parts because they can use their imagination, have greater control in their play, and encourage open ended learning.

Second Step Program

This program involves lessons on social skills, dealing with emotions, and problem solving for children. The activities teach the children how to have power, and control their actions.

Early Years Workshops

Workshops may be booked to take place at the Daycare if parents or caregivers are interested in attending.

Five Counties Consultants

Will come to our Center to support the staff and work with children with special needs, or concerns.

Peterborough Public Health

Provides ongoing support.

Daily Schedule

Toddlers and Preschoolers

Children arrive and explore and engage in activities
Tidy up, washroom, snack
Group experiences
Outside activities and connect with nature
Washroom, reading time
Quiet time
Outside activities
Group experiences

Preschoolers and toddlers may be grouped together at the beginning and the end of the day.

School Age

Arrival and snack
Connect with nature and outside activities
Group experiences
Explore and engage in inside activities

School age and preschool children may be grouped together at the beginning and the end of the day.