KOLTS hires qualified early childhood educators who are registered members in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators (RECEs.) We believe that professional RECEs are essential to provide the high quality program that groups of young children deserve. All staff members are certified in first aid and infant/child CPR. Staff, placement students and volunteers must have up-to-date Police Vulnerable Sector Screens and immunizations that the York Region Medical Officer of Health recommends for adults working in child care programs.

We require regular participation by staff members and volunteers in ongoing personal and professional development activities. An essential part of development activities involves group or teamwork. To this end, KOLTS closes for Professional Development Days each calendar year (Easter Monday, plus between one and three others over the year-end closing). During these days staff members meet to pursue a variety of activities as a team (first aid and CPR certification, group skills workshops, ethno-cultural training, working with children with exceptionalities, etc).

We have implemented an Emergent Curriculum across our organization with a strong emphasis on developmentally appropriate environments that reflect our belief in children as competent learners. In our programs, you will see the daily experiences documented throughout the playroom as evidence of the educators’ careful observations of the children’s growth and development. Relationships with the environment, parents and community are emphasized.