Tsawout First Nation Programs
Our vision is the empowerment of our people, spiritually, intellectually, physically and emotionally, by providing through mutual understanding a safe, open and fair environment for our community. Appreciating our youth and valuing our elders through traditional teachings and cultural practices. Along this journey, we will treat each other with respect, empathy, strength, pride and equality.
Programs and Services:
At the XE, NE, SEN (Small Footprints) Child Care Centre we strive to meet the individual needs of our families. We believe:
- In promoting and protecting children’s rights.
- That children learn through play.
- In providing a quality program, which will encompass physical, intellectual, and language, emotional and social development.
- In actively interacting with children while they are involved in play activities, While also giving them the opportunity to problem solve and enhance their social skills.
- In involving Elders in our program.
- In promoting and teaching SENĆOŦEN, values and beliefs.
- In providing a variety of materials, mediums and experiences for children to learn.
- That all children grow and develop at different stages and we will strive to meet their individual needs.
- In creating a partnership with parents, extended family and community.
- That our staff need to be positive role models in promoting a positive relationship with the parents, guardians and caregivers.
- In respecting the confidentiality of our children and their families.
- That all staff have a responsibility to promote a healthy environment and practice respect and integrity in their work with the children, each other and community.
- In providing education and training to all staff on an ongoing basis.
- That parents/guardians are the first and primary teachers of their children.
Tsawout First Nation Head Start staff are aware that parents and guardians are the primary teachers and caregivers of their children.
The program educators are here to support and encourage each child's positive sense of self, and the desire for life long learning. The educators support the parents role in planning, developing and evaluating the Head Start Program.
Overall, we provide a warm, accepting, and caring environment for both children and their families.
Hours of operation Tsawout First Nations Head Start Program is open 10 months of the year from September to June, with a two-month summer closure of July and August. We are closed for two weeks over the Christmas holidays and for two weeks over the Easter and Spring Break holidays as well as all statutory holidays.
The program is open to children and families with morning programs 10 a.m. to 12 noon and afternoon program from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. We do advise that your child(s) attend at least once a week to remain familiar with the program staff, children and procedures. Contact head start: Phone: 250 - 652 -1149 Fax: 250 - 652 – 8886
The purpose of the program is to serve the Community of TSAWOUT by providing quality educational support, nutritional snacks and advocacy to the schools on behalf of the students. The goal of the program is to provide a structured and safe environment, which promotes responsible behaviour, respect to others and a positive attitude for all students and staff. Students focus on homework, reading, writing, math and group activities. By using the motto R.R.I.C.H.H., the After-School Program has helped to successfully motivate the children, teach teamwork, instill values and inspire students to become “Role Models,” demonstrating the attributes of Respectfulness, Responsibility, Independence, Cooperation, Helpfulness and Honesty.
The TSAWOUT After-School Program began in 2001 under the Social Development Department. It was originally attended by 10 students at elementary grade level, from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, at “The Drop-In.” Over the next 5 years, the program expanded to include a full range of age groups and grade levels; Kindergarten to Grade 12. The T.A.S. Program shifted its focus from movies and games to reading, writing and arithmatic, culturally appropriate crafts and a SENCOTEN Language Program. Contact the After School Homework Program PROGRAM Phone: 250 - 652 -4287