SADOCHOK was the first full-time Ukrainian language preschool in Ontario and was incorporated in 1976 as a non-profit organization under the name of SADOCHOK CENTRE INC. and licensed by the Ministry of Community, Family and Children’s Services, Day Nurseries Act, Government of Ontario.
It is also registered as a charitable body and all donations to the preschool are tax deductible. Our facilities are fully and regularly inspected by the Ministry of Health, Fire Department and City of Toronto Public Works. In addition, our property has an on-site fully licensed and inspected playground.
Policies and administration of the preschool are undertaken by a Board of Directors comprising of at least six members elected on a rotational basis for a two-year term by members of the corporation. One parent/guardian per family automatically receives an annual membership, entitling the holder to one vote. The day-to-day operation of SADOCHOK is managed by the Supervisor and the Office Administrator under the direction of the Board of Directors.
The preschool’s high standards are maintained through the encouragement of parents/guardians to contribute their time, talents, and commitment either as a member of the Board or the Parents’ Committee.
Philosophy and Objectives
SADOCHOK provides an open learning environment for young children under the guidance and gentle loving care of experienced teachers.
We pride ourselves on providing a multidimensional program stressing Ukrainian linguistic and cultural growth, as well as social, emotional and academic development.
Research clearly documents that the first six years of a child’s life are most formative, and therefore in order to significantly enhance a child’s ability to learn we follow these fundamental principles:
→ To stimulate and encourage creative thinking and participation in a pressure-free environment.
→ To emphasize the acquisition of basic skills such as reading, writing, oral expression, arithmetic, science and the arts.
→ To encourage physical fitness and promote artistic development.
→ To promote individualized learning by grouping the children according to ability and interests with low teacher/child ratios.
In addition, our programme is based on a discovery/traditional learning format that is supplemented by visits to old age homes, churches, historical and cultural sites, recreational facilities, as well as other field trips and excursions.
SADOCHOK operates Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30AM and 6:00PM, providing quality child care and a wide range of learning and recreational activities in the Ukrainian language.
As the preschool is equipped with a kitchen and employs a full-time cook, we are able to provide hot, nutritious and delicious daily lunches, as well as freshly-made mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.