Helping Raise Up Good Humans

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This afternoon, one of my Educators sent me a photo of the kids at nap time. One of the children was insistent today that she help rub the backs of some of our smaller children. The Educator let her help, as this child loves to be a helper and loves to take care of all of our stuffies, dollies, and apparently now also her friends. What started out as an Educator allowing the “rules” to bend and not being so stuck on keeping things “how they should be” turned into the photo above. I do promise that I know all the regulations about children’s beds being a certain distance away from each other, but for today, I didn’t have the heart to break up an incredibly touching moment where two of the children showed us in a simple way what it looks like to care for each other. I have been thinking about this photo all afternoon.

There are so many things in childcare that are staggeringly important. I can let myself be overwhelmed with the responsibility of what we do if I stop too long to think about it. Usually, I try to reflect on things at the end of the day, while at home and enjoying time with family and my puppies, but it usually sneaks in during the day too… much like this afternoon with our little photo. So far this year, I have been thinking about the importance of caring for each other and treating each other the way we would want others to treat us. It seems that no matter where I go, it is hard to get away from news of people treating each other in ways that shock and often upset me.

It seems that now, more than ever, one of the most important things about this job is for us to teach all these little humans about caring for each other. We are going to be different (which, by the way, is OKAY), and sometimes we are going to disagree (ALSO OKAY), but at the end of the day we are all people with thoughts and ideas and dreams for the future. I think that supporting each other’s differences is what makes us stronger.  When we combine all the different things we are individually good at we end up with a pretty amazing, well-rounded Center!

For as long as I am at Normanview, hugs will be free and given easy. Children will be accepted for who they are, and a spirit of friendship and happiness will be our goal. And on days like today, when we are caring for each other even when we sleep, I can reflect on today knowing that the future will be bright indeed.

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Reflections on 2016…

I cannot believe that we have already come to the end of another year! This marks the end of my 4th full year here at Normanview. Looking back on all that has been accomplished by our team here fills me with an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness and if I am being honest, I feel more than a bit proud of all that we, not me but WE, have done here.

I am first of all, incredibly thankful for our families here. For those of you who have been here for the whole 4 years or more, you have seen us go from buckets of toys on the floor to a beautiful, rich environment that is full of intriguing materials and educational experiences for your children. We went from quite the odd shade of pink literally everywhere (if you miss it, come to the office anytime haha) to a calm, natural space where we can relax together during the day. You have all stuck with us through some very uncertain and trying times, and for your patience and care throughout learning how to run this ship I will be eternally grateful. I have appreciated your presence at all of our teas, BBQs, and big group events.

I am thankful for my staff, my team, my work family. I have never worked with a group of people that have gotten along so well. I am well aware that we sometimes drive each other crazy, but I have also seen us grow to hold each other accountable to be not only better educators but also, better people. I have seen real growth from each of you, and a willingness to take responsibility for the role that you play in the success of our center and the futures of the children here. So many of you even have brought your own children to be with us, and we are so glad we get the chance to know them as well as we know you.

I am thankful for my own personal lessons that I learned this year. I learned how to find a renewal of my passion for my career and to channel it into doing good for our profession of Educators. I have had the experiences of meeting with members of our provincial and city leadership in an effort to work towards ending high property taxes for childcare and early learning centers across Saskatchewan. I hope to see Early Learning and Childcare eventually become a formal part of our Education system, and I hope to see Educators recognized across our province for the hard work and vital role that they play in the future of our province. I look forward to seeing Early Learning across our province become more unified and professional. There were definitely high points during my year here, and there were days that ended in frustration and tears. Through it all, I learned more about the kind of woman I want to become, the kind of manager I want to become, and how I want to treat those around me.

Now, we are definitely not perfect, nor have we even come close to reaching the pinnacle of excellence. Like most other centers, we have days where we miss the mark, and days where we shine. But we all have work to do! We have children who need love, learning, and a good laugh or two everyday. We have families to care for, and a community who needs our services. In 2017, we promise to keep doing our best. We hope that if we can do something for you that you will let us know. We want to hold ourselves to the highest possible standard and to continue to enjoy and be proud of our work.

I am looking forward to another year of growth, happiness, and learning! All the best to each one of you this Holiday Season, and if you have any reflections to share we would love to hear them. Happy New Year!

Before and After Updates

Hello parents, it is me again, Mackenzie. Based on the responses from our survey the staff in our program have determined that we will no longer be having Toy Day Tuesday or Electronic Day Friday. The possibility of using a toy day as a reward a couple times throughout the year as a special day such as, last day of summer, Christmas, and Easter, is being discussed.

We also ask that you take a look at our Before and After Guidelines and the Parent Handbook, as it will notify you of any changes we will be implementing, or allow you to get more information. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. Thank you to all the parents that participated in the Survey.

 

Before & After

Hello everyone! This is Mackenzie from our before and after program. This post is for new and current parents in our program. If you do not already know about our Toy Day Tuesday and Electronics Friday, here is some information about it.

Toy Day Tuesday: Every Tuesday, we allow for the children in our program to bring a toy from home to play with at daycare. We began this a year ago as a reward for the children’s good behaviour. Items the children often bring are blankets, stuffed animals, bey blades, lego, Pokemon, shopkins, etc. Home toys do not include electronics.

Electronics Friday: On non-school days that fall on a Friday throughout the school year and during the summer months, we allow the children to play on electronics for one (1) hour during our designated quiet time. Children are not required to play on electronics during this time and may choose to have a rest, read a book, or play quiet activities alone or with others. Our program does not provide electronics for the children to play with. Parents and children are responsible for bringing electronics and chargers. The daycare is not responsible for any lost, broken, or stolen items. During excursions we offer to lock up the children electronics in our teacher cupboard.

Both of these days are seen as privileges and rewards. If a child begins to show poor behaviour, these items are subject to be taken away as a loss of privilege. 

Based on recent feedback, we have created a survey that will help us to determine if new and current families would like to continue or not continue to participate in Toy Day Tuesday and Electronics Friday. Thank you in advance for filling out the following three (3) question survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZFQR7CN