Our center was founded in September 2011. We work in partnership with the Saltair Childcare Society, Saltair Community Society, the Cowichan Valley Regional District and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools.
Our center is dedicated to the provision of safe, well-managed daycare services for children, provided by eight full and part-time, qualified, staff. Its goal is to stimulate independent growth, emotional growth, social growth, intellectual growth, and physical growth amongst its charges.
The services the Centre provides to the public include:
Full and part-time daycare ages 0 to 12 years
Resource program for children with special needs
Before and after school care for school-age children
The Daycare Centre also provides subsidized services for parents in need, based on an assessment made by the Ministry of Children and Families.
The center is based on the Early Learning Framework (ELF) using the principles of the inquiry method of education. After a trip to Italy to learn about the Reggio Emilia Approach, we have been incorporating principles of play, creativity, and socialization. We are licensed through the Ministry of Health. Our license number is TMGN-8K8UB7 for Saltair and 3rd is KRIS-B89V9Y.
Our founder, Alisha Neumann, was educated at the University of Northern British Columbia where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science (2003) and a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education (2007). She completed her Early Childhood Education Diploma at Northern Lights College (2015). Completed the University of British Columbia Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education (2017) and Masters of Education in Distance Education (2020) with research interests in creativity, measuring and accessing quality, increasing affordability and spaces, and advocacy for better working conditions and standards for Early Childhood Educators.
All of our staff are qualified, with certificates from the Early Childhood Education Registry of British Columbia as either a Responsible Adult, Early Childhood Education Assistant, Early Childhood Educator, or Infant Toddler Educator, based on the amount of schooling that has been completed. They have Criminal Record Checks through the Ministry of Justice, and valid first aid training. We take advantage of professional development workshops from all over the world to gain different perspectives in Early Childhood Education.
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