2019 Recipients: Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Certificate of Excellence
Certificates of Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Children explore, learn and play on a four-acre, forested property and in art studios, uncovering what really matters to them—and even having nap time outdoors—nurtured by this experienced educator and her trained staff.
This fourth-generation educator ensures children grow to appreciate the history and nature around them; young learners explore child-size models of local and world-famous structures, and a real-life, heritage schoolhouse.
The Great Canadian North has no more secrets for this Frenchwoman who has made Yellowknife her new playground and enables the young children in her care to develop their confidence, motor skills and their respect for others and nature.
Modelling positive cultural practices and healthy living, this educator help students and families connect to their Indigenous heritage—through dance, for example—while supporting children's cognitive and personal development.
An educator with boundless energy and enthusiasm, even after 20 years in the profession, who knows how to use her vast experience to serve the children, their parents, the Centre and the community while remaining up-to-date with the latest trends and endlessly meeting new challenges.
Certificate of Achievement
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
This scientist-turned-educator asks "what if" questions and explores the answers with the children, organizing hands-on activities so they can delve into their interests, while meeting learning objectives and developing new skills.
Believing that every child is a capable learner, this educator combines curriculum with children's interests; they learned about Africa by coding a BeeBot map, studying the animals there and playing in an African mud hut in the classroom.
Children, teachers and families learn from each other in the circle of education; teaching team embraces risky play and its benefits, while fostering children's skills, and emotional and social development.
A pioneer of inclusion in early childhood education, this veteran educator welcomes children with all types of special needs and opened her centre to a wider age group, all while providing countless opportunities for play-based learning.
Pushing past preconceived notions about what children can do, this educator engages in research projects and builds relationships with staff on campus so children have familiar, safe and interesting places to learn and play.
This facilitator of excellence ensures programming is inclusive, co-created with the children and gets them out into the world: learning about bridges led to a walk to see a local one, a unit on the environment took children to a farm.
Land-based learning introduces children to traditional Indigenous produce and sacred medicinal plants, while they also participate in ceremonies conducted by elders and help in the local community, including cleaning up local trails.
This young educator creates emotional space for every child, while nurturing and nourishing young minds through open ended, play-based learning—sometimes on a pirate ship or at the Tim Hortons' drive-through he has created.
A devoted and tuned-in educator, she is endlessly looking for new knowledge and skills to share, always enabling her children and colleagues to go further and develop their full potential.
A winning duo that thanks to their intimate knowledge of Indigenous culture, engagement and great caring, supports the children in their social, motor and psychological development while helping them and their parents create pride in their identity.
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