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Year: 2002 – Province: Quebec
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
Setting: Garderie Gavroche
9590, rue Saint-Maurice
Neufchâtel, Quebec G2B 3Z2
Type of Setting: Child care centre for four-year-olds
Philosophy of Care:
Curiosity is the place where learning starts. It is children's interest in exploring the imaginary and the real that drives their need to play and to learn.
Create a mystique for each group so that children who join feel they are beginning an adventure.
Share information. Use billboards and follow-up calls to keep parents abreast of what is happening. Share ideas about training opportunities, new courses and theories with your colleagues.
Nicknamed the four-year-old group "the Explorers" (les Explorateurs) and filled the promise the name suggests. Some of the group's explorations include:
- collecting and drying wildflowers
- planting a garden
- learning basic yoga and tai chi
- visiting a veterinary clinic, an animal groomer, the museum of civilization and a maze.
Introduced a problem-solving course for young children (Je peux résoudre des problèmes). Michaud took the courses, which were originally developed in English in the United States, and consulted with academics who adapted the program for use in Quebec to prepare herself to lead the program.
In Praise Of:
"Regarding the exceptional character of Ms. Michaud's commitment, her involvement and dedication are reflected in her persistence and creativity. Through my experience as an educator involved in promoting the acquisition of knowledge, and especially pedagogical strategies, I can state firmly that Sylvie displays a level of autonomy and creativity that is a benchmark for all students." Professor of education
"Sylvie is the life and soul of the Gavroche Daycare Centre, the girl who is full of ideas 24 hours a day. What really matters to her is teamwork." Colleague