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Year: 2008 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Foothills Alliance Preschool
333 Edgepark Boulevard NW
Calgary, Alberta T3A 4K4
Type of setting: Preschool for children ages 3 and 4
Philosophy of Care
Plan lessons to incorporate daily experiences that support and promote each child's physical, emotional, social, ethical and creative development.
Support of Child Development
- Encourages independence and responsibility: students have a photo on their nametags so they can find them themselves each day; they are taught to hang up and get their own coats and boots; they clean up after snacks; and there is an allotted time for them to pursue their own free play and crafts, to build independence and pride in what they do.
- Makes sure each learning segment or activity meshes into the next.
Involvement with Parents, Families and the Community
- Supports parent volunteers in the classroom and creates an experience for the parents that is helpful to the educators but also allows interaction and involvement with the children.
- To maintain effective communication with parents, she sends out a weekly newsletter, either electronically or printed, including upcoming events, articles of interest and objectives for the next study unit. She also has designated times for parents to approach her with any questions or concerns about their children.
"As a parent, I had requested insight and information from Terri in regards to my son being ready to proceed to Kindergarten or to attend another year in preschool. She made careful observations of my son and provided me with a detailed, non-biased, professional report of his physical, emotional, social and cognitive behaviours." Parent
"One of my most profound experiences as a parent was the Mother's Day Tea that Terri had for the mothers of her students. She had each student prepare two specially decorated cupcakes, one especially for the mom and the other for sharing with our child. The children arrived and calmly went to the front with little duck hats on (that they had made) and began to sing and act out songs for their moms. There wasn't a dry eye in the room!" Parent