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Year: 2008 – Province: Manitoba
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Cross Lake Early Childhood Education Center
PO Box 426
Cross Lake, Manitoba R0B 0J0
Type of setting: Daycare and Aboriginal Head Start program for children ages 3 months to 6 years
Philosophy of Care
Follow the community's traditional approach to child care and follow provincial best practices guidelines, even when the centre is located on reserve.
Support of Child Development
- Prepares children for school by developing skills such as phonics, printing and cutting.
- Added Grandparents Week to the centre's program, to honour elders and grandparents and emphasize their importance to the children and their community.
- Co-chair of the Regional Aboriginal Head Start and assisted in developing standards and regulations for the Manitoba First Nation Daycares.
Involvement with Parents, Families and the Community
- Develops open communication with parents by encouraging them to share their thoughts and ideas every day. She doesn't just invite parents to the centre, she makes it a resource for them by inviting guest speakers such as a dentist or firefighter to speak about health and safety concerns that parents are interested in. She also invites parents to the annual feasts the community celebrates.
- Supports development of early childhood education by encouraging and supporting community members to pursue education and qualification. Mrs. Scott arranges workshops on matters such as food handling, culture and ethics. She is an instructor for the Early Childhood Education program offered by University College of the North.
"Vivian has always provided her neighbourhood communities with assistance when asked and she has always extended her help when she deemed it necessary. She is always willing to share best practices in ECE with others and is a great contributor to ECE." Daycare administrator
"I was excited to see that her efforts have led to First Nations people getting recognized in the early childhood field. In my experience, this is the first time I see this. First Nations Daycare and Aboriginal Head Start are being recognized for ensuring high quality for all children. The impact of this quality care will be lifelong learning for children, parents and the community." ECE instructor