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Year: 2009 – Province: Quebec
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Centre de la petite enfance du Campus
1 Maple Street
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue QC H9X 2E3
Fax : 514-398-8727
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Type of Setting : Child care centre for children ages 3 and 4
You don't have to meet Brenda McCormick to know her. Her understanding of children's needs and her educational objectives are so clearly built into her classroom that visitors can gain an understanding of what she is doing and why just by standing inside it. She works constantly to refine and update this environment to reflect the needs of her current students and the particular ways she has chosen to support their learning.
Philosophy of Care
Brenda believes that education should be built around issues, ideas and activities that are developmentally appropriate and respond to the children's lives outside the centre. Brenda assesses each child and group to determine needs. She works around obstacles to learning, including entrenched behaviour patterns, through the creation of projects that respond to the children's felt needs.
Support of Child Development
- Brenda has created opportunities for creative and fine motor development through activities such as building castles out of recycled materials. She encourages socialization and cooperation through group projects, such as building a giant castle out of cardboard.
- She keeps a daily communication journal for each child, using it to record all the child's activities for her own use and to help her keep parents up to date on how their child is doing.
Involvement with Parents, Families and the Community
- Brenda makes an effort to understand the culture parents value and promotes complementary activities for their children. For example, many parents in the community are scientists and researchers working in the fields of natural sciences and the environment. She ensures that the values and activities these parents emphasize outside of the centre are reinforced by activities such as recycling and conservation within.
- She communicates honestly and sensitively with parents using all means available to her.
"She constantly astounds me with her creativity and ability to challenge children both academically and socially. Children who leave Brenda's care are confidant, happy, well-adjusted individuals empowered and prepared for all Kindergarten has to offer. Colleague and parent
"My experience has shown me that many who have been in the field for a long time lose their enthusiasm, innovation and desire to learn new techniques. Brenda is constantly looking for fresh ideas and new things to enrich and inspire her program and the children." Childcare coordinator