Year: 2012 — Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
A Place to Grow Childcare Centre
13750 96th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia V3V 1Z2
Type of setting: Group childcare for ages 6 months to 5 years
Danielle Jimeno makes sure that the village actually does raise the child. Making it a priority to become engaged with the community, she secures partnerships with various organizations and participates in projects and programs to develop a curriculum that is engaging, supportive and nurturing.
Philosophy of Care
Jimeno's curriculum revolves around the children and making sure that activities are centered around what interests them rather than what has been planned. She encourages play and challenges her team to always consider how they think a child will learn best.
Support of Child Development
- As a qualified trainer, Jimeno educates her team to use the Safe Spaces Bully Prevention for Young Children program.
- Jimeno's initiative and proposal connected the University of Victoria with the Children's Partnership projects to develop a strategy for the city of Surrey-White Rock.
- Jimeno facilitated a move from a more rigid monthly theme-based approach to one that is play-based and focuses on the interests that each child demonstrates.
Involvement with Parents, Families and the Community
- Jimeno introduced the activity of documenting each child's story through photos. The initiative has allowed parents to feel more connected to the program and has engaged educators and parents in reflective conversations.
- Jimeno makes it a point to communicate with parents daily through personal conversations, posted notices, regular newsletters, surveys, communication books and even a Facebook page.
- Jimeno constantly adjusts to the needs of the families by offering both part and full time spaces, and individual extra days when necessary. She also coordinates with multilingual staff to provide translation so that information is clear to everyone as much as possible.
As a leader in the community, Danielle strives to seek out research and evidence of best practices, of how we can improve and how programs can be enhanced… she is inquisitive and provides insight to issues through dialogue and questioning.
Colleague/director of the Children's Partnership Surrey-White Rock
Danielle is open to explore and engage in a variety of activities that challenge her. She does not simply accept new information, but analyzes it in light of her experience and knowledge, then approaches it with confidence and determination.
Project director and colleague