Year: 2012 — Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Stepping Stones Childcare Centre
P.O. Box 42
Port Hardy, British Columbia V0N 2P0
Type of setting: Childcare centre for ages 0 to 12 years
With a heart made of gold, Jan Prowse is like a little elf behind the scenes, who for over 35 years has been quietly doing good deeds and volunteering almost as many hours as she works; whether it's building a playhouse with her husband, making sure the students have healthy food, or distributing clothes to people who may need them.
Philosophy of Care
Warm, welcoming, clean and safe, Prowse keeps her centre as child-friendly as possible and provides children with theme-based activities that are constantly being adapted to meet developmental abilities and cultural sensitivities.
Support of Child Development
- Prowse uses anti-violence prevention programs to teach children about emotions and how to deal with them. The Second Step program uses puppetry, songs and storybooks to talk about managing anger, controlling impulses and empathy. Through the Tucker Turtle program, children take turns being Tucker Turtle who is mad or angry and has to find a solution.
- Prowse also implements a speech and language program called Moe the Mouse that uses Aboriginal books and toys to enhance language development.
Involvement with Parents, Families and the Community
- Prowse distributes the Ages and Stages questionnaire to parents, which she scores and discusses with them. She uses the results to develop individual program plans or referrals for children who require extra support to reach their full potential. Prowse also keeps in touch with parents through journals and program plans.
- Given the restricted finances of the centre, Prowse solicits local businesses for materials and supplies to build birdhouses, teach proper dental hygiene and do crafts. In return, she encourages the children to make thank you cards and deliver them together.
- Prowse's students take regular field trips to the local library, where they learn about borrowing books and taking good care of them or they take walks on the beach and learn about crabs, clams, shells and rocks.
Jan is one of those rare individuals that do so much to support and help those in need. Her loving, caring nature and generosity often makes long lasting impacts on children and families in need.
Executive Director, North Island Early Child Development Society
I believe that because Jan shows the children sympathy, empathy, and concern that she is teaching them through her own actions how to treat each other with love and respect.
Grandmother and special needs worker for the Stepping Stones Childcare Centre