Year: 2012 — Province: Saskatchewan
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) Children's Day Care Centre
4500 Wascana Parkway, P.O. Box 556
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3A3
Type of setting: Childcare centre for children ages 18 months to 5 years
Philosophy of Care
Ooey gooey and messy: yes please! The messier the better in Melanie Bacon's daycare. Building on the concept that play and exploration are central to a child's individual development, Bacon encourages each child to be creative and build on their own interests.
Support of Child Development
- Bacon has incorporated an art program into the centre. Drawing on the skills of an educator who is especially adept in the arts, Bacon makes sure that the children are exposed to making art and learning about famous artists.
- Bacon led her centre in the organization of an afternoon art exhibit and sale that showcased the children's art. A variety of media was displayed and sold with proceeds going toward new playground equipment.
- Bacon regularly draws on the teachings and resources of the Ooey Gooey lady (www.ooeygooey.com), and encourages the children to indulge in mostly messy, interesting and tactile activities and learning opportunities.
Involvement with Parents, Families and the Community
- Recognizing the multicultural nature of the centre, Bacon shifted the yearly Christmas concert to a winter festival to allow all the families to play a role.
- Bacon has developed a partnership with other programs at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST). As a result her students visit some of the facilities on campus, like the carpentry program where they learn about glue, nails and benches. Dental hygiene students also visit the centre to teach the children about oral hygiene. Children have even ridden in an ambulance!
- Through her partnership with other programs at SIAST, Bacon bridges the gap between the centre and parents – most of whom attend classes at the college. Children learn about what their parents are learning and parents are invited into the centre to talk about their own classes.
Melanie is an early childhood educator who values every child, parent and staff member. She supports their need to grow and develop to their potential. She has transformed a very adult-centred environment to one that is child-centred, embracing inclusion and diversity through play.
I have learned so much from Melanie in the last two years and I know that I will continue to. I call her my sensei, my mentor. (…) Melanie has a big heart and at the end of the day all she wants to do is play and be with the children.