Heather Hamilton: Following her profession of the heart

Year 2019: Province — New Brunswick
Certificate of Excellence Recipient

Hamilton Homestyle Daycare and Clubhouse
Child care centre for children 1 month to 10 years
Saint John, New Brunswick

"Heather has created a wonderful atmosphere [at the centre] and holds all her educators to a high standard. … [She] is approachable, organized and a leader among early childhood educators. I am so blessed that my children have had her as a part of the educational journey."
— Parent

When Heather Hamilton, a fourth-generation teacher, could not find the quality child care she sought for her own children, she decided to provide it herself. Twenty years later, she runs her own large centre for 80 children with 16 staff, and has a province-wide role in early childhood education.

Philosophy of care

Heather provides quality inclusive child care and ensures children appreciate the wonderful stories of Canada's past, and the stunning history and natural heritage of Saint John. Heather instils the values of family, respect, community and exploration in the centre, the staff and the children.

Support of child development

  • Introduces children to the world well beyond the centre: they followed a Roman archaeological dig via livestream and did their own simulated dig; units on Canada 150 and Saint John history involved learning about flags, plants and animals, and local Indigenous peoples.
  • Employs her graphic design talent to construct child-size models of local (City Market) and world-famous (Coliseum) structures so children can explore using all their senses.
  • Advocates inclusion for children with special needs and their families by taking every opportunity to ensure all children have the same learning experience, while quickly applying for enhanced support workers to enable a child with special needs to have as much support as possible.
  • Ensures children develop the skills they need for kindergarten; children from the centre excel on provincial assessments in the year before they start school.

Involvement with parents, families and the community

  • Supports children with additional needs and their families through involvement with the provincial association for community living and local school board, facilitating training for educators, directors and representatives from other child-focused agencies on tools and practices to enhance inclusion.
  • Rescued heritage school house under threat of demolition, repaired it and set it up as an educational museum and activity centre for the older children at her centre.
  • Was instrumental in the project to integrate early childhood education portfolio into provincial department of education, leading to marked increase in the development of standardized curriculum and levels of care for early childhood education centres across New Brunswick.

Get in touch!

Hamilton Homestyle Daycare and Clubhouse
70 Gault Road
Saint John NB E2M 5H2

Facebook: @Hamilton Homestyle Daycare

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