Nadia Chicoine: 20 years of action and heart

Transcription – Nadia Chicoine, 2019 Prime Minister's Award recipient

[Black screen fades up to a white background, with the following words appearing, line by line: Prime Minister's Awards. Music playing. Fade to black and then up white and grey screen with medium shot of woman, smiling, on the left side of the screen, with the following words appearing, line by line, on the right and voice over: Lexie Biegun, Lexie's Little Bears Child Care, Victoria, British Columbia.]

[Fade to black and then up to photos with voice over. Photos: Lexie lying on the grass holding a daisy, surrounded by children; Lexie walking down a path out of the forest with three young children; Lexie and a young child reading a book, with the child point to a page; Lexie and a co-worker drawing on a pad of paper; Lexie sitting in a circle with four children reading a book; Lexie smiling at a child holding a rock; Lexie with five children dressed in outdoor clothes, playing in the dirt; Lexie sitting with children at a craft table in the art studio, while the children are playing with clay; Lexie sitting with children at snack time at a round table decorated with a white tablecloth and a bonsai in the middle; Lexie walking with a line of children holding hands in the forest.]

Using the environment as a third teacher, Lexie Biegun safely nurtures the children at her Little Bears Child Care centre in the fresh air. They freely create, explore and uncover the things that matter to them. They explore the untouched forest on the four-acre property, observe wildlife, improve their gross motor skills using raw and natural materials, plant a garden, run and play in the dirt, do yoga, and even read a book or nap outdoors. Lexie also built an art studio in two of her buildings and hired an artist-in-residence to work with children in small groups on creative projects.

[Fade to black and then up white and grey screen with medium shot of woman, smiling, on the left side of the screen, with the following words appearing, line by line, on the right: Lexie Biegun, Lexie's Little Bears Child Care, Victoria, British Columbia. Voice over: Lexie Biegun.]

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Year: 2019 — Province: Quebec
Certificate of Excellence Recipient

Nadia Chicoine

C.P.E. Les Frimousses de la vallée, Les Petits Dyno Denis facility
Early Childhood Centre (18 months to 5 years)
St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

"Nadia not only prepares children for school, but for life... the happiness we see in our daughter's eyes fills our hearts with joy."
— Parents

An educator at Les Petits Dyno Denis for 20 years, Nadia Chicoine's commitment and enthusiasm have only grown with time. Nothing can stop this woman who is devoted to the wellbeing of children and to the ongoing development of her profession. She is the first teacher to have supported a multi-age group and is always eager to meet new challenges.

Philosophy of care

Nadia promotes childhood development by planning educational activities based on the needs and interests she observes in the children. She has a background in physical education, an important resource in helping to develop the motor skills of young children.

Support of child development

  • Works with the physiotherapist and the occupational therapist to implement integration plans that promote children's motor development.
  • Helped develop Activités Frimousses en forme, a guide aimed at developing children's motor skills.
  • Helped develop a sensory room to better meet the children's needs.
  • Leads "active mornings," were the children gather in the great room to engage in physical activity early in the day.

Involvement with parents, families and the community

  • Communicates goals and challenges to parents so they can work together on ways to improve their child's development.
  • Chosen to lead the Ribambelles workshops established by the Commission scolaire des Patriotes: 10 Saturday mornings, parents and children (in daycare or not) find Nadia, who prepares them for the transition to school.
  • Fosters the success of the Les bacs à lire (reading bin) project, where parents and workers can enjoy activities, tips and tricks to better control diet, exercise, emotions, etc.
Transcription – Nadia Chicoine - 2019 Prime Minister's Award recipient Excellence in Early Childhood Education

[Black screen fades up to medium shot of woman in interview setting against a white background. Music playing.]

"Every day, when I get to work, it's easy because I like working with children. They bring so much to me and and I bring a lot to them.

[Fade to black and then up to white with medium shot of woman, smiling, on the right side of the screen, with the following words appearing, line by line, on the left: Nadia Chicoine, CPE Les Frimousses de la Vallée, Installation Les Petits Dyno-Denis, St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, (Québec). Voice over for a few words.]

"For me, the main factor that contributes …"

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"…to the success of children, I sincerely believe it is the bond they have with the person who cares for them—someone like me—in infancy. The children who come to the centre, I get to know them based to their interests, what they like, so I can create a link—what makes them much less anxious, more available for learning, so that they spend their best days there."

[Fade to black and then up to photos with voice over. Photos: Nadia and a little girl lying on boards with wheels; Nadia reading with a puppet to a small group of children sitting on the floor.]

"As for technology in early childhood education, we use it when a child asks us a question ... 'What is a wolf?' We have a tablet computer that is easily accessible, so we can quickly show the image of a wolf, describe what the child has asked. Or, we can take photo reminders of the stations they played at that day—action shots. And, when we ask children, 'What did you do today in your activity?,' if they reply, 'I don't know,' showing them the photo on the tablet helps improve communication. It goes much better after that."

[Fade to black and then up to photos with voice over. Photos: The recipients of the Prime Minister's Awards in front of the Canada Science and Technology Museum; Nadia with Paul Thompson, Associate Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, after receiving her Prime Minister's Award pin; Nadia speaking while holding a dragon puppet in one hand during her presentation to fellow recipients on best practices in her centre; Nadia and two other recipients listen to another recipient's presentation; Nadia posing with the other recipients of the Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education and a Mountie on Parliament Hill.]

"The relationship with people is one of the most important things about my choice of career. The world of children fascinates me. I love them very much. I want to take them further, because they are the adults of tomorrow."

[Fade to black and then back to  close-up of Nadia in the interview setting.]

"I love them all, and I really hope to have made a difference in their lives, that I'm still a resource person for them if they ever need to come and see me. I've been doing this for 20 years, so I've seen a lot of children in my centre. I'm always happy to see them again, and I hope I had an impact on them."

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Get in touch!

C.P.E. Les Frimousses de la vallée, Les Petits Dyno Denis facility
276, College
St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, QC J0H 1K0

450-787-3513 frimousses@cpelesfrimousses.com
www.cpelesfrimousses.com
Facebook: @CPE Les Frimousses de la Vallée

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