Pam Moore-2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Certificate of Excellence Recipient, Qualicum First Nation Child Care Centre, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia

Transcription – Pam Moore-2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

[Black screen fades up to close-up of woman in interview setting, against a mottled background. Music playing.]

[Caption: Pam Moore, Qualicum First Nation Child Care Centre]

[Pam speaking in the interview setting alternates with voice over accompanied by video of Pam speaking into a microphone behind a podium, addressing fellow recipients and looking at a screen while she speaks, with audience members listening.]

Pam Moore: I believe the educator needs to be passionate, and excited about learning, and that excitedness and enthusiasm will then go to the children. If you follow what they’re doing, they’ll lead you on what they want to learn and where they want to go.

[Pam speaking in the interview setting alternates with voice over accompanied by still photos, as follows: Pam playing a traditional drum; Pam and a group of children mixing a bowl of batter; and Pam and a group of students colouring at a table.]

Pam Moore: When I put together culture kits, I include both Aboriginal and a little bit of non-Aboriginal content. I include toys, games, puzzles, felt stories, books. We also include three activities that the children can do to help enhance the teachings and the learnings within the kit.

[Pam speaking in the interview setting alternates with voice over accompanied by video of Pam speaking into a microphone behind a podium, addressing fellow recipients, and still photo of Pam and a group adults and children on top of a pile of gravel. Everyone is wearing hard hats and the children are digging with shovels.]

Pam Moore: There needs to be enough for the children to do, inclusive for all children to be able to participate. Not only do you have your indoor environment for the children, outdoors is equally important for bringing Mother Earth teachings to the children. I think that’s very important as well. We use technology in our centre in a minimal way. We use digital cameras for capturing moments. I believe with the age group we work with, that children need to experience the world. They need to be hands-on. They need to have that background of understanding of what is the world and how do they fit into the world, before they see it in a technological format. I believe experiencing the teaching prior to going to a digital format is very important for this age group.

[Cut to still shot of exterior of Qualicum First Nation Child Care Centre.]

Pam Moore: That’s how they’re learning. They need to experience their world.

[Cut back to Pam in the interview setting. Pam speaking alternates with voice over accompanied by video of Pam speaking into a microphone behind a podium, addressing fellow recipients.]

Pam Moore: Think outside the box. I mean, that seems very cliché, but do what you’re passionate about. Follow the children’s lead. Be creative and, again, be a risk-taker. I wanted to bring culture to other programs, so I said, ‘Okay, how can I do that?’ That’s how it all evolved by just coming up with an idea and saying, ‘Okay, that’s what we’re going to do.’

[Fade to black.]

[Cut to white screen, with the Government of Canada FIP followed by the Canada Wordmark.]

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