Archived — Daphne Sweeney
Year: 2010-2011 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Acorn Eight Oaks Daycare
103-3637 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V52 2X3
Email: Daphne Sweeney
Type of setting: Childcare centre for children ages 2.5 to 5 years
Philosophy of care
After 27 years of caring, Daphne Sweeny still has more than enough heart to go around. The driving force behind a small childcare centre, Sweeny is able to support children with social challenges who have often been turned away from other facilities. All the children are met with limitless warmth, acceptance and respect and thrive in an environment where they are welcome to learn, grow and explore together – regardless of their abilities or special needs.
Support of child development
- Every year, each child participates in a Family Tree exercise where children are able to show, tell and share their own family cultural perspectives with the group.
- Ms. Sweeney recently introduced the Safe Spaces program, which teaches children that they have a right to feel safe wherever they are. The children learn words to talk about what happens in their day, as well as their feelings, emotions and their actions.
- At the end of each year, Ms. Sweeney ensures that students have a smooth transition to kindergarten. During a graduation ceremony, she shares a story or an anecdote for each child and gives them a photo album depicting their time at the daycare from beginning to end.
Involvement with parents, families and the community
- Every September, Ms. Sweeney holds a potluck social that brings families together to share resources, stories and support. Other events throughout the year also include semi-annual cleanups, summer picnics and opportunities for the parents to just get involved.
- Ms. Sweeney holds evening presentations for parents on a variety of topics like child mental health, attachment and safe spaces.
"Daphne's practice is exemplary; she respects the children in her care and models developmentally appropriate practice while supporting and encouraging practicum students to participate in planning and implementing experiences for young children."
Instructor, ECE, Langara College
"Not only did Daphne guide us with her no-nonsense pragmatism to face the day-to-day realities of raising a child with multiple developmental challenges, she also rekindled my spirit with the loving help, support and encouragement she gave our daughter and family. For those gifts, I will be forever thankful."
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