Archived — Karen Chaplin

Year: 2013 — Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

Erindale Nursery School
2438 Glengarry Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5C 1Y2

Contact Info:
Telephone: 905-848-8783
Email: Erindale Nursery School
Website: Erindale Nursery School

Type of setting: Child care centre for 2.5 to 5 years

Philosophy of care

Every day, Karen Chaplin asks her students what they would like to learn. She creatively builds on their interests and like a magician, captivates their attention through exciting and stimulating activities. Chaplin's top priority is always building relationships with children and between children.

Support of child development

  • When children travel abroad, or come to class with stories about different cultures, Chaplin investigates the stories with the children and builds on their interests to create colourful and vibrant activities. Children are all able to greet each other in their first language.
  • Chaplin works to enhance classroom activities with visits from the local fire department or martial arts classes.

Involvement with parents, families and the community

  • Chaplin tracks skills, abilities, interests and needs through notes, photos and videos that eventually make up a portfolio that is shared with parents.
  • Parents are invited to celebrate local community events with their children, including tree decorating at the mall, visiting a pioneer village, watching a live theatre production, a family day talent show, and more.
  • Chaplin regularly reaches out to community organizations like Community Living Mississauga and the Peel Children's Centre to enhance her own knowledge and skills, and to provide resources for her students and their families.

Rave reviews

Because of Karen's patience and willingness to spend time with parents, I became aware of the benefits of learning through play. I learned how to understand and advocate for the needs of my own children and, as they grew older, I was able to guide them in understanding their own unique needs (…).


Karen has a passion for guiding children in making good choices while promoting independence. Her knowledge of behaviour guidance is very strong, allowing her to be creative in the presentation of the message.

Parent and colleague

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