Archived — Joan Berriman

Year: 2013 — Province: Yukon

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

Maranatha Playschool
38A Lewes Boulevard
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 4S5

Contact Info:
Telephone: 867-668-7937
Centre email: Marantha Playschool

Type of setting: Child care centre for infants

Philosophy of care

If Joan Berriman does not know the answer, she will do her best to find it. If a child is struggling and she does not know where to direct families, Berriman will find out. After 23+ years of working with children, and at the age of 71, she has a special gift for listening and respecting the cultural values of people whom she comes into contact.

Support of child development

  • As the centre caters to a multi-cultural group of families, many of whom are new to Canada, Berriman works hard to ensure that she communicates with everyone to the best of her abilities and learns as much as she can about each child's background and culture.
  • Berriman also makes sure to incorporate projects related to the heritage and cultural traditions of the children who are celebrating special holidays.

Involvement with parents, families and the community

  • Berriman leverages community partnerships to meet the needs of her students and their families. If a student is struggling with a developmental issue, she is quick to find the right resources.
  • Berriman also regularly includes community events in her programming and organizes group activities to mark holidays like National Aboriginal Day, or National Child Day.
  • Parents are always welcome in Berriman's classroom and she encourages them to stay as long as they feel they need to help their child adjust. She works with families to try and maintain daily routines and remains flexible to best accommodate their needs. Berriman also thoughtfully asks about each child every morning, inquiring how they slept and how their mood is that day, etc.

Rave reviews

Joan has a gift for listening and respecting the cultural values of the peoples she comes in contact with. This alone makes her a valuable resource in the multi-cultural environment of the Yukon. (…) Young children love Joan. If you were a sad, angry, lonely or frustrated child missing your parents, Joan would be the first one to offer encouragement, hugs and affection.

First Nation Elder

My children have loved every minute of being at daycare. Some days I can't get my daughter out of the door to come home! Joan is a very fun, loving, caring person. (…) I believe she treats all the kids like her grandchildren, she loves them all the same.


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