Our Educator Spotlight series features some of the most amazing educators in our community. Throughout this series you will have an opportunity to learn a little more about our readers, as well as explore unique preschool programs across the U.S and in other countries.
Read more about this amazing in home childcare provider below!
How long have you been an early childhood educator, and why did you become one?
I graduated from Humber College, here in Ontario, Canada in 1990. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to work with children. I love watching the littles grow and learn new things.
I started babysitting for neighbours when I was 11. In high school, I took courses that I knew would help me get into the ECE program. I took co-op in grade 12 and spent 4 days a week in a local daycare centre. The rest is history.
What is the philosophy of your program, and what makes it unique?
My philosophy is that all children learn through play and I endeavour to provide lots of opportunities for that. I have recently switched over to a more open ended play philosophy, I have added a whole loose parts area to my playroom, the children amaze me everyday with their ingenuity even though they are very young.
What is your favorite thing about being an early childhood educator?
My favourite thing about being a ECE is knowing that I am helping the children in my care learn to be loving, caring individuals. I am a very affectionate person and would never hesitate to give a hug or a snuggle. Also, I love that I have a close relationship with my families.
What advice would you give to a new educator?
The best advice I could give to a new educator is not to be afraid to try new things and also to remember to take time for yourself, especially if you work for yourself. Home daycare can be very isolating so it is important to have a network of providers to chat with and even vent to.
A Big Thank-You
I want to extend a big thank you to Jo-Anne for sharing her wonderful program with our readers! Be sure to check out our FB groups to connect with her, and other early childhood educators.
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