Sarah was one of the very first members of NEED! We are really excited to have the opportunity to share more about her program with you. Thank you for allowing us to feature you Sarah!
Q: What made you decide to open a home child-care program?
A: I have always had a dream about opening a home-based child-care program when I had children of my own. As my maternity leave ended with my son and after many years of working in the school system as an Educational Assistant and DECE in kindergarten, I made the decision to stay home and start. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made! I get to incorporate my love of teaching young children and spend time with my son.
Q: What (if any) educational philosophies influenced your program?
A: I run a play-based program. I feel children can grow and learn to their fullest potential when they have the time and materials to explore and use their imaginations. By providing activities that are age appropriate and also based on their interest the children stay engaged in activities and build on their own experience to add into their play.
Q: What’s your absolute favourite part of the job?
A: I would have to say watching the children meet milestones and seeing the smile on their face when they accomplish something they have been trying to do, like walking across balance beam they built with wood pieces or putting beads on a pipe cleaner to make a bracelet. Just the little things they do on a daily basis bring a smile to my face.
Q: What would you say is the best part of your program?
A: The best part of my program is the amount of time we get to explore and play outside in the backyard and nearby pond! There is so much to see from learning about the bugs, worms and insects we find, to building a big sand castle in the sand pit or making cupcakes in our mud kitchen!
Q: Where do you find inspiration fro programming and activities?
A: Most of my inspiration comes from the children’s self-interests. They give me many ideas to expand on when they are playing and using their imagination. I also like to go on Pinterest, other daycare sites/blogs and also attending workshops/conferences.
Q: What’s the most popular item on your menu? Share a recipe!
A: The most popular item would be our chocolate avocado pudding!
1 Tbsp of milk
1 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder (more if you want)
3-5 Tbsp of pure maple syrup
Blend all ingredients together
Put in fridge to chill
Q: Best quote from the children you have heard to date:
A: “I think I can, I think I can” when trying to climb up ladder for swing set. We also have read the little engine that could a few times recently but to hear them use it in their play and say this positive affirmation to help them accomplish it makes me smile.
Q: Your favourite quote about child care, early learning, play, or children:
A: “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” –O. Fred Donaldson
You can find out more about Sarah’s Home Daycare on her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Sarahs-Home-Daycare-412031319209403/