My thoughts from the trenches

 

I have been in childcare for over 30 years. I started off my career in Brandon MB and after a few twists and turns through various programs and communities, I have landed in Portage la Prairie operating a group family child care program and Growing Wild Forest and Nature School program. When I think I have seen it all and got everything figured out, my children prove me wrong! There is never a dull moment when working with children.

I am always learning; from my kids, from my co-workers, from my peers and from the students at the college where I instruct part-time.

Join me in my adventures and pondering’s as I travel through the world as seen by the children.

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas as well. Please feel free to comment and have a conversation.

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What was my favourite decade in childcare?

Posted by on May 23, 2020 in Children Naturally News, Family Child Care, Mentoring, Multi Age Groups, Professional Development | 2 comments

What was my favourite decade in childcare?

I always smile (and brace myself a little) when I get a message that starts out, “Please don’t take offence….” I received this from a past college student and now a respected peer. She wanted to know what my favourite decade in the child care field has been. This implies I have seen a few, and as much as I’d like to think I’m not that old I suppose I am and have seen a few decades go by. I wasn’t really sure what she was looking for so I shared the changes with her that I have seen over the past 30...

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What does quality care look like in times of a Pandemic?

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Children Naturally News | 2 comments

What does quality care look like in times of a Pandemic?

I have heard it said that those of us providing child care during Covid-19 need to remember that this is emergency care and that it isn’t going to look like the ‘regular care’ we would normally provide (pre-pandemic).  There was a feeling that because we were in emergency mode that this would effect the quality and that we as ECE’s were to be just managing day to day… that somehow in this time of Covid-19, that it was ok to function at a lesser level of quality…but what does that quality look like in these...

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Am I Slowly Going Crazy During Covid? (aka Stop the insanity and Let Them Play!)

Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Children Naturally News | 0 comments

Am I Slowly Going Crazy During Covid? (aka Stop the insanity and Let Them Play!)

It is amazing how much life can change in a matter of days. We went from life as we know it; going to school, work, child care, shopping and anything else we choose to attend to then being grounded like we are teenagers all over again. We are being told to stay home for our own safety and that of others. Now heading to the grocery store feel like we are putting our lives and family at risk. This new reality is scary. (and if in completely honest, Im tired of it!) For the first few weeks we were living consistently functioning at bottom of...

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I Love the Circle of Security!! (now let me tell you why)

Posted by on June 23, 2019 in Children Naturally News | 0 comments

I Love the Circle of Security!! (now let me tell you why)

If you have read any of my ramblings, you know I love to learn. Last year I received an email from Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care inviting people to apply to take this new training that was being offered. It was explained as being important for us as early childhood educators because it focused on relationships with children and then being better able to help them with their emotional challenges rather than managing their behaviour. I jumped at the chance and applied! In September I was off to the training. This was the first time I...

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The Importance of Play

Posted by on May 5, 2019 in Children Naturally News | 0 comments

The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play Close your eyes. Now think back and picture all the things you did as a kid. All the places you played, the games and activities you played, and who you played with. I bet as you remembered you smiled, a lot! You probably even laughed a little. If are doing this with another person near you, you might have even shared some stories. I would bet a lot of these activities were outside, without close adult supervision (that you know of because parents always seemed to know exactly where we were and what we were doing). I...

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Embracing Winter Play!

Posted by on January 13, 2019 in Children Naturally News | 0 comments

Embracing Winter Play!

When I am asked what my favourite season is, I cannot lie. I love winter! I love the snow and the cold. I love the red cheeks and rosy noses on the children when they come in after we have been playing outside. 

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When is a Slide Not a Slide?

Posted by on July 14, 2018 in Children Naturally News, Family Child Care | 1 comment

When is a Slide Not a Slide?

This the slide in our backyard. It is not big. I did not buy it. It was donated to us a few years ago. It is the typical child sized slide found in the backyards of most families. The usual way to use a slide is to go up the ladder and come down the slide on your bottom of course.

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Never Too Old To Learn Something New

Posted by on June 18, 2018 in Children Naturally News | 0 comments

Never Too Old To Learn Something New

Twenty-nine years ago I was a new college graduate. I thought I knew it all.  I had passed all the classes, completed all the practicums… I was done. I was ready to start my career as an Early Childhood Educator. What more could I possibly need to know to look after children? Well little did I realize… I had A LOT more to learn.

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What’s in a name…navigating the world of child care programs

Posted by on March 10, 2018 in Children Naturally News | 0 comments

What’s in a name…navigating the world of child care programs

Working your way through the land of child care programs can be a bit confusing. There are daycare centres, child care centres, nursery schools, family child care programs, group family child care programs, early learning and child care programs,  and preschools. What do all these titles mean? 

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Is it really a ‘good job’?

Posted by on February 25, 2018 in Children Naturally News | 2 comments

Is it really a ‘good job’?

A few years ago I had a personal trainer at the gym. We would go through the exercises and the various pieces of equipment and after each set, he would tell me “Good Job!” After hearing this continuously for an hour… session after session, week after week… I was ready to yell at him STOP TELLING ME GOOD JOB!!!! It could not have been that good of a job every time! I actually asked him once… what was so good about that?

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