Day Home Coordinator/Consultant and Home Visitor
Welcome, I’m Jen! After graduating from the Early Childhood Program in 2000 with my Child Development Supervisor Certification, I have spent my time working in the Early Learning and Childcare field ever since. I have worked in many settings; an educator in centre-based care, an educational assistant in elementary school, ARCQE mentor, and a day home educator. Being with children is my passion.
I have been with The Children’s House Child Care Society as the Day Home Coordinator, Consultant, and Home Visitor since 2012 and most recently included the position society wide as the Inclusive Supports Coordinator/Supervisor. I attend the Child Care Directors Association of Southwest Alberta and Lethbridge Early Years Coalition, places where professionals prioritize children’s early years. I have been part of the GRASP- Guiding Responsive Approaches to Strengthening Practice and ELCC- Early Learning and Child Care pilot projects within our society that focus on networking, providing regular and sustained support and access to quality care for all families.
I have been fortunate to continue my learning in the field throughout the years and most recently received my certificate of completion of the Flight course: Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum: Play, Possibilities and Participation through MacEwan University, I am now a member of Children's House Core Flight Team. In 2019 I helped develop our Riverbottom Program where the children, Leslee and myself spent the whole day in the river bottom exploring and connecting with nature. I love expanding my knowledge and continuing to reflect on my practices. I love being part of a society that allows me to co-learn, co-research, and co-imagine possibilities with children, families, and educators within our programs.
Exploring in nature; hiking, fishing, hunting, camping and gardening with my husband and two children is where you will find me outside of work.
"I teach to enable, enliven and encourage"
While my background post-secondary education and continual ongoing training have allowed me to gain expertise in the field of Early Childhood, I believe my greatest strength is my passion for working with young children. I have been with Children's House Satellite Family Day Home program since 1993 (and over 40 children in my care later) I still continue to find joy in welcoming, nurturing and teaching in my North side Day Home.
I reinforce my philosophy, "Children are Mighty Learners, they learn through play” by expanding on their interests and needs and providing them with experiences to learn though such play. I believe in being an Educator who is a Co-Learner, Co-Researcher and Co- Imaginer not only with the child but with the families, the Children’s House Educating Team and the community. My years of experience has taught me well what children respond to. I offer a large playroom with a variety of toys and activities which I feel makes my day home a unique place to learn and grow. I offer many child related play areas: Literature and Quiet, Dramatic Play, Blocks, Sand and Water, Manipulative Centre, Art as well as a large outdoor area to run, climb and play. I also transport children and we can be found at the Public Libraries for story times and book lending, the Family Centre for Family Day home Play Time in their large playroom. As well we have outings to many beautiful parks like our River Bottom and playtime at the many playgrounds our city has to offer.
During my free time I am busy making great memories with my husband, two grown daughters, son in law and our lovable basset hound Daisy.
I would love to have the opportunity to further discuss my services and unique program available to your child and family.
Visit my day home online at: https://debbz30.wixsite.com/debsdayhome
Hello! My name is Lacey! I was born and raised right here in Lethbridge, AB. My spouse and I have three young children. We have a family dog named Baloo. He is a lab mix and is such a gentle giant. We decided after our second child that I would stay home and raise our family. As a mother, I know how important it is to find the right care and I would love to welcome your children into my home.
As a provider, I will help develop the children’s interests and skills so they can thrive when learning how to create, discover, explore and use their imagination.
I believe in providing a happy and safe space where your children are respected and nurtured. I'll encourage learning through play while exploring the world around them including reading, outdoor playtime and activities. Our day is structured with some flexibility. Snacks, lunch, quiet time and outdoor times don’t change; however, our activities vary. Snack and Lunch are provided, and I encourage healthy eating, following the Canada’s Food Guide.
I look forward to meeting with your family very soon!