children come first
dont have to look very hard when youre at A-Z Daycare to see evidence
of the quality care the facility provides its most precious clients; its
painted on the faces of each and every child left in their care.
opening in 1987,
A-Z Daycare has helped nourish, motivate and educate thousands
of east end children, many of whom come back to thank the highly trained and dedicated
staff for their efforts.
is a privately run facility with space for 48 preschoolers between the ages of
two and five. Children are supervised along the industry standard ratio of eight
philosophy is to provide a positive learning environment aimed at enhancing the
children's level of development through play experiences and the guidance of specially
trained Early Childhood Educators. Areas targeted for stimulation include:
Curiosity, initiative and independence
2) Self-esteem and decision-making
3) Physical activity
4) Interaction with and respect for
5) Fine motor development
surprisingly, A-Z owner and director Karen Driscoll says the centre's biggest
strength is its staff of five ECEs and cook Beth Sales.
Daycare owner Karen Drsicall (centre) with the rest of the centre's staff.|
teachers have been here on average for about 12 years and Beth has been a godsend.
Besides making great meals for the kids she's also a big help around the day care,"
started A-Z Daycare after earning her Early Childhood Education diploma in 1987.
always loved being around children," says Driscoll. "I did all the things
like babysitting and taking care of the neighbourhood kids. So opening a daycare
was a natural transition."
of A-Z's staff members have been since the better part of forever. Anita Millington
and Mridu Kurichh both started in 1991. Laurie Major joined the staff in 2002
and Shyanna Morel is the newest member of the staff.
from the experienced and dedicated staff members, Driscoll says the centre's other
biggest strength is the fact that it is privately owned.
people may think because we're private the tendency is to cut corners. But, in
fact, the opposite it true," says Driscoll. "It's a very competitive
industry so there's a desire to go the extra mile both to retain our clients and
to attract new ones."
points to the recent purchase of thousands of dollars in new toys and furniture,
the resodding of the large play area behind the centre last fall and the recent
installation of new hardwood flooring as examples of the daycare's willingness
to constantly improve.
third strength is the daycare's reputation. Over 90 per cent of the centre's clientele
comes by way of referrals by current or former clients.
time someone is referred to us, it's an affirmation that we're doing things right.
For someone to think about us to the extent that they're willing to recommend
another parent bring their children here is the highest compliment a daycare can
receive," says Driscoll.
programming itself is made up of a series of highly structured and non-structured
activities tailor-made for each age level and their particular developmental needs.
day starts off with a morning snack followed by an hour of free play and an hour
of structured learning activities called "circle time". After a third
hour of outdoor activities in the centre's expansive back play area, the kids
are ready for a hearty lunch and an afternoon nap.
nap time, they spend another hour outdoors, followed by a second hour of free
play time indoors and finally, a structured game time. In between each organized
period, the children are read a story or join in a singalong.
activity is aimed at developing the child's cognitive learning abilities and fine
motor and social skills. It is a holistic approach that has earned the childcare
centre its outstanding reputation.
Daycare is located on St. Pierre Street just off St. Joseph Boulevard by the KFC.
The centre has a number of subsidized spaces available as well as several full
fee spaces at $735 per month with payment due on the first of each month. They'll
also accept children on a part-time basis, if space is available, at the rate
of $35 per day. To find out more about A-Z Daycare, call Karen Driscoll at 613-824-1330.
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