Blog #2-July 2022

Summer has arrived, and with it change.

Change with the weather, the children, routines, and holidays.

Summer is a time to adapt to new routines, to enjoy time with family, and to enjoy the beautiful weather.

COVID presented many challenges, including families needing to spend a great deal of time together.

I encourage you now to spend time together because you want to, to enjoy events in your community, to be healthy together, and appreciate each other.

Reflecting on this past year one thing I have learned, is to appreciate your time.  COVID made us slow down, and stay home.  So many of us are rushing around every day and feeling like a hamster on a wheel.

Take a minute, an hour, a day, to be with your children.  A very important topic in the Early Childhood field is just being with.  Just be with your child.  No need to do anything special.  No need for constant conversation.  No need for technology.  Just be with your child; give them your full attention and just follow their lead.  Just be with them because you want to be.  In their way, they will show/tell you what they need from you in that moment.

I say all of this because before you know it, your children are headed off to kindergarten and grade one.  They are graduating from grade 8, from high school and post-secondary.  Then…starting their own family (yikes!)  Time goes by in the blink of an eye (I know it doesn’t seem like it during those long sleepless nights), and if there is anything I can share with you, is to enjoy the moments. 

Your children are constantly changing, growing, moving, talking, developing.  Our Educators know these moments are special to you, and work hard a documenting all that your child does, so you don’t miss out.

Being a parent is the most difficult thing in the world, and yet the most rewarding.  Don’t let this time sneak by you, soak in every moment!

Enjoy the now, enjoy being with your child.

I want to wish all of our families a safe and healthy summer, with many adventures and experiences.  And remember, all your child needs, is YOU.

Blog #1-Annual General Meeting 2021

Welcome everyone to our 30th anniversary of Clinton Co-operative Childcare Centre.  Unfortunately this is not how we envisioned our 30th anniversary would look, however we hope to be able to hold a proper celebration in the near future.  The Centre has seen many changes throughout its 30 years, including operating at 3 locations, opening an infant program, and employing 40 staff!  This is much different from the small Nursery School that started 30 years ago.

In the 30 years, I have been here for 21, with Shari being here the longest at 24 years-congratulations Shari!

Our Educators continue to document your children’s joys, milestones, and experience daily, and work hard to share these moments with you.  The children’s portfolios not only document your child’s achievements and interests, but it also allows the Educators to reflect on what is happening in their programs, and what to introduce next.  Educators also regularly attend online workshops and trainings to continue growing in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Our licensed capacity at the main site is 167, we have 112 spaces in Goderich, and 82 spaces at St. Josephs.  We also have a wait list consisting of 88 infants, 30 toddlers, and 16 preschoolers.

We are run by a dedicated Board of Directors, who put in countless hours to ensure the best interests of the children, families, and Centre are being met.  They meet monthly, with correspondence going between them and myself regularly to ensure all involved are up to date and things are running smoothly.

I would like to acknowledge not only our Board of Directors, but also our families and Educators for their commitment, hard work, and dedication each and every day.  The COVID-19 pandemic has held many challenges throughout the past 19 months, and we continue to preserver.  A huge challenged we faced was providing Emergency Childcare for approved families during the 2 school closures.  In total we were able to help out more than 100 children of different ages, from different schools and from different school boards.

I appreciate our families for being so patient, understanding and flexible with the ever changing protocols.  The Board of Directors deserve a huge thank you, for all of their support throughout the pandemic.  Back in March 2020 when we were ordered to cease operations, the Board immediately decided to continue paying the staff their full wages.  This was done before we knew of the wage subsidy, which we did take advantage of once it was made available.  And thank you to the most amazing staff ever!!  Our group of Educators work tirelessly to plan, prepare and deliver a high quality program for your children, while documenting your children and their days and emailing updates regarding your children regularly.  Our Educators also continue taking extra measures daily to ensure your child’s safety and well-being with enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, closely monitoring the children’s health, and wearing PPE as required, and they continue to adapt to the ever changing COVID-19 policies, Congratulations on 30 years, to an amazing team of Educators!

Thank you