The Whitney Child Centre Staff

The staff at the Whitney Child Centre are a team of caring, dedicated professionals.

All teaching staff, apart from one teaching assistant are Registered Early Childhood Educators. All staff are trained in Standard First Aid and Child and Infant CPR. Most permanent staff are trained food handlers. The WCC takes pride in providing an extremely positive work environment which leads to high staff retention. We work hard to communicate with parents through daily feedback, information boards, observations, documentation panels, parent-teacher interviews and our monthly newsletters. Our teachers constantly update their qualifications with a wide variety of workshops and strive to provide a fun, stimulating and creative environment for the children in our care. Our educators teach and use their talents in art, drama, yoga, music and languages to enhance our programming. Staff take the lead from the children and provide a play-based, imaginative program to ensure that each child in our care has a positive start to their school career. Our staff aim to connect with each child to ensure a sense of belonging and we see our parents as a vital resource for programming and gaining insight into their children.

Staff use an emergent curriculum approach for planning a play-based program and use the “Early Learning for Every Child Today” (ELECT) framework to support programming, documentation and reporting. The publications “How Does Learning Happen?” and “Think, Feel Act” are valuable resources used to ensure we are up to date with the most current pedagogical research and information. These documents can be found on the government website: www.children.gov.on.ca

As per government requirements, we perform a police check on each staff every five years and staff sign a declaration of offence every year in between.

Management:

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Kim Challenger

Supervisor
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Rosemary Fagan

Assistant Supervisor
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Samson Ho

Assistant Supervisor

Toddler Staff, Room 108:

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Karen McGarrell

Staff
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Wendy Balfour

Staff
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Jessica Tapper

Staff

Pre-School Staff, Room 107:

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Marie Foley

Staff
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Ashley Meyer

Staff
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Nina Khalwati

Staff
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Christine Cordeiro

Staff

Pre-School Staff, Room 106:

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Anne-Marie Williams

Staff
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Aileen OShea

Staff

Pre-School Staff, Room 105:

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Pam Millington

Staff
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Nathalie Zeta

Staff

Kindergarten Staff:

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Aileen OShea

Staff
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Bebe Refaei

Staff

School Age Staff:

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Rosemary Fagan

Staff
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Jessica Tapper

Staff
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Pam Millington

Staff
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Nathalie Zeta

Staff

Housekeeping and Toddler Relief Staff:

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Merlyn Benecio

Staff

Our staff value and uphold the ELECT principles:

Positive experiences in early childhood set the foundation for lifelong learning, behavior, health and well being. 

Partnerships with families and communities are essential.

Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion is vital.

An intentional, planned program supports learning.

Play and inquiry are learning approaches that capitalize on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance.

Knowledgeable, responsive and reflective educators are essential.