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So Much More Than Just Rocks

January 19th, 2016

The opportunity to learn through play is one of the greatest gifts I am able to offer to children each day. Observing how children transform their play into something much more meaningful is one of the greatest gifts the children provide me. Extensive learning happens with natural materials, such as...

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Reggio Emilia – A Life Changing Experience

January 7th, 2016

Travelling to Italy has been a life changing experience for me. I didn’t know what to expect. As an Executive Director, my mind first went to the accountability – how did they know their education system works? What did the statistics tell them about which components of the program worked best? ...

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An Expression of Gratitude – A Parent’s Gift

December 15th, 2015

“What better way to say thank you to an organization that was such a big part of raising our family?” ~ Doug Lytle, Compass ELC Director When posed with the question of why he has volunteered as a Board Member for over ten years with Compass Early Learning and Care, Doug Lytle provided the f...

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Helping Children Build Risk Competence

December 8th, 2015

At Compass ELC our first priority for the children in our care is their health and safety.  We know that families have entrusted to us their most precious children.  But does being safe mean children should avoid taking risks?  Children’s natural play involves taking risks.  They are explorer...

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Learning Through Pendulum Play

December 1st, 2015

In our daily work with children we find such inspiration from the things that children find joy in.  This story, written by Andrea Parypa, RECE from the junior preschool classroom at our Peterborough Program is a beautiful example of how seemingly simple moments can be extended into rich learning. ...

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Meet Grumpa – our extraordinary & much loved volunteer

November 24th, 2015

Stewart Stainton has been a valued volunteer and member of the Compass ELC Victoria Graduate Program family for over 18 years.  After his granddaughter enrolled in the program, he offered to play Santa Claus.  During that first visit, Stewart, better known as “Grumpa” to the staff and children...

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Employee Recognition and Celebration Event

November 23rd, 2015

Compass ELC held its annual Employee Recognition and Celebration event on October 16th at The Ranch in Bethany.  Executive Director Sheila Olan-MacLean welcomed everyone and, together with Director of Human Resources Jenny Cullen, presented a newly developed Total Person Compensation package to em...

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Living in the Moment and Letting Children Take the Lead

November 17th, 2015

As I reflect on our time spent in Reggio Emilia, Italy, I am reminded of the multiple thoughts and feelings that touched my heart and changed me forever as an educator. As an educator, I try every day to be present with all children and strive for perfection in my work.  I offer materials that [&he...

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