Year: 2016 – Province: Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Parkside Child Care
99 Ambassador Row
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2V 3M2
Type of setting: Family child care for infant, preschool and school-aged children
Olha Zablotski's home-based childcare centre has been chosen as a model both locally and by the province for other educators wishing to set up similar programs or take a holistic approach to childcare.
Philosophy of care
Mrs. Zablotski follows the Reggio Emilia approach, which allows her to follow children's lead when planning activities. The childcare environment is also filled with natural materials that are placed with purpose to act as another teacher.
Support of child development
- Provides such a comforting and home-like environment that children easily overcome separation anxiety and, in one case, a stutter that professional speech pathologists had been unable to correct.
- Nurtures children by having them tend plants in her backyard garden, from planting and watering, to harvesting vegetables when they are ready to eat.
- Enhanced her knowledge of the Reggio Emilia approach by travelling to Italy for a weeklong in-depth study group and coming home brimming with ideas for improving her practice.
Involvement with parents, families and the community
- Runs a snack and hot lunch program, serving nutritious homemade food three times a day at no extra cost to families.
- Develops trusting relationships with children and families, such that her program is much sought-after and has a waiting list.
- Views the relationship she has with families as a partnership that starts the day they come to her home before registering to observe the children, activities and interactions with the educator, and continues with open communication and sharing of both theoretical knowledge and practical tips.
"We cannot speak highly enough of Olha's contribution to the physical, mental and psychological development of our son."
"Olha methodically looks at ways to improve quality care for children and ways to enhance communication [with] and [give] knowledge to families in her community."
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