Our Staff

Caring & Qualified

The Schoolhouse Playcare Centre, in accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act, is staffed by qualified Early Childhood Educators, with additional training in First Aid and CPR. 

Early Childhood Educators who are employed with Schoolhouse Playcare Centre also have to be registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators in order to practice as an Early Childhood Educator. The Early Childhood program is a two year college course in which a diploma is obtained at completion of studies. In the two year program, child development, curriculum planning, and observations are studied for children infant to adolescent. 

The staff/child ratio is complemented by Early Childhood Education students who assist in such areas as: creative art, music, drama, and other learning experiences provided in an early childhood setting. 

Schoolhouse Playcare Centre

Wanda Collins
Executive Director
RECE, AECEO.C
Brenda Budge
Resource Teacher
RECE, AECEO.C, RT, HBSW
Tracey Rigby
Resource Teacher
RECE RT

ST. JAMES LOCATION

Leila Nagy
Head Educator
RECE, AECEO.C
Carly Baratta
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Don McMahon
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Rachelle Minthorn
Early Childhood Educator
RECE, RT
Emily Chepil
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Jennifer Tervo
Early Childhood Educator
RECE AECEO.C
Katherine Cross
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Ashley Etienne
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Nicole Heath
Early Childhood Educator
RECE AECEO,C
Megan Brown
Early Childhood Educator
RECE B ad
Terry Scocchia
Food Preparer

Grey St. Location

Brenda Walkoski
Head Educator
RECE,AECEO.C
Natasha Simpson
Early Childhood Educator
RECE, AECEO.C
Lynda Moore
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Lindsey Richardson
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Tawni Johnston
Early Childhood Educator
RECE, BA BEd
Lauren Sutton
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Julia Perrier
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Nicole Belsito
Early Childhood Assistant
CYW
Cristy Kuokkanen
Early Childhood Assistant
SSW
Jennifer Cook
Early Childhood Assistant
DSW,RLS
Julie Harris
Food Preparer

ST. Martin LOCATION

Lina Maclam
Before / Afterschool & Nursery School Coordinaor
RECE AECEO,C BA Bed
Jennifer Cook
Early Childhood Assistant
DSW,RLS
Valerie Swan
Early Childhood Educator
RECE
Kaylene Zelkovich
Early Childhood Assistant

Westmount Location

Lina Maclam
Early Childhood Educator & Coordinator
RECE, AECEO,C BA Bed
Katie Kalik
Early Childhood Assistant
Robyn Larabee
Early Childhood Educator
RECE, BA Psych



On Going Professional Development for Staff

We believe in encouraging and providing ongoing learning and professional development for our educators in our programs. This occurs in many different formats. Educators participate in weekly team meetings where we deconstruct our observations and develop programming for the children. Monthly staff meetings incorporate learning communities which allow us to further study our philosophy and guiding principles. Book studies, presentations, workshops, article reviews, reflective conversations, and more are some of the ways we continue to challenge ourselves as early childhood professionals.

                                   

       We are proud to have hosted an event put on by Schoolhouse Playcare Centre Educators:

                      "A Community Learning Event...The Inquiry Cycle"....Saturday, April 29,2017

Schoolhouse Playcare Centre put on an all day professional learning opportunity for the E.C.E. community and all those working with and caring for young children! It was held at our St. James School location.  It was an exciting day where participants were involved in discussion and interactive workshops regarding the observation, provocation/putting it into practice, and documentation of children's learning. There were interactive displays that focussed on early childhood environments, children's representations, light and transparency and more!