About Us

A Few Words About Me

Elie Niaki

 

A little about me!

My name is Elie, I graduated in 2002 from Vanier College in Early Childhood Education attestation program and have 19 years of experience in the field. I have been working as a qualified educator for the past 16 years and my last position was at Concordia university childcare center (CPE Les P’tits Profs) in Montreal. I have worked with children of all age groups from 3 months to 5 years old. For the last two years, I have been the French immersion teacher for group of 4-5 years old. I have recently moved to Ontario with my family and have decided to start a home childcare.

Over the last 12 years I have attended many different local and international conferences to improve my skills and stay up to date with new techniques (please see the reference and testimonial page for more details). I have developed strong skills in creating fun and interactive learning activities and materials while observing and reporting on the child’s development using the Emergent Curriculum(refer to the Curriculum page) that is complimented by focused portfolios.

Focused portfolio is a tool for the ongoing observation and recording of each child’s development. It is a process to document children’s growth and is based on developmental milestones charts.

Focus portfolios include photographs and anecdotes for seven areas of development and is a document used to share information about the whole child, with each family.

I believe that children learn through “play”, and play is the work of young children. It is through play that they learn the skills for success in later life- problem solving, role identification, communication, social skills, and decision making abilities, to name a few. Play allows for the natural process of learning. For children, play is like eating and sleeping, one of the vital signs of health.

Professional play- workers in the United Kingdom describe it this way:

Play is a set of behaviors that are freely chosen, personally directed, and intrinsically motivated.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child(ren).

What We Offer

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Mission Statement.

Elemento Home Childcare’s mission is to provide the highest quality of care and education for young children from 12 months to five years old in a safe, warm, and nurturing environment. The aim is to give parents complete peace of mind while being seen as a shining example of what a quality home childcare should be.

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Educational Program.

“Emergent curriculum is an approach to teacher planning that begins with listening. Teacher collaborates to watch for children’s interests, worries, desires, understandings and use these as the beginning points for curriculum. It is developmentally appropriate, and builds on well-developed observation skills of early childhood teachers. Once teachers select a focus, they plan provocations or interesting events that stimulate children’s thinking and activity. Teachers document children’s responses and think carefully about the next step. The intent of emergent curriculum is to slow down and deepen positive relationships among children, teachers, families and their environment.” (Wien & Stacey, 2000)

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Nutritious Meals & Snaks.
All food served during the day will include servings from each basic food groups as specified by the Canadian Food Guide.