Our commitment is to build children's self-esteem, encourage their natural desire to learn and develop their imagination through an emergent curriculum and the 'learning through play' philosophy. Our educators encourage children's developmental and educational needs by helping them progress at their own pace. There is time for both outside and inside activities. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality child care for children and their families.
Family First: Children and their families are our highest priority and concern.
Fun: We believe learning and laughter go hand in hand.
Integrity: We believe in honesty, respect and accountability to each other.
Progressive: We believe in providing innovative quality care.
Diversity: We value uniqueness, inclusiveness and equality.
Our educators are qualified and experienced in a range of children's growth and development patterns. We invest a great deal of effort attracting and retaining the right members, for our team. They must be special people with not only the best qualifications but also the right qualities. We know how important it is that your child has consistency of care. We work hard to create an environment that our team enjoys being a part of and which is also in the best interests of the children.
Educators acknowledge that children develop at different rates and each of them has individual interests, backgrounds, strengths, needs and talents. Our role as educators is to support, encourage and challenge young children as they construct understandings about their world, the people, objects and events in it.
We are committed to building children's self-esteem, encouraging their natural desire for learning and developing their imaginations.
Owner and Executive Director
After obtaining her Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Alberta, Gillian went on to continue her studies and follow her passion respectfully earning her Diploma in Early Childhood Development.
Gillian holds over 27+ years of professional experience as both owner and director of local Early Learning and Child Care Centres.
Along with her newest centre, The Meadows Early Learning and Child Care, Gillian has successfully owned and operated A&D Child Care and Out of School Program in Sherwood Park since 1994. She was owner and primary educator for "Little Peanuts Preschool" from 1995-2004 and in 2008 she opened "The Learning Tree Preschool" in Sherwood Park.
Gillian furthered her professional experience within the field of Early Learning and Child Care by becoming a validator for Alberta Accreditation from 2006-2009. Her in-depth knowledge and experience with accreditation standards has contributed to her success owning and operating Quality Child Care programs throughout the years.
Gillian also devotes much time collaborating with colleagues and organizations within the community accessing resources to ensure all of her programs are well-rounded and of the highest quality when it comes to meeting the developmental needs of all children within her programs and centres.
Director-The Meadows Early Learning and Child Care
Kari is a 28+ year veteran in the field of Early Learning and Child Care. She graduated from Grande Prairie Regional College with a diploma in Early Childhood Development and went on to receive her Extension Certification in Children and Adolescent Mental Health from Mount Royal University. Over the many years in the field, Kari has worked with young children of all ages as a supervisor, educator, interventionist, inclusive child care worker and preschool educator in both Early Learning and Sport and Recreation programs.
Kari has her Train the Trainer Certification in the ASQ, ASQ-SE and AEPS screening and assessment tools from the University of Oregon Early Intervention Program. She also received her Brain Story Certification through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. Kari has dedicated most of her career to working closely with young children and their families fostering optimal growth and development and has 10+ years of experience supervising educators in Early Learning settings as well as providing them with professional development and training.
Kari is also active within the community where she volunteers at local workshops and Early Childhood events and is currently an active member of a local Early Childhood Coalition.
Director - A&D Child Care Centre and Out of School Care
Kristen's career first began more than 17 years ago when she enrolled in Lakeland College, earning her certificate in the Teacher's Assistant Program.
In 2005, Kristen relocated to Sherwood Park, Alberta, and it was then that she first began working with the A&D Child Care and Out of School Program. Throughout the years, Kristen has gained further experience working with children of all ages in the daycare and as a Preschool teacher for The Learning Tree, as well as Out of School Care where she was the lead for the O.S.C. and Summer Day Camp Program.
Kristen's passion for working with young children along with her professionalism contributed to her success of being named a recipient for a Child Care Bursary Award.
In 2016, Kristen earned her diploma in Early Learning and Child care from Grande Prairie Regional College and became the of Director at A & D Child Care Centre.
Throughout the years, Kristen has dedicated much of her time to being actively involved in various ongoing professional development workshops, conferences, and seminars in the field of Early Learning and Child Care.