Kieran was just six years old when he last walked through the doors of our Greendale Childcare Centre. That was almost eight years ago, though. Today, a teenaged Kieran came back to visit, but not to participate in the suite of programs offered by Today’s Family.
Today was Take Your Child to Work Day, and Kieran’s mother Lisa is a registered Early Childhood Educator at Today’s Family. So today, Kieran got to see a new, behind-the-scenes side of the programs he used to love as a child.
The day began at 7:00 a.m. at a local Before School Program. The children – aged 4 to 12 – trickled in throughout the morning as their parents dropped them off on their way to work. Kieran helped run the morning’s programming, helping to prepare and set out a healthy snack and supervising the children playing games. The day was surprisingly warm, so with permission Kieran and several of the children went outside and played a rousing game of tag. Eventually, the school bell rang to signal the start of the day, and this part of Take Your Child to Work Day was over.
Next, Lisa took her son along on her visits to some Licensed Home Child Care programs. As we’ve mentioned before on this blog, our Licensed Home Child Care programs offer entrepreneurial caregivers the opportunity to operate a child care program out of their own home.
Part of becoming a Licensed Home Child Care provider with Today’s Family involves regular visits from an Early Childhood Educator like Lisa. Today, Kieran accompanied his mother to two homes, engaging with the children in care. He also watched as Lisa ran through a quarterly checklist to make sure everything met the specified health, safety, and quality standards expected by Today’s Family.
The last part of the day was supposed to be much more mundane: a trip back to the administrative offices at our Greendale Centre to complete some tasks. However, this turned into an opportunity for Kieran to reconnect with some old friends!
Kieran used to attend programs here at Greendale when his mother first joined Today’s Family. Many of the staff who had worked at the centre eight years ago remembered Kieran from his days in program and were excited to see how he had grown and changed over the years. They peppered him with questions about high school and his life.
Eventually, the day came to an end. It was a wonderful day for Kieran, who got to learn about what his mother does every day at work. But it was also a special day for Lisa, who was able to share a different side of the Today’s Family experience with her son.
We want to thank Kieran and Lisa for sharing their story with us today.