A new innovative childcare Center could be calling Oliver home.

Aug 11, 2017

A new innovative childcare center could
soon be calling Oliver home

When founders Laura Fidalgo and Yam Cooper went searching for early childhood education for their own family, they noticed a gap in what is currently available in the South Okanagan. Children for a Better Future will adopt Montessori philosophies among other teaching styles to provide a playschool in the heart of Oliver. By drawing on their own experiences in the field of early childhood education as well as collaborating with other educators, parents and professionals who share the same mindset about early childhood development, they aim to provide creative and mindful education for children 18 months to 6 years old.

“Our team believes that a place to develop creativity, compassion and what we call eco-mindfulness – helping children to develop an awareness of themselves and their connection to nature and the world - is essential. Our children need greater support to develop emotional intelligence in a society that is increasingly involved in different forms of technology “, said Yam Cooper artist, author and educator, well known for his unique anti-bullying workshops.

“We want to offer an early childhood education so that our young people - the future generations – are enriched, not just educated, and empowered, not just skilled”, said Yam Cooper

“The other parents and I were completely blown away by the first presentation”, said local mom, Alison Carlson. “I feel a huge weight off my shoulders to find a program that will not only prepare them for future education, but develop their whole body and mind in an energetic and nurturing environment. It isn’t every day that you find such passionate teachers in early childcare and Laura and Yam have really eased my mind”.

“The ball is rolling”, says Laura Fidalgo. “We are excited to find a group of very interested parents who are spreading the word and offering their help.”

The team hopes to gather enough registrations and/or funding support from the community to open in October.

Montessori-approach playschool program for children 18mo - 6yrs old, 2 days per week
Monday/Wednesday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Tuesday/Thursday 8.30am - 1.30pm

Artistic Fridays for ages 18mo-6yrs old, is open to all children registered in the playschool or as a stand alone option.
8.30am - 1.30pm

After school programs for school age children are in the works with classes such as improvisation, cooking, music and movement, beginner ukulele and drawing skills just to mention a few.

There is potential for a second playschool program that would run 5 days per week for 2.5hrs/day depending on the needs of the community.

Come meet the team and find out more about the programs!
522 Fairview Rd, by Medicis Cafe
Information night on Tuesday 15th August 7pm - 9pm
Open house and registrations on August 16th & 17th (12-2pm) and August 18th (4-7pm)

Community involvement, donations and fundraising
The non-profit society is reaching out to local businesses and the community for donations and fundraising opportunities to purchase high quality children’s furniture and equipment as well as to convert the outdoor space into a beautiful and secure play area. The team would appreciate all help in making this learning center an inspiring place for the children to grow.

For more information contact Laura Fidalgo: 250.328.3434 or [email protected]

Company Contact Information:

Logo Children for a Better Future
Company: Children for a Better Future
Contact Name: Laura Fidalgo
Contact Phone: 2503283434
Contact Email: [email protected]
Company Website: Www.childrenforabetterfuture.org

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