Madelaine is our licensed Early Childhood Educator with certification in Special Needs and Infant and Toddler education. Madelaine has worked with children and families in various educational settings since 1998, including elementary schools, preschools, and community centres. When Madelaine is not running around with our preschoolers, she also works as a Child, Youth and Family counsellor at the Queen Alexandra psychiatric assessment centre and teaches with UBC as an adjunct professor in the faculty of Early Education.
Madelaine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care, and a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education.
Madelaine’s interest in how young children learn began while watching her own children mature. Her focus has explored how children with a variety of learning needs gain a sense of competency and control in their worlds. She highly values using mediums that are open-ended and do not limit children’s natural talent for using all of their senses to learn. Mediums like sand, water, building blocks, clay, paints, and other materials found in nature, not only create opportunities for children to learn with all of their senses, but also provide opportunities for them to use their wonderful gift of imagination as they learn about their worlds.
When working with children, Madelaine provides opportunities to explore dramatic play, constructive play, creative arts, language and music and movement. With these explorations, opportunities occur to greatly expand a child’s capacity to participate in a community of children as they learn to problem solve, share their ideas and to develop skills for kindergarten. .