Who is working in the classroom?

Watch as an ECE and teacher team get ready for the first day of school.

Getting ready to welcome full-day kindergarten students
Springdale Public School, Brampton, Ontario

Shan Cardinali, teacher: The children are coming within days, so we want to create our environment together. At this point it’s a bit of get to know you – how is it that you believe children learn best? What is your program philosophy? Chatting about who we are, and where we’ve been, what we’ve done and what we believe about our youngest learners. Already in my discussions with Natalee I can tell how much respect she has for children.

Natalee Johnson, early childhood educator: This is my first time actually coming into the classroom so I guess the way how I’m actually preparing is making sure I’m speaking to Shan, sitting down and looking over our classroom, finding out what can be adjusted, where things need to be. Shan’s coming from the school board, I’m coming from a child care centre. Each child that is coming in the early learning program is unique, they’re their own individuals.

Shan Cardinali: It’s a heavy duty smock, that’s serious painting. It’s going to be amazing, as far as I’m concerned. If we truly want to show how brilliant our youngest learners are, I think the only way to do it is to have this partnership: two different lenses, working together.

For more information visit: Ontario.ca/kindergarten