My name is Elif, and I have been with Hawthorne Daycare since 1993. I started my professional early childhood educator (ECE) career after graduating / completing my training etc.
Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened. Dr. Suess
I started my professional career as an Early Childhood Educator with Hawthorne on Essex Daycare in September 1993. I have worked with preschool, Kindergarten and School Age children up until 2005 at which point, I became the centre’s Executive Director
Having a child of my own, I discovered very quickly the struggles families face in finding quality affordable childcare.
I also understand how important it is to families that qualified, nurturing, and engaging, Registered Early Childhood Educators and Early Childhood Assistants are provide quality care for their child. Where every child feels they belong, have their well being checked, are engaged in the program and activities, and can express their thoughts and feelings.
Each day I get to witness the pure and genuine joy children display when they have discovered something new, their pride when they develop a new skill or the empathy, they show a peer. I get to give hugs when feelings are hurt or just because.
My goal is to provide the best support and guidance to the RECE’s, ECA’s as well as our Kitchen team so that they can be their best. We are a family and Hawthorne on Essex Daycare is a home away from home.
RECE and Assistant Supervisor.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
It’s been 24 years since I have been a part of this daycare family.
1997- I did my first placement as a George Brown Student and I never looked back. Hawthorne on Essex Daycare paved the way for me as I began my journey as an Early Childhood Educator.
I worked mainly as a school age teacher for about 17 years and my genuine love for planning, guiding, supporting and helping to enrich little minds daily, grew in these years.
It’s an amazing thing to watch children grow into exceptional, individual little human beings and this fills me with so much pride as an ECE.
My growth in work and experiences building relationships with the children, families and staff has helped me transitioned into becoming the Assistant Supervisor for about 5 years now. As my journey continues with hope for a positive difference in each day.
Hawthorne Daycare’s professional staff
early childhood educators.
All our staff are fully trained early childhood educators (ECEs) or early childhood assistants.
All staff members hold a valid first-aid and emergency CPR certificate that is updated annually and each attends professional workshops on a regular basis.
Some of the loyal, positive-minded staff on our team have been with us for more than 20 years and treat our centre like a second home for themselves and the children.
We run an in-centre kitchen and provide fresh, health and mostly vegetarian lunches for our toddler, preschool, and kindergarten children. Our wholesome and often inventive meals are well received by kids and many parents are surprised how many new things their children will try at daycare. Our cook, Mary, develops our menu on a seasonal basis with a six-week rotation.