A bit about me –
I have a lifelong commitment to education and learning, developed at an early age. School has always been my special place – a safe and happy place to explore, learn, and fully express who I was and who I wanted to be. I decided early on that I wanted to be an educator and I received my Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute of Education at the University of Toronto after receiving my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University.
I taught professionally as an Ontario Certified Teacher for 8 years, and became increasingly interested in the education of young children. I have two young nephews that I adore, and I was amazed at how quickly they learned and absorbed information like sponges. Studies consistently demonstrate how important the first 6 years are of a child’s life; this is when a child learns and develops more than at any other point in their life.
I followed this passion for early childhood education and studied at George Brown College becoming a Registered Early Childhood Educator and working at some of the best child care centres in Toronto. I gained invaluable experience as a RECE working with all age groups, and by regularly attending workshops and professional development to stay current. I am thrilled to bring my passion, experience, and philosophy to Learning Garden Childcare.
Children are unique individuals with their own personalities and attributes. For children to prosper, they must feel safe, secure and loved. Our goal at Learning Garden Childcare is to provide a stimulating and warm environment that will foster children’s desire to explore, discuss, create, and discover. We are proud of our small family-operated child care centre and value the warm relationships we have with families.
Our daughter, Audrey, was at Learning Garden from 18 months to 4 years and she developed by leaps and bounds. There was so much comfort seeing her surrounded by caring, supportive staff and she loved attending everyday – playing with her friends, cuddling with her teachers and eating Mimi’s delicious food. She is currently in Junior Kindergarten and had a seamless transition to her new school. On the first day, I watched her confidently walk in by herself while I blinked back tears. Her years at Learning Garden completely prepared her – she could not only read and write many letters and her own name, but she had the crucial independent and social skills that enabled her to thrive in her new JK classroom. Though she is now a “big kid”, she still loves to visit and will ask to see her daycare teachers all the time. As a parent and educator, I am very grateful for her entire daycare experience and I truly feel like she had the best experience here at Learning Garden.
Lily Luu, OCT, RECE