Stories from Child Care Matter
There’s no doubt it’s a complex time in the world right now due to COVID-19. In BC, child care programs have been considered an essential service and were not ordered closed by the provincial government. Navigating continued child care operations in the face of COVID-19 has proven to be more than a little complicated. To help document what has been happening, I recently began hosting recorded video conversations with early childhood education and child care professionals. The purpose of this initiative is to help share what the child care sector has been dealing with during COVID-19 as well as to document how the many public policy decisions are impacting child care operators, children and families.
Today’s conversation with Marley June Cummings, Owner Blue Heron Montessori is the first of many that I plan to release here on the 45 Conversations website. I am incredibly grateful to Marley for agreeing to share her thoughts and experiences with all of us. This is a very important time in BC child care.
Hearing from Marley June Cummings about Blue Heron Montessori’s Experience
In this conversation Marley June Cummings shares about what she and her team are facing related to the operations of Blue Heron Montessori, which is located in Victoria, BC during the COVID-19 crisis. This is a compelling discussion and Marley outlines a lot of the challenges that she and her program have been experiencing in recent weeks.
About Marley June Cummings
Marley Cummings is a Montessori Preschool Educator from Vancouver Island who has been working with children for 10 years. She completed her Montessori Preschool training in 2014 and has completed her Early Childhood Educator Diploma with a specialization in Inclusive Care. She has worked in a variety of school settings, from large private institutions to small in-home daycares. Through this experience, Marley has discovered what really works for children and what needs to evolve in order to continue offering “best practice” in education.
Marley is committed to the families and shares her knowledge and insight into the child’s world with home caregivers. Marley has had experience working with children from all walks of life, and she has always been able to connect, support them on their personal journey to reach their goals, and provide unconditional acceptance and love.
Marley is also a multi-talented educator, who brings life and excitement into the classroom through sharing her passion for verbal story-telling and performance. She has taught classes of the arts for children and enjoys incorporating this element with weekly opportunities for the children including dance, music, theatre, and multi-media art. Marley has also spent a few years in Montreal and shares her knowledge of the French language with children in the form of games, songs, and stories.
Share Your Child Care Story
In the coming weeks I hope to continue having video conversations with early childhood education and child care professionals to better understand how they are managing in response to COVID-19. I’d love to talk with YOU and hear your story. Would you like to be part? Please go to the contact us page and send me an email. From there we can set up a time to record your story using a Zoom video call.