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Year: 2003 – Province: Nova Scotia
Certificate of Excellence Recipients
Setting: Home & Heart Child Development Centre
149 Allison Coldwell Rd., RR#1
Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 2R1
Telephone: 902-542-2057 ext. 2487
Type of Setting: Preschool for children ages 2½ to 5 years old
Philosophy of Care:
Early childhood education involves more than just providing child care services. It also involves supporting families, including having an open-door policy that encourages family participation and involvement.
The first years of a child's life are crucial to laying the foundation for his/her future.
For over the past 25 years, Ms. Hope-Simpson has demonstrated strong leadership both at the centre and within the community. She prides herself in offering a child care program that is inclusive for all children, regardless of economic, physical, intellectual or behavioral challenges.
Ms. Hope-Simpson has also written numerous articles and books to help parents/educators develop young minds. She authored a book on parenting tips for pre-schoolers, and has published a children's book called "Fiddles & Spoons - Journey of an Acadian Mouse" (published by Dery Publishing Group, Montreal, 2004).
An advocate for quality child care, she has contributed to the Nova Scotia Round Table on Child Care and served on the board of the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs. She has also developed and delivered a certificate course for home-care providers.
In Praise Of:
"Ms. Hope-Simpson is dedicated to the advancement of the child care profession and is committed to this end for the sake of quality care for our children. I have looked to Ms. Hope-Simpson for advice on child care issues." - Coordinator, Early Childhood Development Support Centre
"I am very happy with Lila's "learning through play" philosophy, and think the true success of her program stems from how much children can't wait to go to preschool on Monday." - Parent
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