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THRIVING MINDS PRESCHOOL'S STORY
Thriving Minds Preschool and daycare Etobicoke has evolved as it should have. We have operated Shining Faces Child Care and Learning Center for the past 4
in Bradford Ontario with great success and joy. We have garnered outstanding reviews and have enjoyed teaching and working with all of our students as they have evolved through the years.
All of our classrooms have dedicated certified Registered Early Childhood Educators. Our RECEs create the weekly curriculum that exceeds the standards set by the Ministry of Education. Our goal is to ensure your child is progressing, and learning all of the skills and subjects they'll need in order to prepare them for JK.
In addition to our RECE's, we have a team of passionate Teacher Assistants for all classrooms who are dedicated to assisting the roll-out of the curriculum, and for the supervision of the children. O
ur staff is trained in First Aid and in CPR. We meet weekly to go over all aspects of curriculum, activities and extra curricular programs being offered.
It's mandatory for all staff to go through a criminal reference/vulnerability sector check process, and to have immunization verification.
We have a qualified Supervisor; a certified Registered Early Childhood Educator who is responsible for overseeing all the staff and ensuring all safety procedures and central policies are enforced at all times. The Owner will be present at the centre throughout the week and involved with all the classrooms and staff. The Owner is available to all staff, students and parents for meetings and encourages input and participation from the parents in the facility!
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We are located in the
400 Kipling Ave, Main Floor
Etobicoke, ON, M8V 3L1
MEET THE OWNERS
Ashley completed her Business Studies at Western Ontario University and York University. She entered the business world about 18 years ago and has been in the field of business development since then. While Ashley was on maternity leave with her first child, she decided to investigate the world of Daycare/Preschool. With a passion for children and for teaching she dove into the Childcare Industry to learn all she could about the field. She quickly realized that this was a natural fit with her love of children and entrepreneurship; she married the two and established her first daycare centre, Shining Faces Preschool in Bradford Ontario.
This centre caters to 70+ children per day year-round ranging in age from 12 months to 12 years. With 20 + staff at this location it is a busy and exciting environment. Ashley chose to adopt a combination of a play based and academic learning program with a Montessori technology component including French language introduction.
Ashley believes that although social and play time is very important, so is finding ways to teach children their fundamentals using fun and innovative tools. Children are so curious and intelligent, their minds wanting to learn and expand. Ashley has incorporated creative games and teaching techniques to encourage the development of math, counting, sorting, letters, printing, pencil control, science concepts and beginning to work independently.
After four years of success with Shining Faces Preschool Ashley is ready to replicate the program in Toronto with the development of Etobicoke's newest daycare for learning - Thriving Minds Preschool. She anticipates similar success as sister company, Shining Faces Preschool, Bradford ON.
The brand-new centre was constructed in 2019 and shares space with the Maple Leaf Practice Facility at the Mastercard Centre. Thriving Minds offers a beautiful brightly lit and airy space with soaring 17' ceilings. Ashley will oversee this school and offers open door communication with her parents/families in order to maximize the experience for both child and parents. Ashley can be reached by phone or email (see contact) and is happy to begin the dialogue regarding your child.
Jennifer is one of Canada’s most successful athletes and attained Olympic glory on numerous occasions. Jennifer was a member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team for fourteen years and attended four Olympic Games achieving prestigious status a three time Olympic Gold Medalist (2002, 2006, 2010) and an Olympic silver medalist (1998). She is a five time World Champion and was twice named the most valuable player at the World Championship tournaments.
Jennifer is a graduate of Harvard University and completed her degree with honours. She also played hockey for Harvard and is the only two time winner of the Patty Kazmaier award (given to the top player in women’s college hockey). She set records for most consecutive games with a point and for most points in a hockey career.
Jennifer transitioned from the world of elite sport to the business world where she has over 15 years experience in keynote speaking and performance consulting. She is the CEO and founder of her company Excel in Life and clients include RBC, Sportsnet, HBC, Nike, Proctor and Gamble, AAA, CAA, Gatorade, and Deloitte to name a few. Jennifer enjoys the field of business, and was excited to expand her reach with the initiation of Journey to Excel, a high performance training centre.
Journey to Excel is focused on a 360 degree approach to athlete development, providing services in sport specific training, on ice development, nutrition, sport medicine, strength and conditioning and performance psychology. Journey to Excel helps athletes, male and female alike, in minor hockey, throughout various levels right up to the NHL. She has also been a leader in and for mentorship projects for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
The Botterill family has provided Jennifer with plenty of inspiration as she learned from her mother, father and brother. Her mother competed in two Olympic Games as a speedskater. Her father Cal is at the top of the field in the world of Sport Psychology.
Thriving Minds Preschool
400 Kipling Ave, Main Floor,
Hours - Mon - Fri 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Shining Faces Childcare
& Learning Centre
459 Holland St West,
Bradford Ontario, L3Z 0C1
Hours - Mon - Fri 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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