Our staff is qualified and experienced in a range of children’s growth and development patterns.
We invest a great deal of effort attracting and retaining the right members, for our team. They must be special people with not only the best qualifications but also the right qualities. We know how important it is that your child has consistency of care; we work hard to create an environment that our team enjoys being a part of, and which is also in the best interests of the children.
Staff acknowledges that children develop at different rates and each of them has individual interests, backgrounds, strengths, needs and talents. Our role as educators and caregivers is to support, encourage and challenge young children as they construct understandings about their world, the people, objects and events in it.
We are committed to building children’s self-esteem, encouraging their natural desire for learning and developing their imaginations.
Owner and Executive Director
After obtaining her Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1994, Gillian went on to continue her studies and follow her passion respectfully earning her Diploma in Early Childhood Development in 1996.
Gillian holds over 24 years of professional experience as both owner and director of local Early Learning and Child Care Centres.
Along with her newest centre, The Meadows Early Learning and Child Care, Gillian has successfully owned and operated A&D Child Care and Out of School Program in Sherwood Park since 1994. She was owner and primary teacher for “Little Peanuts Preschool” from 1995-2004 and in 2008 she opened The Learning Tree Preschool in Sherwood Park.
Gillian furthered her professional experience within the field of Early Learning and Child Care by becoming a validator for Alberta Accreditation from 2006-2009. Her in-depth knowledge and experience with accreditation standards has contributed to her success owning and operating Quality Child Care programs throughout the years.
Gillian also devotes much time collaborating with colleagues and organizations within the community accessing resources to ensure all of her programs are well-rounded and of the highest quality when it comes to meeting the developmental needs of all children within her programs and centres.
Director-The Meadows Early Learning and Child Care
Kari is a 28+ year veteran in the field of Early Learning and Child Care. In 1994 she graduated from Grande Prairie Regional College with a diploma in Early Childhood Development and went on to receive her Extension Certification in Children and Adolescent Mental Health from Mount Royal University in 2003. Over the many years in the field, Kari has worked with young children of all ages as a supervisor, educator, interventionist, inclusive child care worker and preschool teacher in both Early Learning and Sport and Recreation programs.
In 2006, Kari received her Train the Trainer Certification in the ASQ, ASQ-SE and AEPS screening and assessment tools from the University of Oregon Early Intervention Program. In 2018, she also received her Brain Story Certification through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. Kari has dedicated most of her career to working closely with young children and their families fostering optimal growth and development and has 10+ years of experience supervising staff in Early Learning settings as well as providing them with professional development and training.
Kari is also active within the community where she volunteers at local workshops and Early Childhood events and is currently an active member of a local Early Childhood Coalition.
Director - A&D Child Care Centre and Out of School Care
Kristen’s career first began more than 14 years ago when she enrolled in Lakeland College, earning her certificate in the Teacher’s Assistant Program.
In 2005, Kristen relocated to Sherwood Park, Alberta, and it was then that she first began working with the A&D Child Care and Out of School Program. Throughout the years, Kristen has gained further experience working with Toddlers, Preschool age children, as well as Out of School Care children where she was the lead for the OSC and Summer Day Camp Program.
In 2008, Kristen’s passion for working with young children along with her professionalism contributed to her success of being named a recipient for a Child Care Bursary Award. In 2014, she went on to further her studies in the field and at the same time, accepted the role of Assistant Director.
In 2016, Kristen earned her diploma in Early Learning and Childcare from Grande Prairie Regional College and in 2018, earned the position of Director at A & D Child Care Centre.
Throughout the years, Kristen has dedicated much of her time to being actively involved in various ongoing professional development workshops, conferences, and seminars in the field of Early Learning and Child Care.