Through all the changes, lockdowns, emergency breaks, and stay-at-home orders, we have continued to operate and be here. All educators continue to prove they are essential during this pandemic. Each day we put on a mask, and press pause on what is happening in the world around us to provide care, learning, and fun for each Chartwell child. This is an appreciation post for the Chartwell Educators.
Ms. Bialy aka TT
Ms. Albin aka Ms. A
Thank you for all you do for the house, for each child, and for being the superheroes you are.
“Not all superheroes wear capes.”
“This year has been a challenging year for us all. Although the numbers around us are rising, I’m thankful to have a job and be surrounded by caring staff, loving children and supportive families. We’ve all had our own struggles to deal with, not seeing family, missing important events and isolation making it hard to handle alone. I’ve had to make difficult choices that were hard in order to keep a safe work environment but there is little in the world that is as a wonderful as a child’s laughter and wonder. I became an educator because I believe children are much more capable than adults often realize and I love nurturing their curiosity on a daily basis. I’m thankful we’re still able to provide this environment for the kids. It not only helps them, but creates a sense of normalcy in all of our lives. We are essential workers, and although we may not always get that recognition… I’m here for the kids and that’s enough.”
– Miss G
“Working over the past year during a pandemic has been such a learning experience. It’s such a relief to have a job and being around people and kids and families that make this job worth it. Here’s hoping Covid only lasts the next 5 years instead of 10.”
– Ms. Rogers
“Even though RECEs are under appreciated during this difficult time during the pandemic, I am thankful to have a job that I can come to. Yes the children cannot see our smiles but we can see theirs and hear their laughs. It helps me forget about what’s going on for a little bit during the day. It helps to know that we are still able to come everyday and help make a difference in these children’s lives by providing a little bit of routine and comfort in these uncertain times.”
– Ms. Bialy aka TT
“Working during a pandemic has its ups and downs. Putting my trust in staff members and families that come and go throughout the centre is the most challenging. I come to work everyday so that parents can go to work as well, while doing that I’m putting aside my need for spending time with my parents. I love my job at the end of the day and wouldn’t change it for the world but during this time it can be difficult to show up everyday”
– Ms. Reid
“I feel we don’t get enough recognition in today’s society. We’re not “daycare” workers, we’re educators who provide quality childcare and provide early learning opportunities for the young children in our community. It’s not an easy job but at the end of the day it’s rewarding knowing that these young child look up to you.”
– Ms. F
“I feel it’s important to let everyone know that despite being able to work and be essential, the pandemic is very hard on everyone. We appreciate being able to come into work and provide for our families. But part of us would love to also stay home and spend this time with our loved ones, especially the staff with kids. It’s a real bittersweet type deal, we know we are essential and everything we do is for the kids and our passion for ECE, but being ignored by the government and being underpaid despite being an “essential worker” can be really discouraging. It is hard for us too – we just try to forget it all at the door and put a smile on our face and make the day fun for the kids. But when we leave work, we are tired mentally, physically and sometimes emotionally. So, please give your child’s educator a smile and a thank you, because they have their own life with many types of stress and hardships, they are just good at concealing it and focusing on what matters- which is the children.”
– Ms. T
“What it feels like to be an educator – praying that we can help our future generation become free and enjoy the small things in life again.”
– Ms. Costa
“In a time where the world is filled with such uncertainty and sorrow, coming to work and seeing the children who are smiling and happy, blissfully unaware of what’s going on, provides a much needed distraction for staff. Although RECE’s seem to be falling to the wayside by the government, the appreciation we get from the kids lifts our spirits. Whether it be through their laughter and enthusiasm or by them learning a new word or going a day without any accidents, they show us that what we are doing matters to them if no one else.”
– Ms. A
“I am very appreciative to have a job and a job I love! The children make me smile and make me want to show up during this pandemic. I am scared, scared of the unknown, do we trust that our parents are bringing in their children healthy. I am scared I will bring it home to my family. I wish I was able to stay home when my daughter has to do online learning. I wish I am able to be her educator when schools can’t stay open but we are “Essential” and I show up everyday and do my job and do it for the children! RECE’s are underpaid and not shown enough appreciation but my coworkers make it worth it. We have each other’s backs! We are a team!”
– Ms. Shannon
“Working during a pandemic has been a difficult experience for a lot of people. Things are constantly changing, but I am glad to have a job that I love and to be able to still be there for the children during such a difficult time. It’s also scary as there are so many unknowns and I have to put my trust in each family and all my coworkers that they are coming in healthy and haven’t been around anyone sick. Being an ECE in normal times is challenging enough, it’s exhausting mentally and physically and sometimes we feel under appreciated. However, my love for this job and these kids has always been the reason why I chose to be an ECE. We are here for the children to provide stability and help them grow and develop. When the children walk through the doors each morning with happy faces and excited to be at school, sometimes I forget for a moment that we are in a pandemic at all. Keeping our focus on the children, and having an amazing team of ECEs here makes all the difference in knowing we will get through this together.”
The Preschool classroom did do a Superhero Day, where they did wear capes…
And then one little superhero again proved not all heroes wear capes.
The past year has been a roller-coaster for everyone, we have all been through ups and downs. We have faced many challenges, weaved our way through obstacles, and continue to face what comes our way. Chartwell educators will continue to adapt, continue to follow the changing rules and regulations and will do so while providing a learning environment for the children.
We will continue to do our best. And we will do so, together.