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At Kids & Company, we foster growth in the Kidco Way; creating a culture of kindness, innovation, diversity, courage and optimism. We rely heavily on these values to guide our decision-making, our problem-solving and the way we treat our employees, families and partners.
Be thoughtful, listen and understand.
Embrace imagination, resourcefulness and continuous learning.
Respect, embrace and celebrate our differences.
Be bold, brave and speak up for what you believe in.
Look at challenges with an open mind to possibilities.
We take the role of nurturing and developing the minds, bodies and spirits of children seriously. We follow an emergent curriculum philosophy, which means our teachers are trained to facilitate learning opportunities and spark discovery. We demonstrate curiosity and excitement about the world around us by approaching the world according to the values of The Kidco Way.
Formerly our Random Acts of Kindness program, Kids & Company recognizes its staff who go above and beyond to exemplify our Kidco Way values in their own way. We encourage parents, employees and partners touched by the acts of a Kids & Company staff member to shout out the ways they were kind, innovative, diverse, courageous or optimistic.
Nominated by a Parent: Kay from the Sherwood Park, Alberta location has been a spectacular care provider since day 1.
Our child has been under her primary supervision since she was 13 months old, and she is now 3 years old.
Kay has assisted in teaching our daughter to become the happy and confident little toddler she is today. Through learning, play, and exploration, Kay has always been Lilah’s favourite teacher. Many of Lilah’s early milestones, and humorous daycare stories, have been in the presence of Kay.
Kay is always at the centre in the morning, and still there to say goodbye in the evening. I know for quite some time she was also in school part-time, in addition to her full-time job at the centre.
The fact that our daughter admires Kay so much and seeing first-hand the phenomenal smile that Kay brings to work every day, grants us pleasure to recognize Kay as our Kudos to Kindness nominee.Close
Nominated by a Parent: Daryll is an amazing teacher. He takes excellent care of kids of school age and has awesome creative ideas to keeps kids engaged and also share the science behind it. Daryll you are doing a wonderful job. Thank you so much for the great field trips, absolutely exciting science experiments and for making the kids enjoy so much.
Khwahish loves to be at the Child care and summer camp and she says Daryll is her best teacher.Close
Nominated by a Co-worker: Caroline embraces everyone and their differences. She finds a way to include, celebrate, and educate teachers and the children to be inclusive. Diversity is not always something only on the outside every child (and teacher) learns differently and Caroline is always there to remind people to try something different or new.Close
Nominated by a Co-worker: Geeta has been my Assistant Director since 2016 and is amazing in all areas, but in 2021, she has shown amazing courage! While I was working from home approving CMRs and comparing the data to Kindertales, Geeta stepped up and ran Smart Tech for me. She had the courage to take on responsibilities over and above what an Assistant would do normally and excelled at all of them! She even helped me lead the centre remotely during a Covid-19 outbreak that we were able to contain to 1 room. Without her courage and dedication, this centre could have been in real trouble! Geeta is amazing!Close
Nominated by a Co-worker: This week I observed Ms. Nehemiah welcoming a new (very young) infant to her program with both Mom and Dad there. They’re first-time parents and on this journey for child care during a pandemic. The universal mask mandate here makes it so difficult for people to feel a close sense of connection, love, and attention. Especially newborns.
Ms. Nehemiah, and her center Director Janae Rogers, took 15 minutes with these parents to ensure that while they are unable to be in the classroom for the transition – that they felt safe, confident, and able to leave smiling.
It was evident that the mom was struggling for this difficult milestone of leaving her baby in someone else’s care at first. Ms. Nehemiah didn’t waste one single second to “smile with her eyes” and through her mask to ensure that this little one (who wasn’t crying at all) knew that she was in the best hands possible.
Optimistic, that despite the challenges in our world at this moment, that this little baby girl was going to be OK is how mom and dad left at the end of their baby’s first day outside of mommy’s arms.
Cheers, bravo, and thank you Ms. N. for making a difference every day.Close
“Those are the words that really speak to who we are as an organization.”
In 2020, during the global pandemic, Kids & Company paused to collaborate across teams on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ we do what we do. With a firm belief that children are the future, we aim to impact their present. And our approach is guided heavily by the values of being kind, innovative, diverse, courageous and optimistic.