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    Sidekicks Childcare Centre is a play-based, structured, group daycare centre for 3-5 year olds.

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About Us

Sidekicks Childcare Centre opened in July of 2017 and is located in South Coquitlam, next to the Maillardville area, close to schools and shopping. Sidekicks is a licensed, play-based group childcare facility for children of ages 3-5 years old, with maximum of 16 spaces/day. Sidekicks is proud to share a unique location and space with one of Coquitlam’s premier martial arts schools, Team One Martial Arts.

The Sidekicks daycare facility is situated upstairs of Team One in a large building that houses 2 separate mat spaces of 1600 sq ft, where one of the mat setups includes a safe, bouncy sprung floor. There is plenty of space to move around and toys and games to play with.

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Our Team

Krystal Francisco
Manager

Sidekick's Krystal FranciscoMs. Krystal knew from a very young age that she wanted a career working with young children. Eleven years ago she decided to become a nanny and quickly realized she wanted to learn more about children’s development. Ms.Krystal is a Douglas College graduate and has her Early Childhood Education Certificate, Infant and Toddler Citation and First Nations Early Childhood Specialization. She has been working in the field for eight years and says no matter her role the connections and her journey as an educator is one of the most rewarding experiences.

Ms.Krystal is passionate about inclusion and strongly believes that each child has the right to a quality Early Childhood program. Recently she has gone on to further her education and graduates this June with her Special Needs Citation. She believes it is an honour to be apart of a child’s life; to collaborate with families, team members and other professionals to support, guide and nurture each child’s individuality. Ms. Krystal says, “It’s amazing to watch them grow to be the best version of themselves. Each day brings new teachings, joy, challenges and rewards and there is nothing more fulfilling than that.”

“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” ~ Scott Hayden

Waghma Sayam
Early Childhood Educator

Ms. Waghma began her career as a preschool teacher seventeen years ago in Pakistan. She moved to Canada in 2001 and wanted to receive a formal certificate in the Early Childhood field, so she went to Burnaby Continuing Education from 2004-2007 while working as a responsible adult. Ms.Waghma graduated with her Early Childhood Educator Certificate in 2007. She has always been passionate about working with children whether it was while raising her own three children or others.

Ms. Waghma believes children learn best while playing because they are free to use their imagination while developing cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills. Furthermore, she believes her role is to guide, support, and challenge children through various open-ended explorations. Ms. Waghma feels privileged to be a part of every child’s life that she has worked with and believes she has a shared responsibility with parents to build children’s confidence, self-esteem and independence in hopes that every child will become happy, healthy, productive members of society.

Iris Wang
Early Childhood Educator

Sidekicks' Iris Wang's headshotMs.Iris did one of her practicums last summer 2019 at our center and developed such loving, respectful relationships with children and educators alike that we hired her once she completed her final practicum. She received her Early Childhood Certificate in December 2019 and is thinking about continuing her education in the Early Childhood field.

Ms.Iris decided to become an Early Childhood Educator shortly after the birth of her child. She wanted to learn aspects of Early Childhood Development that would promote and foster her child’s learning and she wanted an inside peek at what her daughter could potentially experience if she were to go to a childcare center. Though it was the birth of her child that brought her to the field she says she loves being an Early Childhood Educator and would not want a career in any other field. Ms.Iris strongly believes that every child has the right to a positive, healthy, safe, and fun early learning experience and not only enjoys being apart of the lives of children but she loves being a part of a team with other educators who share the beliefs.

Our Values

We value the well-being of the children above all else. We recognize that the children in our care are always our priority and that their best interests from the basis of all decision making and policy development. Moreover, we value the feelings of the children in our program. Our teachers offer guidance and support while assisting children in taking responsibilities for their actions.

Our Philosophy of Care

At Sidekicks Childcare center, we believe that children are unique, valued and deserve the opportunity to learn, grow and develop in a safe, nurturing, play-based setting. We offer experiences where children can develop socially, physically, emotionally and cognitively through child and team member directed, hands-on learning. Children of all abilities are welcomed, the learning environment is arranged in such a way as to be inclusive, and our skilled team members embrace the center’s philosophy and goals. We work in partnership with families and encourage them to be involved in our center, ensuring open and positive communication is maintained.

Sidekicks Childcare Centre philosophy

Our Goals

  • Provide quality care for each child

  • Model and encourage appropriate guiding and caring for each child and family

  • Provide opportunities to increase the family’s knowledge of children’s health and development

  • Support families in meeting their responsibilities to their children

  • Effectively work with community agencies, individuals, and organizations that are essential to the well-being of each child and family

  • Increase the awareness and utilization of community resources as needed.

Our Guidance and Discipline

Our goal in guiding children is for them to learn how to control their own behaviour. Part of ensuring a safe and nurturing environment is not overlooking the importance of discipline. At Sidekicks, we believe that safety and respect for the rights and feelings of all children is an important aspect of our philosophy.

Teachers will be setting simple limits in a clear and consistent manner, providing boundaries for the children as a group or as individuals according to each situation. They will guide children in dealing with anger, frustration, fear, and other strong emotions, encouraging children to speak about their feelings, and work with each other to solve problems.

We use positive reinforcement to encourage children, helping them build on their accomplishments. Our early childhood educators model appropriate ways of interacting with others, and redirect or guide a child into acceptable options for behaviour.

Families can expect the staff to:

  • Model appropriate, respectful behavior at all times
  • Promote the development of positive social skills including self-esteem and self- control
  • Encourage children to understand and follow simple
  • Supervise the children at all times
  • Establish clear, consistent, and simple expectations
  • Acknowledge children’s feelings
  • Offer choices that are developmentally appropriate
  • Demonstrate respectful affection and caring to each child

Some of the strategies that the staff will use in guiding children’s behaviour include:

  •  Setting clearly defined, age appropriate limits
  • Stating behaviour expectations in a positive manner
  • Reinforcing and encouraging appropriate behaviour
  • Redirecting behaviour
  • Helping children express feelings verbally
  • Offering appropriate choices
  • Modelling problem solving skills

No child will be subjected to:

  • Shoving, hitting, shaking, spanking, or any form of corporal punishment
  • Harsh belittling or degrading treatment, whether verbal, emotional or physical that would humiliate the child or undermine his/her self-respect
  • As a form of punishment: deprivation of meals, snacks, rest or necessary use of the
    toilet

at all times, the staff will gently guide the children verbally in supporting them towards self-control and self-discipline. We encourage families to ask about guidance and discipline methods as any questions arise. We are committed to working with families and to enhancing knowledge of child development and approaches to child-rearing practices.

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Our Health Policy

Immunization

As immunizations are one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of communicable diseases, we recommend that all families have their child’s immunizations brought-up- to-date prior to starting at Sidekicks. Once enrolled, please provide updated immunization information as necessary.

Illness

While we are sensitive to the stress that illness may cause for families, we are not licensed to care for children when they are ill. You will need to keep your child home, or make alternate arrangements, if your child:

  • Has a communicable disease
  • Has a fever over 38 degree Celsius
  • Is vomiting or has diarrhea
  • Has an undiagnosed rash
  • A condition which prevents the child from being able to participate in all program activities including outdoor play

Children with some symptoms may be permitted to attend if they:

  • Have minor upper respiratory infection but no fever
  • Are on antibiotics but don’t have a fever
  • Have chronic symptom such as cough or runny nose that has been diagnosed as non-infectious.

A child may return to the Childcare Centre once these symptoms have disappeared for a  minimum of 24 hours, or with the approval of a family health physician, or medical health officer.

Child who develops “pink eye” must be treated with prescribed medication for at least 24 hours before being permitted to return to the Child Care Centre. Further, children must be well enough to participate in ALL program activities, both indoors and outdoors.

If there is a long term or serious medical concern, a care plan must be put in place before your child attends the Centre. A Medication Instruction form must be included in care plans for EpiPen’s and inhalers. Please see the Manager for more information.

Administering​ ​Medication

If you would like the staff to administer prescription medication to your child, we require that the medication be provided in the original container and a medication consent form to be completed with instructions on administering the medication. Medication cannot be administered in bottles, cups, or food. All medication must be given to a staff and will be stored in a locked container.

Please do not leave any medication in your child’s cubby. Also, note that the staff cannot administer non-prescription medication to your child. (i.e. cough syrup or non-prescription creams).

Smoking

The Childcare Centre, its entryways, and its surrounding grounds are non-smoking areas.  Anyone wishing to smoke must do so outside of these areas.

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Sidekicks Childcare Program

3-5 Years Old Group Childcare

Maximum of 16 spaces/day

Rate: $1000/month
Drop in/ Part Time: Drop-ins​ ​are​ ​only​ ​valid​ ​for​ ​members,​ ​while​ ​space​ ​permits

What does my child need to bring?

Meals and snacks

All meals and snacks are to be provided by the parent/guardian. We feel it is important to provide children with healthy, nutritious snacks, so we encourage parents to send their child with a snack that is low in sugar. Please help us keep all our children safe by noting that Sidekicks childcare is a “Nut Free Zone”. There is a microwave available if food needs to be heated up.

Quiet Time

After lunch, we all settle down for a bit of quiet time. All the children are provided with cots to lie on while they read books, listen to stories and music, or have a little nap (we do have a busy morning)! We require that you pack a small blanket, crib sheet, pillow, and stuffy to cuddle with.

Footwear

Please provide inside shoes. Each month we practice fire and earthquake drills and will be taking the children out of the building. Therefore, it is very important that the children have something on their feet. Please do not send the child in sandals or shoes that are difficult to get on and off without assistance. Every day may be an outdoor play day, whether rain, snow or sun. Please send appropriate clothing for the weather.

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