Leanne Williams – Child Care Supervisor
1900 Virgil Ave.
Sarnia, ON N7T 7H5
The Aamjiwnaang Binoojiinyag Kino Maagewgamgoons Early Learning Centre is located at 1900 Virgil Ave., please call us to register at 519-344-4132.
Aamjiwnaang Binoojiinyag Kino Maagewgamgoons Early Learning Centre is committed to providing high-quality early years programming for children 3 months to 5 years. Our focus is to provide a caring educational experience for the children, parents, families, and community of Aamjiwnaang. We are committed to the overall development of each child in our play-based program that is implemented in a comfortable, functional, emotionally warm, supportive, and safe environment. We value cultural identity and strive to ensure the unique qualities of individual children and their families are respected regardless of their cultural background, gender, belief, and attitudes.
Commitment & Philosophy
Using the High Scope philosophy and teachings of the Seven Grandfathers, we encourage a holistic and culturally diverse quality care program by experienced registered Early Childhood Educators and Aids. Programming is geared to each age group, small groups, and outdoor learning, with a variety of resources for the children to explore, special activities, family engagement and formal child assessments.
Hours of Operation: 7:15am to 5:00pm
ABKM menus are planned per the guideline of the Canada’s Food Guide and Canada’s Food Guide – First Nations, Inuit, and Metis.
We provide healthy food items and mentor healthy eating habits for children. We incorporate traditional indigenous foods into our 4-week menu rotation that change twice a year Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Parents are provided with menus to follow at home. We nurture healthy development by providing a healthy lunch and 2 regular snack times as well as a nutritious snack available at any time during the day. We accommodate to all dietary differences such as religious, cultural, allergies, sensitivities, and family preference.
The child development pedagogy is designed to enhance the learning styles and learning environment of children. ABKM’s Early Learning Centre programming implements Ontario’s pedagogy “How Does Learning Happen?”, The Early Learning for Every Child Today, “Think, Feel, Act”, High Scope curriculum and indigegogy which is also land based education, circle work, traditional teachings of language and culture.
Special activities are planned throughout the year the coincide with the seasons and Ojibwe moons.
Animal tracking, storytelling, winter sports and Christmas celebrations.
New life/animals, new growth/planting, water teachings and fishing.
Cultural singing and dancing, gatherings and celebrations, berry picking and special excursions.
Gathering, harvesting, farming and special Halloween activities.