Second-year students to take the lead with free play program< More Stories
Students are responsible for everything from developing parent handbooks to marketing and advertising, decorating two activity rooms and preparing healthy snack menus.
“It’s not only about the handbook and creating the rooms. It’s about the big picture, which is the children and working with them,” says Kelsey McKenzie, an ELCC diploma student.
McKenzie and her classmates will transform two large classrooms into play centres suitable for children age five-and-under. The infant/toddler room will feature various scenes revolving around Dr. Seuss characters along with sensory activities. In the preschool room, children can expect to see some of the most beloved Disney characters, different activity centres and more.
“This will be an amazing experience. I think all of our minds are in the same place, which is thinking what is going to be best for the children and that we’ll be taking great care of them,” says McKenzie. She adds working with various personality types will also be beneficial.
“Unlike our first two practicums where we were working for someone else, I think this practicum will allow us to see how we operate as individuals, and as a team, and how we can implement our ideas and practices,” says McKenzie's classmate Cassandra Kennedy.
From Wednesday Nov. 23 to Thursday Dec. 15, 16 ELCC students will be responsible for the care of the children and the day-to-day operations of the program. Both playrooms will operate from 9 to 11:30 am (Monday through Friday) and the preschool-age children (3-5) can also participate in sessions from 1 to 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday.
The students have planned field trips to various locations within the community. In the past, excursions have included Lakeland’s Emergency Training Centre, the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland, Recreation Centre and local parks.
“Each year, this is an invaluable lesson for the students. We are the only college in Alberta to offer this program where students can take the lead to design and operate their own play program from start to finish,” says instructor Kelly Mazerolle. “Not only does the program build their confidence but it is a great piece of experience to have on their resumé as they now have both the education and experience.”
To register, families are encouraged to contact Lakeland College at 780 853 8693. Registration is open to the community and Lakeland staff members until Friday, Nov. 18. Please note space is limited for this free play program.
Photo: These second-year ELCC students will be taking the lead with a free four-week play program that starts in November.