About Our Program
About Our Leadership
At Mindful Moments, we are passionate about education and believe in the importance of quality early childhood learning experiences. We love working with children of all ages and developmental stages. We feel that it is our calling to teach and to make a difference in the lives of others.
We believe in the importance of delivering quality early childhood education because we’ve seen first-hand the significant difference it can make in children’s lives. From superior social skills and confidence to stronger math and language abilities, our programs give children a head start by providing the fundamental skills they will need to be successful in the future.
One of the many great things about our program is that it meets the diverse needs of children. Children have a wide variety of interests and needs and we cater to the vast majority by offering diverse programming in a variety of different spaces such as our gym, glow in the dark room, play room, music room and art studio. Our daily routine is comprehensive and experiences are inspired by Learning Through Play as well as Montessori and Reggio philosophies.
The children in the preschool experience music lessons, dance classes and yoga classes. They also enjoy bi-monthly field trips and/or special guests. It is important to us that children are involved in the greater community.
Children in our before/after school care program are offered a mixture of activities that are based on their own ideas and observed interests. They are encouraged to develop their leadership skills and strong social emotional skills are encouraged. Buti yoga classes are offered bi weekly to students. Regular field trips occur on school closure days and throughout the summer months.
Our environment has been carefully designed to create a warm and natural home like feel. We strive to purchase wood equipment and toys whenever possible and use furniture that is in neutral colours. We stay mindful of the environment and ensure all materials are displayed in a way that promotes curiosity from the children.
Many visitors share with us how calm them feel when they spend time in our space. This is exactly what we want for your child.
Miss Vanessa (Owner/Director)
Vanessa discovered at a young age that she was passionate about working with children. Back in 2001, this dream came to life and Vanessa began her career developing young minds. Over the years she has worked in daycares, preschool programs and out of school centres both as a teacher and an Executive Director. She also held a role as a validator for Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services (AELCS). After many years of working in these environments, she dreamed of opening her own program where she would be able to provide the highest quality of care to local children. In September 2013, Mindful Moments opened it's doors and Vanessa continues to enjoy each and every smile as the children experience the pure magic of childhood.
Vanessa is a member of the Strathcona County Early Childhood Coalition as well as the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta. She believes staying abreast current developments in child care is vital and as such, attends regular training and conferences every year that focus on topics such as child care trends, parent/employee engagement and leadership.
Early Childhood Development with Honours Diploma
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology & Humanities Major (current student)
Level 3 Certificate from Alberta Government
Early Childhood Montessori Diploma
Certified YogaKids Instructor
Certified Dancepl3y Instructor
Hanen "Learning Language and Loving It" Certification
Brain Gym Certificate
Handwriting Without Tears Training
Meditation with Children & Teens Training
Lifestyle Meditation 200 Hour Meditation Certification
Principles of Healthy Child Development - HighFive®
Healthy Minds for Healthy Children - HighFive®
Accelerated Leadership Training
Belief Re-Patterning in Education Training
Disney's Approach To Leadership Excellence
Disney's Approach To Employee Engagement
Disney's Approach To Quality Service
ASQ:3 & ASQ:SE Training
First Aid Certification