Introducing the South Side Casual Child Care Team

Names: Krista, Harriette, Monica and Danielle
Position: South Side Casual Child Care Team

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We try very hard to ease the transition for new families arriving in our community and we strive to provide every child with learning and social experiences through play.

Tell us more about your roles at the PMFRC and the programs you are involved in.
Our child care team provides parents with time for appointments, errands or just some time for you.  We are located at the South Side Community Centre, where a number of other programs are held. Parents are welcome to use the casual child care service so they can attend other programs.
Every day is different in Casual Child Care, but we engage with the children and families daily. We try very hard to ease the transition for new families arriving in our community and we strive to provide every child with learning and social experiences through play.
How long have you worked for the PMFRC?
As a team we bring in many years of experience, and we are always willing to explore new professional development opportunities. 
One of us has been with the PMFRC for over 16 years and the rest of us have been here for close to 8 years. Recently we brought in a new team member from Nova Scotia.
Tell me about your background (experience, education, etc.)
We are all registered Early Childhood Educators with more than 12 years of experience working with children. Krista and Harriette are from the Valley, Monica brings her Aussi traits and Danielle is showing us some new things from Nova Scotia.
We all understand military communities and families, and the challenges that come with the military lifestyle. We take pride in connecting with families to trying to make them feel at home.
What can people expect to see when they first meet you?
When you walk into our room you will be welcomed by friendly, smiling faces. We will work with you to get you where you need to be.
What is your favorite part about working for the PMFRC?
We enjoy being a part of the PMFRC and the community as a whole, and getting to know and work with different military families.
What is your greatest accomplishment or proudest moment working for the PMFRC?
We feel proud when we can help a family or child to accomplish something they have been working on. We see many children with separation anxiety, and children dealing with new environments or missing parents who are away. It is a great accomplishment when we see a child develop and become a part of the program, as well as the families themselves develop a sense of well being.
Where are you from and what brought you to Petawawa? How long have you lived here?
Danielle has just been posted here from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Monica is originally from Australia and was brought here by her military spouse. Harriette is originally from Montreal but has been in Petawawa for 34 years as her husband worked in forestry and Krista was born and raised in the Valley.
What advice do you have for families transitioning to Petawawa?
Explore the valley and have fun. Take advantage of all the outdoor activities, such as the beaches and many walking trails. Enjoy the programs that the PMFRC has to offer and get out there and meet new people!
Remember to ask questions. There are so many things that are offered that people don’t know about.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area? What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? The summer?
The valley has many beautiful places to explore. Some fun summer activities include hiking, taking the children to the beaches, splash pads, parks, and festivities. In the winter there is skating, sledding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and the list goes on. There is something for everyone and all ages, and always something new to explore.