THE BEEZ KNEEZ NURSERY SCHOOL
School is a big step for kids and parents alike and can oftentimes seem scary, but that’s where Alyson Chapman steps in. “I think one of the most rewarding parts of my job is supporting children and parents in their transition into school. When a child turns the corner and really starts to engage in the program it is wonderful,” Chapman says. She also enjoys guiding and educating new parents about child development and behaviour management, so that they can better understand and support the process as well. Chapman, along with her sister Stacey, own and manage three locations of the school that offer toddler, nursery and kindergarten programs as well as a French immersion preschool program. "Having three locations and almost 20 staff, I work to share the wonderful activities and teaching strategies with all the staff, as well as offer guidance on classroom and behaviour management,” Chapman says. Chapman has spent 20 years as an educator and believes that fostering a child’s selfconfidence and self-esteem is critical to their success. “Good teachers naturally plan based on their students’ interests and abilities. I believe that children learn through purposeful play, and it is the teacher’s role to facilitate and enhance their learning,” Chapman says.