Due to the high number of inquiries, we will only respond to your request for childcare once there is upcoming availability in our program. Thank you for your understanding.
If you are interested in registering your child in our program, you must apply to receive care through the City of Ottawa's Childcare Registry and Waitlist. You can find the website here: https://onehsn.com/Ottawa/ux_2_0
The Friendly Nest Childcare Centre is dedicated to providing a safe, loving and nurturing environment for children ages 18 months to 5 years old on a full-time basis.
The Friendly Nest offers an emergent curriculum, which focuses on the children’s interests, rather than themes created by the educators. Providing open-ended materials to encourage the use of imagination and creativity is also a priority.
Our educators are highly qualified in the area of childhood education and care. They are registered with the college of Early Childhood Educators, have a clear police records check for the vulnerable sector, and are CPR (level C) certified.
My name is Vanessa Samuels. I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator now branching out on my own and opening my first licensed childcare program.
With regards to my experience in childcare and education, my interest in the field began at a very young age, as my mother ran a licensed childcare program in our home. Though I was young, I would follow her daily routine and help her care for the children, and took a special interest in the infants and toddlers. I would help prepare their meals, plan and implement their daily activities, and overall, I was a source of comfort for them as they were away from their parents for long periods of time. As the families got to know my family, I became their children’s “big sister”, and once I was old enough, I began babysitting the children in their home on occasion. From here, I knew that working with children was what I wanted as a career, so after high school I enrolled in Algonquin College’s Early Childhood Education program.
Since graduating the ECE program, I have worked in several licensed childcare centres across the city on a casual, part-time and full-time basis. I have worked in infant, toddler and preschool programs, as well as before and after school programs with children ages four to thirteen. I am now a mother of three energetic boys all under the age of ten.
I truly appreciate your consideration in enrolling your children at The Friendly Nest. As a parent myself, I understand how nerve wracking it may be to leave your child in the care of someone else; I would like to reassure you that your children are safe, loved and valued while a part of our friendly family!
Vanessa Samuels, RECE.