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"A Word About" Building Blocks

We encourage children to develop these skills and attributes through: an integrated learning approach, a balance between structured and unstructured activities, and a carefully designed learning environment.

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"DEVELOPMENTALLY" APPROPRIATE CURRICULUM

A. Integrated Learning Approach

We use monthly themes to offer children knowledge about the world around them through stories, songs, art projects, music and movement, centers, field trips, different languages, cooking, and printed and oral language which all relate to the monthly theme. This gives the children repeated exposure to new ideas, an essential component of young children's learning style, but in a slightly different form each time, to stimulate creative thinking on their part.

B. Balance

We encourage children to develop their social, emotional, creative, intellectual and physical skills throughout the day with a balance between structured and unstructured activities. Structured activities include circle time (songs, finger plays, learning different languages, calendar, weather, letters, shapes, colors and numbers), art (teacher directed projects), snack, gym, music time, library time and pre-k time. Unstructured activities occur during center time (free play) open-ended art time, outside on the playground and sometimes in the gym.

​C. Environment

​Children love to learn about themselves and the world around them. The teacher’s role is to facilitate this natural love for learning. An important aspect of our job is to carefully design the learning environment. All of the activities available to the children are educational and appropriate for preschoolers. During center time or free play, our role as teachers is to facilitate children’s play and not to direct their choices, because it is very important for children to learn to work independently and develop initiative.

Hello and welcome. I have been in the childcare industry for 19 years and am lucky enough to call Medicine Hat home now for 21 years. My husband and I have 5 children, one of which was in BBPS during our first year of operation! I think one of the most rewarding things working in childcare is when we can work together with you, the parent, to achieve life time goals such as self feeding, potty training and all of those independent skills that your child will have for their entire life. I hope you will find this website useful and answers many, if not all, of your questions you may have about our program. Thank you for visiting and please be sure to call to set up your tour of one of our loving and warm facilities.

Andrea Coulombe

Director of Programs

Medicine Hat has been home for me and my family for 9 years, I have 3 boys who are, or have attended and loved Building Blocks. I found a home with Building Blocks 6 years ago shortly after graduation from my Child and Youth Care. I love watching all of our little friends learn and grow and develop their own personalities. I’m happy to be a part of helping them find out who they are going to be.

Beth Atwood

Senior Program Supervisor

Hi, I am Priscilla Molloy I am a mother of 2 amazing children. I have a diploma in early childhood education and have been apart of Building Blocks for 4 years. I have always had a passion for teaching young minds. I Enjoy traveling and spending time with my family! On my spare time you will find me watching my children play their sports! Your children and their learning is what puts a smile on my face and makes me love my job.

Priscilla Molloy

Program Supervisor

Hello! My name is Stacey Gaucher, or as the kids call me, Ms. Gaucher. I’m very excited to start this new journey as Administrative Director at the Southlands location. I have been in childcare for 12 years now. I started out at a Before and After School Program. I was Co-Program Director there for just under 10 years. I have been a part of the Building Blocks family for 3 years and I’ve been really enjoying it. I love being able to help young children reach their full potential. I believe in learning through messy play; for example play dough, flubber, science experiments, outdoor play and sensory bins of all kinds. I love doing crafts with children. Crafts that involve painting, gluing, drawing and using items from nature. I have lived in Medicine Hat/Redcliff area my whole life. I’m the oldest of three children. I am a very family oriented person. In my free time I love playing with my two dogs, going for walks and enjoy a good book.

Stacey Gaucher

Administrative Director

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Time Schedule

Opened Mon - Fri ( 07.30AM - 05.30PM )

Closed Sat - Sun