McKee Child Care Centre is a locally owned, non-profit accredited daycare centre in Southwest Edmonton. In operation since 1978, McKee’s mission is to provide a welcoming, safe and quality child care experience.
With interactive, well rounded staff we deliver a nurturing program which fosters your child’s unique social, physical, language, intellectual, creative and emotional development.
Learn Through Play
Our philosophy at Blackmud Creek Child Care & OSC is to provide a welcoming, safe and high quality early learning & care experience for your child. Blackmud Creek Child Care & OSC’s knowledgeable and caring staff aim to deliver engaging and inclusive learning opportunities in a safe and secure environment. Blackmud Creek Child Care & OSC allows children to learn through play through a multitude of indoor and outdoor play experiences in art, water, sand, sensory, blocks, music, games, songs, stories, imaginative play, nature studies and exploration, cooking, yoga, zumba and field trips. Play is the most natural and effective means for children to explore, learn, acquire knowledge and develop skills. Blackmud Creek Child Care & OSC’s play based philosophy aims to provide a developmentally appropriate early learning and care program, that will allow your child to learn, discover and explore during play. Our staff embrace and provide an inclusive, engaging, diverse and multicultural environment for all children. Our program aims to deliver nurturing care that will foster your child’s unique social, physical, language, intellectual, creative and emotional development. We observe children and when appropriate we include them in the planning process by asking them open-ended questions. We choose a topic based on these observations. We utilize the Nippissing District Developmental Screen to monitor children’s development and to assist staff with providing developmentally appropriate activities. This is enhanced by planning the children’s program around their needs and interests as well as experiencing weekly topics. By working in partnership with our families, the community and stakeholders we will provide the necessary guidance and support for each child to grow to their fullest potential.
Some examples are Magnets, Things that Fly, Mixing colors, Exploring the Ocean, Our Family, Bugs, Cars. Dance, movement, yoga and music are also an active part of our program which all provides an opportunity to develop each child’s creative expression. We have Music, Zumba and Yoga classes with instructors that are brought into our centre.
Corinne Emerson, Director
McKee Child Care has been in Corinne’s family since it opened in 1978. Corinne began working at the centre alongside her mother in the family business.
Corinne holds her Early Childhood Education Diploma and Level 3 Certification from MacEwan University as well as a Business diploma from NAIT. She is a member of the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) as well as Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF).
Corinne has been the Centre’s Director since 1991 and operator since 1999.
McKee Child Care Centre has 13 full-time staff members. The majority of staff have their Level Three Child Development Supervisor Certificate, which is equivalent to a Diploma in Early Childhood Development. All other staff have early childhood schooling and experience in early childhood. Staff have the passion, caring and understanding of early childhood development which makes them well equipped to do an amazing job as early childhood educators. Since we are all life long learners, staff continue their growth with Professional Development opportunities annually.
All staff have:
- first aid training
- criminal record checks
- intervention record checks