Our Childhood Educators
Staff at the Tartine et Chocolat Daycare have received education and training in early childhood education, as well as training in working with children who have special needs. Educators have earned valid diplomas in Early Childhood Education, or are currently studying and meet the provincial requirements for an assistant position.
If available, qualified Francophone substitute staff will take over when existing staff are absent due to illness, vacation or professional development. This is to maintain the ratio of one educator for 8 children required for this program in accordance with regulation for Child Care Licensing, given the size of the local daycare.
JOCELYNE KY | DIRECTOR
My name is Jocelyne Ky. I am originally from France. I have been an early childhood educator in Vancouver for the past 20 years, 15 of which have been in a French environment. I was lucky to start Tartine et Chocolat back in 2009 with a group of involved, motivated parents. Since then, it has been a real joy to see the daycare grow and expand with a team of professional educators passionate about providing a quality early childhood education to motivated families. I’m very familiar with the challenges that come with raising children in an environment where French speakers are a minority, having raised 2 children in British Columbia myself. I understand the questions, the doubts, the worries facing families that are contemplating providing an early childhood education in French to their young kids. My years of experience have convinced me of the solid foundations of an education focused on children’s global development via playing and learning, while respecting each child’s specific individuality and cultural background and working closely with families in an inclusive, multicultural and tolerant environment.
KARINE GRAND MAISON | EDUCATOR
Hi, my name is Karine Grand Maison and I’m from the Quebec city of Trois-Rivieres. I have degrees in early childhood and special education from the College Lafleche in Trois-Rivieres. I graduated in 2009 and have been lucky to work at Tartine et Chocolat since October 2012. I have always wanted to be an educator. I have always worked with kids, whether it is in day camps, in primary or secondary schools, or in community centers. I always loved working with children as they help us stay young at heart, and push us to be curious. Learning while playing allow us to sing, move, create, experience life from different angles and this makes my work with children really fun. I have come to realize that as much they learn from me, I learn from them as well.
I’m happy that my passion for travel and open spaces led me to settle in British Columbia and at the same time, allow me to work at a job that I love and in my mother tongue.