At Sandy Hill Child Care it is our belief that each child is a competent, capable and curious being. With this theory in mind, it is our intention to provide an environment that will foster belonging and well-being, as well as engagement in the program with the opportunity for individual expression.
Sandy Hill Child Care will also be encouraging children to actively explore and investigate what they are curious about, test their limits and take manageable risks appropriate to their age and development levels in our indoor and outdoor spaces.
This year, Sandy Hill is trying a new approach to learning. We have implemented a more basic back to nature program, which allows the children to explore a variety of items such as: logs, bark, pine cones, cat tails, pussy willows, rocks, bird nests and much more. This exposure will encourage children to have the confidence to explore in a safe environment with their peers or with some teacher direction.
Sandy Hill Child Care has been in existence since 1973. We are a licensed facility that can accommodate 44 children total.
We offer a toddler program and a preschool program. Our hours of operation are 7:30am-5:45pm. As a result of our long standings in the community, we are currently enrolling second and third generation children!
Our centre offers an up to date security system, which provides the staff with the ability to monitor who is allowed entry to the centre.
Sandy Hill Child Care supports students from our local high schools, colleges and universities. This keeps our program current, fresh and diverse.
Board of Directors
Sandy Hill Child Care has a board of directors. The purpose of the Board is to maintain financial accountability to all parents. We meet on regular basis.
Meet The Super Team
My name is Pam Benoit. I have been employed at Sandy Hill Child Care since 1997 and I took over as Director in 2015. I am registered member of the College of Early Childhood Educators fully bilingual. I am a proud Nan and mother to 2 children and grandsons. I love animals and have 1 rescue cat and 1 rescue dog. I love to spend my weekends at home or at the trailer. My goal is to continue to offer a dynamic, play based environment for children to learn and grow in.
I was born and raised in Northern Ontario. In 1987 I came to Ottawa to pursue a career as an early childhood educator. I’ve been employed by Sandy Hill Child Care since 1993. I have seen many little faces throughout the years. My day is typically divided between the children, the staff and assisting Pam with managing duties. When I’m not playing Candy Crush or reading, my time is spent with my daughter Chloe and dog Marshall.
Je suis née et j’ai grandi dans le Nord de l’Ontario. En 1987, je suis venue à Ottawa pour faire carrière comme éducatrice de la petite enfance. Je travaille pour Sandy Hill Child Care depuis 1993. J’ai vu de nombreux petits visages au fil des ans. Ma journée est généralement répartie entre les enfants, le personnel et aider Pam dans la gestion des tâches. Quand je ne joue pas à Candy Crush ou que je ne lis pas, je passe mon temps avec ma fille Chloé et mon chien Marshall.
Hi, my name is Sharon Arthur, I am a teacher at Sandy Hill Child Care. I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and came to Canada in 1988 at the age of 18. I worked as a nanny for 4 years before joining the daycare. I’ve been working at Sandy Hill Child Care for a combined total of 25 years, during which time I’ve gotten married and had three children. My oldest child is my son Shane who is 23, I also have a daughter named Kieryn who is 19 and my youngest daughter Casai who is 17. Throughout all these years there’s never been a dull moment working and I wouldn’t change the daycare for anything.
My name is Dipti Grover, I was born and brought up in India,I graduated in 2010 from SNDT University in Mumbai. I came to Canada in 2011 and in 2012, I received my RECE certificate and have been working at Sandy hill child care since. At present, my greatest joy is my 2 year old son who keeps me busy and on my toes. I enjoy working with the children of all stages and being able to see them develop new skills everyday and being part of helping achieve those skills. In my spared time I love spending time with my family and friends,do yoga and watch horror movies!
Hi, my name is Stephanie. I joined the Sandy Hill team as an ECE in July of 2019. I have been working in the field in various capacities over the past decade. I have been a private care provider for families with twins and triplets and have also worked in several centre-based programs with children ranging in age from infants to school-age. In my spare time, I enjoy taking on random creative art projects, playing ukulele and writing children’s stories.
My name is Kelly-Anne Skuce and I have been an employee of Sandy Hill Childcare since 2017. I graduated at Algonquin College in 2001. I am fluently bilingual. I have 20 year’s experience working with children between the ages of 18 months to 6 years of age. My experience includes a wide variety of educational programs including pre kindergarten, french immersion, playgroups, before and after school programs, summer camps and Montessori programs. I am physically active and enjoy both summer and winter activities. I have to adorable bunnies called Martin and Ruby. They like visiting the friends at daycare on special occasions.
My name is Raja Darwish. I have been in Canada for 15 years, I have a wonderful husband and 3 handsome boys. They are 9, 13, and 18 years of age. I’ve been involved with childcare work for 11 years. I dealt with children of various ages, needs, and personalities. I worked with infants and children up to 12 years of age. I started as a nanny and established a positive relationship with both children and parents. After that i spent time working with the OCDSB school board, and had an amazing time with both junior and senior students. Furthermore, I was a supply teacher with multiple daycares and gained numerous experience dealing with children. I’m very grateful to be a part of this wonderful team. Working with children is a personal joyful experience which makes me smile.
My name is Julie Irwin and I was born and raised in Ottawa. I have a wonderful eight year-old daughter who is the light of my life. I have long-standing passion for working with children. I have been working in early childhood education since 2009, in French, English and bilingual settings with children aged 0-12. My hobbies include anything active; whether hiking, going to the gym, or paddle boarding, I’m always up for the challenge!