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Tender Teddy opens week of the child celebration with Niagara College Welland campus Child Care Centre
By HEIDI GRZESINA, Staff Writer
Tender Teddy and his friends kicked off the Week of the Child celebration with a parade through Niagara College"s Welland campus walkways.
Pat Eversden, manager of the Child Care Centre on Welland campus, led "my children" with Tender Teddy leading the way.
Held annually during the third week of October, its origins go back to an International Year of the Child United Nations proclamation in 1979. The third week was designated "as a time to focus on the needs, rights and interests of children and to heighten public awareness of the value of quality early childhood education," says Eversden.
"We have been participating in this celebration for 29 years and I have a scrapbook with photos going back to 1991 documenting the activities."
The parade on Monday launched a food drive to mark the first day of the week"s celebration. The centre, at its front entrance, will accept donations of nonperishable items.
Staff have a special relationship with Tender Wishes and make a donation to that program every Christmas. Tender Wishes sends Tender Teddy over to help mark special occasions, in return.
Tuesday will bring a visit from Phil the Green Bin Mascot, a recycling presentation from Niagara Region Waste Management Program.
Wednesday is Appreciation Day with another visit from Phil, and Thursday is Picture Day.
The centre has 86 children registered ranging in age from three months to 12 years. It has a purchase of service agreement with Niagara Region meaning that childcare subsidies are available for qualified applications. Qualification depends on income. Niagara College students, staff and the public are welcome to use the services.
"All centre staff are registered early childhood educators and all are graduates of Niagara College," says Eversden.
"We are a training and learning environment to support Niagara College."