The Buddings Staff
Buddings is owned and operated by Lawrence and Talia Erickson. They are both from cities far far away, but found each other in Vancouver and were married in Aug. 2010. They live in Mount Pleasant, are commuter cyclists, and share their home and workspace with Benson Poodle, rescued from the SPCA in 2008.
Lawrence Erickson, ECE. – Daycare Manager/Owner
Lawrence is an Early Childhood Educator with his 5-year license to practice in BC (issued in 2012) and, as well as building and maintaining most aspects of the daycare, he is also the floor supervisor and licensee. Lawrence is still finding his way when it comes to arts and crafts, but he feels happiest and most comfortable when sharing his love for music with the children. You will often see him with a guitar either in hand or strapped to his back as he makes his rounds at Buddings. He started playing when Buddings opened and with so many young fans and opportunities for practicing, he’s on the fast track to proficiency, on Baby Beluga, Old McDonald had a Farm, and Wheels on the Bus, at least.
Lawrence’s son Hunter is four (born Christmas day!) and was the inspiration for our whole concept. He has been a biking baby since the age of one and thinks the coolest thing about his Vancouver home is the home-made compost bin or “bug box”. It is, indeed, full of bugs.
Talia Erickson, BA., BJH – Daycare Administrator/Owner
Since earning a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology, marketing, communications, and human nature have been fascinating topics for her. She reads a lot, and these days, when it’s not child development and psychology, it’s probably business management… and psychology.
She handles accounts, admissions, and administration at Buddings, and with over 100 hours of relevant childcare training, the hours she spends on the floor with the kids make her job the most fun she’s ever had.
Johanna Peters, BA., BEd. – Preschoolers’ Program Coordinator/Daycare Teacher
Johanna is thrilled to be teaching the new Preschoolers’ Program at Buddings, as it combines all of her passions—working with children, being creative, and learning about child development, along with a lot of joy and laughter.
With a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from UBC, Johanna brings knowledge of curriculum development and the BC school system, as well as an understanding of the many different learning approaches that are available to draw from. Working as an intern at Buddings through the fall of 2012, she gained additional knowledge in the area of early childhood education, taking courses on various topics, such as “Understanding Anxiety in Young Children” and “New Approaches to Pre-School Literacy”. The internship has provided her with 55 hours of specific training, as well as the opportunity to see the Buddings philosophy at work, and the ins and outs of flexible childcare.
As a yoga teacher, she loves weaving yoga games and stories into the curriculumto keep the kids moving and having fun. Her love of music, art andstories are sure to influence the Preschoolers’ program, as she always encourages children to express themselves and to be creative. She believes in engaging children through concrete, experiential learning activities, and making new material meaningful by connecting it what the kids already know.
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