Exploring the impact of team culture on growth and retention in childcare [Webinar Recording]

In this webinar we explored the crucial connection between a positive team environment and a center’s profitability and growth in early childhood education. We sat down with Andréa St. Germaine, co-owner of Walden Childcare and dove into key leadership strategies that will impact the success and expansion of your childcare center. 

Access the recording below to discover key insights into fostering strong relationships within your team and community, and gain a deeper understanding of effective communication and team-building techniques.

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🎤Our Special Guests:

Andréa St. Germaine | Owner, Walden Child Care



Andréa is a dedicated early childhood educator who values Reggio-inspired practices and emphasizes supportive, positive work environments as a key part of practice. With a background spanning five years as a program director and three years as an owner and operator, she brings a wealth of practical experience to her work. In 2018, Andréa graduated from the University of Victoria’s Child and Youth Care program, specializing in Early Years education. Through completion of this program, she has broadened her understanding of early childhood development and solidified her belief in the importance of relational practice and supportive work environments. She strives to advocate for quality early childhood education, as well as enriching work environments for educators.

🧪Key takeaways from Andréa!

  • Take the time to get to know your educators. The more you understand their personal needs, the more likely you are to create a work environment where they will thrive.
  • Approach challenges from a support-first lens, instead of from a place of frustration.
  • Encourage communication among educators and offer your staff an open-door policy so they feel safe bringing any challenges to you.
  • Create an environment where educators feel seen, valued and recognized on a regular basis.

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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Content Strategist for HiMama!