Our Staff

Staff at West Point Grey Daycare have a combination of diplomas and licenses, including Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, and Special Needs Education and Licenses to Practice in B.C. All staff members possess valid First Aid Certificates, some also have Food Safe and participate in ongoing professional development programs throughout the year.

As a toddler centre, our staff/child ratio is specified by licensing requirements. The ratio is 1:4, which means that we have one staff per every four children who attend our program. We have five people working at our centre in total, four staff members and one manager.

Juliana Issa

Daycare Manager

Early Childhood Educator

Degree in Early Learning & Counselling

photoJuliana has been managing the daycare since 2010. Working with children professionally for the past 20 years, she is very committed to providing high quality childcare, ensuring that children maximize their learning and develop a sense of belonging while at daycare. Being a mother herself, she is aware of the emotions many parents feel about the daycare experience and is committed to ensure parents feel comfortable and have piece of mind about the whole daycare experience. She completed her Early Childhood Education in 2001 and has worked in different licensed facilities since 2005, earning her bachelors degree in Early Learning and Counselling and Human Development from Simon Fraser University. Working with toddlers is her true passion and she has now graduated over 150 children at West Point Grey Daycare!

Louisa Lai

Early Childhood & Infant/Toddler Educator

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Louisa is a permanent full-time teacher at West Point Grey Daycare and acts as a manager when Juliana is away from the office. She was born in Ontario, raised in Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver at the age of 15. She completed her bachelors at UBC with a major in family studies with a goal to be a family services worker. However when a friend introduced her to ECE she knew it was her calling and went straight into the ECE program. She has worked in childcare for the past 10 years ranging from infants to school age children with a particular love for toddlers and children with special needs. Louisa has a special way to connect to each individual child in a very caring and nurturing way. 

May Liu

Early Childhood & Infant/Toddler Educator

MayMay came to Vancouver from China and has worked part-time at our centre since 2010. She holds I/T and ECE licenses. Children are very special to her, as they are all unique in the way they discover and interact with the environment though play, learning how to problem solve, explore, and express themselves. She is committed to making the centre safe and fun for children, together with her co-workers. Her amazing art talents are often taught to children and displayed around the daycare. 

 

Chihiro Matsuda

Early Childhood / Infant Toddler & Special Needs Educator

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Chihiro is originally from Japan and has an ECE certificate from MTI Community College, as well as a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Nakamura Gakuen University. She holds a license to practice ECE, I/T and Special Needs Education. Chihiro has experience working in Japan and in Canada, looking after children ages 0 to 5 during the past 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, travelling, and snowboarding.

Tina Yang

Early Childhood/ Infant Toddler & Special Needs Educator

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Tina has been working at the daycare on and off for the past 7 years. She was recently hired permanently and we are so glad to have her back in our team! She has worked as an ECE teacher for the past 10 year and has Infant/Toddler and Special Needs Education from Vancouver Career College holding a License to Practice ECE. I/T and Special Needs in BC. Her talent for story telling, for making felt board stories and art is really inspiring. 

Keiko Saito

Early Childhood & Infant/Toddler Educator

Keiko is from Japan and is currently working on a temporary position. She holds an ECE and I/T license to practice and has been working with infants and toddlers since 2013. Keiko believes that what children experience in infancy affects them in youth and adulthood and she is dedicated to making a positive contribution  during this important time in their lives, through, teaching, love, and support. During her free time she enjoys cooking, watching films, taking Zumba classes, biking in the sunshine, going to the beach and playing with children.