santaEhrlo Early Learning Centre is subsidized and licensed childcare centres for children age 18 months to kindergarten. We have five centres in Regina. In December they held Christmas parties for the children and their families.

Imperial Community School held their 2nd annual Family Christmas on December 9th.  The staff had a turnout of approximately 80-85 people. 

With family interest beginning to spark back in mid November, many approached the supervisor as to what the holiday festivities would be for 2011. After taking in parent suggestions, it was clear that our families wanted the popular Family Christmas again.

 Leading up to the party there was much excitement and anticipation - staff worked with the children teaching them new Christmas carols, families signed up to bring food for the pot-luck dinner, and children started working on their decorations. By the end of the evening we had joy and happiness from being with friends and family and of course topping it all off - a visit from Santa.  We even had one family comment, "Thank you to all your hard work, your director, and all EELC sites.  It's an ease of mind that my grandchildren are so well cared for.  Without Ehrlo Early Learning my children would not be able to work with such sound mind that their boys are taken care of.  Thanks and Merry Christmas!"

It is comments like this that make the difference in the work that we do, and we know how much we are all not just appreciated, but thankful for.

The Wilfrid Walker location had a wonderful surprise on Monday, December 12 at 9 a.m.  Santa and Mrs. Claus came to see the 45 children who are enrolled in the centre. They sang a few Christmas songs with the children and then handed out a present and candy canes.  The children all wished Santa a Merry Christmas and he said he would see all of the children on Christmas Eve.  We look forward to a family filled New Year’s celebration with the EELC Ready location on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

Santa came early this year to Ruth Pawson learning centre!  He arrived near the beginning of our Christmas Party on December 10, where he handed out gifts and treat bags to all the children.  The little ones were thrilled and the older children debated whether or not this was the ‘real’ Santa.  Afterwards, the parents/guardians and children went to the tables to decorate ornaments, cookies, and to colour Christmas pictures.  Staff were able to mingle and talk with parents and children in a casual environment.  We had 48 adults and 43 children present from our centre and school-age program.

W. F. Ready
Gladys McDonald