Our Staff

"Learning is their journey.  Let them navigate.  Push them to explore.  Watch them discover.  Encourage their questions.  Allow them to struggle.  Support their thinking.  LET THEM FLY!"

                                                            - a teacher's mantra to their children

Shalinder Bains,
Owner

Jayna Forgie, Manager

Hello!

My name is Shalinder Bains. I am an ECE teacher, a Health Care Aide, and the new owner of Playland Daycare Center. I currently own 2 daycares: Little Cabineers Child Care and Playland Daycare Center.

I have completed my Early Childhood Education Assistant Program from Vancouver Community College in December 2017 and my Early Childhood Education Program from Vancouver Community College in February 2019.

I opened my first daycare of 8 children in Surrey, in August 2019, which I recently closed in February 2021. I also bought a daycare of 28 children in Vernon, in October 2020. Aside from that I have a part time job in a hospital as a Health Care Aide.

I look forward to meeting everyone and I can’t wait to spend time growing and working with you.

Thank you to all the staff, parents, and children of Playland Daycare Center for giving me this opportunity to grow in such an incredible and friendly environment. 

 

     Jayna is our Manager in the Group Daycare Program. Jayna is currently a certified ECE and has her First Aid & CPR "C".  

     As a mother to a teen and an adult child, Jayna brings her experience and nurturing personality to the OSC and group daycare environment.  Not only is she dedicated to providing a safe and loving environment to all the children in our care, but she is a great problem-solver.  As the Manager, Jayna has constructed a fantastic line of communication with the families and parents of the children; she is always willing to help in anyway she can. 

Jayna enjoys participating in community theater, and horseback riding.

     

Robyn Bowes

Robyn has her Responsible Adult and Standard First Aid and CPR certifications, and has recently acheived her ECEA certificate. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC’s School of Creative Writing, and has previously volunteered with an after school program in East Vancouver. She brings with her an inquisitiveness that inspires continual learning. Robyn loves exploring the forests and beaches of Vancouver Island with her dog, Lupin. 

Erika Willoughby,
Manager

Erika has been with us for a few years now and is our Manager in our Out of School Care program. She is certified in first aid & CPRC and completed her Responsible Adult Course,she keeps up to date on various workshops relating to childcare. 

 Erika is a wife and mother of two adult children,a former Scout leader and brings years of life experience. Erika enjoys photography,arts,crafts,music and being outside.  In her spare time she is in the Sooke Hills off roading or hiking with her husband and dog. 

Lynn Kearney

Lynn has come to Playland to work in our OSC program! She is a qualified RA, and has her first aid certificate. Lynn enjoys working with the children as a one on one support worker. We welcome Lynn to our team!

Bailey Leach

Bailey is our newest Out of School Care program worker. She is certified as a Responsible Adult and holds standard first aid and CPR-C. She comes to us with diverse volunteer experiences and is excited to further hone her skills within Playland! She brings humor and compassion to her role and celebrates the uniqueness and capacity in every child. Bailey likes to spend her free time crafting and being out in nature, living by Dr. Suess' mantra "Kid, you'll move mountains!"

Sonja Wacker

Sonja works as an ECE in our group daycare program. She is certified with her ECE, first aid, and food safe. She is also a full-time mom of two teen boys who have helped her grow patience and understanding.

As an educator, Sonja believes each child is born with curiosity, an eagerness to learn, question and create, and push the limits of their world to find themselves. She plans to support the Playland Daycare children by providing a safe, loving, and supportive environment that  has everyday  adventures, imaginative circle times, books, fun activities, structure and play.

She believes children should be given choices, responsibilities, and opportunities to launch their own learning in an environment that invites them to be themselves.