New menu starting Monday

Our new menu will be starting on Monday, March 27th. Marie and a Healthy Eating Officer have been working on this menu for the EYC.


December Update

Christmas concert, Christmas tree decorating, gifts for local seniors, birthdays, what we did in November, new Facebook group and more!

December 2016 Newsletter (pdf)

Field Trip on April 21st

On Thursday morning, April 21st, we will be going on a Field Trip to Leah MacDonald’s grandparents sheep farm in New Glasgow. They have lots of baby sheep and who knows, some of the children may get to even bottle feed one. Should be lots of fun.

More information to follow.

Great job Gulfshore EYC!

The cookie sale we held, with all proceeds going to the Easter Seals, was a huge success.

We raised $230.30.

A big Thank You goes out to all parents for sending in cookies. We also would like to thank all students and staff of Gulf Shore for all their support.  Much appreciated everyone!

Staff at EYC

Pie Baking and Measuring Photos

Earlier this month we baked our own pies using measurements and a recipe. And of course, we used Marie’s recipe. Thanks Marie!

January 2016 – Looking forward to another exciting year

Our January 2016 Newsletter (pdf) includes welcomes to new faces at the center, birthdays, thank you’s, learning about community helpers, activities, baking, measuring, upcoming events, special announcements, an EYC recipe, and more.


Family Groupings – November Update

In the afternoons, we have family groupings.  The groups are called the Sea Turtles, the Sea Horses, the Monkeys and the Crocodiles.

In this bulletin, we are including a piece from each family group.


This year my group is called the crocodiles.  I have a great group of kids that seem very interested in learning.  Since this year started, we have learned letter recognition, practiced our names, painted, learned about the seasons, read stories and practiced our counting.

One thing my group is very interested in is the outdoors which is fantastic because that is something I also enjoy.  We have learned how to tell the difference between different evergreen trees, learned the different types of leaves and learned about different bugs we have found.

I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes us.

Submitted by Jenna Nicholson


My group this this year is called the Sea Horses.  All of our groups have different ages from 2 to 4 years old.  I find these family groupings work quite well because the children really benefit from each other.  The older children help the younger ones which really gives them great self esteem.  The younger ones really look up to their older friends.

In our group, we read stories, paint, do crafts and learn lots of facts on these amazing creatures – seahorses.  We also explore in the woods and made a fall collage together.  We had great fun doing that outside.  We also worked on patterns, letter recognition and printing our names.

I am really excited about spending time with the children, playing, exploring and simply having fun with them.

Seahorse Fact – They have pouches, like a kangaroo and males carry the female eggs.

Submitted by Tammy Pineau


Hi and welcome to our Monkeys Group.  We are called the “Monkeys” because we love to climb on tables and chairs.  We even love to climb the steps to the change table, with supervision.

We have been working on getting used to all our new friends and me!  Welcome back to Nate and Oliver and a new welcome to Lyla and Brodie.

We are hoping to work on some science projects, Halloween projects, gross motor and fine motor skills, sensory, exploring and discovery through play and even sign language so we can communicate with each other.

Kind Regards, Gayle Forrester    

Sea Turtles

Over the past couple of months, the Sea Turtles group has been very busy.  We learned about bugs, butterflies, bumble bees and the Letter “B”.  We learned about Fall and Seasons.  Why leaves change color?  The Letter “F”.  Why do birds migrate, animals hibernate and people do what?

Thanksgiving brought about the letter “T”.

These topics brought in patterns, sequencing, letter recognition and lots of fine motor skills.

Great Job Sea Turtles.

Submitted by Lori Doucette

ECE Week is November 2nd – 6th 2015

Early Childhood Education Week in PEI is November 2nd – 6th 2015!

Click here for more about ECE Week on PEI at including ideas, radio contest, and family colouring pages contest (closes on November 2nd).

Early Childhood Education Week is a time to recognize the importance of the development that happens in the early years, and to celebrate the programs and educators who provide children with the support they need to grow and learn during this critical stage of life. Early childhood educators and early learning and child care centres make an important contribution to children, families, and the community by providing services and programs that support families to go to work or school, as well as quality learning environments for children to expand their knowledge and explore their world. Through play, children learn important skills for life.

ECE Week 2015

Ocean 100’s – Tell Us About A Great Early Childhood Educator

Radio Contest to Celebrate Early Childhood Education Week

Once again this year, in partnership with Owl’s Hollow and Ocean 100, the ECDA (Early Childhood Development Association) will be presenting the “Nominate an ECE” contest on 100.3FM in PEI.

Families of children in child care have the opportunity to nominate their favourite early childhood educator, and they could win two $100 gift cards from Owls Hollow Toys & Games – one for the family and one for their educator!

This contest will launch on Monday November 2nd on the Ocean 100 website and the winner will be announced Friday November 6th.

Contest link at Ocean 100:

October Update

Donation to EYC in memory of Gerard Blacquiere

The family of Joan Blacquiere, in memory of Joan’s late husband, Gerard, a former bus driver and friend to everyone who knew him, presented the Gulf Shore Early Years Center with a donation of $200.00. The Cymbria Lions Club matched the donation and therefore, we received a donation of $400.00 to our Center.

A big thank you to Joan and her family and also the Cymbria Lions Club for this generous donation. We will certainly put it to good use and will let you know at a later date what we did with this donation.

I would like to personally thank Karen, our Treasurer, for going to the Cymbria Lions Club on Saturday to accept this donation on behalf of the EYC.

submitted by Joan Peters, President of the Board of Directors

Visit to Rotating House

Around the Sea Rotating HouseOn Wednesday, October 13th, 2015, our older children at the center went on a short field trip to visit the round house on Lantern Hill in Rustico, home of Stephanie and Stephen Arnold. Their daughter, Emma, attends our Center. The children and staff were treated to a great tour of the home and then to lemonade and squares. A big thank you to Stephen and Stephanie for having us. It was enjoyed by all!

Halloween Party

happy halloweenWe will be hosting a Halloween party towards the end of the month. We will be looking forward to seeing our ghosts, goblins, princess, etc!

We will let everyone know when the date has been determined.


Reminder about Thursday, Oct. 22nd and Friday, Oct. 23rd

2015 Fall ConferenceAlso, just a reminder — the Gulf Shore Early Years Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday, October 22nd and 23rd. This is to allow our staff the required training they need and it is mandatory for them to attend.

This happens 3 days a year (1 day in May & 2 days in October) and yes, if you are scheduled to attend, you are obligated to pay for these days.

Pre-school Skates at North Star Arena

skatingPre-school skates are held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:40 pm (starting on October 21st) and they are free of charge.  The Pre-school Skates are usually only cancelled if there is no school that day. You can also check on the website at or Facebook page at

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to come to the center and talk to us. We would like to establish open communication between parents, staff and board members.

Your Board of Directors are as follows:

  • Joan Peters, President
  • Alisha McGillivray, Vice-President
  • Karen Trivers, Treasurer
  • Charlotte Peters, Secretary
  • Maria Lavoie, School Liason
  • Melissa Brownlow – Member at Large
  • Diane Doiron – Member at Large
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Rustico Riptide Ringette for ages 4 to 6

The Rustico Riptide Ringette is holding registration on Saturday, September 12th & 19th from 9 am to noon at The North Star Arena. We offer a Learn to Play/Skate program for boys and girls ages 4 to 6. This is a great introduction to the sport of ringette.

Registration is $100 for one session per week (day and time TBD) beginning the end of October to the middle of March. For further information, please contact

Welcome to the month of July

welcomeSummer is finally here and we are very excited.  Our friends at the EYC are happy to welcome the older children to our Summer Program along with Megan, Hayley, Jamie, their instructors, and Taylor, a subsitute for both the little children and the older children.  A big welcome to you all!

We have many fun filled weeks planned such as:

  • July 6 – 10 –  Water Week
  • July 13 – 17 – Music Week
  • July 20 – 24 – Holiday Week
  • July 26 – 31 – Sports Week

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