Mother's Heart Partnership with Little Lambs Day Care
It is such an amazing opportunity to witness single mothers learn skills and then work to support themselves and their child. That's why Little Lambs Day Care exists, to provide a child care service for single mothers so that they have the opportunity to train and find employment to support themselves and their children.
I have been working as the day care coordinator now for three years and it has been a privilege to see women thriving in their role as mum. Being a single mother is not easy, but these mothers work hard at it, and do an amazing job. I love watching the mothers return at the end of the day and seeing the children’s face light up as they run to their mothers for a hug. It shows what a great attachment these children have with their mothers. Our children do not have attachment disorders (which is so common in children who grow up in orphanages). This means the children within our day care have a great start to life. They also have the opportunity to be part of our high quality early childhood program as well as receive nutritious meals throughout the day. We have five wonderful highly dedicated Khmer child care workers who provide the children with wonderful learning opportunities. It had been great to watch these workers grow in their understanding of child development and improve their skills in providing an educational early years program.
I remember one little boy who started at our daycare when he was 14 months old. His mum had been working in the province but had come back to the Phnom Penh for a better training opportunity. When this boy started at daycare it was evident that he was slightly developmentally delayed; he had absolutely no interest in toys or playing and no interest in
attempting to walk. He just sat and stared. Through lots of patience and perseverance from the staff we worked closely with him to encourage him to walk and helped him learn to play. Now he is a happy 2 year old child, he loves playing, running around and has caught up developmentally. His mother has almost finished her training course and will soon begin work.
The early years of a child’s life are very important and a high quality early childhood program provides a child with the foundation they need to succeed in school as well as in their life. This year we will have our first child leave us to start school. She will be attending a great local Khmer school.
At the moment the daycare is at full capacity; in our current premise we can only take 20 children. We need a bigger building as well as more childcare workers. It is our hope that we can eventually have 4 rooms for the different age groups, allowing for smaller group sizes and a better program catering for each specific age group.
We're Proud of Our Staff
Deborah - Child Care Coordinator
Deborah has been working as the day care coordinator of Little Lambs Day Care now for three years. She has an early childhood teaching and nursing degree, and in the past has worked in child care in Australia and Indonesia. During her time at Bible College, she was involved in a short term trip to Cambodia. She fell in love with Cambodia and wanted to be able to use her training in early childhood to help empower the Khmer people to care for their children well. She says, "This position with Mother's Heart was perfect for me, I originally agreed to work at Little Lambs Day Care for 6 months and 3 years later I am still here."
Deborah is a valued member of our team. We love her willingness to serve Mother's Heart and hope she will stay for many years to come!