A preschool program in Pond Inlet that blends Montessori educational methods with Inuit traditional methods has proved so successful it has expanded to Clyde River.
Nutarak and Tessa Lochhead worked for several years to get the Pond Inlet project started, with hopes early childhood educators would be trained locally at Nunavut Arctic College while carrying out their practicum at the specially created Pirurvik Preschool.
“The idea was we had a two-year ECE (early childhood education) program and the preschool opened to provide a practicum location,” said Lochhead, adding that usually the college doesn’t offer the diploma in communities because of lack of location.
“But they agreed (to do so) on the basis that we would open a preschool that would be appropriate.”
That preschool opened in January 2016.