Little Leaders has supported over 100 child care providers and over 2500 families in Halton Region since our inception in 2000. We are now expanding & offering our services to Hamilton and Peel. Our child care homes are founded on the belief that each unique child and family’s needs are of the utmost importance, and our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the most tailored child care experience for your unique family’s needs.
Jennifer Hyland joined Little Leaders in 2015. It was natural to welcome her to the Little Leaders team, having watched her mother, Wendy, operate Little Leaders for many years. Jennifer’s interests lie in nutrition, and childhood nutrition, having earned an honours bachelor’s degree in life science from McMaster University, and a diploma in holistic nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Currently, Jennifer is in the process of becoming an Early Childhood Educator.
Here at Little Leaders, Jennifer’s overarching goal is to wholly support as many families as possible through quality licensed home child care. She oversees the home child care programs, and the relationships between the Ministry of Education and Halton Region, as well as the intimate relationships of children, providers, and parents in each of the homes.
Paulina Silvera our Home Visitor, is a registered Early Childhood Educator. She has earned her diploma in Early Childhood Education from Mohawk College followed by a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brock University, with a focus on the psyche of young children. She has worked in the child care field since 2013, playing a role in the development of the children at different stages of development. Paulina is interested in the development of the brain specifically child development.
In her role she supports childcare providers, parents and children, sharing her expertise and knowledge of child development for a unique personalized care approach to the children and parents who are part of our network.
Katherine has worked in various child care capacities for the last 23 years. For many years Katherine ran her own home child care program while earning her ECE, then branched out to work in centre-based care and even operated as lead facilitator at an EarlyON. In 2023, Katherine's passion for home child care brought her back to her roots - this time as Little Leaders Supervisor.
Katherine has additional qualifications in Montessori Education, forest schooling, and child care administration, and has always harmoniously incorporated her education into her child care spaces.
The LAND program here at Little Leaders was born from Katherine and a fellow provider's initiate. Little Leaders is forever grateful to Katherine for this contribution to our company.
Moving forward in her role as Supervisor, Katherine will be working administratively in the office supporting parents and providers.
Amanda graduated Early Childhood Education in 2008, and has since worked in many different roles within the field of early years education. From centre-based child care to program lead for school-age care with the YMCA, to opening her own very successful home child care program, named "Peace of Mind Daycare and Childminding", and joining Little Leaders wonderful team of home child care providers in 2018.
Amanda is incredibly passionate about natural, interest based, learning. She enjoys using animals, insects and plants in her program to support children's learning about life cycles and the environment around them.
Amanda's goal is to aid in creating strong, supportive environments that focus on the child care as a whole through programming support and consultation, professional learning opportunities, and family support.
A Note About our Founder
Wendy Miller founded Little Leaders Home Child Care Agency in 1999, after reading about a need for a stronger home child care program in the Toronto Star. She felt that she would have the ability to blend the best of home child care and centre-based care into one loving home child care space, and wanted to bring this vision to life. Over the last 20+ years, child care has changed in many ways, but Wendy’s vision has always remained the same - to create strong, educational, play-based learning programs in Halton’s home child care programs.
After 18 years as the face of Little Leaders, Wendy has taken a step back to enjoy time with her two adorable grandchildren.
Home child care in Halton Region is forever changed, thanks to Wendy’s vision, hard-work, and passion for child care.