Nicole Nie Bowden landed in Victoria from China in 2007. Before coming to Canada, she was a teacher, educational administrator, and tutoring center owner in China. She completed her Master’s degree majoring in Curriculum Design at the University of Victoria in 2009. She developed her interests in early childhood education while working at Maria Montessori Academy and Fairfield Community Association. She married in 2010 and had her daughter Rae in 2011. During her pregnancy, she studied the early childhood education program with Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute and became an ECE in 2012. She is currently the owner and manager of Hello World Daycare. Her dream is to be a worldwide educator.
Hello World Daycare was established in January 2012 when Nicole was about to finish her maternity leave and her daughter Rae was 10 months old. It started as a license-not-required daycare for 3 children in an apartment on Newton Street for 8 months. In September 2012, Nicole and her husband Rian relocated the daycare its current location on Westall Avenue, and opened with a fresh look. In April 2013, the daycare was licensed as an In-Home Multi-age group for 8 children and was officially registered as Hello World Daycare Center.
The Hello World Team:
Nicole has two assistant teachers working with her, Maribel and Erin.
Maribel is a mother of two beautiful children age 10 and 5. She worked for the child mind program at Pearks Recreation Centre with the children age 1-5. She has her first aid certificate and criminal record check. She also speaks Spanish and she is very natural with young babies.
Erin is a ECE assistant and a recent graduate from Camosun College. She is going to study at UVic for her Bachelor ‘s degree in Child and Youth Care. Erin gained a variety of experience working with children from her practicums and volunteer experience at Explore Our World Preschool in Gordon Head Rec Centre. She is very creative in the activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She also has her First Aid and Criminal Record Check.