Category: Finding Childcare

5 things to remember while searching for Childcare

You have just had a wonderful year at home with your baby, but the harsh light of reality is quickly coming into focus. It is time to go back to work. Or maybe, you are excited to get back to work and have adult conversations again (more than likely, its a mixture of dread and […]

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Where do our Children fit?

You have to go back to work. You have to find childcare. Insert panic here.  But wait, who, other than you, is going to be affected by this decision? Your child. I feel, sometimes, that the pressure of our 21st century world forces us back to work without allowing us to stop and think about […]

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Childcare is not a parent issue, it is a community issue.

“Approximately 46 per cent of kindergarten-aged children in Alberta are developing appropriately in all five areas of development.”, as outlined by the results from the Early Childhood Mapping Project of Alberta.  Only 46%?  That means more than half of our children are NOT developing appropriately! Until last week, I, as a Champion for Children, had […]

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Summer pains in the Childcare Industry

Summer is a pretty quiet time of year for the childcare industry. Parents take the kids on holidays, Grandma and Grandpa are around, friends can swap days and have grand playdates, all of which are cost free childcare.  As a childcare provider (or a business who helps providers!), this can certainly hurt the bottom line!

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Meet Jenny! – blogger and dayhome owner extraordinaire!

Hi everyone, my name is Jenny Campbell. I live in Edmonton, Alberta and just turned twenty- four. A little background on me: I completed my diploma in Early Learning and Child Care from Grant MacEwan University in 2011 and then transferred over to University of Victoria Child and Youth Care program last year, where I […]

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A plea to parents

I’ve recently had a conversation with a dayhome provider, who, understandably, is feeling very frustrated. She is an engaged and wonderful dayhome provider. She loves kids, loves what she does, and this is obvious as soon as you talk to her. Recently, she had put aside HER family time on the weekend and on an […]

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Start with Why: Reflections on Simon Sinek’s TED talk

We all have that favourite business or person we deal with. The one we go back to time and time again. They may not seem different on the outside to their competitors, but there is something different about what they do, how they do it and most importantly, WHY they do it. In July, I […]

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No pets? The Pros and cons of a pet friendly dayhome

We are a very pet friendly home. We have 2 cats, a newly acquired dog, and a horse (obviously NOT in the house… ). When I watch my kids with the animals, it prompts me to think about all the advantages growing up with pets allows my kids. However, having pets in a dayhome is another thing […]

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A 2-minute phone call can save you months of heartache

The caregiver-family relationship can be a tenuous one. You, the parent, are entrusting the care and well-being of your most precious child to another person.  You, the caregiver, are opening up your home, and yourself, to care for these children. It is both a business relationship, as well as a personal one. It is easy […]

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Having Twins, or even more?!

I have two children, but they are 2 1/2 years apart in age. Managing two kids can be challenging enough, I can’t even imagine how difficult it can be if they come together! Finding a home based daycare, feeding, clothing and managing the different ages and stages for twins, or even triplets (gulp) has its […]

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