Category: Running your Dayhome

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6 steps to a successful Dayhome StartUp

We often get questions and inquiries about starting a private dayhome. It is a daunting process, especially as the government gives no official guidance or rules, other than you may not have any more than 6 children (not including your own) in your care at any one time.  SO, if you are looking at starting a private […]

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OUCH! That Hurts! Stop Biting in 2 Easy Steps.

Stopping toddlers from biting Young children use their mouths to explore the world. Children usually bite people when they become frustrated in social situations and do not know how else to express themselves. It can be embarrassing for parents, and is an indication that new skills need to be taught.

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Please, anything BUT a sandwich!!

“I like sandwiches, sandwiches are fine. I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time…”   While Raffi may sing about liking sandwiches, sometimes, we just get plain tired of them.  But they are SO easy to make!  So what to do instead? One of the alternatives that my kids love is Chicken Waldorf Salad. […]

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I secretly rolled my eyes at my dayhome provider

Childcare is an industry that starts from one undeniable truth: the childrens’ parents have returned to work.  Childcare is a service that allows parents to prioritize their career aspirations or their financial needs over staying at home with their children.  Without that childcare, many parents would find that the career and the life that they’d spent so much […]

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6 ingredients to an AWESOME lunch

As the weather turns nicer, and our thoughts turn to getting outside, field trips to the zoo, lunches at the park, etc.  Planning portable and healthy meals can be a challenge. These quick and yummy, either warm or cold, roll ups are just the ticket! Portable, easy for little hands to hold, and completely customizable […]

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Does your contract cover you?

I have been having quite a few conversations lately with parents who are leaving their dayhomes with a bad taste in their mouth (and one whom is even considering legal action) because the contracts they had with their dayhomes were not well written and did not cover all the possible issues. We want to help […]

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Childcare Regulations Across Canada

Wondering how Alberta’s dayhome regulations stack up against the rest of the country? Its fascinating (and a bit brain numbing)!  No two provinces handle things exactly the same.  In some its only 4 children allowed in unregulated, some its, 5, some its 6! Some provinces allow home daycares to apply for individual licenses, some have […]

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Ontario’s new Childcare Bill 10

Recently, as I have been getting more and more engaged with the childcare communities in and out of Alberta, I have been wondering how things differ across the country!  And it turns out, quite a lot!

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How to WRITE the RIGHT ad

Do you spend hours writing up your ads for Facebook and Kijiji, only to have NO ONE respond to them? OR, does your ad only seem to attract families you don’t ACTUALLY want to work with?

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A million ways with Sensory Bins

Sensory bins give you a BIG bang for your buck.  Using things you already have in your house, a new bin and some materials for the kids to dig in, you can create a sensory bin for less than $10. From helping children develop skills and resiliency, to pattern recognition to social skills, one bin […]

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