Welcome to

Joyful Dayhome

offering full-time & casual child care as a private dayhome.

WE Currently HAVE ONE OPENING FOR CASUAL OR FULL-TIME in Leduc, ALBERTA for ages 2.5 +

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Approch to Childcare...

I want to support your efforts to provide your child with a playful childhood that offers a slow and joyful way of living. Free of chaos and the busyness that modern-day living offers.

 

I want your child to feel comfortable and safe in our home, to experience play through both guided activities and independent/creative play, to discover friendship and learn how to treat others with kindness, to develop a desire to learn and investigate their interests, to develop their confidence and know that they matter equally and belong to our dayhome family - they are not just another face in the crowd here.

I also strongly believe that a happy child is one that is well rested, fed healthy nutritious meals, active through play, given plenty of opportunities to be outdoors and is limited in their access to technology.

Advantages to Dayhome-based Childcare...

I personally know how difficult it is to choose a childcare option. Finding a place, or person, you can trust is only part of the challenge. In addition to trust, you want your child to thrive in an environment that is well suited to their developmental needs. You have many factors to consider when deciding on the best type of childcare for your family. Your decision will ultimately come down to commercial daycares and dayhomes. The advantages to a dayhome can include:

  • A home setting versus an institutional setting can feel more comfortable and natural to a child.

  • Dayhomes feel more like a family, than a classroom. Your child will have plenty of years ahead of them where a classroom setting will be a part of their every-day. Their early childhood experiences at home are limited.

  • More individualized attention. Your child is not just another face in the crowd.

  • Fewer children, fewer germs. There are multiple children in daycares, increasing their chances of illness.

  • Siblings can remain together. Kids are often separated into different rooms at daycares.

  • Affordability. You may pay less at a dayhome than a daycare centre.

  • A more relaxed environment. While we follow a schedule, we also have more freedom to change-up our schedule when we feel inspired!

  • More free (self-directed play) to discover and follow their interests and develop their creativity. Daycare centers may have more teacher-directed activities as part of their curriculum.

Of course, there are also disadvantages with every choice we make. A private dayhome does not provide subsidy for low-income families, we do not have backups available during vacations (this would be difficult for families who do not have family to help out or an employer that is not understanding in allowing work from home), it also requires a lot of trust in the provider (which doesn't come easily for some of us).

I also want to explain why I have chosen the private versus agency path. I'm always open to considering it in the future but for now my decision comes down to restrictions agencies have regarding your own children. You cannot have more than 6 children, including your own, and since my children are both in school full-time (grade 1 and 6) I don't consider this an issue. I also have moved past the baby stage with my own kids which really makes a huge difference in terms of my energy levels and patience throughout the day. I am not staying up through the night with a small baby or young toddler of my own. My children will of course be home during the summer but my kids are quite self sufficient and actually very helpful and playful with my dayhome kids. I also want autonomy in determining my fees in relation to how I value my service. Partnering with an agency is very costly, on average providers can pay around $150 per child/month (at 6 children that is a bill of nearly $1,000 monthly you are paying the agency if you are at maximum capacity). For me personally, the value provided by the agencies does not justify the cost. In an industry that is already underpaid and undervalued that kind of monthly expense really cuts into an already modest income.

 

Parents should choose providers that they have interviewed, been through their home, understand their approach to childcare, know all there is to know about the service agreement (contract, schedule, food menu, activities, etc) and most importantly connect with you on a personal level. Your family will be seeing this provider most days, if you have very different views, the relationship will be strained and difficult for both sides. Do your  homework and be open to both the private and agency path and hopefully you will find someone that you "just know" is the right fit. Trust your instincts!

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About Me...

I know Leduc has many dayhome providers so I appreciate you taking the time to get to know and consider me for the job!

My name is Jessica. Childcare is a new adventure for me! While opening a dayhome is new to me, caring for children has been a big part of my life for the last 11 years. I started off in the marketing world after graduating from NAIT. I worked at an advertising agency for 7 years and one year with a qualitative research company. After I had my daughter, I returned to work for two years but ultimately made the decision to stay home and pursue portrait photography as a side gig to "stay-at-home-mom" until they were both in school full-time.

 

I have two children of my own (11 year old girl and 6 year old boy). I am married to my junior-high sweetheart, Jeff. We both grew up and went to school in Leduc. Jeff and the kids are excited and very supportive of my desire to run a dayhome.

 

Motherhood is complicated and full of lessons. My experience with my own children has been so valuable in my life and I am confident that 11 years of motherhood, has prepared me for this very important work.

I enjoy cooking, music, listening to audio books and podcats. I'm also really intrigued by the whole "minimalism" movement and have been working hard to be very intentional about the "things" I bring into my home and how I choose to spend my free time (which for right now is pretty limited - mama you know what I mean!).

I am passionate about photography and run a small side-business taking portraits of babies, families and couples (www.joyfulemotion.com & www.joyfulemotionweddings.com). 

I believe that a positive attitude is key to anything we take on in life. I care deeply about being excellent (not perfect, ha!) at the things I take on in my life!

Thanks for taking the time consider me!

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Our Home...

We will be spending the majority of our time on our main floor and upstairs bonus room. These spaces have plenty of light. We have a crib in our master bedroom for the smallest child in care.

 

We will occasionally spend some time in our unfinished basement where kids can use our recreational gymnastics equipment. We have a bar, floor beam, jumpy floor mat and a small jumpy castle all in our basement.

 

We also have Wyze cameras in most of the rooms of our home we plan to spend time in to use as monitors (especially when kids are napping or I need to take a child to the bathroom while still keeping an eye on the other kids). These monitors do also have the ability to record on a memory card. Footage will not be shared with parents unless there is an incident that I feel is important for parents to see.

Daily Routine...

While I love routine and know how much kids need it, I also want to maintain a level of flexibility to allow us to change direction when we feel inspired or just feel the need for a more laid-back day. This schedule is a work in progress and will evolve as the seasons change and as we experience what works best for the kids! For example, in the summer we may take a more laid-back approach to the routine and spend much more time outside and limit the indoor activities we typically have as part of our daily routine.

 

Use of technology will be very limited and used mostly for educational purposes, for a "fun Friday" movie experience or during nap time for non-nappers (if your child naps they will not be exposed to any television on the average day).  I will be honest, while we are concerned with technology with our own kids, we do not completely remove technology from their lives, we are not a "tech-free" family. I view it as my job to not expose YOUR kids to technology on a regular basis. I would expect the same of a provider being paid to care of my own kids. I know that most kids will get enough access to it at home and while they are with me it's my responsibility to encourage them to open their minds to other types of play.

Typical daily routine

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Food Menu...

We will provide breakfast, lunch and two snacks. Cooking and preparing healthy meals has always been an important priority with my own kids! Understanding that there needs to be balance with picky eaters, here is an example of a monthly menu. Parents will receive these menus at the beginning of the month.

Fee Structure...

Full-time (5 days/week)

$1,000 ($50/day)

$800 ($40/day)

$750 ($37/day)

Age

Under 2

2-5

6+

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Childcare is expensive! I get it. I've been there too. It's an investment in your child and in your career path while your kids are little.

 

Your fees will pay for high quality food, supplies for fun activities and crafts, quality toys to keep your little one exploring, equipment for baby and play, cleaning supplies, wear and tear on house-hold items, entertainment expenses, special events and activities, printing paper and ink, and of course my income.

 

Self-employed childcare providers do not receive benefits like so many employees. Unlike other forms of employment, childcare does not provide opportunities for growth. My work week can add up to well over 40 hours a week. I am working a minimum of 55 hours and this does not include the time that goes into planning, preparing, shopping, book-keeping, paperwork, prepping food/activities/craft supplies for the week ahead and cleaning after the day is done. My hope is to work with families who respect and appreciate the value of childcare. While childcare feels expensive, it does not mean that providers are making a healthy income and often the opposite is true. Please always respect that the amount of time and energy we put into our business will always be worth so much more than you are paying for your child.

 

Fees are due on the 1st of the month. Payment can be made by cheque, cash or e-transfers. I will provide you with monthly invoices/receipts. Please keep in mind that we are a private dayhome, in case you qualify for subsidized childcare, currently the Government does not provide subsidies for private care.  There are no refunds/credits provided for stat, general holidays or any time your child is sick or away on vacation.

Hours: 7:30 - 4:45pm. We will give priority to booking clients who are able to pick-up between 4:00pm to 4:30pm as this is when my current families are picking up their children. We do not offer evening or weekend care.

Casual drop-in rate: $50 per day

*We are currently only accepting full-time or casual drop-ins. We do not accept babies under 12 months of age and do not offer OSC or part-time care.

Fee Revision Policy

When you sign your contract, your fees (and all other policies related to your fees) will be guaranteed for 2 years. After 2 years, you will be switched to the new rates, if they have changed.

Payment Options

Payment methods accepted include cash, email transfer (preferred) or cheque. Receipts for tax purposes will be provided.

 

Registration &  Deposit

In order to reserve your child's spot, a 50% non-refundable deposit of your full-time monthly fees is required. This deposit will be credited towards your final month of care.

Holds

I can only offer holds on full-time spots in one of two situations:


1. A child currently in the program is leaving by a certain date (e.g. they no longer require care or are moving on to grade 1) and can guarantee that spot to you with your 50% deposit on a first-come-first-serve basis.


2. If a spot is currently available but you do not require care for more than 2 months out, you will need to not only pay a deposit but also pay for the spot your are holding.
 

There are absolutely no refunds for fees paid towards holding a spot. If you decide you no longer need the spot or your child is not transitioning well into our dayhome, we cannot offer you a refund for fees paid to date.

Add-ons/Discounts

Sibling Discount: none. We do not offer a sibling discount on monthly childcare fees as it costs us the same amount in expenses (e.g food and supplies) and requires equal amounts of energy to care for both children. We have chosen to vary our fees based on a child's age so that older children cost less and younger children more to account for the amount of attention they require from the provider.

 

Vacation credits: you will be reimbursed for any

holidays I take outside of my 10 paid vacation days. I reserve the right to take an additional 10 days of non-paid family vacation (on top of the 10 contracted/paid days off) and will provide a minimum of 4 weeks notice (usually more). If I do choose to take these additional days, it will typically be during the summer.

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Details & Policies...

Hours of Operation

We are open 7:30 am to 4:45 pm. Breakfast is provided between 7:30 and 8:30 am. Please drop off your child no later than 8:00 am if you would like them to eat breakfast with us. If you plan to drop off after 8:00 pm, please ensure to feed your  child breakfast prior to drop off. We do not offer evening or weekend care.

Current Kids

Our goal is to always have 6 kids in our dayhome at one time. As the current status of kids changes on a regular basis, please ask me how many kids we currently have registered in the program.

Number of Children

There will never be more than 6 dayhome children in our home at one time.  Ideally, I will accept one child under two (maximum of 2, depending on the mix of kids and how close they are to turning two). This number does not include my own children (James and Brooke are both in school full-time during the school year).

 

Vacations

We will be closed on all Alberta Statutory holidays (no refunds for STAT holidays). I also take 10 paid vacation days throughout the year (including Christmas Eve, Easter Monday and the days in between Chrismas and New Year's Day and a couple days after New Year's day). I also reserve the right to take 10 additional days of UNPAID family vacation throughout the year and will give you a minimum of 4 weeks notice (likely more)  so you can plan accordingly. These will be most likely used in the summer but I will give you plenty of notice if otherwise. Any vacation days taken by your family, during operational days, will not be reimbursed.

Sick Days

My contract includes 5 paid personal/sick days that I may use if I am sick, my children are sick or I have doctor appointments that cannot be schedule outside of working hours. You will NOT be be reimbursed for any sick days that your child takes.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT VACATION POLICY: Paid time off allows all of us to take care of our mental well-being, while still being able to meet our financial responsibilities. I view it as my responsibility to not only take good care of your child(ren) but also to take good care of myself so that I can be my best for them and avoid burnout that we know can lead to an unhealthy environment for all. It's very important to me that my clients support this and also have family that can help  with backup care or an employer that is willing to allow work from home on my days off.

 

Immunization Policy

All children must provide records/confirmation of their child's immunization status.

 

Allergies

While we will do our best to accommodate children with allergies, we are not an allergen-free home. Our pantry and fridge does include nuts, eggs, fish, dairy and wheat products and as such meals may contain traces of these allergens.

 

Late Fees

I expect fees to be paid on time just as parents expect their salaries on time. Children will not be permitted to attend the program until fees are paid in full for the month ahead. No exceptions.

Insurance

We are covered by liability in the amount of $2 million. Copies of our home insurance coverage (which includes dayhome liability) will be included in your contract.

 

First Aid & Police/Family Intervention Checks

I maintain current certification in Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level C through Canadian Red Cross. My husband and I both posess current Police/Family clearance checks. Copies of these documents will be provided to you with your contract. These will be updated every  years.

 

Behavior Management

Under no circumstance will I use any physical form of punishment to discipline your child. I believe in promoting positive behaviour, taking time away from a situation or redirecting and speaking with the child one-on-one with eye contact and offering empathy, hugs and suggestions on how they can deal with the situation. If a child is showing consistent aggressive behaviour I will shadow the child when possible or the child will shadow me when  I am busy with meals or activities. I also might use incentives from time to time to get the kids excited about positive behaviour.

 

Transportation

We do not offer transportation to/from schools. Busing must be arranged in front of our home and your child must be comfortable walking the short distance to the house.

Naps & Quiet Time

Our schedule will accommodate for either 2 naps or 1 nap in the afternoon. This will be modified to accommodate the children's needs. Please refer to the schedule for specifics.  While I would like to accommodate different naptimes, it's difficult to stick to a routine and planned activities with kids napping at different times. Children who no longer nap will take part in quiet time. This includes laying on their own personal mat, looking at books, doing independent quiet activities or watching a show while others nap. We have one crib which will be made available to the youngest child in care.

 

Communication

I encourage my families to keep open and respectful communication always! Please talk to me as soon as there are any concerns. I'm always open to feedback and providing clarificaiton on anything. Please know that I have your child's best interests at mind and want them to thrive under my care as much as you do. There may be small sacrifices to be made when my attention needs to be spread among 6 kids. This means that I will not be able to rock your child to sleep for 30 minutes while other kids rely on me, or offer a different meal to every child to accommodate their taste preferences. I will do what is best for the entire group, while doing my best to meet the needs of every child to the best of my ability. Our ratio is 1 to 6, not 1 to 1 or 1 to 2.  Please keep this in mind when communicating your concerns to me.

Other

Our home is scent-free. We choose not to spray or diffuse scent and wash our clothes in non-scented laundry detergent. We make efforts to reduce chemicals where we can.  I also choose to clean our home with vinegar, baking soda and soap to reduce the use of harsh chemical that can have adverse heath effects on some children.

We are non-smokers.

We currently have no major pets. Just two budgie birds.

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What to bring...

We plan to be outside every day, subject to weather conditions. Please ensure to dress your child warm on cooler days so that they can enjoy the outdoors comfortably. Please provide the following items on your child's first day (all items must be labelled):

  • copies of your child's immunization record and health care card

  • bag of diapers (no cloth diapers, please) or pull-ups

  • 2 packages of wipes

  • diaper cream

  • slippers with flexible grips on bottoms is a must! no running shoes as the soles are thick and kids tend to trip.

  • extra change of clothes in case of accidents

  • bottles, liners, milk, bib, soothers and baby food for little ones

  • if your child naps, their own blanket (we provide their own sheet and pillow)

  • spill-proof water bottle

  • any medications required in original container with your child's name and clear usage instructions

  • spring: rubber boots and full coverage rain suit

  • winter: snow pants, boots, gloves (ONES THAT DO NOT FALL OFF CONSISTENTELY - USUALLY LONGER & HAVE ELASTICS TO TIGHTEN), toques, ets

  • winter: we also require a ski helmet for the winter. The ones with the warm interior so that it can keep them warm without a toque. We are outside almost every day in the winter and kids easily fall when walking on slippersy icy surfaces. The probability of them falling and hitting their head, based on the amount of time we spend outside, is high.

  • in the summer: sunhat, bathing suit, sunscreen (1 spray & 1 face stick) and bug spray

  • optional: a family picture for your child to store in their cubby.

Contact Me

If you'd like to set-up a walk-through our home & chat with me, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you at my earliest availability. an interview is a great opportunity for us both to determine if we are a good fit for each other. Feel free to check out our online space on instagram to get to know us a little better.

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