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End of an Era

Six years I opened a daycare in Calgary.  The experience was not with angst. I was unprepared for the amount of red tape I would come up against. Coming from South Africa where these things were – still are(?) – far more laissez faire, the number of different officials involved in the process was mind-boggling to say the least.  As we battled through the multitude of steps involved I decided to start a blog on our experiences, hoping it would help others caught up in the same mire. For anyone who is interested that blog post, which spanned many months, can be found under the category ‘Working’ in this web-blog.

At the end of September the centre was sold.

Over the past six years our lives have been very enriched by the daycare and, hopefully, we have been able to provide a service for the community we chose.  The highlights were, (of course), the hugs and greeting from the little ones every morning; the relationships we built up with our parents; and the daily interaction with our staff whose commitment and sense of humour brought a ray of sunshine to even the most stormy days.  The lowlights included trying to accommodate the requirements of three different bodies – licencing, health and accreditation – all of which had different ideas of how a daycare should be run; and trying to offer the children educational experiences based on play and exploration without breaking any rules.

In the end I reluctantly decided that I no longer wanted to run a business under those conditions.  I do not regret the years spent at the daycare, most of it was very enjoyable, and I do not regret leaving – it was time. Now on to other things.

 

November 13, 2018 - Posted by | Working | ,

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