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1. High Park Home Daycare

A stay-at-home mom's adventures in raising a toddler, and running a home daycare.

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2. High Park Home Daycare

Unlicensed daycare is legal and permissible in Ontario. It accounts for roughly 80% of child care in Ontario and is a great option, perhaps better than the liscensed centres, for some children because of the small, family-type...

Tags: child modernization act, bill 10, unlicensed daycare, home daycare, child care

Latest Blog Posts

  • Keeping the Daycare Family Bonds Alive
    on Dec 28, 2016
    This fall has been quite an adjustment for me. In September I returned to teaching. Teaching grade 4 is a little different from running a daycare, but surprisingly not as different as I thought it would be. Haha! Anyway, the Friday evening after my f...
  • Visit to Fire Station 423!
    on Aug 25, 2016
    We took another trip to the local fire station on Monday. The last time we went was during the March Break. Drew was away with his family at that time, and missed our trip. Since then, fire trucks have become one of his favourite things ever. He call...
  • Daycare News and Nostalgia
    on Aug 19, 2016
    It wasn't pretty, but we made it through the heat wave last week. Unfortunately, my air conditioner stops working in intense heat (when you need it most), so the wading pools were pure and utter bliss.During our visits to the wading pools and splash...
  • Blue Skies
    on Jul 28, 2016
    Oh how quickly the pictures do add up, when you are a compulsive photographer!So these were taken a couple of weeks ago, when Amadea and Marcellus's parents had us over for some more gardening. The last time, they had helped the kids to plant. This t...
  • The Value of Child Care Workers
    on Jul 18, 2016
    I was briefly a nanny in my youth, but before I opened my home daycare in 2009 I had mostly worked with school-aged children. I love to teach and care for children of all ages, but I also knew I could make a better living in teaching than in child ca...
  • Summer Spirit
    on Jul 15, 2016
    We made a trip to the Toronto Public Library last week, specifically to get the Summer Reading Club booklets for Noah, Leila, and Amadea.Marcellus absolutely loved the library.Though pictured quietly reading here, most of the time he was exuberantly...
  • Sunnyside Beach
    on Jul 7, 2016
    Because of the extremely high temperatures yesterday, I decided to take the kids to Sunnyside Beach. Usually, it's a little cooler by the water. On this day though, it was exactly the same. We made sure to keep ourselves cool with the lake water and...
  • Capybaras Back Home At High Park Zoo
    on Jul 5, 2016
    Amadea has been bringing delicious snow peas to the daycare, fresh from her garden at home! She picks them herself before she comes to daycare. How lovely is that?! We visited the High Park Zoo last Thursday. (Well, some of us. Marcellus was hom...
  • Ice Cream Cuties
    on Jun 30, 2016
    Yesterday was Noah's last day of Grade 2, so we all went to pick him up from school to celebrate!He was pretty excited about a break from school. Can you tell?!We had mac and cheese for dinner (a very early dinner) in the park beside the school.Marce...
  • High Park Splash Pad
    on Jun 28, 2016
    These were taken one evening at the park last week, after daycare hours.But guess who we did have as a special treat after regular daycare hours?! Yep, that's Maryam on the ground. What is she doing, you may ask? She has stolen the ball from Leila. L...
  • The Yogurt Party, The Public Bookcase, and Father's Day Crafts
    on Jun 22, 2016
    Well, it wasn't a formal party, but the babies certainly did have fun!I swear that yogurt is like candy to babies; they all seem to love it!I caught Drew with the yogurt bowl on his head, exclaiming, "Hat!" At least he had finished most of the yogurt...
  • Bubbles
    on Jun 17, 2016
    We took a trip to No Frills this week to get both instant coffee and freezies; I know, an odd combinationThe kids are always climbing and exploring as we walk.Leila was scared to balance on the edge of the planter box alone, so Amadea, being a true f...
  • Marcellus Turns 1!
    on Jun 15, 2016
    Keele Street Public School Fun Fair: 2016 = AWESOME.These photos make me smile. This group has become family to me. And they are all ridiculously cute. :)The kids pose, while waiting in line for their wrist bands. They are ready for a fun time togeth...
  • Cinderella's Wardrobe
    on Jun 9, 2016 in outdoor play playground
    Yes, my daughter just had to wear her extravagant Cinderella dress to the playground. Actually, we are at about 4 unnecessary wardrobe changes per day, for that kid. She will use any excuse to change.One night at dinner, she announced, "I spilled som...
  • Daycare News
    on Jun 3, 2016
    It seems much easier to get these short and sweet daycare posts up. As you know, my pictures of the kids seem to accumulate very fast.This is the front area of a house we pass on our daily walk to the park. I've met the man who lives here, and he say...
  • Uh-Oh, Spaghettio!
    on Jun 2, 2016
     I just love pics of kids enjoying their spaghetti! (I also love "Spray N' Wash.) Isn't Maryam a little ray of sunshine?!Drew ate a mountain of spaghetti (and that's taking account of all of the noodles that fall onto and beside his lap). Every...
  • Parasol Carousel
    on Jun 1, 2016
    Today, Leila asked if she could bring her "carousel" outside, for the sun. Of course, she was talking about the parasol big brother Jacob bought her last year, from San Francisco. So the big girls shared her parasol, and the umbrellas.At one poi...
  • Sprinkler Fun!
    on May 31, 2016
    We played out back yesterday, mainly because Noah was home from school, and not feeling top notch. Poor kid has had a cold of some sort for a week and a half.We had a picnic, and ate cheese sandwiches and blueberries. Marcellus loves them, and took a...
  • Our Wild and Wacky Daycare
    on May 27, 2016
    Maryam wanted to be Snow White again on this day....and her wish was granted.She's not particularly into hats (none of the kids are), but I had no complaints whatsoever upon placing Noah's Mickey Mouse cap from Disney World on her head. Of her own vo...
  • Climbing Mountains
    on May 20, 2016
    Drew has been upgraded to a booster seat, and sits at the table. This past week, he has been climbing up on ALL the chairs (especially Maryam's booster, cause that drives her crazy, and he loves to get any attention he can from her).Clearly, Drew was...
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