Life as it was - February

Well Happy Leap Day to you. Keeping with the theme for the year, here are the highlights of our 29 day February.

  • House: Decluttered the one small but very messy corner of the garage. More baby steps! Bought a dining table from Pier 1's closing down sale. The dining table we had at home was actually inherited from the previous owners of our home. I never liked it but it was useful enough that I always procrastinated about replacing it. My ideal dining table was one I had found on the Pier 1 website. Once I heard that Pier 1 was going out of business, I dashed to the store and was able to snag the dining table with matching bench (at a good discount) from the second store I visited. Finally adulting in the home decor department of life. 
  • Staycations: On valentines' day, we headed downtown for the Calgary Winter Glow Festival. This was the inaugural session of the festival and it was so perfect for a mid-winter break. It makes me feel so proud of my city that little initiatives like this are still coming out in spite of our economic woes. 

  • Family Time: I've finally succeeded in one aspect of sleep training BabyBoy. It's the part where I put him in bed and walk out of the room without him crying for me to come back and watch him sleep. Now I have a critical hour of my evenings back and can revive my bedtime routine with my girls. With that being said, we're now reading through the story of Moses in Exodus and the girls are finding it so engaging. My premise for choosing that was we have a DVD copy of The Prince of Egypt movie in the car which the girls love. It's easy to start discussions around what happened in the Bible version versus the movie adaptation. I wasn't sure if the girls were mature enough for us to read an actual bible instead of a book that was a collection of bible stories but so far so good.  
TIP: If you want to get your kids reading the bible, choose a version that's written in contemporary language. I am currently a fan of the New Living Translation version of the bible

Finding Childcare in Calgary

REUPPING AN OLD POST

I've been navigating the childcare terrain in Calgary since moving here in 2011 and we're not done yet. With 8+ years of this hustle in the bag, I thought I'd put a few guidelines together.




Childcare Choices in Calgary

The first step is to determine the childcare choice that is most attractive to your family. The options that are available include dayhomes, daycare centers and nannies or au pairs. Each option comes with it’s advantages, disadvantages and costs.

Childcare Costs in Calgary

Dayhomes: In this situation, the provider is offering childcare in their own home. The province regulates the number of children that can be taken in at any one time. This is usually the cheapest childcare option available in Calgary and costs run from $150 to $500 per child per week depending on the provider's qualifications, location etc. There are also a handful of Dayhome Agencies that take care of licensing and regulating a number of independently-owned dayhomes.

Daycare Centers: These are centers that provide various childcare services. They are more expensive than dayhomes and their prices are typically fixed based on the age of the child with infants being most expensive. Most centers charge upwards of $1000 a month with some charging up to $2900 monthly for infants. Centers located downtown are the most expensive.

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