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Little Kids Daycare Center

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Debbie Cunha
June 23, 2023

Learn from our community entrepreneurs! In this interview, Debbie Cunha shares the story of building and growing Little Kids Daycare Center, located in Oakville, ON, Canada

  • Hi! Tell us about your business and what problem are you solving?

    Little Kids Daycare started in 2002, and has grown into an award-winning licensed childcare center with multiple locations. We provide care to children 3 months- 4 years of age.
    There is an ongoing shortage of childcare, we are working to steadily grow and meet the demands of our communities.

  • What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

    Owner, Debbie, has a diverse background in working with children and families.

    Debbie first began as an assistant in the Preschool Classroom. After a year, she returned to school (while still working at the Center) to complete an Early Childhood Education diploma. After graduation, Debbie worked with all the age groups (infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age). Since then, she has gotten her hands dirty, helping with all the elements that are involved in setting up a licensed childcare setting.

    This experience has allowed her to implement an enriching curriculum and foster a nurturing environment. Debbie has become a mentor within her community, while also facilitating and speaking at conferences.

    She has found it incredibly rewarding to help others launch their own childcare centers. Working in childcare allowed Debbie to balance her children and career.

  • How do you motivate yourself to keep going every day?

    I love what I do! Childcare is incredibly fast paced and rewarding. It's easy to stay motivated when you have as much fun as we do.

  • What's your one biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

    My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is expanding into Franchising. It has been a huge learning curve and I am very excited for the future of Little Kids Daycare center.

  • What’s your one biggest challenge you face and how do you overcome it?

    An ongoing challenge in the childcare sector is a shortage of Early Childhood Educators. We strive hire slowly & thoughtfully. Ensure new educators are a good fit with the team. Also it is incredibly important to maintain a great team culture. We are here to work but that doesn't mean we can't have fun!

  • What are your hiring strategies to build a successful business?

    We offer competitive wages and employee benefits. We coordinate regular team building events, birthday celebrations and other creative ways to show appreciation. There would be no successful business without a successful team.

  • To anyone looking to start or grow a business today, what three tips would you give them?

    1. Find something you love to do
    2. Connect with others in the industry
    3. Do the work

  • Where can we go to learn more about your business?

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