Flexible, Environmentally Conscious Daycare

Flexible, Environmentally Conscious Daycare

Budding Children’s Garden and Daycare is Vancouver’s first fully flexible occasional childcare centre, allowing caregivers to book last-minute daycare time online or via a smartphone app, to a maximum of 40 hours per month. Buddings combines convenience and flexibility with an emphasis on sustainability, incorporating environmentally friendly cleansers, organic snacks, low-water-usage washing, an indoor worm compost, and even a small grow-light herb garden through which the children can learn about growing organic food. Financing was made possible through Vancity’s microloan program and two programs offered through Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation—the First Citizens Fund and the Aboriginal Business Development Program. By working with these community partners, Vancity helped contribute to the successful launch of this unique childcare service and Aboriginal-owned business.