Lynne Robson is the operator of Leaps and Bounds Child Care in Stettler.
There was a time when Lynne Robson was extremely frustrated because every day she was forced to turn away families in need of child care. As the only child care centre serving the immediate area, Stettler Regional Child Care Society was in high demand and had no room for additional children in any of its day care, out-of-school care, playschool or family day homes.
Lynne was approached by Clearview Public School Division and asked to form a partnership. The school division offered to fix up a large room in an under-utilized wing of William E. Hay Composite High School to accommodate a new day care facility. Leaps and Bounds Child Care opened with only the basics. Soon after, Lynne was approved for $24,000 in grant funding from the Making Space for Children: Child Care Space Creation Innovation Fund to cover the start-up costs of the new day care centre.
“We couldn’t have made Leaps and Bounds viable without the Making Space for Children grant because we had to borrow resources to open the centre,” says Lynne.
Leaps and Bounds has creatively addressed some staff shortages by using the talents of students from the adjoining high school. Working part time after school under the supervision of senior child care staff, these students benefit from valuable work experience.
Once the students have completed the Orientation Course, they obtain child development assistant certification and will hopefully pursue a career in child care.
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