Seriously. They walk right up and offer more money than they’re currently getting paid. The search for reliable childcare is a bloodsport in Calgary.
Traditional daycare facilities have long waiting lists and the corporate culture in Calgary often has these facilities on retainer. So they were out.Dayhomes are popular options in Calgary. These are mostly stay-at-home moms with unlicensed facilities (licenses are not a provincial requirement). They’re at home with their kids and just hang a shingle to pick up some extra cash looking after other kids in the basement.
It’s a stark contrast from the childcare experience in Vancouver where our son was at a rec centre with Early Childhood Education certified instructors. After visits to a number of dayhomes in our areas (and tragic stories in the news) we scratched that option.
So, it comes down to trying to find a nanny in Calgary.
Here’s a list of agencies that can help you find a nanny in Calgary:
CanadianNanny.ca provides an online connection for families in the Calgary area to find all in-home care needs: nannies, baby-sitters, adult caregivers, housekeepers and pet sitters.
Dayhomesincalgary.com is a comprehensive web service that lists dayhomes, daycares, preschools and nannies in the Calgary Area.
PHILCAN PERSONNEL INC.
PhilCan Personnel Inc. provides nannies and caregivers on a live in or live out position, on permanent or temporary basis in Calgary and its outskirt city.
There’s also Kijiji. The online want ads has a long list of nannies looking for work in Calgary and an even longer list of families looking for help.
If none of those work, just bring your chequebook the next time you take your kids to the playground.