New national child care company offers service in Airdrie
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 10:23 am
According to the City of Airdrie website, Airdrie is known for its young population, with the majority of residents between ages 25 and 45. With a young population and the continual growth in population year after year, it is no surprise Airdrie is home to many children and preschoolers.
In any city with a young population, finding available child care can be an issue, but Airdronians now have a new option thanks to Kids and Company opening a new location in Airdrie.
The national child care company will open its doors to its first centre in Airdrie, located at 101 – 800 Yankee Valley Blvd. SW, by the end of July and can offer child care for up to 135 children from newborn to 12 years old.
“Our director for Calgary has been telling us for years Airdrie is the place to be for young families,” said Kids and Company CEO Victoria Sopik.
She added the nearly 10,000 square-foot facility in Airdrie already has several children for their Calgary locations registered to make the switch to Airdrie when it opens.
“Many of our clients have told us their employees are settling further from the big cities, so we wanted to provide our unique service design for working parents in communities such as Airdrie,” Sopik said.
Kids and Company is a corporate-sponsored child care company that works with partner corporations to develop child care options for the corporation’s employees.
The Airdrie location will be open to the general public and will offer child care that includes secure web cams for parents to view their child’s activities and prepared hot lunches for children made fresh from scratch. The company also offers educational programming for children in their care including pre-literacy and reading, arts, physical activity, science and exploration programs, music, French and sign language for infants.
“In addition to having guaranteed placement for our corporate partners, no late fees and longer operating hours, we believe our quality programming and trusted track record will give parents peace-of-mind, knowing that their children are in a safe and educational environment,” Sopik said.
The location will also provide before-and-after school care for children up to 12 years old and will have teachers walk with children to and from school.
Sopik said the company knows most parents in a household work and so they try to provide flexible care for all parents.
“Typically with traditional child care, you have to have a set day. With us you come in at the beginning of the month with your schedule and tell us what days you need for child care coverage,” she said, adding the flexibility is great for parents working rotating shifts.
The facility will also offer back-up care for parents with regular child care elsewhere that need just one day of coverage to accommodate that one-off circumstance where the regular babysitter is unavailable.
Kids and Company was founded in 2002 and operates more than 60 centres across Canada and the United States, including nine in Calgary.
Sopik said the facility in Airdrie will likely be open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate families commuting to Calgary.
“We are certainly grateful parents trust us and choose us,” she said. “We do everything we can to meet their needs.” For more information, visit kidsandcompany.com