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Goodbye and Thanks to Mothercraft
Today marked the end of a stage in our lives as a family.
It was my youngest daughter’s last day in daycare. Next week she will start school in Junior Kindergarten.
We have been taking our kids to Mothercraft Ottawa for eight years. We first found them because we were looking for part-time daycare space after we moved back to Ottawa from Toronto. At the time, Mothercraft was the only place we could find that offered this option and we lived fairly close by.
We started out using their respite program where we could just call them and see if there was space available that day or that week. They would let us know if they had a few hours available or a few days and we would take what we needed. This was a great option when I went back to work after my parental leave so that my partner could get some kid-free time to run errands, go to appointments or plan classes that she was teaching.
Finding Part-Time Care
We don’t have any family in the city and at that time we were still re-establishing ourselves in the city and didn’t have anyone that we could call on to look after our kids during the day. It was such a valuable option for us. I don’t really remember how long we were using the respite program before we signed our oldest (now almost 11) up for the part-time program. Once we did, she was going 2-3 days per week. She got to play with other kids her age and my partner and or I got time with our now nine year old.
A Family Relationship
Since then all three of our kids have gone through mothercraft until they started school and our oldest even kept going on Fridays for her first year of JK. We weren’t ready to move her on to school fully. She loved going and wasn’t ready to leave her friends behind.
In addition to our kids all benefiting from the programming and awesome staff, my partner has also taught music to the kids attending Mothercraft. So we have a pretty strong connection to the place. We kept taking our kids there even though we now live on the other side of the city and it has meant 1-2 hrs driving kids there and back twice a week. It was always worth it.
Today, my partner and I took our oldest two Mothercraft alumni to pick up the last member of our family to graduate from their program. It is a strange thing to leave a place that has played such an important role for our kids and family.
Next week we move on to the next stage in our lives where all of our kids are in school all day.