childcare Regina virtual tours

Virtual Tours of our Regina Daycare Centres

Curious about childcare at Hope’s Home?

Take a look at just how amazing our Early Learning & Childcare centres really are. Our centres follow the Reggio Emilia curriculum and our environments reflect that. We love open-ended activities and toys for our kiddos and setting up displays and learning activities that contribute to the Project Approach.

Each centre is designed to be completely inclusive for all children, regardless of any complex medical or developmental need they have.

Regina South Early Learning & Childcare Centre

Regina North Early Learning & Childcare Centre

 

If you have any questions regarding the daycare centre or want more information about availability, please contact your local centre:

Covid 19 vaccine

Getting our COVID-19 Vaccine

Covid-19 has not been a good time.

I’m sure everyone is exhausted, bored, stressed, and mad over yet another lockdown. This year has been tough on everyone, and for our staff it has meant isolated days spent in the house. Usually they are outside, spending time in the community, or attending events and activities. But since many of the kiddos are at a higher risk, they’ve had to be extra cautious with where they can go. So our staff had to get creative over the past year to try and find ways to still make the days fun and exciting. At times this has meant camping out in the backyard, taking up gardening, and scrolling through Pinterest for new craft ideas.

So it was a very exciting day that the mobile vaccine doc came to our Saskatoon home last week to vaccinate 28 of our staff!!

Covid Vaccine - health care workers

Vaccinated = Happier Days Ahead

Covid Vaccine - SaskatchewanThere was a very happy buzz at the house while everyone was getting vaccinated. We also had one of our kids get vaccinated as well!

Staff gathered on the front lawn in the sunshine and visited while distanced. Some had to bring their little ones and they took turns keeping an eye on them in their parents’ car when they went in for their shot. It was the first time the whole team had been together since last spring when we held an outdoor staff meeting 🙂🌞❤️

We know that there are brighter days ahead and we can’t wait for time when its finally safe to start enjoying our community again!!

 

frequently asked questions about hope's home

5 Frequently Asked Questions about Hope’s Home

Since Hope’s Home is the first medically integrated daycare in Canada, we often get a lot of questions.

We frequently get asked questions about our organization and exactly how it works. To makes things easier, we have compiled a list of 5 frequently asked questions so the answers are all in one place! Here we go:

1. How do we classify as a non-profit even though we charge daycare fees?

Developmental worker at Hope's Home

This is one of the number one questions we get asked! Although we charge daycare fees (which are competitive to every other childcare centre), they don’t begin to fully cover our costs. Since we provide integrated and inclusive childcare, this requires more staff than a typical daycare. On top of hiring Early Childhood Educators, we also hire Developmental Workers, Nurses, Physical Development Consultants, Administrative Staff, and Nutrition Specialists. Therefore, in order to cover costs, we need help from donors, partners, and the Government to fund our programs.

2. Is there a complex medical or developmental need that is beyond our staff’s scope of practice or capability?

We pride ourselves in having trained nursing staff on the floor at all times. However, most of the time, these children require additional special care. This question is decided upon on a case by case basis. Below are two examples:

  • If the child had a very complex condition that required direct one-on-one care, it would depend on if we can fund the proper staffing for him/her and get additional funding from the Ministry of Education.
  • If a child had a form of autism, we would do an assessment to see if our environment is a good match for him/her. Children with autism often find the daycare environment over-stimulating. This would be a situation where we would see if attending our Early Learning & Childcare centre was in the best interest of the child.

However, we do our absolute best to accommodate all children who want to attend our centres and we will go above and beyond to find the right way to acclimate your child to his/her new environment.

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3. Does my child have to have a complex medical or developmental need to attend the daycare centre?

Of course not! That’s what makes Hope’s Home so special – our integrated and inclusive daycare model. Children with complex medical or developmental needs get to interact, play, and have the same opportunities as typically developing children.

However, we often have a waitlist for our centres. And since there aren’t other childcare options for children with complex medical or developmental needs, they do have priority admission.

4. What if my child needs extra support?

If a child has a developmental need and requires a little extra love and support, Hope’s Home can help the family apply for an EA Grant (Enhanced Accessibility Grant). This is provided through the Ministry of Education that helps us fund an extra staff member, specifically for your child!

5. I’m interested in volunteering for your organization, where do I sign up?

Unfortunately, due to the complexity of some of our children and the specialized training our staff get to properly care for them, we don’t take volunteers to come directly volunteer with our children. However, there will be times when we need help and we will put a call out on social media for volunteers then. So make sure you’re following us on Instagram or Facebook so you don’t miss an opportunity! Some examples of volunteers we have needed in the past include:

  • Help cleaning up our backyard play area
  • Working a bbq or bottle drive to help raise funds
  • Painting/Renovations at our homes

 

Have more questions about Hope’s Home? Comment down below!

Hope's Home - voted best daycare

Consumer Choice Awards – Best Daycare Regina, Hope’s Home

We are so excited to announce that Hope’s Home Regina South has been selected as Best Daycare in Regina!

Consumer Choice Awards - Best Daycare Hope's Home Regina

The best part about the Consumer Choice Awards is that the recipients are nominated and voted on by YOU. All our lovely parents, donors, staff, volunteers, and supporters chose us. It makes all our hard work worth it, knowing that the community we serve believes in us, and our mission, vision, and values.

We are so proud of the work we are doing and we can’t wait to continue to provide these invaluable services to our community.

 

Thank you Regina! ❤️

Hope's Home COO Leaving

A Bittersweet Goodbye to our COO

Nicole Cook has been with Hope’s Home since the early days of the organization.

Nicole Cook

She’s watched it grow from the little home daycare in Jacque’s house, to seeing the organization expand across the province. For 14 years, Nicole proved to be an integral and irreplaceable team member as she guided Hope’s Home as our Chief Operating Officer.

It is a very sad day for us as we announce that Nicole’s last day with Hope’s Home will be January 15th as she has accepted her new role as the Associate CEO for Cowessess First Nations Chief Red Bear Children’s Lodge. It is the first Nation in Canada to assert its jurisdiction under the Bill-C92 Canada Act. Nicole will be part of the management team for the Chief Red Bear Children’s Lodge as a liaison between programs, operations, and overall development. After 14 years with Hope’s Home, Nicole is expanding her leadership skills and taking her extensive experience to continue to support and care for her number one passion – children.

Nicole came to Hope’s Home in October 2006 as a mom looking for childcare for her son Ethan. She then became an LPN in Hope’s Home and grew in various leadership roles until she became the Chief Operating Officer in 2013. Nicole has incredible vision and a knack for turning innovative ideas into reality. Her love for finding efficiencies has helped ensure the viability of a fast-growing non-profit organization, that strives to meet the never-ending needs and community demand with limited resources. She has provided oversight and leadership in the areas of finance, human resources to the day-to-day operations of nursing and early childhood education.

The 14-year journey at Hope’s Home has been filled with joy, heartache, perseverance, loss, laughter, tears, frustration, growth, challenges, and huge success! Well done Nicole for your contributions to the children, families, and staff of Hope’s Home.

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children. The warrior, for us, is the one who sacrifices him(her)self for the good of others. His(Her) task is to take care of the elderly, the defenceless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.” ~Sitting Bull.

Hope's Home COO Leaving

Hope’s Home will not be the same without Nicole, but we are so excited and proud of her for taking on this new endeavour and excited for what the future holds. We know she will join this new organization with so much spirit and strength, just as she did with Hope’s Home.

We love you so much.

Best wishes, and good luck,

Your entire Hope’s Home Family.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Merry Christmas Hope’s Home family!  
Tis the season for making magical memories with family and friends. It is a time to celebrate the joy, wonder and reflect on the challenges of 2020. What a year it has been! I am certain each one of us are looking forward to 2021 and hoping this new year will be different.
As we reflect, let us remember those that we have lost. My thoughts and prayers are with Kanye and Thomas’ families. It is very hard to lose someone you love. Especially when they are so young. May Christmas be a time of healing for each of you who carry the heartbreak of loving such precious souls. Be comforted in the fact you held the hands of angels and we are better people for it.
We are so blessed by the children of Hope’s Home and by the incredible caregivers that pour their heart and souls into the lives of others each day. Thank you so much for being the hands and voice of love and comfort for our future…our children.
I want to wish you a season filled with comfort, fun, happiness and magical moments with your loved ones. Hold each other tight and remember time is so precious. May 2021 be a year of hope and new beginnings!
God bless! Hugs and much love.
Jacqueline Tisher
CEO
Working from home - the new normal

5 Things We Enjoy about Working from Home

Like many other small organizations and businesses, working from home is the new normal, and it turns out there are many more benefits to it than we initially thought.

For the past 6 months, our Provincial Leadership team has been working from home as we navigated the pandemic. What started out as a temporary solution to a global problem, is now being brought forward as a permanent, cost saving model. Reduced overhead costs and increased productivity is just the beginning.

Figuring our logistics, like how to navigate technology; and combatting cons, such as miscommunication in email writing, posed quite the obstacle for our small non-profit. But by working together, and finding solutions through trial and error, we ended up finding that there were a lot of benefits that we enjoyed about working from home. Which made us completely change our perspective on the necessity of in-office at all.

Working from Home

Here is what we found:

  1. Working at your own pace. Whether it was staying on a schedule of 9-5, being an early bird and starting at 6:00 am, taking a 2 hour lunch break, or finding inspiration at 8:00 pm. We all work differently and are the most productive at varying hours. Why force yourself into a schedule that doesn’t work for you? Working from home has given us this freedom.
  2. We can do laundry during the day instead of at 9:00 pm at night. Who would’ve thought that something so minor would bring so much joy. Being able to switch your laundry throughout the day? Absolutely amazing.laundry from home-hopes home
  3. Brain breaks are a miracle. A morning filled with meetings? A tedious task that made your brain feel like jello? Go for a walk, pet your dog, make some tea. These all never seemed like a possibility before, but now that they are – we actually feel more productive!
  4. Even though we are still working 8 hour days, there is more time for family time. We can be there when our kids get home from school, make them breakfast, or spend lunch together.
  5. Our team feels more connected and in the know with other departments and colleagues than ever before. Even though it’s all virtual, our organization has made a bigger effort to stay up to date. Microsoft Teams and Sharepoint has made collaboration and meetings so efficient.

Overall, working from home has provided our staff with the ability to find that work-life balance everyone has been struggling with. It has increased everyone’s productivity because they are now working on their own terms and on their own time.

How has your company been handling working from home? Are you already back in the office or are you permanently going to a work from home solution? Or are you somewhere in the middle? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

WIN A 2020 POLARIS SIDE X SIDE

Hey Hope’s Homies,

Want to win a brand new 2020 Ranger XP 1000 EPS Crew Valued at: $22,311?? Of course you do. Check out the information below to buy your tickets today!!

 

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Covid-19, Resources You Can Use!

We are very blessed to work with an incredibly strong, talented and driven team at Hope’s Home. This team has been working tirelessly to provide provincial leadership for our organization and support our staff through the on-going changes the Covid-19 pandemic has made necessary. Hope’s Home is honoured to take a leading role in providing childcare to Essential Services families as mandated by the Saskatchewan government. With this, comes a lot of responsibility to continue to provide a clean and safe environment where all children can learn and play. We have put policies and procedures in place to ensure we can do this – and we want to share our hard work! Please browse through the below links to find downloadable files you can utilize, whether you are another childcare centre, or just a family who is now all at home needing to educate your children. Wishing you all the best in safety and health!

 

Posters:

Before Entering Our Building

Hand Washing Poster

STOP – Have you been Screened?

Isolation Room Poster

STAFF ONLY Washroom Poster

Stay Out of Kitchen Poster

Resources for your Children:

Social Story about Covid19

Web Links for Covid19 Info

How to talk about Illness to Children

Why is School Closing?

Swinging with the Stars Regina

The fundraising event of the year is back and better than ever – The 4th Annual Swinging with the Stars – presented by Knight Automotive – in support of Hope’s Home.

Once again we have taken 8 of the cities most influential people and partnered them up with professional dancers. After months of sweat, fundraising, and hard work, we gather together to watch them compete for the title of Regina’s favourite dance duo.

Last year we raised $280,000 for our organization and sold out at 1000 attendees. We can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year! So don’t wait – make sure you grab your tickets to the most fun fundraiser of the year!

DETAILS AND EVENT INFORMATION:
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When: May 2nd, 2020. Cocktails at 6:00 pm, appetizers to follow. Program starts at 7:00 pm

Where: International Trade Centre, Evraz Place. Regina, Saskatchewan

What should I wear: It’s a night out on the town! Dress in business casual or put on your best dress or suit.

Tickets: On Sale March 1st, 2020

Contact: kstewart@hopeshome.org for Sponsorship opportunities!