It was a day of celebration in Binscarth April 6 with the grand opening of a new daycare in the town. Above, the staff and board of directors for Little Bloomer’s Learning Patch Inc. were all smiles for their group shot.
BINSCARTH — On April 6, the ribbon was snipped and the cake was cut at the grand opening of a new daycare centre in Binscarth.
Members of the community tour the new facility. (SUBMITTED)
Members of the community partake in the celebratory coffee, cake and goodies in the school gym. (SUBMITTED)
The ribbon gets snipped to mark the official opening. The Learning Patch actually began accepting children in February. (SUBMITTED)
"We started this project with the idea from Marcia Rowatt in the summer of 2009," said Shanda Arran, chairperson for Little Bloomer’s Learning Patch Inc.
"She got everyone together and created a board of directors that consisted of Zoe Talbot, Elizabeth Wollny, Erin Hamilton, Caroline Ireland, Leanne Tibbatts and myself. Later we were joined by Kristy Tibbatts, Tanya Reagh, Nichole Rozell, Alison Potter and our now director of the centre, Rayla Buss."
The centre has hired three staff — Cora Boucher, Amanda Roorda and Hanna Dreilick — to work along side Buss.
The past four years have consisted of monthly meetings, writing bylaws, policies, manuals, meeting every regulation Manitoba childcare has, doing surveys, fundraisers and drawing up floor plans for renovations.
Little Bloomer’s Learning Patch is now officially licensed and able to care for eight children from the ages of 12 weeks to 12 years. In the near future, the board is hoping tol hire an ECE II, enabling it to care for up to 12 children.
"With hard work and determination to get this centre open, we as a board came together with blood, sweat and tears," Arran said.
"And finally, after four years, we accomplished our goal and were able to officially open our doors and welcome children into our centre on Feb. 19."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 2, 2013