Working with families over a longer term helps foster stronger bonds, says daycare operator Suzanne Freeman. Freeman has owned and operated one of the longest running daycares in Dawson Creek since opening in 2008.
Freeman started as an unlicensed daycare in Kamloops, prior and when starting up in DC became licensed.
She took an interest in home care because it was an opportunity to stay home with her young daughter, Alix. “I never thought I would be doing it this long but I love it” Suzanne says when describing how well the career has worked with her personal lifestyle and provides an income at the same time.
Since her daughter is an only child (now 15) the environment has provided sibling type relationships she may not have had, and has never wanted her to shut down.
Freeman has worked with families long term from the time a child is 2 years old up to after school care at age 10, with their younger siblings creating a close family atmosphere.
“It’s a blessing I never expected and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Freeman gives some advice for someone thinking about opening a home daycare “full time kids are better because you develop relationships, and you have financial consistency. Don’t settle for part-time spots you will fill them.”