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Oct. 28, 2021

♪ ♬ This is Halloween! This is Halloween! ♫

When I was a child, The Nightmare Before Christmas was waaay too scary for me, but this generation of tricksters and treat-eaters are ready for anything!

This week, we've been dancing to spooky songs, cutting loose with spooky crafts, and making plans for our costume fashion show at 11:30am on Friday Oct. 29 - open to all! Get an extra use out of your costume, too! Join us! 
Rolling into November, we've mentioned a few times, that Buddings is celebrating a 10-year milestone, and there's a funny thing that happens when you hit it. Whether you're a business owner, artist, worker, or a parent - with 10 years of experience, you start to feel... confident. 

When our 2,000th family joined us earlier this year, and integrated smoothly and successfully, it occurred to us that Buddings teachers have valuable knowledge that we could share.

Every child is unique, and develops in their own way, but child development, as a science, progresses along a defined path, with some expected behaviours at each stage.

After 10 years, even extreme behaviours (and their causes) become familiar. With strategies that have worked thousands of times already, teachers and children can come to a resolution quickly. Most of the time. This season, we're publishing our Behaviour Guidance Strategies, breaking down the 4 main reasons that children get upset at daycare, AND the strategies we use to diffuse the situations. This week, we're talking about negotiation strategies!

Back in 2011, we made a 10-year plan, to introduce flexible childcare, open new locations, and develop our educational program. And we did! So it's time for an update, and we'd love to have your input! What will Buddings 2031 look like? Fill in the survey to find out where we're heading.

The darkness is encroaching and cooler weather is coming. This week, the teachers at Buddings are wishing everyone a safe and spooky Halloween!

What does the future hold?

Making a 10-year plan can feel like the distant future, but as the years tick by, the distance closes, and before you know... it's time to make a new one! 

The goals we had in 2011 - to introduce a flexible childcare options to Vancouver families - seemed audacious enough, but now they're old hat. What will Buddings 2031 look like?

Help us shape the future! 

Our feedback survey is completely anonymous, and we want to know what you hate about Buddings as well as what you like, and where we should go! 

The 10 questions will take less than 3 minutes to complete, and you may be surprised to hear some of the directions we're considering. The future is wide open... 

Want a sneak peek? Click here ;)

Guidance Strategies

As teachers, it's our job to tell kids the truth, and give them tools to help them cope when things don't go their way. Rules exist (for safety!), and while it would be easier if everyone just followed along, we can't force people to do anything. And we don't have to!

We want children to make good choices.

By setting limits, and providing options that lead to success, we step out of a power struggle, and earn children's cooperation, by putting them in charge! 

It takes practice, poise, and unconditional positive regard. Read all about it here.

2Loops Family Store is ready for fall!

As sweater weather approaches, and Halloween creeps closer, families can save money and recirculate clothing, with our online family store - 2loops! The initiative invites Vancouverites to drop off their too-small, and unneeded stuff for the next size up, and items you need and want! 

Just a couple of month since the launch, we're half-way to our 1000-item goal, and looking to spead the news! Click here to check out the store, and feel free to share it to any friends and families with growing kids! 

Have questions? Or ideas to help us grow? Want to volunteer? Contact our coordinator, Aïda, at

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