Dear Daycare families, I have created a video to share with you upcoming changes for Little Lambs. I thank you all for taking the time to listen to me. xoxo Kristina
My Letter to you, I decided to make a video because my attempts at writing a letter don’t appropriately convey what I want to say. I also don’t have the courage to have this conversation out loud. Over Christmas Holidays David and I had a long conversation and I thought a lot about my families future. My children are turning 7 and 12 this year. Elizabeth potentially has 6 more years before she leaves home for college/university. With my children growing up so fast I need to put more effort into being their mom.
When I licensed Little Lambs as an agency it was a 5 year business plan. In five years I was going to establish, grow and commit to running as an agency. In five years I would close my home daycare and work full time on the agency.
This was an amazing plan. One that saw all my current littles completing their early years with me and going off to school. However Hastings County needed Little Lambs more than I ever imagined. We have grown exponentially and are barely 2 years old. New homes are being established across Hastings County creating very needed child care spaces. I feel honoured to be supporting over 100 families. We are offering affordable, accessible and developmentally appropriate care. We are the only agency supporting home daycare providers with continued learning opportunities that are specific to home daycare. We are the only agency with RECE home visitors who act as program tutors. The early years matter to me and I truly believe that what I am doing matters.
The negative?? I am working all the time. I go to meetings in the evenings and on weekends. I complete paperwork instead of spending time with my family. My children and my husband matter too and something needs to change. It is with incredible sadness, way too much guilt and intense anxiety that I make this choice. As of September 2019 I will no longer be running my own home daycare business. I love all my littles as though they were my own. I have invited both your children and yourselves into my home. For the past 7 years I have woken up every day ready to create, laugh, explore and learn with my littles. They bring immense joy to my life, even when they are cranky. I am going to miss running my own daycare but I am making a difference with Little Lambs. I can do so much more and help so many more families by fully committing my time to the agency.
I hope that you can forgive me for closing my doors. I will help you in every way I can to find alternate daycare options. I am closing in September but if you find alternate care and must leave sooner I understand. You will always be a part of my pseudo, if you ever need anything you know where I live. Thank you for letting me into your lives and allowing me to care for your children. My daycare will still be amazing and everything you’ve grown to love until my very last day.
Today I officially give notice to closing this chapter of my life. Even though it brings sadness turn the page, I look to the future and new possibilities. You and your children will be okay. I am still here and I still adore them, we just need to be open to reading the next chapter.