About Growing Daycares Consulting
Growing Daycares is a software and services company supporting childcare operators with web-based tools and training, and offering administrative software.
Talia Erickson, Daycare Owner/Managing Director
My company, Budding Children’s Garden & Daycare, opened in 2011, with one staff, no kids, and a web-based booking system to sell hours of licensed childcare that parents schedule online, with as little as one hour’s notice.
It was unique, and a little risky, but I felt positive that people would love the flexible hourly system, where they only had to pay for what they used.
I imagined self-employed contractors (since I was self-employed), but I didn’t think of realtors, actors, hair stylists, medical, emergency services, or film industry professionals until they started coming through the doors.
Flexibility works for everyone!
In 2019, our website lets Buddings offer flexible daycare, and we use Google Drive to store and share company documents. I track income and expenses with Wave Accounting, and keep in touch with MailChimp. Insta, obvs…
And my customers do, too!
Learning new technologies is intimidating, and not all childcare professionals like computers. I get it! But the modern world demands modern daycare, so Growing Daycares is a place to learn. Plus, the tools are user-friendly, and help is available. Just say “Okay, google”
Childcare 2019: The future is friendly!
This shift towards publicly funded childcare in BC comes after decades of shortages, and families needs (especially women’s) have already evolved. This is the time to make an update!
Technology in our lives has changed our need to be in one place, and flexibility serves everyone. The premier recognized it in his platform, and I’m excited to play a part in shaping the future.
The Growing Daycares Blog is where I post what I learn about childcare and business strategies, including technology, or you can contact me about consulting.
Software… one day…
Vincent Ting, Software Developer/Director of Technology
The website families use to book time at Buddings was built by Developer/Designer team Think Concepts, in partnership with Vincent, a back-end developer based in Vancouver, who is not much for pictures.
Having taken the project as an opportunity to work with friends on an interesting problem, he maintained a curiosity in the social issues around childcare, and realized (finally) that the admin system he’d helped to design could be extended to become a tool that modernizes the industry.
In 2017, we incorporated the company around that idea and Vincent has been overseeing developers, and making the architectural decisions for our daycare platform – to be released in 2019.
He does not manage (or read?) our wordpress site, any of the content, or our social media channels. He’s more of the security and network website-type.
Growing Daycares Consulting is a Software and Services company, using technology to make daycare flexible, manageable, and efficient.
2018 was a quiet year on both fronts, but it’s almost over. We look forward to sharing the journey with you.
~ Talia (& Vincent)