Childminding Services

Happy Sprouts Childminding Service began in 2007 as the Childminding Program of the West Central Women’s Resource Centre. Since then, we have trained over 200 women to provide short-term, quality childcare and created employment opportunities for women living in Winnipeg’s Inner City. The program currently offers part-time employment opportunities to 10-15 childminders, and occasional childcare for over 20 hiring agencies.

Happy Sprouts benefits community organizations, learning institutions and others by supplying reliable childminding services for workshops, programming, meetings and other gatherings. The availability of casual childcare assists local residents and families access services, programming and gatherings. 

Our Commitment

We are committed to providing high-quality casual childcare for organizations, businesses and daycares while creating employment and training opportunities for women living in the inner city.

To request more information, contact:

Wendy Kissick, Childminding Coordinator
204-774-8975 ext. 223

Why choose our childminders?

Our childminders provide safe, fun & interactive care for children. 

    • They’ve successfully completed our Taking Root training
    • Have an understanding of childhood development and play-based learning

    • Are First Aid/CPR Certified

    • Have Clear Criminal Record & Child Abuse Registry Checks

    • Provide fun, nurturing and supportive care

Community Agency Rate: $16 per hour (e.g. non-profits, daycares, charities etc.)
Corporate Rate: $25 per hour

Perfect for community gatherings, staff training, conferences, worship services, retreats & workshops. You can feel at ease knowing your child is in good hands. 

I like knowing that I have easy access to trained and vetted child care workers.

Hiring Agency, 2015

[The Childminders] are calm, caring and smiling women who we appreciate providing positive and healthy care to children in our centre. They are so welcoming to parents and children.

Hiring Agency, 2015

Training & Employment

Taking Root is a one-year work experience program for women who want to work in childcare. Participants complete 10 days of free training then work as part-time childminders with our Happy Sprouts Childminding Services.

Training Topics

  • Childhood development theory

  • The importance of play

  • Guiding techniques

  • Customer service

  • Inclusion

  • First Aid/CPR

  • Food Handler Certification

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Conflict resolution

The Program currently offers casual employment opportunities to an average of 30 childminders and provides safe, fun and interactive care for children for over 40 community agencies.

To request more information, contact:

Wendy Kissick, Childminding Coordinator
204-774-8975 ext. 223

Each year, 12 women are selected for our Taking Root Childminding Training.

Does this sound like you?

  • Hard working & reliable

  • Want to work towards getting a job in the childcare field

  • Available to work approximately 5-10 hours a week

  • Have flexible availability

  • Unemployed or Underemployed

  • Live in the Inner-City

We are currently not taking any applications for the Taking Root Program.

Please check back for the next intake.

I met many friends and I am understanding more. I am meeting Canadians and immigrants too. I ask questions when I don’t understand and people help me. It will help me get a job because it adds to my resume.

Childminder, 2015

I learn Canadian way how we work and deal with kids. How we playing with them and also I understand the children’s value.

Childminder, 2015

I feel comfortable, I get support when I need it and I am a staff at the Centre.That makes me feel I belong a good place in this community.

Childminder, 2015

Childcare Assistant Program

Our centre occasionally offers free Child Care Assistant (CCA) training.

Child Care Assistant (CCA) certification allows an individual to work in a licensed early learning and child care centre or nursery school without formal Early Childhood Educator training. CCAs must complete a 40-hour training requirement before being certified.

Click here for more on Manitoba’s Child Care Assistant and Early Childhood Educator Classification.

Lunch, snacks and childminding provided.

For more on our childminding service, click here.

If you’re interested in future CCA training, contact Melissa, Director of Programs.
Phone: 204-779-8975 ext. 211

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