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 and gender-diverse people  to provide short-term, quality childcare and created employment opportunities for women and gender-diverse people 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 and gender-diverse people living in the inner city.

To request more information, contact:

Molly Dunbar, Employment & Childminding Coordinator
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone:
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 

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

Please get in touch with us for rates and availability.

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

To request more information, contact:

Molly Dunbar (she/her),Employment & Childminding Coordinator
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone:
204-774-8975 ext. 223

Taking Root Childminding Training is a training and work experience program for women and non-binary people who want to work in childcare. Participants complete 9 days of free training, then work as part-time childminders with our Happy Sprouts Childminding Services, providing safe, fun and interactive care for children whose parents/caregivers are attending programs at WCWRC or one of our hiring agencies. 

 

Training topics include: 

  • Childhood Development 
  • Childcare Values: Individual Attention, Language Learning, Always Learning 
  • Indigenous Teachings and History 
  • Inclusion and Diversity 
  • Positive Guidance 
  • Activity Planning and Emergent Curriculum 
  • Emergency First Aid & CPR 
  • Happy Sprouts Childminding Responsibilities and Expectations 

 

After the training, graduates will complete one year of work experience as Happy Sprouts Childminders, and receive ongoing mentorship and support, including help to apply for jobs and pursue other long-term employment and career goals. 

 

Space is limited! We are looking for folks who: 

  • Face barriers to employment 
  • Are hardworking and reliable 
  • Want to work in the childcare field 
  • Are unemployed 
  • Benchmark 4 and higher recommended 
  • Priority spaces available for EIA recipients 

Interested to apply? We encourage you to attend one of the information sessions prior to submitting your application. Information sessions will run at 640 Ellice Avenue on the following dates: 

  • Friday June 7th @ 10:00am-11:00am 
  • Friday June 14th @ 1:00pm-2:00pm 

 

Ready to apply? Click the link below to fill the application form before June 28th at 4:00pm. 

Here is the link to the Microsoft form/application: https://forms.office.com/r/JZscM7RKKV  

 

For more information, contact: 

Molly (she/her), Employment & Childminding Coordinator 
Phone: 204-774-8975 ext. 223 
Email:[email protected] 

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 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 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

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