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Spring is springing up out there. Time to clean out your closets, re-organize your schedule, and start getting ready for the warm weather. Our Spring Clothing Swap is happening on Sunday, Apr. 7 and you can get free admission if you bring your too-small stuff into Buddings before Apr. 5. 


Our policy changes are about to take effect, and thank you to everyone who has returned the consent form. Plus, the tax season is here, and the details for finding your childcare fees for 2012 are in the article below. 


We don't know how long this sunshine is going to last, but we'll be taking full advantage. Don't forget Buddings is closed for Good Friday (Mar. 29) and Easter Monday (Apr. 1). 


Have a wonderful weekend, and a very Hoppy Easter!


In this newsletter...

4-Day Weekend for Easter
New Policies - Effective Apr. 1, 2013
Spring Clothing Swap - Apr. 7, 2013
Childcare Tax Receipt Info
Open House Success
Buddings Business Spotlight
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4-Day Weekend for Easter!


It's been a while since we all had a break, and this weekend, celebrating an egg-laying bunny, the end of lent, and the great Christian miracle is going to take an extra day on each end. :)

In short, Buddings will be closed on Friday Mar. 29, and Monday Apr. 1, 2013. 

Don't forget, you can find all the holidays, special events, and weekly snacks on our Google Calendar

New Policies Come into Effect on April 1, 2013

By now, hopefully you've heard about a policy change that we're bringing into effect at the end of this month. We are essentially moving to a monthly membership model, wherein some action is required each month by the 1st in order to maintain your account.
We have also expanded our 6-Month Membership benefits, reduced monthly minimums, and eliminated roll-over fees for 4 or more hours. 
Thank you to everyone who took the time to ask questions and return their forms. Change is never easy, and it may take some getting used to, but it was necessary for us to make some adjustments, and we're eager to prove that it will all be for the best.

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to review the summary of the changes on our website and return a signed agreement by April 1, 2013. 

Spring Clothing Swap - April 7, 2013


Did you ever wish you could just collect the clothes from a kid one size bigger than yours each season as they out-grow them? So much cheaper than buying stuff that won't even fit at the end of the month... 
Come to the Buddings Spring Clothing Swap on Apr. 7, from 11am - 3pm and do just that!
We've been collecting cool kids clothing all winter and have a pretty big stock, and TONNES for infants. If you need onesies, this is the place to be!!
Admission is $10, and includes tickets for 10 items, door prizes, and treats for kids and adults. ;) Additional tickets are $1 each.
PLUS!! If you've got gently used kids clothing (0 - 5 yrs.), you can drop it off at Buddings (950 West Broadway) until Friday Apr. 5 to get free admission, and up to 10 "new" items. We'll sort and size everything, and make it ready for new homes.
The swap runs until 3pm, and anything left at the end of the day will be donated to the women and children's home in the Downtown Eastside. Hope to see you there!
Childcare Tax Receipts for 2012


For families who received care with Buddings in 2012, the paid invoices can be viewed and downloaded from the Dashboard of your Buddings Account. 
If your account is no longer active, or if you would prefer to have the totals and monthly fees summarized into a one-page document for simpler presentation, please contact us by April 1, 2013 to make the request. There will be a $50 fee for the service. 
Open House Success!
Thank you to everyone who visited our Open House on Mar. 17th. It was a beautiful day and we were so happy to meet so many new families, as well as to catch up with some of our past and present members. 

There was a lot of interest in our new BLOOM program for 3 - 5 year olds and the families were excited to hear that we had created a structured program that was still flexible. Each child attends at least twice a week, and families get an average of 4 additional hours per week to use however they like. Children who turn 3 by the end of the season are eligible, and we're also accepting applications for BLOOM's Fall Season, when we anticipate running all week to provide even more flexibility. 

Visit our website to find out more about the program, or to see what the kids got up to during the Winter Season.

Check out the Buddings Business Spotlight

This spring, we're launching our Buddings Business Spotlight where families can list their businesses and find other family-run services in a variety of industries. Self-employment among our members is high, and as long as you're looking for a computer tech or landscape design company, why not check to see if someone in our little daycare community can help you out?
The page is up and running, and we're keen to make additions through the summer!

To add your business, please send a note to Talia, that includes your industry designation, website, and if you have a jpg. of your logo handy, that would be helpful. 
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