New Home Childcare service “Les P’tits Rêveurs” in Uashat
Her academic background
In 2015, she completed her secondary education at the Centre de développement de la formation et de la main-d’œuvre Huron-wendat (CDFM). These were great years of accomplishment for Shania, as she also received an academic medal from the Governor General of Canada. She then decided to start a degree in animal health at La Pocatière in 2015. However, she had to put an end to such plans quickly despite herself after learning that she was pregnant with her first child a week before her classes were set to start. As the training was largely focused on caring for animals, which sometimes carry serious illnesses, she had to protect her baby and set that project aside for a while.
Given this change in direction, she decided to take a sabbatical year. This was the perfect opportunity to question her future career. After reflection, in September 2016, she decided to enroll in a diploma of vocation studies program in accounting at the CDFM. During her studies, she had to care for her daughter who was four months old at the time. The Orak childcare centre in Wendake welcomed her baby so that Shania could attend classes. “It wasn’t easy, we were faced with financial difficulties on a few occasions, and fatigue was also a factor with the baby, but I passed this course with flying colours”, she tells us. In September 2017, with her diploma in hand, she moved to Sept-Îles to do her internship and work in this field until December 2021.
In August 2021, she lost her childcare space for her son Kinaï in a context where the demand for daycare places is extremely high. With the agreement of her superiors, she therefore found herself having to telecommute until she could find a place for her son. Four months later in December 2021, the Holiday Season break was just around the corner and Shania still hadn’t found a place for her son despite hundreds of calls each week, internet searches and efforts through social media. After a discussion with her superiors, it was subtly made clear to her that they preferred having someone who could work in the office since communication and transferring documents were problematic. Following this meeting, Shania discussed the situation with her husband and, for the good of her son and her family but also to help other families in the same situation, she decided to open a home childcare service.
On December 29, 2021, she submitted her resignation and applied for employment insurance thinking that she might be entitled to it since the reason for her departure was beyond her control. Unfortunately, Shania did not get the desired response. She was not entitled to receive benefits since she was not available for work due to a lack of access to childcare services. Feeling a little discouraged, she took the little money she had left to pay for her training and start her business as quickly as possible. In her business start-up process, Shania followed the start-up guide on the website of the Ministère de la Famille. In addition, she applied for financial assistance from the FNQLEDC. Laury Tétaut Malek, Entrepreneurship Officer for the FNQLEDC, helped her to develop her business plan as well as with her request for financial assistance. She also applied for a grant from the Sept-Rivières RCM, for which she is still awaiting confirmation of approval.
Despite all the pitfalls encountered, she officially opened her childcare service on April 4, 2022. Shania is proud not only to be able to raise her son herself, but also to be able to help other families who are going through the same problems she experienced. Her childcare service is called “Les P’tits Rêveurs” (the little dreamers). She can accommodate up to six children, including her own, since they are under the age of nine. She is currently helping four families get their finances back to normal by being able to return to work. “The first day went really well, so much so that most of the children didn’t want to go home.” For the next two years, Shania’s childcare service will be full! We can say that her career choice turned out to be the right one, as if the stars were aligned for her.
Her home childcare service is located at 9 Pien-Pashau street in Uashat, Quebec. It offers educational programs to foster the development of the different senses, basic Innu language lessons, storytelling sessions told by different Disney characters or princesses who come to visit the children each month as well as animal therapy sessions and other programs will be added soon.
The valuable advice that Shania would like to convey to future entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business would be to go for it, regardless of the challenges they will face during their journey, as these are only obstacles to be overcome and it is important to not get discouraged! Effort and perseverance always end up paying off.
In closing, we would like to congratulate Shania for all her sustained efforts during the process that led to the realization of her entrepreneurial project. Her childcare service will be beneficial to the entire community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam and the surrounding area.
Shania can be reached via her Facebook page.
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