January New Business
Fernie Child Care Society, 1101 2nd Ave, 250-423-3313
It would seem three years, 7,400 volunteer hours, and overwhelming community support is all it takes to get a non-profit, charitable daycare up and running. The distinctive red and blue doors officially opened September 16, 2009. The facility is really two childcare centres: an infant/toddler centre with 12 spaces for kids 0 to 3 years, and an early childhood centre with 16 spaces for 3-5 year olds. Located just down from the trendy 901 Fernie, and directly between the two elementary schools the Child Care Society is hip, and hopping. And, while they cannot meet everyone's needs, they are trying to walk that line between providing quality programming at an affordable price, and paying their staff a living wage.
The Fernie Childcare Society is dedicated to providing a warm community for children and a supportive one for parents. As they get settled into the newly renovated space and expand their collection of superlative handheld, stimulating, and inspirational devices (the kids call them “toys” for short) they are hoping to reach farther afield, sponsoring book readings and workshops, and providing an after-school pick-up.
The centre is open 8am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. Call ahead to book a drop-in any time. Tuesday morning is a hike with Nature Bob. The Society is a registered charity and can provide tax receipts for any donations.
Grow Children’s and Maternity B-562 2nd Ave, 250-423-Grow
The grand opening of Grow Children’s and Maternity on 2nd Ave was on November 15, 2009. The store is very kid friendly with a huge play area and the coolest bathroom around, with a child size toilet and sink. They carry eco-friendly non-toxic toy brands like Plan toys, Green toys, Imagiplay, Hape, and Canadian made Sprig toys. There is also a huge selection of arts and crafts. If you’re looking for organic children's clothing, Grow carries the brands Milkshaxs (made in Canada), Zeespot and Kicky pants. With the line Glamour Mom offering nursing tops for mom, you will find a lot of great gifts. There is even a consignment section, accepting toys, baby equipment, maternity clothing and children’s outerwear.