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Cubby Card Matching Game

January 15, 2018
Written by Talia

Welcome to Buddings! We’re glad you’ve arrived at our centre!

Take your coat off, settle in, and please enjoy this quick name-tag and labeling system training for what to do – with your stuff – when you arrive at Buddings:

Step 1: Choose a cubby with two blank, MATCHING cubby cards, and label both cards with child(ren)’s names. CLEARLY. (Markers are for parents and teachers.)

Step 2: Hang one card from a hook in the matching cubby, and leave outdoor wear, sleep accessories, and ALL FOOD (unless it should go in the fridge).

In summer, please apply sunscreen to your child. A dispenser of natural product is provided. We will reapply after 3 hrs.

Step 3: Bring fridge food in a LABELED container, plus LABELED bathroom kits (if any/all welcome), and a LABELED water bottle inside the gate, with your child – wearing shoes or slippers (label optional).

Step 4: Once inside, invite your child to pick a cubby for their things and hang the card from the hook to the left. A big hug at the gate, but there’s time for one more “goodbye!”

Let’s all meet at the window for a wave!

Upon your return: Collect everything from the cubby INCLUDING the cubby card. Sign out. Erase the cards and hang them back in the EMPTY cubby.

The “Left & Found” is on top of the cubbies, and provides major contribution to our semi-annual clothing swaps. Please visit our Events Calendar for upcoming dates. Or, follow us on Instagram and Facebook! 😉



What’s the Storybook??

January 12, 2018
Written by Talia

There’s been some development at 1438 Cedar Cottage Mews and our Facebook is all abuzz:

The location is slated to open in March, and if you’d like to stay in touch, sign up below:

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BKC Presents: Winter Wonder 2018

November 22, 2017
Written by Ehlssie

The days are shorter, colder, and darker; the smell of peppermint, hot cocoa and apple cider fill the air. From warm blankets to fuzzy socks… we know winter is here!

This winter, we are presenting a diverse, unique, and fun set of classes for our upcoming season! From literacy and science classes, to imaginative play and much more,  there are countless presentations and activities the teachers have in store for all of the Buddings Big Kids!









Jade Soon

Florence Tsai

Sarah MacDonald

Ehlssie Tecson

Kezia Antholyka

Ayumi and Tomomi

Every afternoon, from December until February, our teachers strive to solve winter’s wonders as we present an educational program of play and learning. We will cover important developmental skills essential for overall success, such as turn taking, raising up their hand with questions,  and sharing attention of teachers! Of course, peer interaction through sharing and team work will enhance overall social development. Big Kid Preschoolers, and those toddlers who don’t sleep in the afternoons, are in for a treat!

Weekday classes run from 1 – 4pm, with many fieldtrips happening at least once a week, from 1-5pm. Saturday-care is flexible, from 10am – 1pm.

Check out the program:

Mondays with Jade: Yoga Around the World
Join us for some exercise and animal explorations around the world with our teacher Jade!

Tuesdays with Florence: Wide Awake – The Magic of Winter Characters
Join us for some imaginative play with teacher Florence as we learn all about the the Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, and many other winter friends that are awake during the cold winter season!

Wednesdays with Sarah: Water, Water, Everywhere!
This season, Sarah and her scientist friends will strive to solve the wonders of earth’s most precious resource: water!

Thursdays with Ehlssie: Goodnight, Dr. Seuss!
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive that is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss. Let’s enhance our literacy and learn countless life lessons by diving into Dr. Seuss’ best books! From environmentalism in ‘The Lorax’ to equality in ‘The Sneetches’ you are surely in for a treat!

Fridays with Kezia: Winter (High)lights
It is through darkness that we can see light; this is what Kezia’s class is all about! From shadow puppets, flashlights, stargazing, light shows, and light decorations, there are so many winter lights to explore!

Saturdays with Ayumi and Tomomi: Explore Japan
This class is all about Japan! Let’s learn from traditional Japanese books and educational crafts. From origami to puppet theatre, this class will surely enhance fine motor skills and overall development!


#BKCWinterWonder runs from Dec. 2, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018.

Hi, Lovely Buddies!

November 1, 2017
Written by Ayumi Kato

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Buddings Fall Swap ’17 – Oct. 22, from 11am – 1pm

October 3, 2017
Written by Talia

It’s the autumn edition of our semi-annual kids’ clothing swap, and you, and your family, and all your friends are invited!

Buddings knows how kids grow… up! And fast!

So before the winter whites, and blues, and all the other colours start to pile up, clear up some space, so you can swap up some styles for the new season.

Everything is just $1/item!

~ PLUS ~

You get your first 10 items FREE if you bring a bag or box (or more!) to Buddings Daycare by Friday, Oct. 20. We’ll sort it out and size it up, so when the doors open at 11am on Sunday Oct. 22, everything is ready to go!

Show off your daycare!

If you’ve been talking us up, get ready for a reward! Buddings members who bring a new family to the swap will get 3 FREE hours to use in November – our thanks for helping them save money, save clothes, and meet Buddings.

There’s a photo contest (details coming soon), a sweet daycare centre, and racks and stacks of cute kids clothes waiting for loving new homes.

Get sorting (here’s a how-to), bring the bags to Buddings, and join us at 11am on Oct. 22 for a swapping event that keeps you warm all winter long!

Want to know what we’re accepting? Follow us on Instagram!

Our teachers are trying their styling, with a fun photo thread of new clothes for new homes 🙂

All items at the end of the day will be donated to a charity supporting kids and families.

Put a handle on that closet

September 12, 2017
Written by Talia

It takes courage to get organized, and while the reward is worth it, the road can seem long. To make the most of our kids’ toy and clothing swap on Oct. 22, take it step by step.

Step 1: Take a nice big breath! This will take longer than you think.

Step 2: Don’t mind the mess. Pull it all out and make three piles: 1. Stuff you can get rid of, and don’t care where it goes; 2. Stuff that doesn’t fit, but is so cute/sentimental, etc. to toss; and 3. Stuff that fits, to keep.

Step 3: Reap the rewards! Replace the Stuff to Keep Pile neatly on your newly empty shelves and hangers. Bag the Stuff to Get Rid of Pile and leave it near the door to bring to Buddings by Oct. 20 for FREE admission to the swap on Sunday Oct. 22.

Step 4: Put the Sentimental Stuff in storage. While you’re there, have a look: Is there a bag back there from last year? Don’t open it! Just put it by the door. If you haven’t used it yet, you never will. Bring it to the swap.

Step 5: Circle the calendar. On Oct. 22, the doors open at 11am, and the best stuff goes quickly. We’ll have coffee. See you there!


BKC Presents: All Fall Down 2017

September 3, 2017
Written by Ehlssie

This Autumn, lets get ready to “All Fall Down!” into the next Big Kids Club Season. Get ready for three months of educational fun and adventures, as the Big Kids Club spends the afternoons engaging in circle time, arts and crafts, baking, singing, exploring the woods, and much more!










Florence Tsai

Sarah MacDonald

Ehlssie Tecson

Talia Erickson

Kezia Antholyka

Every afternoon, from September until November, our teachers present an educational program of play and learning; all about social engagement, and of course, getting outside. We will have field trips to forests, parks, libraries, and farms while studying important aspects such as nutrition, storytelling, animals, and physics! Big Kid Preschoolers, and those toddlers who don’t sleep in the afternoons, are in for a treat!

Weekday classes run from 1 – 4pm, with many fieldtrips happening at least once a week, from 1-5pm. Saturday-care is flexible, from 10am – 4pm.

Check out the program:

Yoga with Jade

Get ready for Monday breathing techniques, stretches and exercises; Jade comes back to Buddings as our BKC yoga teacher! Join the fun on Mondays, from 1-4 pm!

Florence Tsai: Autumn Harvest

Florence continues to bring her joy of cooking, and degree in nutrition, to our fall program! She will have a weekly cooking class about autumn harvests, with occasional field trips to the UBC farm! Tuesdays from 1 – 4pm.

Sarah Macdonald: Enchanted Forest

This fall, Sarah will continue to lead the kids on an enchanted walk into the forest, under the shade of the West Coast canopy. Wednesdays, from 1-4 pm with bi-weekly field trips happening 1-5 pm.

Ehlssie Tecson: Cultural Fairytales

We all know the tale of Little Red Riding Hood or the story of Cinderella, but every Thursday from 1-4 pm, we will go beyond that as we explore stories and fairytales from different parts of the world!

Talia Erickson: G-Force Physics Class

Get ready to take in info about the physical world, and to learn how these forces shape our experience. Fridays from 1 – 4pm, it’s all about physics with Talia.

Kezia Antholyka: Astronomy

This season, we leave our newest BKC teacher Kezia, to shoot for the stars as she explores the topic of astronomy! Join her on Saturdays from 10-4 pm.

#BKCAllFallDown runs from Sept 5 – Nov. 31, 2017.

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