Our Kids & Company Livingston centre is located in downtown Calgary, across from the Eau Claire market. We have 5 classrooms and can accommodate up to 56 children. We have a great outdoor playground, in addition to a garden and courtyard where we play, learn and laugh. We’re surrounded by beautiful trees and are only a short walk from the park. Sunshine and nature never feel very far away even when we are indoors as our centre is filled with large windows, creating a cheerful and warm atmosphere in our classrooms! We know children who sing, dance and explore music regularly perform better in academic settings and tend to have higher self-esteem and social skills. That’s why we believe in introducing it at an early age and run a daily music program that involves interactive songs, rhythmic expression, games and movement.
At this centre, we are also affiliated with Together with Heather Music. Heather and her musicians join us each week – on rotating days so our part-time children see them – bringing along age-appropriate tools like shakers, rattles, ukuleles and more. With a background in musical therapy and a successful career in creating children’s albums, this partner complements our music program perfectly. https://rattleandstrum.com/together-with-heather-music.
My name is Mimi Blanchard and I am the Director at the Kids & Company Livingston centre. I hold a Bachelor of Secondary Education and a Masters in Religious Education and have been working in child care for over 5 years. I was very excited to join the Kids & Company team in 2012 because of the strong reputation, family-focused culture and support from an established team. I am married to a great and patient man. We have a 4 legged daughter and her name is Lucy, a mixed poodle and Shih Tzu that means lots of running and cuddling around the house. I have 3 loving step children who are all adults now and from one of them, I have a happy grandson and a granddaughter on the way! I always look forward to spring and summer where I can garden and water the lawn while waiting for my sunflowers to bloom. My new hobby is creating some rustic decorations for my living room and kitchen. Zumba and Netflix balance out the rest of my spare time! The things I love about the Livingston centre are the wide smiles of the staff as they come in the morning with good mornings and how are yous exchanged! It brings happy energy that is continuous to the parents and children. We focus on high-quality care, having fun and working together to create a great learning environment. Being in the heart of downtown means convenience for our parents who work nearby, and we have several who manage to come by on lunch breaks to be with us. Now that you know a bit about me, I would love to meet you and your family! Join us for a visit so you can see for yourself how Kids & Company can provide the right care and education for your child.
At Kids & Company, we work with your family to ensure that the transition is a smooth one. Before your child’s first day, we’ll provide information on what to expect. We’ll create an integration schedule that is right for your child and every day that your child is in the classroom, you’ll receive a daily report that lets you know how your child’s day was. You’ll also be able to see him or her on our in classroom web cameras. The Centre Director will even send you an email before the end of the day if your child has a special “wow” moment that day.
Toddlers learn best in the context of relationships within small groups. There are fewer distractions and children’s activities are more focused. In Kids & Company toddler classrooms, our small groups allow very young children to make connections, form caring relationships, and learn to understand other children.
All two-year-olds examine everything they see, hear, feel and observe in an attempt to make sense of the world around them. In our preschool programs, Kids & Company teachers interact, observe and interpret the interests of preschool students to encourage further discoveries by planning activities and investigations that expand your child’s learning.
Kids & Company runs comprehensive kindergarten programs designed for children who are 4 or 5 years old (junior and senior kindergarten age) to prepare them for Grade 1. Using emergent curriculum techniques to adapt to the children’s’ interests and skills, we set a foundation of early literacy, numeracy, artistry, and the construction of relationships and ideas. Kindergarten programs are integrated into full-time child care to provide convenience and continuity.