Our son, J, began going to Pitter Patter Day Home in January 2017. Right away, we were really pleased with Laurie and how she laid out expectations, and established routines with the children. Our son took to it very quickly and loved going to Pitter Patter from Day 1.
J’s days were filled with stories, games, songs, crafts, and nature. J loved that they went outside almost every day, and we loved that he came home happy, tired, and messy from a day of discovery and exploration. Even on the days when it was too cold to go outside, J was never bored as Laurie always had a plethora of ways to keep the children engaged while inside. Baking, planting, sharing, dancing, puddle-jumping, field trips, bus rides, puzzles, new foods, and books were just a few of the things that J experienced at Pitter Patter. Laurie always had wonderful themes for the children to learn about, like the ocean, colours, seasons, and international holidays.
My husband and I were a little nervous to send J at a day home at first. J is a spirited child and can sometimes be difficult to deal with. On those rough days, Laurie kept us informed of events and always welcomed J back in the morning with a “Today is a New Day” attitude. Laurie was great at sharing advice and strategies that have helped J’s behavior, both in and out of day home. J learned a lot about appropriate behavior and respect at Laurie’s house, sometimes he learned the hard way, but Laurie never gave up on him. We were so thankful that J had another adult in his life who was rooting for him as much as we were!
J learned how to love and respect nature, to share with others, to take risks, and to solve problems all from being at Pitter Patter Day Home. He will flourish in Kindergarten because of the great start he got at Pitter Patter. We consider ourselves extremely lucky that our paths crossed with Laurie and that, because of her, J had such a wonderful day home experience.
From a very happy Pitter Patter family.
We've tried to get a spot at Laurie's for our oldest daughter already but couldn't get in since she is always so busy....which tells you what great job she is doing. A lucky circumstance then got us in with our middle daughter and that for sure was the best thing to happen.
Our daughter spent three and a half years in Laurie's fantastic care and has now left off for kindergarten with incredible knowledge ;) and great social skills. All that based on Laurie's great organized routine and learning schedule.
We are very thankful for Laurie and her family being part of our lives....and continue to be ;)
I've seen a lot of places throughout the city while looking for a dayhome/ daycare and I can tell that Laurie's is by far the best place to see your child grow up in.
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“Our daughter has been at Pitter Patter Dayhome for almost 4 years now and we still say every week how lucky we are to have found such great childcare. We are amazed at the variety of themes, activities, learning, field trips and fun Laurie provides year round with her dayhome. We believe Laurie treats every child in her care like her own in a positive, safe and fun environment. Laurie has provided our daughter with positive life skills and discipline she will use as she moves on to kindergarden this fall and beyond. Also, Laurie’s educational program for the older children has prepared our daughter to be more than ready for kindergarden this year. Overall, Laurie and her family are loving, kind and genuine and we would recommend her dayhome to anyone as we believe it is the best dayhome in Edmonton. Lastly, our 19 month old son has also started at the dayhome this summer and in less than two months he has grown immensely.”
Jon/Marissa Z. – July 2013
My son has been at Pitter Patter Dayhome, for over 2 years. Laurie has a fantastic learning and play program. It’s like my son is in a pre kindergarten program. The children have lots of time for play, but also learn new things everyday through Laurie’s theme months and her structured daily activities.
In my experience, it is by far the best dayhome I have been at. I highly recommend the Pitter Patter Dayhome to anyone looking for excellent care for their child.
June 15, 2010
Laurie has been caring for my four-year-old son, for the past two years and it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Laurie’s home and family as we move away from Edmonton. I know that finding care for one’s young child can be stressful; however if you are lucky enough to have discovered Pitter Patter Dayhome and there is a spot open – my advice is grab it and consider yourself truly lucky.
Laurie’s website gives a great sense of the engaging and fun activities that she plans all year long - from raising butterflies, to a trip to the aviation museum, to walks to the library, to baking pretzels, to water fights in the back yard, to harvesting the garden. Our son comes home every day with long stories about what he and his friends have been up to. Laurie puts a lot of time into finding the right activities for the kids and then letting them lead the way. Her generosity towards these children is remarkable.
Yet, it is not these exciting activities that make Laurie’s dayhome stand out from any other childcare I have come across – rather it is Laurie’s dedication to providing a loving, safe, predictable and educational environment for the children. Laurie is one of those rare dayhome providers who has chosen to make caring for young children her career and her life’s work. She is passionate about what she does and puts energy and thought into being available to each of the children all day long. She and her husband Rob have made every inch of their home a welcoming and safe play zone; it took a surprisingly short time for our son to adopt this as his home-away-from-home.
I highly recommend Pitter Patter Dayhome to you and would be pleased to answer any questions you have about our experience there.
Mother of two
Administrative and Financial Manager
Department of Drama, University of Alberta