the owner, operator and sole proprietor
of French Connections in Port Alberni, BC..
There are two main parts to my business.
One is I run a licensed family daycare.
I offer before and after school care for
children in grades one through seven, who
are fluent in French. All services are done
entirely in French. And the second half
of my business is providing learning opportunities
for preschoolers, also in French.
who sign up their children with me will
definitely see the benefits that I can provide.
I offer so much more personal attention
for each child. I have a much lower child
to caregiver ratio than a daycare centre.
I’m only allowed to have 7 children
with me in a day, and that includes my own.
All services in here are done entirely in
French: I don’t speak any English
with the children.
75 million people speak French as their
trying to meet parents primarily at the
schools when I’m dropping off children.
I’ve sent flyers home with the students
at the school itself, I have posters up
at the school, I’ve been giving out
my business cards, I have advertisements
in the paper, but I think primarily my business
will come down to word of mouth.
who learn more than one language will also
learn other topics faster.
was able to meet all of my start up costs
by dipping into my savings and basically
just spending all my money to get it going.
So I was lucky that way, I’m not starting
off with a debt to anyone else with my business.
Canada has guidelines about how family daycares
can claim for income tax purposes. So expenses
that are shared between my business and
the home, I can use it on a pro-rated deal.
So if I say 8 hours a day is for business,
I can take 8 hours a day of my electric
and gas and claim it as a business expense
on my tax return.”