Perpetue Nitunga - London French Day Care Centre
Tell us about yourself
I am a mom of 3 and a wife. I went to Institut “Superieur de Controle de Gestion in Burundi” for Business Administration, and Fanshawe College's ESL Program. Later, I enrolled in Crisis Intervention Program through Fanshawe Continuing Education. I was employed at former French-Canadian Association of Ontario (ACFO of London-Sarnia) as a coordinator of a program to help victims of war and hate crimes suffering from trauma. Then, I coordinated the Youth Entrepreneurship Program at ACFO of London-Sarnia.
Tell us about your business
London French Day Care Center has been operating since 2014. We are located at 1050 Kipps Lane. Our services are in French but we accept all children no matter the language they speak at home. We have two different age groups of toddlers (15 to 30 months) and pre-schoolers (31 to 60 months).
Since April 2021, London French Day Care expanded its services by creating a licensed Home Child Care Agency “LONDON FRENCH DAY CARE-HOME CHILD CARE AGENCY” which will be offering services in Southern of Ontario including London, St Thomas, Chatham-Kent, Windsor, Sarnia, Woodstock, Stratford, Kitchener, Hamilton & Niagara. This new Child Care Service offers flexible hours and more locations to families. Children will be learning in small groups in a family setting. It will allow us to offer services to more age groups, from 3 months to 13 years old. I believe this service will help us to serve more families.
Children who learn French will have more opportunities and a brighter future.
Has your business been impacted by COVID-19?
Our business was impacted with closure for a couple of months, more expenses and less revenue. We needed more staff to implement COVID-19 policies and reopened at half capacity due to physical distancing requirements. We needed more cleaning supplies, personal protection equipment (PPE) and new routines.
What services have you utilized at the London Small Business Centre and how have they helped?
London Small Business Centre has been very helpful for us as we have been participating in the different training sessions, including business plan writing, tax return, marketing, and a lot of other references.
What led you to start this business?
We decided to open up a Day Care Centre because of the lack of spots in French Day Care services. In fact, when I was working at ACFO of London-Sarnia, one of my tasks was to help New Comers to find a day care for their children; they had to apply and be on waiting list for months. It was hard for them because they had to go to school or to work, but this could happen only if they found a day care spot for their children. So, we opened up our day care center to help parents who need French Day Care Services.
What advice would you give to an aspiring Entrepreneur today?
Learn about the industry you are interested, commit to your idea and start! Get together with other entrepreneurs and learn from them.
What’s in the future for your business?
Continue to look for opportunities to provide trustworthy licensed child care solutions to families where they are, when they need it.