Duty days are days spent at Dandelion by parents, as part of the caregiver team, alongside our ECE worker. Each family at Dandelion does duty days. The amount of days you do depends on the amount of days your child is in care. For example, if your child is in care 3 days/week, you are responsible for 3 duty days within a 5 week cycle.

Duty days responsibilities include:

  • cooking all meals/snacks for the day

  • cleaning up after the kids throughout the day and cleaning the space at the end of the day

  • supporting the ECE throughout the day

Duty kids have roles too! They get to press the button that opens the doors to go outside, they can help retrieve the elevator from other floors, and even serve their friends snacks / meals. Duty kids are the only kids allowed in the kitchen on any given day and take this special role very seriously (which includes colouring on the whiteboard!)


Duty Parent Meeting

Duty Parent meetings are every other month unless specifically requested. Duty parents will meet with staff to address concerns, discuss parenting strategies, and propose improvements to duty days as a way to strengthen the parent/staff relationship and collaboratively create the richest childcare environment possible for their children.

General Meeting

Once per month, parents meet to address the concerns required to keep the daycare up and running.



Each family is placed on a committee to help run Dandelion. Some committee examples are scheduling, finance, the new member committee (responding to emails asking about space at the daycare), or supplies (buying needed supplies for the space).

Joining Dandelion has been one of the best decisions we’ve made for our family. In addition to the ECEs helping us raise wonderful little humans, we’ve learned how to be better parents while creating a community that will be a part of our lives for years to come. The small child:caregiver ratio, part-time care, parental involvement, vegetarian food, plentiful outdoor time, and focus on social justice is a combination that’s just not found anywhere else in the city.
— Kerri-Lynn LaPointe