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24/7 Barrie daycare eases stress of parents commuting to Toronto

Cheryl Peyton is easing the stress of parents juggling childcare in Barrie by offering a 24-hour daycare service seven days a week.

Daycare serves over 700 families, a third of them commute to Toronto

Little Start Child Care centre in Barrie offers 24/7 service to clients. (LIttle Start Child Care/Facebook)

Cheryl Peyton knows a lot about children — and stress.

That's because she's easing the stress of hundreds of parents juggling childcare in Barrie by offering a 24-hour daycare service seven days a week.

"There is no such thing as traditional hours anymore. So, I knew that families needed that flexibility," said Peyton during a phone interview with Metro Morning host Matt Galloway Thursday morning.

Peyton opened Little Start Child Care just over a year ago with just five children.

She now serves more than 700 families and almost a third of them commute to Toronto.

Peyton says if those parents are running late to pick up their children after work, it's no problem, all she needs is a phone call.

"We all know how [Highway] 400 can be treacherous at times. My goal for families is to breathe, relax," said Peyton. "Worst case scenario your munchkin gets a hot meal and goes in the evening program."

Lots of staff is the key to making service run smoothly, according to Peyton.

She says her business works on a first-come, first-serve basis. Families register their child, pay only for the time they book, and the onus is on them to provide their schedules as soon as possible.  

Peyton said most of her clients are first-responders, such as paramedics, police officer, firefighters, nurses and doctors.

"Many families I've found are thrilled and so passionate about telling me how happy they are that they found me, that not only am I a licensed facility, but that we are so flexible and we can accommodate families," said Peyton.

"Many of those families just need that less stress on their life."

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