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    Gardiennes Coeur d'Or

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    OSEntreprendre Challenge

    Two young girls from the Saguenay region launched a babysitting enterprise, Gardiennes cœur d’or, for children aged 0 to 10. The goal of their project was to ensure the safety and well-being of the children in their care and establish a bond of trust with the children's parents.

    This enterprise offered the following services: babysitting at the children's home, as well as monitoring and entertaining children during major events. Its staff comprised the two owners/primary babysitters, two replacement sitters and another two sitters in more remote sectors. The founders recently ran a fundraising campaign for Opération Enfants Soleil. Locally, Gardiennes cœur d'or earned a solid reputation and built a loyal client base.

    Level of education

    Secondary Cycle One (Secondary I and II)

    Students involved

    2 Students

    Nature of the project

    Service

    Results observed

    This project enabled these two students to combine their interest in babysitting with that of managing a small enterprise. Through this venture, the pair developed their organizational skills by managing schedules and documents, and drew on their creativity in a myriad ways. They were proud to have created an enterprise whose services were widely sought after. Thanks to their fundraising campaign, the students presented Opération Enfants Soleil with a cheque for $1,370.

    Involvement and support

    The young girls' parents were actively involved in the project, which was also supported by Chrystelle Gauthier, youth entrepreneurial awareness officer.

    Major steps

    • Visual identity for the enterprise created
    • Planning meeting held and rates determined
    • Advertising campaign launched and client bank managed
    • Schedules established and babysitters recruited

    Project materials needed

    • Babysitting course
    • Computer (for website, e-mails and schedules)

    Connection with the Québec Education Program

    Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit is excellent for integrating skills from the Preschool and elementary education program and the Secondary education program.

    Broad Areas of Learning

    Subject Areas

    Intellectual competencies

    Methodological competencies

    Communication-Related competency

    Personal and social competency

    Positive influences on student retention

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