Hello guys,


In my previous post, I mentioned that we were considering enrolling our son in the Preschool Club at our local recreation centre. Well, we took the plunge and started on Tuesday! We enrolled in the 3-month unlimited playschool activities program. This gives us access to unlimited playschool activities/classes for 3 months, as well as the daycare which runs from 9.00am to 11.30am.


He absolutely enjoyed his first day there. He did some swimming pool play time, gym and tumbling and stories. I also dropped him off at the daycare for 30 minutes to see how he would fare. Again, he had so much fun. One of the daycare workers commented that he was “quite chatty!” Lol. He was really excited to be out and interacting with kids his age.


Anyway, we are back here again today for our second day. Each of the preschool activities is 30 minutes long. So, I get 30-minute breaks to work and relax at the community centre. If I want a longer break, I could drop him off at the daycare (in the same building), like I just did from 10.30am to 11.30am.


Parents and/or caregivers are required to stay on the premises though as it is an unlicensed daycare. So far, so good. We will definitely come here for as long as we live in the area.


We have a 30-minute break till his next activity, which he is killing by playing in the general area while I work on this blog post. Then, it will be off to play with clay for him, and I get a further 30 minutes to work.


Our plan is to do 2 days of preschool activities a week, while still continuing with our homeschool curriculum. We will see how it goes, but we expect this to be fine. Since a lot of the playschool activities involve arts and crafts, science and play, we can focus on Math, reading and writing at home. At least, that is the plan for now.


In terms of my routine, the only change will be to Tuesdays and Thursdays when I can start “work” earlier in the day, once I drop him off at preschool. I will update that post soon to reflect this change.


Update: We got our PR cards on October 30!!! Excited much! It took exactly 2 months from the day we landed. A number of people told us to take new passport photographs as soon as we landed in Canada. This is because some people had been asked by IRCC to resubmit their passport photographs which had then caused delays in receiving their PR cards.


My understanding is that IRCC is sometimes unable to transfer the passport photographs submitted earlier (with the PR application) on to the PR card due to poor picture quality. So to avoid this, most people just retake their passport photographs and mail them to IRCC once they land.


I must admit, I was quite worried about this, especially as we had decided not to retake our pictures but wait for IRCC to send us some communication in this regard. Thank God, ours were deemed okay.


That’s all for now guys. Thank you for all your comments and for stopping by.


Till next time,


Mrs. O


  1. Kudos Mrs O. I was worried about how the kids would cope with new environment and then, I would have to now put them in Creche/day care. Good to know your son is enjoying himself.

    1. Oh yes, he’s having a blast! Kids are easy, they make friends so easily, unlike adults. Lol! Your kids will be fine too. In fact, just wait and watch their accents change in a flash! Hehehehehe:)

      Have you now submitted your application?

      1. I haven’t o. POF will be ready by month end. So for now am just making sure that all docs are scanned , merged and compressed. Should submit by 1st week in Dec

  2. Glad to see you guys are settling in well.

    I’ll be coming over with 3 kids, my last will be 2 years old and I wonder how I’ll juggle a job and parenting.
    I guess I’ll definitely find my way around it.

    Hoping to move before March.

  3. Pls what advice do you have for a Mother of 4 (all are 6yrs and under). My will be visiting. landing in April 2018

    1. Hi Frances,

      Hmmm…..God is your strength! Lol! To be honest, it depends on the ages of your kids. If you have at least 2 who are 4 years old then it should be a bit less difficult. Kids here go to school from about 8.30 am to 3:30 pm, so you will have some time to spend looking after the others that are not of school age. Do you know where you are staying already? It may be useful if your spouse lands with you and helps you while you settle down and in those first few weeks till you find your rhythm.

      Will you be staying with or close to family or friends? They could help out with taking you to the grocery store and shopping for necessities. Finally, it will be very important to develop and maintain a solid routine, I would say.

      All the best!

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