Gillian Mathais and Sheriene Milad have been proud owners of Tiny Hoppers since November of 2015. Their years of hard work have finally paid off with their two recent Readers Choice awards for best Daycare and Nursery school. The partnership between the two had been an adventure of many hardships as any first time business owner. "This is something that is very near and dear to our hearts" Mathias says.
Gillian and Sheriene celebrating at a mothers day event
Their story started when Milad; a childcare worker for 25 years, had an idea that she wanted to open up her own daycare. She soon fell into a partnership with her friend and co-worker Gillian Mathias, and grew a daycare from the ground up. In the beginning they had their doubts that the business would even take off, since it had been a few months without having anyone enrolled. "It was chriatmas time and nobody was worried about daycare, so it was very quiet and no body was ringing bells, there was nothing." said Milad. But finally, "We started in January with 5 kids and then it kept growing until the summer when we had about 15. By the end of summer we had 37 per day, and now were full!"