Tiny Hoppers makes international leap

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Ottawa-based Tiny Hoppers Daycare is taking its brand of early childhood education around the world with licensed franchises set to open in Alberta, the Middle East and potentially India.

Brigida Aversa and Theresa Bertuzzi

Brigida Aversa and Theresa Bertuzzi, founders of Tiny Hoppers Daycare and recipients of OBJ’s Forty Under 40 in 2012, say they are pleased with the universal interest in their programs.

“Children are fully engaged in our programming because they are having fun and teachers enjoy our lesson plans because everything is done for them, leaving them time to focus on the individual needs of the children in their programs,” Ms. Bertuzzi said in a statement.

The company has entered into a master franchise agreement with Aldin and Chantal Thomas, owners of the Tiny Hoppers school in Findlay Creek, which will allow new locations to open across Alberta.

Tiny Hoppers is also set to open its first international school on April 3 in the Middle East. The school, located in Saudi Arabia, will provide the franchisees with access to a hands-on, detailed curriculum that is customized for each age group from infants to kindergarteners. With an eye on further international expansion, Tiny Hoppers has also met with one of the largest private school companies in India.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to bring our classrooms and curriculum to families across Canada and the world,” Ms. Aversa said in a statement. “We are so proud of the success that our programs have had in preparing children for the school system. We have designed a way to teach young children math, language, science and social studies through play, hands-on activities and music and movement programs.”

Tiny Hoppers’ model involves educating franchisees in their standardized practices to help spread their brand of education effectively. They provide a dedicated five-day training course at their corporate office in Ottawa. Training includes marketing and business planning, explanations of the forums and software available to franchises, and details on how to run their classrooms.

Mr. and Ms. Thomas said they plan to translate their success at the Findlay Creek location into new opportunities in Alberta, adding the support they get gives them the confidence to do so.

“It is comforting to know that we are surrounded by a reputable and fast growing company that is looking out for our best interest,” they said in a statement. “We will most definitely continue to grow with this company.”

Organizations: Aldin and Chantal Thomas, Tiny Hoppers school

Geographic location: Alberta, Middle East, Saudi Arabia India Canada Ottawa

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