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Surrey parents to benefit from new child care spaces

Surrey parents to benefit from new child care spaces

March 4, 2021 at 10:08 am  BC, News, Politics

Learn more about the new child care spaces that are on the way for families in Surrey.

Junior Einstein’s Academy
Renovations to expand the current Junior Einstein’s Academy added 30 licensed spaces, which opened in January 2021. This includes 15 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten, five preschool spaces and 10 spaces for school-age children. The centre delivers inclusive child care with services offered in Hindi, Bengali, Tagalog and Mandarin. Children will have the opportunity to go on field trips to the Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Squamish Lil’wat Centre and Cheryl’s Trading Post.

Khalsa Childcare Centre
Renovations to two classrooms in the Khalsa School will create 26 new licensed spaces – 10 infant/toddler spaces and 16 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. Children with support needs will benefit from early childhood educators with specialized training. The child care spaces are expected to be complete in April 2021.

Kings & Queens Childcare Centre
Located in the heart of downtown Surrey, the new Kings & Queens Childcare Centre will add 36 licensed spaces – 12 infant/toddler spaces and 24 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. To help engage with families in the community, the centre will host monthly gatherings for mothers who are new arrivals to Canada to help them meet, connect and support their families’ settlement in Surrey. Kings & Queens is expected to open in May 2021.

Playbox Learning Centre
Renovations to a 279 square-metre commercial space will house the Playbox Learning Centre’s 44 new licensed child care spaces – including 24 infant/toddler spaces and 20 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten – along with Academy Volleyball, which will offer year-round programming for youth. The new child care spaces are expected to open in May 2021.

Sandbox Early Learning Centre
The newly renovated Sandbox Early Learning Centre in the Cedar Hills neighbourhood will create a total of 148 licensed spaces – 48 infant/toddler spaces and 100 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. A partnership with Kwantlen First Nation will help shape the interior design of the building, with the goal of creating an inclusive learning environment for children. Sandbox will host monthly arts and crafts nights, as well as information sessions on topics like healthy eating and the stages of childhood development. The centre is expected to open in September 2021.

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