Southern Vancouver Island families to benefit from new child care spaces
This backgrounder contains additional information on the seven projects that will create 328 new licensed child care spaces in Cowichan Bay, Duncan and Victoria. Of these, 224 spaces are expected to be open for families by the end of the year.
Bench Elementary Before and After School Care (Cowichan Bay)
The new child care facility will be housed in a newly renovated gym and multi-purpose classroom. The facility will provide 24 new licensed school-age spaces that will be available by September 2021.
Cowichan Place Child Care Centre (Duncan)
The new child care facility will have access to an Indigenous Language and Culture Centre and an Elder’s Room to incorporate Indigenous programming. The Hul’q’umi’num language will be taught at the facility and nutritious snacks and meals will be included. The facility, which is expected to be open by the end of the year, will provide a total of 37 new licensed child care spaces, including 12 spaces for infants and toddlers and 25 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten.
University of Victoria (UVic) Child Care Services/Queenswood (Victoria)
The university will renovate a former chapel to create 37 new licensed child care spaces, including 12 spaces for infants and toddlers and 25 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. Currently operating three child care facilities, the university’s goal is to provide culturally inclusive child care to the UVic community. UVic educators have completed the university’s Indigenous Cultural Acumen training. The new child care spaces, which will be available by the end of the year, will support the creation of eight new early learning and care positions.
Strawberry Vale Out of School Care (Victoria)
School District 61 is partnering with the Richmond Out of School Care Society to add two portables on the school grounds of Strawberry Vale Elementary school. The portable will house 68 new licensed child care spaces, including 24 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten, 20 preschool spaces and 24 school-age spaces, which are set to open in early 2023. Addressing a need for group child care spaces, this centre will help vulnerable people through programs like StrongStart BC, which is designed to support children through learning and play activities, story time and snacks.
Victoria High Secondary (Victoria)
School District 61 is partnering with Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group to create 36 new spaces in two portables on the grounds of Victoria High Secondary school. The centre will work with the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health to ensure children with diverse abilities are supported. Staff have also completed Indigenous Inclusion training and will provide pre- and post-natal programming to assist vulnerable families. The facility, which will offer 12 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 24 school-age spaces, will open in early 2023.
Island Métis Child Care Centre (Victoria)
The Island Métis Child Care Centre will incorporate culturally relevant, Métis-specific programming and provide wraparound services for Métis families. Culturally relevant programming will include local Elders, Culture Keepers and community members. This new child care facility will provide a total of 52 new licensed child care spaces, including eight spaces for infants and toddlers, 24 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten and 20 preschool spaces. The facility is expected to open by the end of the year.
Compass Child Care Ltd. (Victoria)
Compass Child Care will embrace learning through play, foster friendships and adventure, blend multicultural activities into programming and offer monthly nutrition, health education and supports from health professionals to support young parents. A new park and playground, adjacent to the centre, will feature a meadow, community garden and fruit trees that will be incorporated into lessons. The facility will provide a total of 74 new licensed child care spaces, including 24 spaces for infants and toddlers and 50 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. This new facility will be looking to add qualified staff in order to open in late summer/early fall 2021.
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