The Whitney Child Centre Programs
At the Whitney Child Centre we believe in the Foundations of Learning: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement and Expression.
We aim to cultivate authentic and caring relationships and connections with each child to create a sense of belonging. We aim to nurture children’s healthy development to support their growing sense of self, and engage children in an environment that is rich in creativity, meaningful exploration, play, inquiry and fun. We foster, support and encourage each child’s expression in all forms.
We offer quality care for children 18 months to 12 years of age.
Toddler Room 108: 18 to 30 months. We are licensed for 15 children and have a 1:5 staff ratio. Children in the toddler room attend both full-day and part-time.
Preschool Room 107: 2.5 to 3.8 years. We are licensed for 24 children. We provide a 1:8 staff ratio. Children attend for a full day.
Preschool Room 106: 2.5 to 3.8 years. We are licensed for 16 children who attend morning or morning and lunch. We provide a 1:8 staff ratio.
Preschool Room 105: 2.5 to 3.8 years. We are licensed for 16 children who attend mornings only. We provide a 1:8 staff ratio.
School-Age Room 104: School Age Grades Three to Six. Room 105: School Age Grades One and Two.
We are licensed to take a maximum of 56 children in rooms 104 and 105. We provide a 1:15 staff ratio.
(School-Age Programs are FULL for September 2020 with a waitlist)
Kindergarten Before and After: We are licensed to take a maximum of 26 Junior and Senior Kindergarten children. We provide a 1:13 staff ratio. We also offer a hot lunch program.
School Age Grades One to Six: We are licensed to take a maximum of 56 children in rooms 104 and 106. We provide a 1:15 staff ratio.
Kindergarten and School-age children must be enrolled in the Whitney Public School before registering with the Whitney Child Centre. Whitney Child Centre staff escort kindergarten children for all transitions between the WCC and the school. School-age children make these transitions independently. School-age children must be signed in to our morning program by a parent, guardian or other adults, and signed out of our after school program by a parent, guardian or other assigned adult.
Kindergarten and School-age children must be enrolled in the Whitney Public School before registering with the Whitney Child Centre. Whitney Child Centre staff escort kindergarten children for all transitions between the WCC and the school. School-age children make these transitions independently. School-age children must be signed in to our morning program by a parent, guardian or other adults, and signed out of our after school program by a parent, guardian or other assigned adult. The Whitney Child Centre does not accept children arriving or leaving independently by school bus, or escort children to or from school buses.
Full time programs are offered between the hours of 7.45 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
We offer a shorter day from 8.45 to 4pm to match up with the public school day.
Part time hours are 8.45 to 11.20, or with lunch 8.45 to 12.20.
Part time and full time options are offered for:
2-day (Tuesday and Thursday)
3-day (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
5-day (Monday to Friday)
Part time children do not attend on PA days. Only full time children and children who are registered for PA days attend on those days.
PA days and statutory holidays are factored into fees.
Parents must reapply for programs annually.
Families must be aware that space in our programs for the next age group is never guaranteed. For example, Kindergarten children usually attend our programs for 2 years, while school age children attend for up to 6 years, therefore spaces are not always available. Please refer to our Waitlist Criteria.
Months of Operation
The Whitney Child Centre operates September to June, closing for July and August, the March Break (1 week) and the Winter Break (2 weeks).
We are closed on the following statutory holidays:
Labour Day * Thanksgiving Day * Christmas Day * Boxing Day * New Year’s Day * Family Day * Good Friday * Easter Monday * Victoria Day
PA days for the 2019-20 school year are:
October 11, November 15, December 6, January 17, February 14 and June 26.
Winter Break is December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020.
March Break is March 16 to 20, 2020
The first day of school for the 2019-20 school year is September 6 for full time children, part time children have staggered entry over the first two weeks of September.
Only full time daycare children and registered kindergarten and school-aged children may attend on the public school PA days. Part time children are not accepted on these days.
Our staff value and uphold the ELECT principles:
Positive experiences in early childhood set the foundation for lifelong learning, behavior, health and well being.
Partnerships with families and communities are essential.
Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion is vital.
An intentional, planned program supports learning.
Play and inquiry are learning approaches that capitalize on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance.
Knowledgeable, responsive and reflective educators are essential.