Now Reading
Childcare services returning to community centres in September

Childcare services returning to community centres in September

Via the City of Vancouver Park Board

Licensed childcare and preschool services will be able to reopen at 20 community centres across Vancouver starting September 1, 2020

The majority of childcare services that operate out of Park Board community centres were closed in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of Britannia, Creekside, Mount Pleasant, and Ray-Cam, which provided childcare to children of essential service workers.  

>> Cool things to do with an August Kidsworld pass

Each childcare site supports between 20 to 174 children, ages two-and-a-half to 12. CCA’s and third-party organizations will determine how their spaces will be filled and can give priority to children of essential service workers and vulnerable children and youth. Childcare and preschool licensees are required to use spaces in accordance to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) licensing regulations. VCH licensing does not require childcare operators to reduce their capacity.

Physical distancing will be managed according to health guidance from the Ministry of Health and the Centre for Disease Control and will include a combination of markers, signage, and modified activities. Staggered pick up and drop off times will be encouraged to reduce the chance of overcrowding, along with physical distancing measures.

>> Summer Bucket List

Licensed childcare provides opportunities for children to recreate and socialize with peers while developing various skills including communication, cooperative learning and leadership. Preschool provides essential early learning opportunities for children ages two-and-a-half to five years and assists in providing skills to become school-ready and in the development of core competencies.

Some childcare and preschool services may already be filled as parents and guardians registered their children at the start of the year. More details regarding registration will be posted at vancouver.ca/covid19 when finalized.

At this time, there is no timeline for the reopening of gyms, fitness centres, and programming at community centres.

The Park Board is taking a thoughtful and phased reopening and recovery approach in alignment with BC’s Restart Plan, and in consultation with various government and non-government agencies and partners.

Since May, the Park Board has reopened golf courses, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Bloedel Conservatory, tennis and pickleball courts, pitch & putts, skate parks, synthetic sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, disc golf, roller hockey, multisport courts, playgrounds, spray parks, and outdoor pools.

The Park Board continues to review the feasibility of reopening other facilities and services and will make adjustments to its operations based on the latest information provided by VCH, the Provincial Health Officer, and industry partners.

For more information about the status of services and facilities impacted by COVID-19, please visit: vancouver.ca/ParkBoardRestart.

View Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

VancouverMom.ca

Established in 2009, VancouverMom.ca is an online resource providing urban, hyperlocal information on what to do and and what's new for families in Metro Vancouver. 

© 2020 Crisp Media Inc.

Scroll To Top
X
X