Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a student or staff member at UBCO?
No, our centre is open to all families! However, faculty, staff and students at UBC Okanagan do get priority on our waitlist and UBCO students are offered discounted rates.
Are we open in the summer?
Yes, we are open year-round except during the winter break (when the university is closed) and statutory holidays.
Do we provide snacks?
We provide a morning snack, and parents provide lunch and an afternoon snack.
From September-June the 3-5 Program offers a one day/week Hot Lunch Program that parents can choose to sign up their child for an extra $5 per week.
Is the 3-5 side a preschool curriculum (i.e. themed programming?)
We offer a preschool style of programming on the 3-5 side. It involves pre-planned themed weekly planning. Art and Circle are geared towards all the ages, but art can be adjusted for each child's level of skill. Parents are encouraged to ask questions and we try to involve the campus in our curriculum. Themes are posted by month on the front board in the entrance. During the summer we take a break from our structured programming to allow the children to participate in outside activities such as water play and nature walks and to enjoy a free-play based environment before starting the curriculum again in September.
What is the minimum age for the I/T Program?
The Infant/Toddler Program accepts children starting from 8-10 months of age.
Is there a waitlist for either program?
Both programs currently have a wait list, with the Infant/Toddler wait list being very long. We recommend that families fill out a waitlist application as soon as they know they are going to need childcare for their child(ren).