2478 Haywood Avenue
West Vancouver, BC, V7V 1Y1
Caroline Schier, Director
F: 604 926-7038
Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.
The Centre operates 12 months a year.
We are closed on all statutory holidays, Easter Monday and between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We are open during sprink break and the summer.
West Vancouver Child Development Centre
What is the staff to child ratio?
In our Infant and Toddler program the staff child ratio is 1 to 4, in our 3 to 5 program depending on the time of day can be 1 to 6 or 1 to 7.
What qualifications does your staff have?
Our staff have a range of certifications- Basic Early childhood Education Certificates, Special Needs Certifications, Infant and Toddler Certifications. All staff have their current first aid certificates.
Do you supply food?
We only supply afternoon snack. Families provide a piece of fruit for a sharing snack as well as lunch for their children.
How peanut-proof is the daycare?
We ask that families do not bring nut products in our centre. This can be difficult to enforce as many products say “may contain nuts”.
How much time do the kids get to play outside?
Children go outside a minimum of once a day for at least an hour. Depending on the weather, we may go out for a second time or simply stay out longer.
Is there a television in the daycare?
What are your disciplinary techniques?
Discipline has always been a work that strikes fear in the hearts of many who really do not understand it use and attributes. Underlying our philosophy of discipline are two governing concepts: that the purpose of discipline is to teach – not to punish – and that the only kind of discipline worth striving for is self-discipline. The goal is for children to develop habits of self control, become cooperative (rather than competitive), and be considerate of the feelings of others and to respect the physical environment. An effort is made to accomplish this in a positive way rather than through criticism.
How do the daycare workers communicate to me about my child’s progress?
An essential part of West Vancouver Child Development Centre involves learning each individual child’s needs, rhythms & styles. Sharing with parents The partnership we create is enhanced when we can provide concrete evidence of their child’s experiences and can present his or her growth & development by using a variety of artifacts. Periodic conferences to talk about the child allow you to compare your perspectives and will ensure optimal opportunities for growth and development. After all, both of you want what is best for him/her.
How does the centre celebrate diversity?
We aim to provide an environment which is free from bias and prejudice in which children learn the principles of fairness and respect for the uniqueness of each person. We involve the community to assist understanding and acceptance of cultures and abilities of members of the local community. Differences in backgrounds, culture and abilities are valued and families are encouraged to share their experiences with all. We will ensure that appropriate inclusion support services are accessed and referred to families in order to support children’s well-being and full inclusion into the program.