Overview

Our Child and Family Centre provides a caring, supportive and vital community service – a place of security, adventure and playfulness for children from 6 months to 12 years old.

The child care programs offered by Parkgate Community Services Society hold a child care license through Vancouver Coastal Health and our professional team of educators are committed to meeting the needs of the individual child. We offer infant and toddler care, 3-5 group care, pre-school, out of school care, as well as  daycamps for school aged children during school closures and the summer months. Our family programs offer free and low cost drop in playgroups, family events, community resources and educational opportunities.

Programs and services provided for children and families are funded and implemented through Parkgate Community Services Society.

The Parkgate Child & Family Centre enhances the lives of children, families, staff and the community by providing a caring, supportive and vital community service. It is a place of security, adventure, co-operation and playfulness for children.

Wait List Information

Parkgate Child & Family Centre is a place where:

IMG_9959Children are encouraged to question, to be self-reliant and to be respectful of the rights and differences of others. Children learn through their experiences as they grow in confidence and competence. Child guidance is always positive and nurturing.

Parents are involved in meaningful ways in the child care experience. Parents are assured of quality care for their children. Family members and staff support and encourage each other.

Staff is entitled to a work environment that recognizes and respects their training, skills and commitment to child care. Staff, families and the community work skillfully to meet the needs of the individual child and the group in an environment that is creative, stimulating, flexible and predictable. Inclusion, multiculturalism, interdependence and dignity are valued.

The community plays a vital role in supporting the development of healthy families. There is recognition of partnerships among staff, family and the community.

Frequently Asked Questions
Does my child need to complete a gradual entry process?

Yes, all children must complete a gradual entry process. The supervisor of the program will create the schedule and share it with you. The gradual entry process typically takes place in the first week of the month that your child begins. If space permits, it may be arranged to complete the process the week before. For an early gradual entry, additional fees will be charged.

When can I put my child's name on the wait list?

September 12, 2018

We are currently not accepting any new applications onto our PCSS Child Care Wait List. We will update this page when it re-opens. In the meantime, for further information about the wait list, please click here: PCSS Waitlist FAQ

We understand that seeking high quality child care for your children is extremely important and can be stressful. A very good resource to help in your search for child care is North Shore Community Resources’ Child Care Resource & Referral Page

How long is the wait list? How long can I expect to wait for a space? Is the list numbered?

The wait for an available space in any of our programs varies greatly.  The longest wait is for children under three and this wait can be anywhere from one to three years.  Our waitlist is not numbereed for a variety of reasons.  Spaces are filled in our infant and toddler program according to birth month, birth year and gender.  We offer full-time and part-time spaces, and what we have to offer may match what a family is looking for (i.e. there may be a Monday/Tuesday space available, but the family whose child fits the other criteria only needs Thursday/Fridays).  For these reasons, it is not possible to number the list.

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