The Childcare BC New Spaces Fund is supporting nine projects to create 336 new licensed child care spaces, of which 62 are in Sooke.
These spaces are part of the fastest creation of child care spaces in B.C.’s history and were part of the September 2020 milestone that marked more than 20,000 new spaces funded throughout the province in just over two years.
New child care spaces are on the way for families in the following communities:
- Greater Victoria (210 spaces)
- Sooke (62 spaces)
- Tahsis (eight spaces)
- North Saanich (56 spaces)
Homey Land Daycare (Sooke): Opening in May 2021, the Homey Land Daycare will provide a total of 25 new licensed child care spaces – eight infant/toddler spaces and 17 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. The centre will provide a rich environment for children to grow, socialize and play. Homey Land Daycare will support families that are new to Canada by providing services in multiple languages, including Arabic, Russian and French.
Choo Choo, Let’s Go! Childcare Centre/Centre de Garde Inc. (Sooke): The Choo Choo, Let’s Go! Childcare Centre is expanding to create two additional classrooms in May 2022. This expansion will add a total of 37 new child care spaces – 12 infant/toddler spaces and 25 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten. Choo Choo, Let’s Go! is an inclusive, multi-language child care centre, which incorporates activities such as yoga, music, and mini zumba into the curriculum. Operators will offer free professional development workshops for their staff and participate in local community projects.
An additional 4,110 spaces, funded through the 2017 Budget Update and the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada, takes the total number of new, licensed spaces funded in B.C. to more than 24,500 since July 2017.