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Little Stars Child Care, Barriere

At Little Stars we are pleased to offer three child care programs; Preschool, Playschool and Multi-Age Care.

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Little Stars preschool caters for 20 children aged at least three years old by the end of the school year in which they enter our program. At preschool we work hard to ensure literacy, language and numeracy skills are developed in conjunction with social and emotional skills. Children are encouraged to share, take part at circle time, respect their friends, develop self-help skills such as getting ready for outdoor play, using the washroom independently and line up at the door.

Preschool children are provided with a healthy snack and outdoor playtime. Opportunities for spontaneous learning are plentiful and children, natural researchers are encouraged to ask questions and discover the world about them. The goal of Little Stars Preschool is to prepare the children for a successful transition into kindergarten with a love of learning that lasts a life time.

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Little Stars Occasional Childcare (Playschool)

Children attending preschool have the opportunity to remain with staff for a fun afternoon. During the 3 hours of playschool the children engage with staff, reading stories, enjoying crafts and playing outside. Children bring their own lunch and afternoon snack. Playschool closes at 3:00pm allowing parent’s time to collect older siblings from school first.

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Little Stars Multi-age care is a program designed to care for children for a full day. Our staff offer a warm and caring environment where children feel valued and welcome. Each day children are offered play opportunities that stimulate their development such as art and craft, reading, puzzle making, mini science projects, discovery of the world around them, free play activities both in and out of doors, imaginative games and simply the chance to build solid emotional connections with their peers and carers.

We take very seriously the role of care provider and staff spend the majority of their time on the floor, modelling and interacting with the children. We feel that children learn best this way and our philosophy of care ensures we lead by example.

Children’s natural biological rhythms are respected and tired children will be encouraged to sleep in their own cot/cribtable crafts 1 web.jpg in the adjoining bedroom while staff continue to monitor the room as a whole. Children and staff participate in many activities as a unit; we encourage children to eat together and play together while respecting each child’s need for privacy and space. Children are required to bring their own mid-morning snack and lunch. An afternoon snack is provided by the program.

As the age of children in this program varies so greatly we have a large variety of toys and equipment that meet the needs of a broad age spectrum group. Activities will be geared to create opportunities that both older and younger children will find age appropriate and stimulating.                                           

Hours of operation:

Preschool: Tuesday through Thursday 8.45am – 11.45am, school term time only

Playschool: Tuesday through Thursday, 11.45am – 3.00pm, school term time only

Multi-Age Care is open Monday through Friday from 8.00am – 5.00pm.  

Closed on statutory holidays, two weeks in August and over the Christmas and New Year period.

Fees:

Our fees are based on the number of contracted days a child attends each month. Little Stars Multi-Age Care program participates in the BC Provincial Government Fee Reduction Initiative (FRI) which reduces parental fees according to your childs age up to a maximum of 20 days per month. *Preschool and occasional child care are not eligible for the FRI.

Preschool:  $17.50 per session

Occasional Child Care: $19.25 per session

Multi-age Care:

Children aged 37 months to school age: full session $38.25 ($33.25 after FRI)

Children aged 36 months and under: full session $47.00 ($29.50 after FRI)

Affordable Child Care Benefit:

Affordable Child Care Benefit is a Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) program that helps with payment of child care fees for families who qualify. Please ask program manager or visit the MCFD website for more information:  www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare

                                   Little Stars Childcare Staff

                                     Chantelle Harrie, ECE Assistant    Barb Morris, ECE Assistant

Patricia Morin, ECE & Program Manager

 

 

      Contact: Patricia Morin, Program Manager      

                     T. 250.672.9773 ext 230/226

           4936 Barriere Town Road, Barriere, BC V0E 1E0

      Handbook, registration form, parent agreement


 *Places for your child will not be reserved until you have spoken with program manager.