Child Care Analysis
The Town of Sidney has partnered with the municipalities of North Saanich, Central Saanich, Saanich, Highlands and Oak Bay to develop a community child care inventory and gap analysis.
The following types of child care services will be included in the analysis:
- Group child care (under 36 months to school age)
- Group child care (school age including after school or school closure care)
- Family child care
- Occasional child care
- Multi-age child care
- In-home multi-age care
Public Input Opportunities
- An online survey is open to all residents of the six municipalities.
- An open house will be held in Sidney at Greenglade Community Centre (2151 Lannon Way) on Saturday, February 22, from 10 am to noon. Please stop by and provide your input!
- Sidney residents can also attend public open houses hosted in the partner municipalities. These will be held:
- Saturday, February 22 from 2 pm to 4 pm at Commonwealth Place (Saanich)
- Saturday, February 29 from 10 am to noon at the Central Saanich Cultural Centre
- Saturday, February 29 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Saanich Neighbourhood Place
- Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Panorama Recreation Centre (North Saanich)
- Thursday, March 5 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Oak Bay Neighbourhood Learning Centre
- Saturday, March 7 from 10 am to 12 pm at Caleb Pike Heritage Park (Highlands)
The coalition of municipalities received a $150,000 grant through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Community Child Care Planning Program to conduct the analysis. The six municipalities decided to pool their resources and work collectively in order to develop a quality project with results based on a big picture perspective. The regional approach recognizes that while people may live in one municipality, there may be circumstances that lead to securing child care services in another municipality. A final report and action plan is expected by November 2020.
Queenswood Consulting Group has been hired to lead a series of workshops and public engagement opportunities within the six communities to gather information, create an inventory of existing child care spaces, identify space gaps and space creation targets, and identify actions that can be taken to meet those targets.
The information gathered through these plans will be shared with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, and may influence future provincial investments in child care space creation.