Welcome to

   Queens Avenue Daycare

 
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About Us

Who is Queens Avenue Daycare?

We ALL are!

We are a fixture of the New Westminster community. Established in 1973, a group of families founded our not-for-profit daycare to meet the needs of families living or working in New Westminster. Since then, we've expanded to meet the needs of anyone who is in search of quality, safe and secure childcare.

The daycare is run by the Queens Avenue Daycare Centre Society. It is made up of member families, there are no shareholders or private owners.

When you enroll your child at Queens Avenue Daycare, your family becomes a member of a community. To ensure a high quality of service, your participation is integral to the operation of the centre. We encourage you to get involved at the Board level or to help with the day-to-day programs.

 

Staff Team

Our team is made up of experienced and qualified Early Childhood Educators with some staff members having the additional qualifications of Infant/Toddler and Special Needs certification. All staff members have their current First Aid training. We have some dedicated staff who have been with Queens Avenue for over 20 years! Our staff are responsible for the well-being of the children, the children's program, the organization of the playrooms, routines of the centre and daily housekeeping duties.

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We're Hiring!

Are you looking to join our amazing team? Click below to view our current job postings. 

 
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Testimonials

Having my son at Queens Avenue Daycare provides me total peace of mind. I know that he is being cared for in the manner in which I would care for him; with all the love and respect in the world. I am an Early Childhood Educator myself so I am more critical than most parents might be. I never have any concerns when he’s there because I have implicit trust that they will do everything they can to keep him happy and healthy. The lines of communication between the staff and the parents are always open and so I never hesitate to discuss any topic with the staff team. I consider my family very lucky to be part of the Queens Avenue Daycare community.
Our daughter has been attending Queens Avenue Daycare since she was just over 3 1/2 years old. She absolutely loves being there and being part of all that it has to offer. The staff are educated, thoughtful, caring, loving and lot of fun to be with and they enjoy looking after and caring for the children in their care. The facility is bright and clean with 3 large rooms for the children to play and learn in. The outside playground and safely enclosed green space is wonderful for rambunctious play and imaginative exploration. Our daughter truly looks forward to going to daycare everyday to see her teachers and all her friends! We look forward to enrolling our son there just as soon as he is old enough!
Queens Avenue is a wonderful place to take your children. My son can’t wait to go back to school by Sunday evening. The teachers there have given him confidence and social skills that he will carry with him for the rest of his life.
My 3 1/2 year old daughter attends Queens Avenue and my husband and I couldn’t be more pleased with the care she receives there. The excellent ECE staff have a seemingly endless variety of fun, well thought out and creative activities set for the kids every single morning. The staff join in the fun alongside the kids and chat with them about their weekends and upcoming events. When my daughter comes home at the end of the day, she often recounts some of the sweet and thoughtful conversations she has had with the staff and it melts my heart! When we first moved to New Westminster, I was stressed about whether I could find a great daycare to help make the transition as smooth as possible for my family. From the moment I toured Queens Avenue Daycare and met the staff, I was simply excited for my daughter to join in on the fun! It gives me great peace of mind knowing that she is in such a safe, positive and enriching daycare from now until she enters Kindergarten.


 
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Programs

We are open Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm.

We have two programs; a multi-age program (starts at 18 months) and a 3-5 year old program. The maximum capacity for the multi-age room is 8 children, and 25 for the 3-5 program, however, these children are usually split between two playrooms.

Below are sample schedules, the day may vary a bit based on children's interests.


MULTI-AGE PROGRAM

  • 7:30 am- Free Play (toileting as needed, clean up time & hand washing)
  • 9:30 am- Open snack & open circle time
  • 10:30 am-Free play & Outside time
  • 11:45 am- Early lunch (toileting as needed)
  • 12:45 pm- Quiet time (rest time begins)
  • 2:30 pm- Rest time winding down & free play
  • 3:00 pm- Free play (toileting as needed, clean up time & hand washing)
  • 3:30 pm- Open snack & open circle
  • 4:00 pm- Outside time & free play

The multi-age group (3 children eighteen months-three years old & 5 children over three years of age) spend their time learning through play and manipulating the environment which is set up daily to include activities and opportunities to practice helping skills for self and and others, to build a community of compassion, negotiating and sharing with peers. Children explore social relationships by building and nurturing friendship, expanding curiosity and encouraging wonder via a play based open ended program.


3-5 PROGRAM

  • 7:00 am- Children engage with a variety of materials on tables and shelves that are based on children's interests. A table is open until 8:30 am for children bringing breakfast from home.
  • 8:45 am- Snack table opens; snack is served to whoever wants to join. Snack & water provided.
  • 9:15 am- Snack table closes.
  • 9:30 am- Circle Time. Children split up into two rooms. All children must arrive by this time.Circle time may include: various songs, stories, puppets, dance, exercise, group discussions and reflections. Fridays, children are welcome to bring a toy, book, photograph, etc to share for Show and Tell.
  • 10:00 am- Outside. Children engage in physical activity in the yard/go on walks in the community.
  • 11:30 am- Music time. Children listen to, sing along and dance to music. We have music from many cultures, interactive songs, educational songs and some classic children's songs.
  • 12:00 pm- Lunchtime. Children bring lunch from home, the centre offers milk or water to drink. There is a teacher at each table with the children during the meal.
  • 12:45 pm- Nap time. Children rest and/or sleep on an individual cot, with bedding from home. We send bedding home each Friday to be washed and ask it be returned on Mondays.
  • 1:30 pm- Awake children are asked to go to one of the rooms; tables and experiences are set up.
  • 2:30 pm- Nap lights go on and children still sleeping are slowly woken up and divided into rooms.
  • 3:00 pm- Snack table opens for children want to participate. We provide the snack and water to drink.
  • 3:30 pm- Snack table closes. Children help tidy up in preparation for circle time.
  • 4:00 pm- Children go outside in small groups, or to the gym, if the weather dictates it.
  • 5:15 pm- All remaining children are counted and brought downstairs for a group activity or game.
  • 6:00 pm- Centre closes. All children should be off site and closing staff member locks up for the day.

Fee Schedule

We do our best to keep fees as low as we can for families. We believe strongly in affordable, accessible, safe, quality child care for all children.

Our fees are:

Full Time: Toddler in the Multi-age Program (18mos-3 yrs)*- $960

Full Time: 3-5 Program- $725

Part Time: 3-5 Program (3 days/wk, M/W/F)- $440

Part Time: 3-5 Program (2 days/wk, T/Th)- $340

*Please note that part time care is only for children aged 3-5. We only offer full time care for children under 3.