Cari's Infant & Toddler Centre
|Cari's Infant & Toddler Centre
Cari's contains two childcare areas. One serves a maximum
of 12 infants aged up to 18 months and the other is for 12
toddlers, approximately 18 to 36 months of age.
Cari's is the childcare component of the Campbell River
Young Parents' Program, which also includes education,
support and health components. The Young Parents'
Program is guided by an Advisory Committee.
Cari's is located on the grounds of Carihi
Secondary School. While priority is given to children of
teenage parents attending school, spaces are usually available
to other families as well.
Cari's is beautifully equipped and furnished and was recently renovated with the
help of the Rotary Club of Campbell River. The Centre has a playground and patio,
laundry/utility room, a staff room, foyer, offices, and a handicapped equipped
bathroom. The toddler room opens to a wonderful outdoor play area.
In the infant area, the program is individualized to address the needs of each child.
Cari's provides snacks and lunches based on foods that parents have previously
Here, the flexible schedule includes two snacks and lunch provided by the Centre,
hygiene routine, rest time, and large blocks of time for play, both indoors and out.
Certified caregivers (Infant Toddler Educators, Early Childhood Educators,
and Early Childhood Assistants maintain a ratio of at least one adult to
every four children. Staff also have expertise in the area of special needs.
Cari's, in cooperation with School District #72 and various colleges, supplies
placements for practicum and work experience. Other supervised
volunteers may also be present.
Monthly fees are based on daily rates of $49.00 for up to 8.5 hours, and $32.00
for morning or afternoon half days of up to 4.25 hours, and averaged over the year.
Extended day rates are also available. Discounts are offered for families with more
than one child registered.
Fees for children of qualifying young parents are paid in full through the provincial
Childcare Subsidy Program. Other parents may also qualify for a subsidy to assist
with the payment of childcare fees.
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Children are provided with a safe yet challenging
environment and participate in self-initiated and
planned activities. A "primary caregiver" approach is
used, meaning that specific staff become especially
familiar with particular children and their families.
This allows for the development of a close and
nurturing relationship between the caregiver and
child, and continuity between childcare and home.