Eighty-five new childcare spaces created at Lord Tennyson Elementary School

January 28 2021 –

Now, we are asserting the opening of a childcare centre in Kitsilano that will present:

  • 49 comprehensive-time spaces for young children below four
  • 16 preschool areas
  • 20 areas of prior to and following school treatment for Tennyson students

About the new centre

The childcare centre attributes an expansive outdoor participate in place and flexible programming area positioned on the 3rd floor of the recently made, seismically risk-free Lord Tennyson Elementary Faculty. 

The childcare facility was created in partnership with the Vancouver School Board and the Province and will be operated by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, a non-income operator that is element of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia.

How the new centre is being funded

The childcare centre received $8.3 million in Metropolis funding, covered in portion by Group Amenity Contributions (CACs) and Growth Expense Levies (DCLs), as nicely as $500,000 from the Province’s Childcare BC New Areas Fund.

CACs are in-kind or dollars contributions offered by home builders when Town Council grants progress rights by means of rezoning, and a DCL is paid by assets builders primarily based on sq. footage of the house they are building. 

CACs and DLCs play an important position in the shipping of public facilities and infrastructure, this kind of as childcare, cost-effective housing, parks, cultural services, and neighborhood amenities, accommodating growth while ensuring the city’s livability.

Delivering accessible, cost-effective childcare

We recognize the great importance of obtainable, top quality childcare for both childhood progress and affordable residing for Vancouver parents.

Our partnership with the Vancouver University Board and non-profit businesses will keep on to deliver accessible treatment and possibilities for participate in, understanding, and relationship to Vancouver households. 

These 85 new spaces are the to start with of roughly 275 new Town facilitated childcare spaces slated to open in Vancouver in the initially 6 months of 2021. We are committed to furnishing extra affordable childcare spaces with the aim of enabling equitable possibilities for gals, which in transform potential customers to amplified financial advancement.


Mayor Kennedy Stewart

“The opening of the childcare space at Lord Tennyson Elementary School is the final result of the City’s ten years-extensive partnership with the Vancouver Faculty Board. It will deliver childcare to help the future generation to prosper, support new parents as they return to work, and prevent unnecessary visits by automobile,” stated Mayor Kennedy Stewart.

“This is the next childcare facility that the Town has co-found with a university. This technique will help us build communities that are additional walkable and household-helpful which is 1 far more way we’re earning certain Vancouver is a metropolis that works for everybody,” added Mayor Stewart.

George Heyman, MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview

“When mom and dad can count on access to reasonably priced, excellent, and inclusive little one care, they are greater capable to put down roots and prepare for their family’s upcoming fairly than stressing about how to cope with their children’s care for the coming 7 days,” reported George Heyman, MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview. “Building kid treatment into faculties is one way we are delivering the supports busy families need in metropolitan areas like Vancouver, exactly where space is also at a premium.”

Diane Peters, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House Director of Kid, Family, and Youth Packages

“The Lord Tennyson Childcare Centre is a place the place people today can share their skills, strengths and awareness to function collectively to create meaningful encounters for children. Addressing the large desire for childcare, Kits Residence is delighted to be doing work with the Town to convey more expert services to additional households on the Westside with our extensive time period determination to families and kids,” explained Diane Peters, Director of Youngster, Spouse and children, and Youth Packages with Kitsilano Neighbourhood Household.

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