Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):
Q: Why is the waiting list so long?
A: There is a huge demand for quality childcare and we typically have only a few vacancies in any given year.
Q: I put my child on the waiting list when she was 18 months, and now she will be three. Do I have to put her on another list for the next room?
A: No, when a child transitions from one age grouping to the next, we will move the name to the appropriate list according to your original application date.
Q: Should I put my name on other waiting lists?
A: We are unable to guarantee spaces to those on our wait list as the demand for space far outweighs the spaces we have available. It is recommended that all families place their names on multiple child care centre waiting lists. You may find the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website helpful in finding child care that will suit your family’s needs.
Q: Are there reduced fees for siblings or Dalhousie employees?
A: Unfortunately, we are a non-profit centre and in order to keep our parent fees as low as possible, we cannot offer any discounted fees.
Q: Do the children have any extra-curricular activities?
A: There are regularly scheduled gym classes and swimming activities that occur in the fall and the spring for children who are 2 1/2 - 5. The toddler age group also has regular gym classes. In the winter, the Preschool and Romper children have opportunities to go to the gym. In addition, the centre welcomes a music teacher who comes in once a week to offer classes to children enrolled at our South Street facility.
Q: What does my child need to bring to UCC?
A: When a position is offered to a family, there is ample opportunity to discuss this at the time of enrollment. Please refer to our Parent Handbook for details.
Q: Is the waiting time for a spot the same for a baby as it is for a preschooler?
A: The average waiting time for an available spot can depend on both the time of the year and the age of the children. Typically, the younger the child, the longer the waiting time.