Early Childhood Programs

Our early childhood programs are set in a beautiful home-like environment where a child’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder can be fostered. Through indoor and outdoor free play, meaningful work (setting tables, sweeping, baking bread, gardening), storytelling and singing songs, children experience their day nurtured by their caregivers with developmentally based activities. In an environment free from the distractions of technological teaching tools, we offer childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children, as well as before & after school-age care.

Child Care
Infant Care

Our youngest children are cared for in our lovely Honeysuckle Room. With east windows facing our Community Garden, the room is filled with natural light. Calming home-like features allow the educators to take care in meeting the individual needs of each infant as they navigate the day together. The children experience an indoor environment with soothing wooden and cloth toys and explore the natural world outside in their own play yard.

Child Care
Toddler Care

Our Sweet Pea Room is filled with the joy of developing toddlers. In a continuation of calming sensory experiences, the curious toddler continues to explore their natural world both indoors and outside. This room has ample space for toddlers to follow their curiosity while navigating their peers. Outside they are honoured in their senses as they follow a butterfly, or notice a budding flower that was not present the day before. 

Child Care
Preschool Age

The preschool-aged child is met with enthusiasm in our Marigold Room. The play continues to develop in this age group while the rhythms that have been set since our Honeysuckle Room hold a  calm strength for the group.

Child Care
Before & After School Age

The students of Okanagan Waldorf School, which shares the campus with the Early Years Centre, meet in the Lavender Room for before & after school care. This program offers a peaceful start and end to the school day as the children are able to engage in a healthy mix of outdoor exploration and indoor creative play.

Meet Our Educators

Inspiring children to excel!

Application Process

To begin the application process, please click here to complete the Application of Interest. This will migrate your information onto our waitlist. When a space opens up, you will be contacted by Trish Folland in our admissions office. For further information, you may contact Trish at tfolland@bridgeeducational.org or at (250) 547-9212.

Application Review

Only applications with all of the required documentation will be reviewed.

Fee Schedule

Choosing a childcare provider for your child and your family is a decision that requires much consideration, on both philosophical and financial levels. As a non-profit organization, we endeavor to keep our fees as low as possible.

Application Fee:

$25

Administration Fee:

$100

($25 BES Society Membership Fee, $75 Administration Fee)

Monthly Rates

Infant Toddler

Infant Toddler Half-Day Rates & Hours
Morning half-day:
7:30 am – 12:30 pm

5 days per week

$440

4 days per week

$310

3 days per week

$270

2 days per week

$150

1 days per week

$90

Three – Five

Infant Toddler Half-Day Rates & Hours
Morning half-day:
7:30 am – 12:30 pm

5 days per week

$465

4 days per week

$370

3 days per week

$275

2 days per week

$185

1 days per week

$95

Drop-in per half-day *

$28

Infant Toddler Full-Day Rates & Hours

Hours:
7:30 am – 5:30 pm

5 days per week

$1090

4 days per week

$870

3 days per week

$650

2 days per week

$430

1 days per week

$240

Three – Five Full Day Rates & Hours

Hours:
7:30 am – 5:30 pm

5 days per week

$997

4 days per week

$760

3 days per week

$545

2 days per week

$378

1 days per week

$205

Drop-in per half-day *

$51

* Drop-in is for registered children only, space permitting

School Age Monthly Rates

1 Child *

Before School

After School 

5 days per week

$198.00

$297.00 

4 days per week

$162.00

$243.00 

3 days per week

$112.50

$168.75 

2 days per week

$76.50

$114.75 

1 day per week

$79.50

$74.25 

2 Children *

Before School

After School 

5 days per week

$356.00

$534.50 

4 days per week

$291.50

$437.50 

3 days per week

$202.50

$303.75 

2 days per week

$138.00

$206.50 

1 day per week

$89.00

$133.50 

* Save 10% if you pay by the month

Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative

Our licensed programs are eligible for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative and this fee reduction has been applied to all monthly fees in order to lower the cost of child care for your family each month.

Affordable Child Care Benefit (formally Child Care Subsidy)

Our licensed programs are also eligible for the Affordable Child Care Benefit. This benefit is applied through the BC Government website at Affordable Child Care Benefit – Province of British Columbia by the guardian parent and forms are available through our office.

Withdrawal Procedures, Refunds

In the event you wish to withdraw from the Early Years Centre, thirty (30) days written notice must come by the first (1st) of the month, to signify a withdrawal for the end of that same month. Without this one (1) month’s written notice, you will still be responsible for one (1) month more of tuition for your child(ren). All withdrawal notices must be emailed to accounts@bridgeeducational.org and info@bridgeeducational.org by the first (1st) of the month prior to the anticipated month of withdrawal.

Yearly Society membership fees, registration fees, and application fees are non-refundable and will not be prorated back to the family if the child is withdrawn.

Yearly Child Care Tax Receipts

Child Care receipts for the Early Years Centre are issued with each payment (monthly) and a summary is only available upon request. Please allow 5 business days for any tax summary request to be processed. This is an additional task for our business office and we ask that you attempt to keep your monthly payment receipts for your year-end records.

Fundraising/Community Involvement Commitments

Each family’s involvement is expected in order to support your child’s child care environment. Families are required to fulfil a minimum of three mandatory time and financial commitments that support the child care program fundraising and organizational goals. Details of the options within the three commitments are outlined in the Family Guidebook and are discussed in the community newsletter through Jen de Bourcier, our Family Engagement Coordinator.

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