FAQs about non-profit daycares - Halfmoon Bay, Sunshine Coast of BC
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Frequently asked questions about daycare on the BC Sunshine Coast

Frequently Asked Questions about Childcare

As with all non-profit organizations, we rely on volunteers and our community to help our centre to be the best that it can be for all the children to facilitate and enrich their learning experiences.


Are you a Nut Free Zone?

No. We are a nut-friendly facility until we have an allergy family in attendance. Our current policy is that all nuts, or any food containing them are welcome. This may change at any time but families will be notified of any changes in advance.

My child is sick. Do they need to stay home?

24hr after the last registered fever and 48hrs after the last bout of vomit or diarrhea before sick children can return to the centre.

Also, children with the following symptoms need to be kept at home:

  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Runny Infectious Mucus
  • Chronic or persistent coughing or sneezing
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Communicable or contagious condition (i.e.. Chickenpox, pink eye, ring worm)

If a child contracts a communicable disease, we ask parents to please notify the centre staff as soon as possible so the other families (and if necessary the Public Health Nurse) can be alerted. A doctor’s written health clearance may be required before a child returns following a communicable illness.

If a child arrives in the program with signs of illness, a staff member will contact the parent to come and pick him or her up. If the parent cannot be reached, staff will then call the emergency number on the consent form, so we ask that parent’s make sure that each contact person is aware of this procedure.

Please note: that children who are not well enough to participate in all program activities, both indoor and outdoor, should be kept at home. If a child is on medication, only current prescription drugs will be administered and only from the original bottle or tube with the instructions from the physician. These medications must be handed to staff on arrival, and will be kept refrigerated in a childproof container and a medication form needs to be filled out before staff can administer any medication.

What should I pack for my child's lunch?

The children need to bring enough food in their lunch kits for morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack (if applicable).

We encourage parents to provide their children with meals and snacks that are wholesome and nutritious, as this will allow the child the freedom to choose what to eat and when. This also helps to foster a sense of independence and encourages healthy eating habits. If a child runs out of food we will supply crackers or another health snack and will let the parents know that more food may be necessary.

A child’s energy level is dependent on the food that they eat, and that regular meals and snacks are important for optimal health. We provide filtered water whenever needed.

We respectfully ask parents to please refrain from sending sugary treats to daycare. If parents really think that their child needs a sweet treat, we ask them to save it for home or for the car ride home.

Why do you fundraise?

We are a non-profit society. The fees each family pays does not cover all the operating expense for the Halfmoon Bay Childcare Centre. Fundraising covers this shortfall.

Why is attendance at the AGM mandatory?

One member from each family is required to attend the Annual General Meeting in November (exact date will be provided in September and childcare can be provided for those who need it upon request). We hold an Annual General Meeting yearly to give our reports and elect new officers if necessary.

Do you have a Waiting List?

Yes, the Halfmoon Bay Childcare Centre Society’s daycare maintains a waiting list for children. Please ask about spaces available by completing our waitlist form.

Please note: When there are vacancies, new children will be accepted. Priority for admission and readmission are as follows:

  1. Children currently enrolled part-time and increasing to full-time
  2. Siblings of children already enrolled
  3. Children who want re-admission to the program
  4. Children applying for admission for the first time
Do you accept two year olds into the program?

Yes, 30 month old children can attend our both the regular daycare and Summer Fun program when space is available.

What is your discipline policy?

The physical and emotional well being of each child is of paramount importance. The staff use positive guidance techniques to help the children manage their emotions, learn acceptable limits and acquire the skills necessary for healthy group living.

It is important to us that the children be allowed to learn the skills they need to resolve conflicts in socially acceptable ways, to the child’s own satisfaction, and without loss of dignity.

We wish to facilitate the child’s development of self-control, self-confidence, and ultimately self-discipline. To this end we actively encourage verbal expression of feelings and assertion of felt needs. Hitting, biting and other forms of physical, emotional and verbal abuse are not permitted.

Is the daycare a licensed facility?

Yes, we are licensed.

Do I have to pay for daycare if my child is sick or away on holidays?

Yes. Fees are calculated by the space you book for your child and must be paid in full, regardless of sickness or vacation days missed. You are paying for their spot in the program – and this ensures you are still guaranteed your spot when you return from any absence.

What is the teacher / child ratio?

A teacher-child ratio of 1 to 8 or less is maintained. Class sizes are limited to 16 in order to provide high quality care.

Do the teachers have first aid training?

Yes.  All teaching staff have valid First Aid Certification and most have Food Safe Certification as well.

BC Sunshine Coast non-profit organization
We are a registered non-profit organization and rely on our community for financial help to keep our program running and thriving. Donations allow our centre to be the best that it can be for all the children to facilitate and enrich their learning experiences.