KAMLOOPS – The B.C. government is investing $500,000 under the B.C. Early Years Strategy to create 32 new licensed childcare spaces for families in Kamloops.

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc will use the funding to create 32 group childcare spaces at Little Fawn Nursery, 360 Chief Alex Thomas Way. The spaces are for infants and toddlers up to 36 months of age.

“Little Fawn Nursery offers a safe and stimulating environment for children to learn, develop and take great pride in their heritage,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said. “Access to quality childcare is vital to so many families and I am thrilled that Tk’emlups te Secwepemc will be able to offer its programs to more local children.”

“This funding opens the door for more local children to grow in Little Fawn Nursery’s stimulating and nurturing atmosphere,” Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone said. “In a growing economy, working families depend on childcare providers to teach youngsters early skills and help them transition to school.”

“With the B.C. government’s contribution to provide 32 additional childcare spaces for Little Fawn Nursery, this will enable us to enhance our efforts for language immersion, but just as importantly it will enhance a strong learning foundation for  infants and toddlers,” Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Fred Seymour said. “Our elders remind us how sacred our children are, and we know that getting an early start in quality education in our traditions will contribute to a stronger community emulating pride.”

In November 2015, the B.C. government encouraged childcare providers to apply for the third phase of major capital funding to create new licensed childcare spaces throughout B.C. These new spaces are part of government’s commitment to support the creation of 13,000 new spaces by 2020.

This investment marks the third phase of childcare major capital funding, and will allow childcare providers to:

  • Build a new childcare facility, including the cost of buying land or a building.
  • Purchase and assemble a modular building and develop a site.
  • Renovate an existing building.
  • Buy eligible equipment (including playground equipment) and furnishings as part of the above activities to support new childcare spaces in an existing facility.

The B.C. government is now working with childcare providers to sign project agreements that include the specific requirements that providers have identified for each site, such as the need to lease or buy property, obtain local zoning permits and hire contractors to renovate the sites.

The B.C. Early Years Strategy is an eight-year government commitment to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of early-years programs and services for families with young children.

For more information about childcare in B.C., visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare.