Frequently Asked Questions
What days and times are you open?
We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. We offer full-day care (8:30 am to 5:30 pm), and half-day care (8:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 5:30 pm). We operate year round and close on statutory holidays, the week between Christmas and New Years, and Holy Week (The week before Easter)
What qualification do the teachers have?
All our teachers are professed and practicing Christians and attend various Christian denomination churches in the Richmond/Vancouver area.
All our teachers are licensed Early Childhood Educators. They all have current First aid training and are committed to their professional development by regularly attending courses and workshops.
Do you provide snacks for the children?
No. We ask that families provide a nutritious, nut free snack (and lunch if your child is registered for full days). Some suggestions are fruit, vegetables, yogurt, cheese and crackers. We ask that children are sent to school with a water bottle instead of juice.
What should my child wear?
Children should wear comfortable clothes that are easy to clean. Children will most likely be using art supplies such as paint or glue each day and they will be playing outdoors most days. These activities are fun but they can be MESSY.
Children will be required to bring a pair of indoor shoes to keep at the centre for indoor use only. Children should wear shoes that support their ankles and fit well. Runners are the most suitable footwear. Remember to Dress for Success!
My child is not fully potty trained. Can he attend TLCC?
While it is best if your child can attend to his/her own bathroom needs, we are here to help facilitate your child’s independence and self-help skills. You should be working with your child to potty train him/her. It is understandable if your child has the occasional accident at this age. Please remember to send along a complete change of clothes and extra supplies (wipes etc) just in case.
Is there any financial help available?
If you require financial assistance, you may qualify for the BC Childcare Subsidy, through the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This is a program that offers financial assistance to families in need. Their subsidy does not cover all costs. Families are responsible for any outstanding costs. For more information, including details about eligibility and how to apply, visit their website at http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/eligibility.htm. If you have any questions or want further information do not hesitate to ask us.
Do you teach spelling and arithmetic?
Our program is play-based because we believe that play is a child’s work and that they learn through play. While we do not have specific spelling and math lessons, your child will be exposed to a language rich environment. Reading, printing and numbers are incorporated into our activities as well as science concepts, music, the arts and physical education. We also use a literacy program called Fun Family Phonics that teaches the children about the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make in a fun, creative way. If a child shows a greater interest in printing letters and numbers, we will provide appropriate activities and materials to encourage and support that learning.