Admiring the animals at the Pumpkin Patch!

Admiring the animals at the Pumpkin Patch!

Boat Daycare offers a balance of free play both indoors and out and some more structured group times.  It is a safe place to make friends, be creative and learn through play under the supervised care of early childhood educators.

Here are a handful of important issues that you need to know right off the bat:

Ages Served – Children 30 months to 5 years

Days of Operation – Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Closed – Public statutory holidays

Staff/Child Ratio – 1 staff member per 8 children.

Application Form

The Application form for Boat daycare is be available for download here. We will contact you to confirm that your child is on the wait list.  You can also you can pick an application form up from the mailbox outside the entrance to Boat Daycare.

Parent Guide

You can download a copy of the Parents’ Guide here. The guide was designed to cover all the aspects of life at Boat Daycare and we hope that you find it useful.

Fees and Payments:

Fees are due and payable on the first of every month.  This will be withdrawn through one’s account via pre-authorized payment and are required regardless of a child’s possible absence due to illness, vacation, statutory holiday, etc. as your child’s space will be reserved for him/her.

Gradual Entry

Children are integrated gradually into the program and routine at the daycare. A typical gradual entry will look like below:

  • Day 1 – 9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  You and your child may stay one or two hours with his/her parent(s) present.
  • Day 2 – 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Your child may stay alone while the parent(s) leaves for two hours.
  • Day 3 – 9:15 a.m. to  1:00 p. m.  Your child stays for lunch, and will take part in group story-time.
  • Day 4 – This is a full day and will include lunch and nap time.  We recommend an early pick up time between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p. m.

This process is flexible and the parents and staff can determine when the child is ready to stay for the whole day. Please note that we are implementing a different procedure during the pandemic.

Our Daily schedule

Children are divided into 3 groups, with staggered meal times and circle time. The following is what a typical day at Boat looks like. Special field trips are sometimes planned, and in this case parents will be notified of any changes. 

8:00-9:30       Centre opens, free play, art activities

9:30-10:30     Snack (with 15 minutes gap between each group)

10:00-11:30   Circle time (20-30 minutes each group)

10:30-12:30   Outside play rain or shine

11:30-12:00   Nappers start making beds

12:00-12:45   Lunch

12:45-1:00     Story time

1:00-2:30       Nap time or quiet activities

2:00-2:45       Outside play

2:45-3:30       Snack time (15 minutes gap between each group)

3:30-5:30       Outside play and dismissal

5:30                Centre closed

Daycare Supplies

When your child starts at Boat, we require that you supply:

Please note: All your child’s clothing should be labelled.

  • Emergency Comfort Kit
  • 1 Fitted Sheet(crib size)
  • Blanket (small)
  • 2 sets of rain gear or muddy buddies
  • Change of clothing (including underwear and socks). 
  • Close-toed slippers or slip-on shoes for indoor use.
  • Rubber boots
  • Sleep friend (optional)

Lunch and Snacks

Two nutritious snacks are prepared daily by the staff. However, your child needs to bring a lunch (no heat-ups).

Please note that Boat Daycare is not a nut- or sesame-free daycare. Find more information about lunches here.