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 – Year Round 7:30 to 5:40 pm M/T/W/Th/F

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. There is a non-refundable $25 application fee  to add your child to our waitlist so we kindly ask that you mail it to us as at the address included on the form or drop it off at Boat. We will contact you to confirm that your child is on the waitlist.  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. You can also download a summary of the guide—highlighting some of the most important points—from here.

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  This will be withdrawn through one’s account via pre-authorized payment and are required regardless of a child’s possible absence due to illness, vacation, statutory holiday, etc.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.

  • 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 naptime.  We recommend an early pick up time between 4 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.

Our Daily schedule

The following is what a typical day at Boat looks like. Special field trips are sometimes planned, however, and in this case parents will be notified of any changes.

7:30        Centre opens, free play, art activities

9:45        Snack

10:00     Circle time and snack

10:30     Outside play rain or shine)

11:45     Children start making beds

12:00     Lunch

12:30     Bathroom time

1:00        Nap time

1:40        Quiet free play for the children who did not sleep.

2:30        Wake up time

3:00        Either free play and table activities, art or outside play

3:15        Snack time

3:45        Free play

5:45        Centre closed

Daycare Supplies

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

  • Fitted Sheet(crib size)
  • Blanket (small)
  • Toothbrush
  • Nylon rain pants (muddy buddies)
  • Change of clothing (labelled). Please note: All your child’s clothing should be labelled.
  • Indoor slippers or slip-on shoes
  • Rubber boots
  • Sleep friend (optional)

Lunch and Snacks

Two nutritious snacks are prepared daily – your child needs to bring a lunch. Fruit and vegetables are delivered to the daycare, and special diets can be accommodated.

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