The initiative to create space to provide non-profit child care programs came from a group of Whistler residents who needed good, consistent and developmentally appropriate care for their children. These parents formed the Whistler Children’s Centre Society in 1983; a non-profit Society chartered the Provincial Societies Act.
Late in 1985, community fundraising and volunteer labor established the facility in which the Whistler Children’s Centre has operated. The Resort Municipality of Whistler has made the land available for non-commercial day care services through the crown lease with the Province of British Columbia.
Throughout 1990 and early 1991, the Society established a plan which would see the construction of the Whistler Children’s Centre designed to provide a broader range of child care services and programs for families in Whistler. In addition to an extensive community fundraising campaign, financial support was received from Vancouver Foundation, W.M. Young Foundation, Resort Municipality of Whistler, GO B.C. and the business sector. The 5,000 square foot Children’s Centre was constructed during the summer of 1991, and opened for service September 9th, 1991.
We believe that every child has a special style and personality which makes them a unique individual. Our approach to children focuses on respecting and nurturing the uniqueness of each child and helping them to reach their potential – physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally.
To ensure that all children feel safe, loved and cared for, the staff has created a supportive, warm and nurturing environment. In addition, we strive to maintain a stimulating atmosphere to help encourage children’s curiosity and desire to learn through play.
Rules and expectations are regularly reinforced to allow each child to gain a clear understanding of the program limitations. A carefully planned program will assist the child in gaining independence, confidence, responsibility and respect for themselves and others.
We offer a consistent daily routine, involving balance of vigorous and quiet activities which aid in fostering each child’s intellectual, emotional, physical and social development.