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The Childcare Centre was opened in January of 2013 because of the recognized need by the BCIT community for childcare services on the BCIT Burnaby campus. In particular, it was recognized that those families with young children whose parents were striving to educate themselves, would not be able to attend the excellent educational opportunities provided by BCIT unless they could have childminding support for their young children.  Thus the students of the day, through their Student Association, and in collaboration with the leadership team of  BCIT, pushed for and supported the construction and operation of the Childcare centre with support from their student fees.  As such, placement priority is given to the BCIT Students, Faculty and Staff, however, as space permits, all families from the greater community are welcome and once enrolled, are not displaced by enrollment needs of the members of the BCIT community.

The BCITSA Childcare Centre strives to promote your child’s development emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. We believe each child has the right to learn at their own pace in a safe, secure, and encouraging environment. Our daycare offers a play-based program, featuring fun ways for the children to learn math, science, language, music, and art. We’re located on the beautiful BCIT campus alongside the picturesque Guichon Creek, and we offer a fully fenced and landscaped play area which includes an outdoor sandbox, climbing wall, slide, bike track, and plenty of covered areas for rainy days.

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Sue Allan

Director of Childcare Services
604.451.6877  |

Our Staff

Our staff are skilled, trained Early Childhood Educators/Assistants, and we encourage all our staff to pursue ongoing professional development. In addition, our staff meets the legislative requirements that are laid out in the Community Care and Assisted Living Act: Child Care Licensing Regulation. For further information, please visit the British Columbia, Ministry of Health page.

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Monthly Fees

For the BCIT academic year of September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023.

BCIT Students, Faculty, & Staff

3 – 5
per month
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General Community

3 – 5



per month

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While the BC Government is providing a childcare fee subsidy in the form of the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI), children under 36 months will have the childcare fee reduced by $350 per month and children over 36 months will have the fee reduced by $100 per month.

As of December 1, 2022, the BC Government is increasing the CCFRI amount so that children under 36 months will have the fee reduced by $900 per month, and children over 36 months in our 3-5 centre will have the fee reduced by $545 per month. In the infrequent circumstance where the new CCFRI amount would reduce the fee to below $200 per month, the BC government has directed Childcare providers to have a minimum fee of $200 per month as this aligns with the BC Government policy of $10 per day Childcare. For parents who need additional help covering the costs of child care, extra support continues to be available through the Province’s Affordable Child Care Benefit. The new fee reductions and the Affordable Child Care Benefit work together to lower the costs of childcare fees for families and can be “stacked” to maximize the amount of savings. Please note, eligibility and rates available under the Affordable Child Care Benefit are not changing. For more information please go to How to Access Child Care – Province of British Columbia (


Is there an Application Fee?

No, there is no application fee.

How Do I Sign Up?

We are accepting enrollment as well as waitlist forms.

Please email the Childcare Manager ( to receive an enrollment or waitlist form.

Please include in the email how old your child is and when you are looking for your childcare.

Who Can Sign Up?

Anyone can sign up for the BCITSA Childcare Centre.

However, the BCIT community of registered students, faculty, and staff will receive placement priority.

Daily Schedule

This is a typical day at the BCITSA Childcare Centre. Depending on the day’s activities, the routine may be adjusted accordingly, although times for meals, snacks, and naps will be followed closely.

Opening – 9:30 am Inside Play
Children are arriving; during this time, interesting activities are set out for the children’s enjoyment.
9:30 am – 9:45 am Transition to Snack Time
9:45 am – 10:00 am Snack Time
10:00 am – 10:30 am  Circle Time
Songs, games, theme lessons, math, language, science, calendar, weather, etc.
10:30 am – 10:45 am Transition to Outside Play
10:45 am – 11:40 am Outside Play (Rain or Shine)
11:40 am – 12:00 pm (noon) Transition to Lunchtime
12:00 pm – 12:25 pm Lunchtime
12:25 pm – 12:45 pm Transition to Naptime
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm Naptime/Quiet Time
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm  Inside Play
During this time interesting activities are set out for the children’s enjoyment
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Clean Up & Transition to Snack Time
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Snack Time
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Circle Time
Songs, stories, show & tell, yoga
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Art Wednesdays & Transition to Outside Play
If the weather is bad, we have inside playtime until hometime
4:15 pm – Closing Outside Play

Hours of Operation

*Maximum of 9 hours per stay

The Little Duckling Room 3-5 years


7:30 am – 5:30 pm

The Little Acorn Room 18 – 36 months


7:45 am – 5:30 pm

The Ladybug Room 3-5 years


7:00 am – 5:00 pm