Who/What is the Nazarene Daycare?
Who Are We?
The Nazarene Daycare is a non-profit daycare operated by the Whitehorse Church of the Nazarene under the direction of our Director, Rev. Clayton Keats (ECD, BA) and the Daycare Committee appointed (by the church board).
Why Do We Operate a Daycare?
We understand that the absolute best place for the child in in his/her own home. We also understand that this is not always possible and sometimes parents have to make the very difficult decision to place their child in the care of others.
We operate the daycare as a service to our community; seeking to provide the highest quality care possible outside of your home.
Because we consider ourselves offering a community service, we have endeavored to keep our fees as reasonable as possible and we are pleased to provide this quality child care at prices that do not exceed the limits covered by the Yukon Child Care subsidy program (in other words, if you are covered for full subsidy, there will be no surcharge on top of that).
What Can You Expect for Your Child?
We will endeavor to enhance and facilitate the development of the whole child – spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, cognitive and social. We will provide a program rich in activities and play experiences in order to reach this end.
What are Your Hours of Operation?
The Daycare is open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday, with the following exceptions:
We are closed on the following holidays:
In addition to being closed on the holidays listed above, we will also be closed at 1:00 pm on Heritage Day (in February); Christmas Eve; and New Year’s Eve. We will also be closed (depending on how the days fall) for a week during the Christmas Break following Christmas Day.
Finally, in the interest of enabling our staff to participate in valuable Child Care Training Workshops that occur within the community, it is possible that the Centre may close for up to two Professional Development Days a year. When this happens, the Centre will issue no less than one month’s notice to all parents so that alternate care can be arranged.
What are Your Rates?
Our Full Time rates are listed below. For part time rates or for more detailed information, please view the Parent Handbook.
Full Time Rates:
Daily Drop In Rates:
Many parents also qualify for Child Care Subsidy. If you are applying for subsidy you will not need to wait until your subsidy is approved. We will register and accept your child as soon as any one of these three requirements are met:
Why Choose the Nazarene Daycare?
There are many good reasons to choose the Church of the Nazarene Daycare, (including our excellent staff and programming) but what makes us really stand apart are the following:
We have the most amazing line up of caregivers in Whitehorse! We have caregivers with experience, training, and a commitment to the care of your children. Currently, all five of our caregivers have the highest level of training (the requirement is for 20% to have the highest level).
The daycare operates on principles, values and standards that are the basis of a strong foundation in the early development of a child’s life; a foundation that will encourage children to make wise choices later in life as they grow and mature. As we believe many of the standards and principles that many parents value are taught and encouraged in the Bible, we don’t shy away from using the Bible (where appropriate) as a basis for our values nor do we hesitate to offer a simple prayer before meals.
The Nazarene Daycare has been serving in this same neighborhood for over 35 years (since 1980)! What a great heritage we have. We have had many children of children that used to attend our daycare! We have been here before and we will continue to be here when you need us.
We realize that kids need space and lots of it! That’s why we utilize so much of our building for the daycare. The fact is, we have approximately four times the space that is required (by government) for each child that is in the daycare—and that is just indoors! Our outdoor playground is nothing short of huge with three large play structures, a massive deck and lots and lots of room to run around and play in a safe environment.
Do You Provide Food Service?
The Nazarene Daycare is committed to seeing that all children receive an adequate lunch, in accordance with the Canadian Food Guide for Healthy Living. All meals will need to contain foods from the four food groups.
We will provide lunch on Monday (Soup or Cold Plate) and Friday (Hot Lunch). These are provided free of charge. In addition, we offer an optional Hot Dog lunch on Wednesdays. We charge a modest fee for the Hot Dog Lunch with proceeds going towards the cost of activities outside of the daycare (for example, going swimming).
Parents are required to bring in lunch on at least Tuesday and Thursday, but are welcome to bring in lunch any day of the week.
Should your child’s lunch not contain a serving of something required from a particular food group, the Centre will be supplementing the lunch and a $5.00 charge will be added to your monthly fees each time a particular item is missing from a lunch.
In addition to these meals, the Daycare does provide two healthy snacks daily, usually including milk in the mornings and a juice during the afternoon snack time.
Menus (including snacks) are posted ahead of time and if at any time you see something you would prefer your child not to have you will be welcome to bring something of your own as we will not likely be able to accommodate any special dietary requirements for your child.