Whistler, and increasingly Pemberton, have young populations and many babies are born each year. This makes them very active and fun places for young families. There are many groups working with families and children who can help if you have questions or problems. But it can also be difficult to find childcare, especially if both parents are working. In Canada, parents are encouraged to participate as fully as possible in their children’s education and you will find a number of groups and educational opportunities both for pre-school children (under 5) and for children outside of school hours. The government encourages this and there are subsidies and various tax allowances to help. However, there are also various regulations you need to know about, particularly for children in cars, when disciplining them, and when you are not able to be with them yourself.
See Chapter 6 of the BC Newcomers’ Guide at WelcomeBC Newcomers’ Guide for details of
You can view this online or download a PDF to your own computer.
Regarding child service providers, please check the BC Ministry of Children and Family Web page Child Care Resource & Referral Program. If you choose to hire a babysitter, be aware that babysitters are not licensed or regulated by the BC government. You may ask your family and/or friends for referrals and carefully select a daycare centre of your liking or hire a suitable babysitter for your child that way.
Regarding child care subsidy, please visit the Childcare Subsidy Web page.
Click on the following websites to find out about local organisations who organize and advertise activities for kids in Whistler.
www.whistler4kids.com Whistler4kids (Sea to Sky Families)
https://www.facebook.com/MovingMountainsChildcare/ Moving Mountains for Children
www.whistlerlibrary.ca Whistler Public Library
www.mywcss.org Whistler Community Services Society
Healthy Pregnancy Outreach Program
This program helps women maintain good health throughout their pregnancy and have healthy babies. It provides a weekly drop-in discussion group, a cooking club and one-on-one support. The program is for women who are pregnant or whose child is six months old or less.
Every Tuesday at noon, 1341 Aster Street, Pemberton.
Contact Suzie Soman, Director, Early Childhood Development, firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
See the Sea to Sky Comunity Services website for details of other programs offered.
Strong Start play group offers activities for parents and their children under 6 years of age in Pemberton. The program provides social interaction, emotional support, parent education and role modelling.
Drop in is casual and participants come when they want. Parents and caregivers are asked to stay with their children and be responsible for their safety at all times. All programs follow the school year and are closed during school holidays.
Strong Start is based at Signal Hill Elementary:
The program is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:00-12:00 and Tuesday/Thursday afternoons from 12-3 p.m.
Please contact Suzie Soman for more information and to register. E: Suzie.email@example.com T: 604.892.5796
For information on other child development programmes in the Pemberton area please visit the SSCS website.