Licensed Casual Child Care
What is Quality Matters?
Quality Matters is a province-wide assessment program that will be used to determine eligibility for funding for licensed child care centres. The purpose of Quality Matters is to ensure that eligibility to receive provincial funding for licensed child care centres is directly linked to meeting specific outcomes. (Nova Scotia’s Early Years Branch) High quality early learning programs are the foundation of successful lifelong learning, development and well-being. (Capable, Confident and Curious: NS Early Learning Curriculum Information Session)
What is Capable, Confident, and Curious: Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework?
The Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Framework is based on the concept of the Image of the Child. The framework sees children as curious, creative, full of potential, capable and confident. It values and honours children for who they are today, and for who they will become. It values how all children’s families, cultures, and communities influence on and contributions to children’s learning and development. (Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework)
GMFRC Childcare Brochure (click here)
The Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre (GMFRC) Casual Childcare Centre offers a full day licensed Casual Childcare Program to children of military members, reservists, retired members, DND employees, and RCMP members. Our program is divided into two programs; one for infants ages 3 to 17 months and a multi-aged program for children ages 18 months to 12 years.
This exciting full day program offers two snacks and a hot lunch. Our menu was developed in collaboration with Nova Scotia’s Public Health Nutritionist and meets the 2/3 daily nutritional requirements set out by the Canada’s Food Guide.
Our focus is to develop an environment in which children of military families are respected, accepted, and allowed to develop their potential for growth. Our inclusive Childcare Centre has been designed to encourage active participation. Children will explore, create, question, and share experiences in order to enhance physical, social, emotional, language, and intellectual growth. We will provide your child with a safe, warm, and loving environment in which to play and learn. To this end, we work as a partner with military families, continually recognizing the necessity of consistent and positive communication. The philosophy of the Centre is to provide your child with a positive learning environment, which enhances his/her level of development.
The Childcare Staff
All full-time staff at the GMFRC Childcare Centre:
- Have graduated from an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program;
- Are required to have a criminal record check performed by the RCMP;
- Are required to have a Child Abuse Registry Check performed by Government of Nova Scotia;
- Signs an Oath of Confidentiality; and
- Work as a team to provide a stimulating, nurturing environment for the children attending the programs.
Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis so parents are encouraged to pre-book spaces in advance. You can book spaces up to one month in advance, but please remember that this service is a casual service and should not replace your full-time childcare arrangements.
In order to book your child in the GMFRC Casual Childcare Program, you must have completed the following:
- A GMFRC Casual Childcare registration form,
- A health and immunization form,
- A GMFRC photo release form, and
- A GMFRC fee agreement form.
Please be aware that this is Casual Childcare, and the program can be subjected to unforeseen closures. When local schools are closed due to inclement weather, our Casual Childcare and Preschool programs will also be closed.
If all spaces are booked each month, the GMFRC reserves the right to place a limit on the amount of time parents can pre-book in a month.
Parents are encouraged to bring children in for an introductory visit prior to their first booking.
Ages 3 to 17 months
Full day: $35 (more than 4 consecutive hours)
Half day: $20 (up to 4 consecutive hours)
Ages 18 months to 12 years
Full day: $27 (more than 4 consecutive hours)
Half day: $15 (up to 4 consecutive hours)
To book your children in the GMFRC Casual Childcare, please call:
Infant Room (ages 3 months to 17 months): 902-765-1494 local 1818
Multi-Age Room (ages 18 months to 12 years): 902-765-1495 local 1817
For more information on the GMFRC Casual Childcare Program, please call the Childcare Programs Director at 902-795-1494 local 5053.