We are pleased to offer care for children from infants to age twelve. Our hours of operation are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Monday to Friday. We will do our best to accommodate families who require earlier or later care. (Please let us know.) To serve you better we drop off and pick up at all schools and preschools in the Tsawwassen and Ladner areas.
Our staff are certified Early Childhood, Infant / Toddler, and Special Needs Educators who are required to have a current First Aid certificate, a criminal record check, and a physician’s declaration of suitability. Staff members are required to participate in ongoing professional development by taking workshops and courses to upgrade and add new skills. Therefore, we can say with confidence that each child enrolled at Kids In Paradise experiences the highest quality of care.
The Online Parent Handbook contains helpful and necessary information. Please take time to read it thoroughly. By doing so we hope that you will gain a better understanding of what we stand for and how Kids In Paradise will give your child and you the very best care available.
At Kids In Paradise we strongly believe in the importance and value of play, where children learn through a variety of concrete, hands-on, sensory experiences.
Research has shown that play is the best "exercise for the brain" because it provides the most appropriate stimulus for brain development. Therefore, an optimal learning environment for young children is one that is child-centered, child-initiated, and play-based in order to promote the development of the whole child. Our age-appropriate programming strives to develop imagination, encourage learning and promote positive life skills and values – essential building blocks in helping your children develop to their greatest potential.
The key goals of Kids In Paradise are to:
At Kids In Paradise we calculate monthly fees based on the number of days in each month that your child is scheduled to be in attendance (plus extra days that he or she attends in addition to the scheduled days). However, we also provide a unique option for planned absences (see Planned Absences and Missed Days in the next section below).
We are pleased to advise parents that Kids In Paradise continues to be accepted into the provincial Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative program, first established in April 2018. As a result, the Province continues to pay a portion of your childcare fees directly to us. The program currently reduces fees for all children up to and including Kindergarten. Fees to be paid by parents are reduced accordingly and, as a result, the fees you pay are:
We require that you pay any bank charges that occur as a result of a returned payment. For example, our bank service fee is currently $6.00 per returned cheque.
To register your child please contact us at 604-948-KIDS (604-948-5437) to arrange for a tour of our centre and to pickup a Registration Application.
Uniquely, we are able to adjust our fees accordingly if you give us a minimum of seven days' notice that your child or children will not be attending the daycare. This means that you won’t be required to pay for vacations, when grandparents are in town, or really for any reason whatsoever - provided that you let us know at least seven days in advance of the absence. Under these circumstances we may fill your vacated spot with a child who needs drop-in care. Your regular scheduled days will of course continue on your return.
Since centre operating expenses (rent, staff salaries, etc.) are continuous, we regret that daycare fees cannot be adjusted for illness and/or other missed days if you are unable to give us seven days notice.
We seek to provide a wide range of top-quality, age-appropriate activities for each of the groups of children that we care for. These include Infant / Toddlers and Three to Fives on the lower level and two School Age groups (one upstairs and one downstairs at the south end of the lower level).
We ask that all children (Infant / Toddlers, Three to Fives, and those in School Age care) be dropped off and picked up via the north entrance. Kids In Paradise parking for drop off and pick up is available on the north and west sides of the centre.
If you need to withdraw your child from our care, we require written notice one full week in advance. Fees up to and including the notice period remain payable in full.
If it becomes apparent that your child is unable to adapt or adjust to our program or that we are unable to meet your child's emotional or physical needs, we reserve the right to give you one month's written notice of termination of care. We also reserve the right to terminate care without notice in the case of a violation of the terms of our policies or procedures as outlined in this Parent Handbook. In the highly unlikely event that care is terminated in this way, all post-dated cheques not applied to fees will promptly be returned to you.
At Kids In Paradise we see parents and caregivers as partners. We have an “open door” policy for parents and encourage you to visit our centre. Parents have an open invitation to visit, stay and be involved in their child's activities.
We strive to work to form effective partnerships with parents through:
Caregivers are available to talk informally with parents as they drop off or pick up their children each day; however, because these are busy times, appointments are advised so that our caregivers may give their undivided attention to you. You may request an appointment to talk with our Manager, Alanna Belding, or with the rest of our excellent care team at any time.
We also ask that you please let us know in advance if your child will be away from Kids In Paradise for any period of time due to illness or other extenuating circumstances. This helps us plan our activities throughout the day according to the numbers and needs of the children in care. Thank you.
Kids In Paradise will transport children to and from their local extracurricular activities (such as hockey, gymnastics, music lessons, dance, swimming, etc.) while you are at work. This will enable your child to participate in activities that normally are not available to children in care. We want your child’s day care experience to be as close as possible to that of an extended family.
A fee for this service may be charged, but, if we do, we will charge only enough to cover our out-of pocket expenses for this service. If this service is of interest to you, please ask us for more information.
Consistency and routine is important for children. Accordingly, we have scheduled times for teacher-lead activities such as circle time or art projects, snacks, meals and naps. However, it is our policy to be as flexible as possible within our program and to allow children to choose their own activities freely throughout the day. Regardless of what activities they choose, our staff will be there to supervise, encourage and provide assistance as needed.
Eating nutritious food is an important part of your child’s day. Food provided to your child by Kids In Paradise will be selected in accordance with Canada Food Guide requirements. We take seriously our responsibility to promote healthy eating and good nutritional habits for your child.
Our staff will:
The centre will:
Children look forward each day to what their parents have packed them for lunches and snacks. We request that you:
As a licensed daycare centre, we are required by the Child Care Licensing Regulations to follow Canada’s Food Guide. The following food items are being discouraged as part of your child’s lunch: pop, chips, candy, chocolate, fruit roll-ups or other gummy-type treats.
Kids In Paradise has designed a number of programs specifically tailored for the children in our care including swimming and gymnastics. We experience high participation rates in these programs and both parents and children are thrilled with them. If you are interested, please ask our Manager, Alanna Belding, or one of our staff.
Because children learn so much from what they see and do, we regularly take the opportunity to explore our community through field trips. We have Kids In Paradise vehicles to transport the children and their caregivers to the location of the field trip. We welcome parents who would like to attend with their children, but ask that parents let us know if they intend to drive their own child.
Details regarding field trips and permission slips for parents to sign will be handed out in advance of each outing.
Children must be accompanied by an adult when they are dropped off at the beginning of the day. We ask that parents remain with their children until they are handed over to their caregiver. Parents are, of course, welcome to stay as long as they choose to. Please remember to sign you children in on our daily attendance sheet (near the entrance to each care area).
Many childhood illnesses are very contagious at the onset of symptoms. Parents are requested not to send their child to the daycare facility if they suspect he or she is becoming ill. During the course of day, a child may develop the beginning signs of an illness, symptoms such as a fever, nausea, aches, or a bad cough. If this occurs, parents will be called immediately and asked to make arrangements to have their child picked up from the daycare as soon as possible. We will make every effort to keep the child resting quietly while he or she awaits pickup.
If a child has been seen by a doctor for an illness, the child should not return to the daycare facility until the doctor has deemed the child no longer contagious and he or she is able to be at the daycare without putting other children at risk. Parents are requested to provide instructions to us in writing regarding any special care for a recuperating child.
If a child has temperature of a minimum of 100.4F/38C, the parent/ guardian will be contacted to pick up their child. The child may return to daycare when the fever has broken on its own, without the use of medication. If a child vomits while in our care, their parent will be notified to pick up. The child may return to the centre after 24 hours from the last time the child vomits. Regarding diarrhea, if a child is not able to make it to the washroom or the diarrhea cannot be contained (in a diaper) then the child’s parent will be called to pick up. The child may return to the daycare once the diarrhea has subsided.
To protect the health or our children and the caregivers, we will refuse entry to any child we suspect of having a communicable disease such as chicken pox, measles, etc. Parents are requested to inform the daycare facility within 24 hours of their child being diagnosed with or exposed to a serious illness or a communicable disease.
Children with head lice must have the nits combed out of their hair and the appropriate shampoo treatment before they will be allowed to return to the daycare.
Our program consists of daily outings, rain or shine. Children who are not well enough to join us in our full program of activities are to remain at home until they are fully able to participate. Parents are requested to ensure that their child has appropriate outerwear at the daycare, so the child may always remain warm and dry on our outings.
Our staff will not administer any medication (prescription or otherwise) to your child without appropriate written consent via the Permission to Administer Medication form (available at the day care centre). This form will be used by the caregiver to record the details of the administering of the medication, and this will in turn become a part of the child’s record.
In the event that medication is to be administered while the child is at Kids In Paradise, the medication must be in the original container. Prescription medications will only be administered as per the prescribed directions.
Medications must be given directly to the caregiver who will ensure the medication is stored in a safe and secure manner.
The guidance and discipline policy used at Kids In Paradise is consistent with requirements outline in B.C. Ministry of Health Booklet “Guidance and Discipline With Young Children”, developed by the Provincial Childcare Facilities Licensing Board in cooperation with the British Columbia Day Care Action Coalition and Early Childhood Educators of B.C.
We know that children learn and develop in different ways and at different ages. Encouraging and assisting them to learn and develop at their own pace will give them confidence and self-worth. By giving children guidance, understanding, and a safe, properly controlled environment, we provide a healthy environment in which each child’s self-esteem is enhanced, play is encouraged, and a warm, loving atmosphere is maintained.
Guidance and discipline strategies, when they are needed, provide a means for correcting negative behaviour and for assisting a child in getting control of his or her behaviour. Our strategies are never used as punishment.
Our goals in guidance and discipline are to:
Our guidance and discipline strategies include:
At Kids In Paradise children are always encouraged to be social and relational. As such, “time away” is used only as a last resort when no other intervention strategy has resulted in corrected behaviour or when continued social interaction will have a negative impact on other children and where this is the best opportunity for children to get control of his or her behaviour and/ or emotions.
The following forms of discipline are considered inappropriate and are never used: hitting, spanking, belittling, and deprivation.
Because we care about the health and well-being of children in our care, we are following the Province of British Columbia’s requirement on screen time.
Screen time includes the use of television, videos, computers, personal electronic devices, and video games while the children are in our care.
Kids In Paradise understands that television and other screen time can get in the way of playtime, physical activity, and interactions with others, which all contribute to learning and healthy physical/social development.
We will restrict screen time by adhering to the following guidelines:
Infant and Toddler Program
3-5 Year Program
Out of School Care Program
In case of a fire, earthquake, or natural disaster, we will safety evacuate the building and make our way to:
Birthdays are an exciting time for children and we treat them as special days at Kids In Paradise. If you would like to send cookies, muffins, cupcakes, etc. for the children in your child’s group, please advise one of our caregivers in advance.
Kids In Paradise will be closed on all Statutory Holidays and during the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. As Easter Monday is not an official Statutory Holiday, we will be open if you require care for your child or children.
At no time will smoking be permitted anywhere on the Kids in Paradise premises. Parents who smoke are asked to put out cigarettes before arriving at the daycare, as the smoke often has a way of wafting its way inside.
As some people are very sensitive to strong scents, we request that the children do not wear perfumes or other heavily scented products to daycare.
Staff members are not permitted to wear perfume while at work.
If we have missed answering any of your questions or concerns, please let us know. Your questions and comments are important to us.
You are welcome to come to the centre to speak with our Manager, Alanna Belding, and/or with your child’s caregiver or we can be reached at:
1835 56th Street
Delta, British Columbia
Daycare: 604-948-KIDS (604-948-5437)
Home Office: 604-948-5436