Little Steps and Nature Daycare

The Victoria West Community Association offers two options for Licensed Daycare for children ages 3-5  We have our Little Steps Daycare and an all day Nature Daycare.


The Little Steps program has an indoor classroom for activities and play based learning.  In additional, children spend at least 2 hours each day in active play, usually outside.  Little Steps emphasizes the value of unstructured learning that allows children to make choices, experiment, and use hands on exploration with materials in the daycare and outdoor environment. The toys and activities are developmentally appropriate to support your child’s emotional, physical, social and cognitive needs. We strive to allow children to make their own choices and explore in an environment which is physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing.


Our full day Nature Daycare offers a curriculum that supports a deep connection to nature.  This program interacts with nature both as the teacher and the classroom. Our core values include creative play-and inquiry-based learning, often child-led or child-centred activities, diversity and risky play.  Our Nature Daycare includes some indoor time but children spend the majority of their day outside in the beautiful Banfield Park.  We will explore the ever changing natural world throughout all seasons and in all kinds of weather, safety permitting.


Important Information Registration commences in March for Fall intake. Children must be between the ages of 3-5 years old and already toilet competent. Priority is given first to internal families, then external families wanting full time care. Please see below for more information regarding the enrollment process.

Please be sure to read our updated 2023/24 Parent’s Handbook for important information, policies and procedures.


For more information contact the Childcare Manager:

Jack Tharp – Phone: 250-590-8922, ext 1, Email:



Daycare Fees 2023/2024         Monthly Rate after CCFRI       
5 days/week $533
3* days/week $359
2* days/week $258

* 3 Days a Week is Monday, Wednesday and Friday

* 2 Days a Week is Tuesday and Thursday



VWCA Daycare Parent-Handbook-2023       VWCA Childcare-Registration-Package-2023

Childcare Parent Agreement 2023      VWCA Direct Deposit Form


Out of School Kids Club


The Victoria West Community Association offers a Licensed Before and After school program for those enrolled at Vic West Elementary.  VWCA OSC Kids Clubs offer school age kids a safe and nurturing space to move, explore, socialize and create. We are committed to helping kids grow strong physically, socially and emotionally.  We promote using words to solve conflicts and building self-confidence is a large part of the program. We strive to allow children to make their own choices and explore in an environment that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing.


Important Information Registration commences mid-March for Fall intake. Children must be between the ages of 5 & 12 years old and enrolled at Vic West Elementary School. Priority is given first to internal families, then external families wanting both before and after school care, and then all other families.


Kids Club Parent-Handbook-2023       VWCA Childcare-Registration-Package-2023

Kids Club Parent Agreement 2023   VWCA Direct Deposit Form


For more information contact the OSC Kids Club Team Lead:

Cara Longworth – Phone: 250-508-0142 Email:


Out of School Kids Club Fees –  2023/24 Before & After School Care


  Monthly Rate Kindergarten, After CCFRI Grades 1 – 5, After CCFRI
5 days/week $454.00 $200.00** $339.00**
3 days/week $272.40 $120** $203.40**
2 days/week $181.60 $80** $135.60**

** Approx – fees with be updated when the new CCFRI calculator for OSC is updated. 


Application Process 


1. Read the Parent Handbook for your program and sign the parent agreement.
2. Submit a completed application form to the front office of the Vic West Community Centre including all required documents (registration form, parent agreement, immunization records, two recent photos of your child, legal copy of custody restrictions (if applicable), government subsidy authorization (if applicable), direct debit form, receipt of admin fee/deposit). Incomplete application forms will not be processed and you will be contacted to provide the missing information.
3. If there is space in our program, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable admin fee and deposit. This can be paid at
4. Once you have completed the registration forms and paid the admin fee/deposit, mandatory on-site tour will be scheduled to ensure our program is the right fit for you and your child.
5. Once the following steps are completed and should your application be successful, written confirmation of your acceptance will be emailed to the address provided. If you have not received written confirmation, you are not yet part of the program.
Application Information – September Intake
Enrollment in the Out-of-School Kids Club is for the current school year only (September – June).  You will need to re-register if you would like to attend for the following school year.
Daycare operates year round and enrollment will continue until you withdraw.  Since many children leave each September to start Kindergarten, our largest intake is for the fall.
Families with children currently enrolled in any of our Childcare programs (Daycare & Out-of-School Care) will be able to drop off new applications for the September intake (Little Steps, Nature Daycare and Out of School Kids Club) in February each year. Current families will have until the end February to submit their applications before intake opens to new families.
Applications for our Childcare programs for the September intake will open to potential new families in March.
Families will receive notification whether they have gotten a spot in our programs by June 1st.
VWCA does not keep a waitlist.  Occasionally spaces become available throughout the year.  Feel free to contact the Childcare Manager or Team Lead by phone or by email on the first day of the month prior to the month you are looking to begin care, to enquire about availability.
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