Frequently asked questions

When should I let Cariboo know I am interested in childcare?

The earlier you let us know the better. Many people register their interest when they first learn that they are pregnant. If you live in the school district catchment area for South Sahali, letting us know you need before and after school care when your child is still in daycare is beneficial.

Many families have registered their interest in childcare with us. Unfortunately, due to limited places, we are unable to provide care to many families.

How do you allocate places?

When spaces come available we match the space to the best fit child. Consideration is given to the age of the child, predicted room for the child to transition through all our programs, parent status (student/community) and length of time waiting, amongst other things.

How do children move from one program to the next?

Our group care under 36 months programs are Seedlings, under 18 months, Poppies, 18 – 36 months, and Marigolds, a blended room of children aged 2 – 36 months. Once children reach 36 months, they transition to our group care over 36 month programs; Sage, Juniper and Willow.

Can the childcare center let me know if I am likely to be given a childcare space when I need it?

Due to the high volume of interest and low turnover of childcare spaces we are unable to predict when a place may become available. We cannot respond to individual enquiries regarding likelihood of successful place acquisition.

Can I have a tour?

We are happy to give tours of your child’s center when an opening becomes available.

When will I hear from CCCS?

We will email you to confirm receipt of your waitlist application. We will also contact you by email when your child is matched with an available place. We ask that you remember to keep us updated with your information so our wait list is accurate.

Why do we have to wait so long?

Childcare is VERY challenging to find in Kamloops. We participated in the community Child Care Planning Program last year and are continuing on with the Early Learning and Childcare engagement committee. This documentation is an interesting read and shows how many childcare spaces are missing in Kamloops.