Our Programs

The West Vancouver Child Development Centre (WVCDC) offers a structured, play-based program for infants to preschoolers.  Our philosophy is to focus on the child first and then build outward from there.  We value the statement “children’s play is children’s work.”  Adequate children’s play ultimately leads to a productive and satisfying adult life and working career.  An undue focus on achievement-oriented activities tends to thwart this natural outgrowth of play.  One of the primary requirements of our staff is to have a comprehensive understanding of play and its relationship to learning.

The morning routines are similar to a preschool, with art and storytimes, as well as music, French, movement/gym classes and storytime visits to a neighbourhood seniors’ centre. The afternoons have more free-play times, including outside play, nap and snack times. The structure of routines and activities help build a sense of security and predictability within the child’s environment.  The activities also nurture new, exploratory experiences.

The basis for our program may be summed up by the following key concepts:

  • Acceptance
  • Nurturing
  • Facilitation
  • Respect
  • Encouragement
  • Discovery
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Choices
  • Safe Environment
  • Fully Focusing
  • Discipline
  • Reality

For more details on our early childhood education philosophy, please read the WVCDC Philosophy.

Enrollment is limited to 8 children in this program, with a ratio of 1 staff to 4 children.  We offer full time (5 days a week) spaces as well as 3 or 2 days a week. For more information on this program, please click here.

Enrollment is limited to 25 children in this program, with a ratio of 1 staff to 8 children.  We offer placements that are full time (5 days a week) and part time (2 or 3 days a week). For details on our “big kid” program, please click here.