Daycare adds long-term care, opens daily


The Sundance Kids Centre can take up to 36 kids daily.
The Sundance Kids Centre can take up to 36 kids daily.





As Sun Peaks continues to grow, the Sundance Kids Centre has expanded their options to better serve residents.

“We had lots of requests,” said daycare supervisor Rayne Kelsey. “And it definitely
was needed.”

As of Nov. 15 the daycare will be open seven days a week, year-round to ensure residents have access to local and consistent care for their children.

The centre also offers after-school care for many Sun Peaks students and a pre-school program which started in September, adding to
the options. 

After the addition of daycare outside of ski season in the summer of 2016, the number of families registered at the daycare jumped from 10 to 35.

Vincent Lafontaine, sports director for Sun Peaks Resort LLP, which runs the centre said there was at least a 20 per cent increase between 2015 and 2016.

“It’s growing fast,” Lafontaine said. “It is coming from the Sun Peaks school and the locals here.”

Lafontaine added he was pleased with the support from the community for the expansions.

Other families moving to the area for the winter have also been inquiring about child care daily, Kelsey said, adding that she expected to operate at full capacity for much of the
winter season.

“We will definitely have to put a cap on it for busy days,” Kelsey said, referring to local families. “There has to be a cap.”

The centre has a legal maximum of 36 children and must balance resort guests with local residents which can present challenges during the ski season.

“If people want in they will have to book in advance,” said Kelsey.

More staff will also be necessary if enrolment continues to rise.

“In the winter we are super busy,” Kelsey said. “We are getting children in and out of lessons as well as caring for the rest and it takes staff.”

Over the years different child minding options have been opened at Sun Peaks with little success.