Child Care Centre wants to expand
By Vanessa Broadbent
The Osoyoos Child Care Centre is hoping to expand its facility, allowing for 18 additional child care spaces which will shorten the centre’s wait list.
At their meeting on Monday, Osoyoos town council gave support to the centre to proceed with the improvements.
The centre has a 99 year lease with the Town of Osoyoos for its property, and as required by lease obligations, approval from council was required to proceed with renovations.
Council also supported the centre in obtaining a provincial grant, which would fund the entirety of the expansion for a maximum of $1 million. The project is expected to cost $900,000.
The proposed expansion includes an additional 3,200 square feet of space over two floors on the north side of the building. A designated nap room for infants and toddlers will be built, as well as two child bathrooms, a staff bathroom, a designated staff room and expanded office space.
Some of the funding will cover electrical upgrades, new furniture and equipment, and minor landscaping.
Currently, the centre has waitlists for each of its three care programs and the expansions would create 18 new full-time spaces (eight for children under 36 months and 10 for children aged 30 months to school age).