Childcare

ANHBC is a leader in offering high quality child care that meets the needs of diverse families. We currently operate 1,191 licensed childcare spaces, serving children ages 0 to 12 in 25 locations. ANHBC is included in the Province of BC’s Child Care Prototype for $10/day child care.

We have offered childcare and early childhood development services since our very early days. ANHBC was incorporated in 1894 and operated an orphanage and a “fresh air” camp at Crescent Beach. In 1938, we established the first neighbourhood house at 7th and Pine in Vancouver and began offering preschool and daycare programs.  Our steadfast commitment to children and early childhood development continues to this day.

Philosophy

Our ANHBC child care programs are committed to the BC Early Learning Framework (BCELF), focusing on the areas of Well-being and Belonging; Others, Materials, and the World; Communication and Literacies; Identities, Social Responsibility, and Diversity. We base our everyday practices on the following Reggio Emilia-inspired principles, which are aligned with the BCELF:

  • Rich image of the child
  • Rich image of the educator
  • Rich environments
  • Hundred languages of children
  • Partners in learning
  • Strong relationships
  • Inclusive practice
  • Emergent learning
  • Commitment to high quality care; continuous improvement and best practices.

We believe that children are strong, capable, unique individuals who observe the world around them, gather information through natural play and rich interactions, and that children develop best at their own pace, in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance.

We provide an environment which encourages the holistic development of children, physical, mental (cognitive), social, and emotional development, by providing daily creative, process-oriented, play-based learning activities. Educators ensure every child’s safety and well-being by using self-regulation and self-discipline guidance techniques and by role-modeling appropriate behaviour, respectful communication, and bias-free practice.

Our educators view the child as an active and valued citizen in the program, a constructor and co-constructor of knowledge and culture with the educators and other children.  Rather than pre-planning highly structured activities, our educators follow a cycle of active participation, observation, documentation, reflection and collaboration to collect children’s interest points and provide open-ended invitations and provocations that inspire active engagement and create a sense of awe in the child.

Partnership and collaborative relationships are core values in our approach. Families are engaged in policy development, program planning and day–to-day challenges and discoveries. Their vital role in their children’s lives is acknowledged and respected and their expertise is not only welcomed, but also required for the success of the program.

Reggio Emilia Approach

For the past ten years, childcare programs at ANHBC have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and its rich approach toward children, their families and the community. Our passion for, and belief in, children’s right to high quality education that supports experiential learning in a community of strong, respectful relationships has led our team on a continuing journey of exploration, reflection and collaboration.

We recognized that there were limited opportunities for professional development in the Reggio approach in Vancouver; there was no place for child care providers to come together, access resources, and observe for exemplary learning opportunities. In 2016 we established the Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House Reggio-Inspired Learning Centre. The Centre is now training and supporting childcare centres and school teachers across BC to implement the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach.

Quality

ANHBC has a very strong commitment to the quality care and education of young children. Our Child Care and Family Programs standards are set through ongoing research and are based on best practices in the field.  Our standards and evaluation across the neighbourhood houses include a range of practices, both formal and informal.  Educators meet or exceed standards through the ongoing professional development of all team members to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and support required to deliver high quality programming. We also have regular peer reviews, regular supervision meetings, and on-the-floor observation and interactions between all levels of staff.

Our licensed programs generally operate above the minimum required by licensing. Our educators are focused on intentional and ongoing planning to ensure the needs of the children in our programs are fully met. We evaluate our programs through participant feedback, ongoing observations and reflections, and by using external experts.  We also proactively involve parents in various aspects of our programs, such as curriculum development, a parent committee that helps shape the quality of our programs, and ensuring there are  ongoing opportunities for parents to share their feedback (e.g. at educator/parent meetings).

Locations

Each neighbourhood house operates their child care programs independently.  To learn more about their programs, or to join a waitlist, please visit our house websites:

Alexandra Neighbourhood House - Children's Centre
Alexandra Neighbourhood House - School Age Childcare

Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House - Preschool
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House - Out of School Care

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

Gordon Neighbourhood House

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House

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