Our planned expansion of 65 new spaces has met with some unexpected delays. We had intended to be running at a capacity of 170 spaces as of September 1, 2019. However, there have been some complications with obtaining a license for our new building for the full amount of spaces we had anticipated.
We are working hard with our licensing officer to come up with a plan that will allow us to run at a capacity of 170. Although I do not yet have a specific timeline for when this will happen, our licensing officer has assured me that Island Health Authority recognizes the urgency of the situation and is aware of the need for a timely resolution.
In the interim, we are expecting to obtain a temporary license allowing us to have a capacity of 130 (an increase of 25 spaces from previous years) starting next week. This should allow us to accommodate the majority of the current waitlisted requests for Before School Care as well as a portion of the waitlist for After School Care.
I will be contacting waitlisted families this weekend to confirm what spaces are available, starting at the top of the waitlist and continuing until all 130 spaces are filled. I will endeavour to provide updates as soon as possible regarding when we can expect to offer full capacity of 170 spaces.
As a parent myself, I fully understand how crucial it is for families to have access to reliable childcare, and I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and stress that this delay is causing for so many families who have been waiting for space in our program.