Natalie St.LaurentEducator Level 1
We have received good news from Children Services regarding the reduction of fees for our daycare center thanks to an “Affordability Grant” agreement with the provincial government!
For more information on the agreement: https://www.alberta.ca/federal-provincial-child-care-agreement.aspx
The discount amounts per month are as follows as of January 1, 2022:
- Toddlers (under 19 months) Full-time – $635
- Toddlers (19 months to 3 years) Full-time – $510
- Preschoolers (3 years to kindergarten) Full time – $450
Here is an example if you have a 2 year old child who is enrolled in Les Petits Oursons daycare full time and you have applied for the parental subsidy:
Fee per month: $1100
Toddler subsidy: $510
Parental subsidy*: 200$ (fictitious amount for the example and to demonstrate the importance of applying!)
Bill for the month: 390$ to pay, 65% fee reduction for the parent
* The parent must apply online to receive the parental subsidy. The amount is determined by the annual salary, so can vary from $106 to $266/month.
For more information on the parent grant: https://www.alberta.ca/child-care-subsidy.aspx
Please note that the provincial team has taken some delays in adjusting the claim system so we hope to be able to send you your first reduced January invoice next week!
For this year, it was possible not to increase the monthly fees and not to charge any fees for absences due to illness, Covid or isolation for your children, thanks to provincial pandemic support grants. In addition, all of our educators have been able to keep their regular hours despite the reduction in attendance and fees.
This will change as of July 1, 2022 if we want to maintain the current excellent service as there will no longer be any support grants to the daycare for these exceptional times. The increase will be 3% as prescribed by the provincial agreement which will bring the fees to $1133/month ($33 more per month).
In order to maintain the quality of service, the mandatory fee will be $1133/month to maintain a space for your child at the full-time daycare, despite absences. We must maintain this guideline since we must be able to pay for the educators’ salaries and benefits, resources, meals and maintenance of the daycare. We are fortunate to not have to pay rent or maintenance for our beautiful outdoor courtyard, not to mention free access to the gym!
Still, with the reduced fees and the parental subsidy (parent must apply), the monthly bill will be reduced by between 40 and 50%!
Please contact us if you have any questions.
New Interim Director
The Conseil scolaire Centre-Est(CSCE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Joany Hardy as Interim Director of Les petits oursons(LPO) daycare. She will be in this position during Madame Pauline Szucs’s maternity leave, that is from September 2021 until August 2022. Madame Hardy will be transition into the position during the month of August, getting to know the entire team as well as the children, their routine and their families. During this time, Madame Szucks will be working closely with her as she also learns to manage LPO. Madame Hardy’s experience, her love of children and her enthousiasm will definitely be an asset for LPO. We wish her success in her new role with CSCE!