SFU Childcare

Childcare at SFU

Finding quality childcare is a common stress experienced by families with small children, and moving to a new neighbourhood often means starting all over again in the search for a reputable care provider for your young one.

If you’re about to become a resident of UniverCity, you can scratch this worry off your list. Located within two minutes walking distance from the child-friendly Verdant and Serenity complexes, and just up the hill from University Highlands Elementary School, is the UniverCity Childcare Centre with programs for children between the ages of three months up to 12 years of age.

The UniverCity Childcare Centre is a truly unique building. Built to exacting environmental standards, it is the first building in all of Canada to meet theLiving Building Challenge,the most advanced green building rating system in the world. What does this mean? It means children will be learning and playing in a space that actually improves its local environment by being fully water and energy-independent, and that enhances rather than detracts from the beauty of its surroundings.

The revolutionary facility, with space for 50 three to five-year-olds, is expected to generate as much
energy as it uses, collect or recycle more water than it consumes, and be built and operated using non-toxic materials, sourced as locally as possible. The centre cost 15 to 20 per cent less than other childcare facilities being built in the region, without the green features.

Operated by the SFU Childcare Society, it is the first childcare centre in the world to integrate the most advanced environmental design and the renowned Reggio Emilia childcare program. SFU Faculty of Education faculty and student researchers also use the setting to investigate optimal ways to provoke and sustain learning in Reggio-inspired classrooms and how this holistic approach effects social development and learning interactions within the classroom community.

The Reggio Emilia model emphasizes three “teachers”: the educator, the environment, and the broader community in which the children live. The childcare facility itself becomes a laboratory for self-directed learning. The UniverCity Childcare facility will provide unique opportunities both indoors and out for the children to explore water, light, air, gravity, vegetation, and seasonal change.

For information on enrolment, costs, and hours, visit www.sfu.ca/childcare.html