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2016 News and Information

Have your say in updating Richmond’s Child Care Strategy

18 August 2016

childcare 2016The City of Richmond is conducting a child care needs assessment to update its Child Care Strategy for the next five years. The public is invited to provide feedback on their experience so that the City can better understand which types of child care are most needed and where these services are best located in Richmond.

Those interested in sharing feedback are encouraged to complete an online survey and participate in upcoming community events, all posted on LetsTalkRichmond.ca. The online survey will be available until Sunday, October 16, 2016.

The first two public events are:

  • A drop-in style public open house at Richmond Centre Mall (by Guest Services), located at 6551 No. 3 Road, on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • A focus group for Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking families at Richmond Caring Place, located at 7000 Minoru Boulevard on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. (child minding provided). Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Contact the Richmond Child Care Resource and Referral Centre at 604-279-7020.

Printed versions of the survey and translation services will be available at both of these public events as well as others throughout the summer and early fall. Individuals who require assistance in Mandarin or Cantonese in order to complete the survey may contact the Richmond Child Care Resource and Referral Centre at 604-279-7020.

Visit LetsTalkRichmond.ca or email childcare@richmond.ca for information on additional open houses, focus groups and other community engagement events happening throughout the city.

The information received from parents, guardians, expecting parents and childcare providers will help determine the City’s role in supporting child care providers and creating new child care spaces. Others who will benefit from the public consultation findings include developers who are building child care facilities, child care providers who are delivering the services and other government jurisdictions.

The current City of Richmond 2009-2016 Richmond Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy was completed in 2009. Since that time, two City child care facilities with a total of 96 spaces have been constructed and are now in operation providing care for children up to five years old. An Early Childhood Development Hub, which offers child care services and related programs for children and families, and five more child care facilities are currently in development. These facilities will provide approximately 250 new child care spaces in the coming years.