This year has been a busy year for Childcare. CSETS currently holds Sub Agreements with 4 childcare centres funded through Service Canada. Cowichan Tribes is funded for 36 childcare seats and 4 employee positions. Stu’zuminus First Nation is funded for 36 childcare seats and 6 employee positions. Snuneymuxw First Nation is funded for 22 childcare seats and 5 employee positions. Penelakut is funded for 17 childcare seats and 3 employee positions. The nations receive the same amount each and every year. Some of the Childcare responsibilities include preparing the applications, creating the contracts, and insuring that we are all in compliance with Service Canada’s requirements. The Childcare officer travels out to each program to do site visits, perform file monitors and deliver cheques.
CSETS Childcare has a committee that meets quarterly to review and make recommendations to the CSETS Board of Directors. This committee also meets to review applications for the Enhancement funding and makes recommendations to the Board.
CSETS was successful in lobbying to Service Canada to provide Capital Funding to 4 Sub Agreement Holders. CSETS received $404, 106.00 to help upgrade childcare facilities.
Cowichan Tribes funding was used to create an undercover area for infants and toddlers to play outside all year round. Bike paths in both playgrounds were replaced due to cracking and tripping hazards. Rotting ramps and stairs were replaced as well as covering exteriors of trailers with cedar siding to increase the life span of the building. Climbing structures were repaired and painted. Indoors, cracked and rotting countertops and cabinets were replaced and a fountain that had tested positive for lead was replaced.
Snuneymuxw First Nation funding was used to build a safe and developmentally appropriate playground for the infant/toddler program. New flooring was installed to improve the cleanliness of the centre. Lights were upgraded to LED throughout the centre, as it has been proven that fluorescent lighting has a negative impact on children. Bathroom stalls were replaced due to rusting issues. New countertops were replaced due to molding as well as a new diaper changing station with a staff washing sink. New cedar fences were installed around the playground areas.
Penelakut Tribe funding was used to upgrade the outdoor play area. Bike path has been replaced as well as replacing gravel area with 2” rubber material. New sandboxes with covers for animal control. Relocate 2 playground structures to more desirable location while also expanding storage area, securing with metal doors and sills for animal control. Installed new shelving units.
Stu’zuminus First Nation funding was used to replace roof structure over sand box. Dangerous tree removal outside play area. Landing timbers of play structure were replaced in toddler play area. Concrete bike path was replaced due to tree roots lifting the path. 30 nap mats and cots were replaced with new bedding sheets to fit. Dry rot was removed and replaced from play houses in three programs. Drainage issues were investigated and resolved in outdoor play area. Install fall zone surface in outside infant play yard replacing dirt. Fridge was replaced due to freezing issues.
CSETS was also able to assist Stu’zuminus, Snuneymuxw, Victoria Native Friendship Center, Songhees, Tillicum Lelum, and T’souke. All of these programs received enhancement funding. CSETS also provided funding to childcare centers within our catchment area to upgrade stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and other small wish list items to enhance operations within the facilities.
CSETS was successful this past fiscal year in acquiring additional funding to enhance childcare centers with a one year increase in funding for each childcare space, as well as funding for Professional Development of child care providers and funds for Cultural programming within the centers.