Child Care Programs
We operate close to 200 spaces for children aged 0-12 at multiple locations. Below is a list of our programs and centres, further information on each program can be found further down the page.
Please read through all information on this page before contacting Kits House. This page provides detailed information to avoid having to wait for a response from a member of our team. If your question is answered in the information below you may not receive a response.
Childcare Programs By Location
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
2305 West 7th Ave
Bumble Bear Daycare
- 25 spaces children aged 3-5 years
Kits Kids Club
- Before and After School Care for Lord Tennyson students (12 spaces)
- After School Care for St. Augustine’s students (12 spaces)
- Up to age 11
Collective Tennyson Childcare Centre
2650 Maple Street
- 12 spaces for children 0-18 months
- 12 spaces for children aged 18 months to 3 years
- 25 spaces for children aged 2.5-5 years
- 16 spaces for children aged 2.5-5 years
Collective Kids Club
- Before and after school care for Lord Tennyson students (20 space)
3776 West 28th Ave
- after school care for Immaculate Conception Students (24 spaces)
- Up to age 11
Frequently Asked Questions
Kits House Childcare Enrollment and Priority Policy
The waitlist for Kits House childcare programs is not first come first served. We have a priority rating system to ensure that spaces in Childcare Programs are being offered to those families who are a priority for those we serve on the Westside, as well as providing a continuum of care.
Enrollment priority will be according to the following order for all children who are registered and all applicable membership and waitlist fees have been paid. Please note that the waitlist will go by registration date within each of the following priorities.
We have a small number of spaces that become available each year, and high demand for all of our programs.
- Children switching between programs (ie. infants moving to toddler program)
- Children who have siblings currently registered in a KNH childcare program
- Children who have siblings attending Lord Tennyson Elementary (LT childcare programs only)
- Children registered in another childcare program
- Families living in Kits (Burrard west to Alma, water south to 16th)
- Families working in Kits (Burrard west to Alma, water south to 16th)
- Families living on Vancouver’s Westside (Granville west to UBC, Water south to 43rd Ave)
- Families working on Vancouver’s Westside (Granville west to UBC, Water south to 43rd Ave)
How do I apply for the waitlist?
Please visit the individual program section below for the program you are interested in and follow the instructions to complete the online waitlist form and to make a payment for your waitlist fee.
When can I apply on the waitlist?
Infant/Toddler Programs – you may apply when your child is born. Applications for children not yet born will not be accepted and waitlist fees will not be refunded. You will not receive notice of rejection.
Bumble Bear/3-5 Collective/Pre K- you may apply when your child is 2 years old. Applications for children under age 2 for these programs will not be accepted and waitlist fees will not be refunded. You will not receive notice of rejection
Before and After School – you may register starting the September before your child will enroll in kindergarten. For children already in kindergarten and above you may register at any time in the year. The oldest child we will register is age 11.
Throughout the year there may be times when the waitlist is closed, please sign up for the notification list found on the individual program section to receive notice when the waitlist re-opens. Do not contact Kits House to ask when the waitlist will re-open, you will not receive a response.
Is there a waitlist fee?
There is a $25 non-refundable waitlist fee for each program you are applying for. If you apply for more than one program you must pay the fee for each program. If you are registering more than one child, you must also pay the waitlist fee for each individual child.
How do I know my waitlist application was received?
If you completed the online waitlist application and paid all required fees, please be assured you are on our waitlist. We are unable to respond to inquiries if your waitlist application was received.
When can I expect an offer of a child care space?
The majority of spaces become available between June-September as children transition to kindergarten.
Since we do not operate on “first come – first served” it is difficult to estimate when a space may become available.
On average it can take 1-3 years for a space to become available.
All of our programs are in high demand, and we only have a small number of spaces that are available each year.
This information is intended to help families understand when spaces are offered. It is general information and should not be considered a precise indicator as to when you may receive an offer. The wait time can be shorter, or longer.
If my child is now too old for the program I applied for, how do I add my child to the next age group?
If you applied when your child is under 3, your child will automatically be placed on the waitlist for the next age group.
Ie. infants to toddlers and toddlers to 3-5
For school age programs please register the September prior to your child entering kindergarten. We do not automatically move children on our 3-5 lists to our school age program waitlists as we only serve specific schools.
Where am I on the waitlist?
Since we do not operate on a first come – first served basis it is difficult to predict when your child may receive a space offer. We do not provide waitlist numbers and will not respond to requests related to place on the waitlist.
How much notice will I be given when a space is available?
We strive to give a minimum of 2 months’ notice. In some cases, we can provide more notice, in other cases it is less.
Can I visit the program before accepting the space?
An open house is planned in the spring of each year for families who will be offered a space. If you are being offered a spot between June-September, you will be invited to attend. If you are offered a spot at another point in the year a tour will be arranged. We do not offer tours to those wanting to apply on the waitlist.
What happens if I decline a space offer?
If you decline a space offer as you are wanting to register at a later date, please notify us so we can update your file. If you decline because you no longer need care, please let us know. If you’ve been offered a space 3x and decline, your application will be removed from the waitlist and you will need to reapply.
Programs for 3-5 Year Olds
We offer two programs for children aged 3-5. Collective Tennyson Childcare Centre 3-5 program and Bumble Bear Daycare. Most open spots in the Collective 3-5 program go to children registered in our toddler program, so the chances of being offered a space in this program are low.
When you apply on the waitlist you will be placed on the list for both Collective 3-5 and Bumble Bear. If you are offered a spot at a location that does not work for your family, you can decline the space offer. You will remain on the list until 3 space offers have been declined. At which point your name will be removed from the list.
The Pre-Kindergarten program is a separate part time program for 3-5 year olds and you will not be automatically added to the waitlist for that program. You will need to submit a separate application if you are interested in this program.
Once my child is in a Kits House program am I guaranteed a space in the next age group?
Spaces in the next age group are not guaranteed. For children in our 0-3 program we can guarantee care until they are 36 months of age, but cannot guarantee care in our 3-5 programs. Children moving from a 3-5 program to kindergarten are not guaranteed care in our before and after school care programs.
We do give priority to currently enrolled children for the next age group.
Do you offer part time enrollments?
Part time spaces are only available at our Pre-Kindergarten program and Dunbar Kids Club.
What are the fees for each program?
All fees are after the Childcare Fee Reduction Initiative have been applied (except for school age programs, fee reduction only applies to children in kindergarten).
5 days a week $787
3 days a week $548
2 days a week $383
Kits Kids Club/Collective Kids Club
Before school care only $120
After school care only $472
Before and after school care $592
Dunbar Kids Club
5 days a week $472
4 days a week $383
3 days a week $296
2 days a week $202
1 day a week $107
Fee reduction initiative amounts
|Age||Days per week||4 hours or more||4 hours or less|
|Under 36 months||5||$350||n/a|
|3 years to kindergarten||5||$100||$50|
How do I contact Kits House if I have questions?
We ask that you please carefully read through the information found on our webpage prior to contacting us with inquiries.
As stated below we will not respond to inquiries related to your place on the waitlist or whether your waitlist application was received.
If your question is related to information found on this page you may not receive a response.
If you have further questions not previously answered you can contact our Childcare Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note in can take up to 2 weeks’ minimum for you to receive a response. If you inquire with someone other than our Childcare Administrative Assistant your response may take longer as they need to forward your inquiry on, which slows the process down.
Where can I find resources for childcare?
For further information about resources related to finding childcare or financial support please visit
Westcoast Childcare Resource Centre https://www.wstcoast.org/
Ministry of Children and Family Development https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-young-children