Bkejwanong Children’s Centre
We at the BCC are honoured in the trust that the Walpole Island community has placed in us to provide a quality child care program for our most important resource, the binoojiiyag, our future. We will soon be celebrating our 50th anniversary of service to the Walpole Island community. On November 17, 1968 the doors of the first nursery were opened in a 36’ by 28’ building which could accommodate 25 pre-schoolers. We were the first daycare to operate on a First Nation in Canada.
Today, the quality of service has moved to a new and much larger building which accommodates 118 children ranging from ages of 4 months to 10 years. On November 6, 1995, we celebrated our achievement with the opening of our new Bkejwanong Children’s Centre. At that time, grass-roots people and the child care staff united for our community’s most valuable investment – our children. Our fully qualified staff are committed to working together to provide your children with a happy, healthy and safe child care environment.
To provide a culturally sensitive, quality child care service for children between the ages of 4 months to 10 years old, inclusive within the Walpole Island First Nation Territory.
Employs a staff of twenty five (25) employees.
Child Care Services Provided:
- Daily activities follow a regular pattern so that the child can feel secure in knowing what to expect and when. Preschool children learn through their play. Our programs include fine and gross motor play periods, stories, music, science, creative, dramatic play, cultural enrichment and wide variety of activities, daily schedules of routines are posted and are available for parents’ review.
- Field trips are scheduled throughout the year. Notices are sent home in advance informing parents of the trip details. Permission signed by the parent/guardian is necessary. We encourage parent participation in these activities. However, according to Ministry and Band policies, all volunteers who work with children are subject to have a Criminal Reference Check.
- A nutritious meal based on the Canada Food Guide and a morning and afternoon snack are provided for the children that attend our centre on a full day basis.
- Yearly inspections take place as required under the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA) so that we are issued our yearly license for operation. You can have confidence knowing that the centre meets all regulations and standards as determined by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
How can the community help?
Volunteers are welcome but are subject to a Criminal Reference Check.
For more information on our services, please come by or call us.
A registration package can be purchased for five dollars ($5) at the BCC. Please understand
that we are limited by law in the number of children we can accept in each age category. You
may be placed on a waiting list until a space becomes available.