- Daycare centers and preschools can be run by private companies, local councils, community organizations, individuals, non-profit organizations or by employers for their staff.
- They can be located in anything from church basements to specifically-designed child-care centers, but as they need a license to run, they must meet local government criteria.
- Most full-day daycare centers will have an early education component to their program providing structured learning activities as well as childcare.
- Unfortunately, daycares and preschools in most locations tend to have long waiting lists. There is also usually little flexibility in terms of when you child is ill – the policies can be strict regarding sending children home at the first sign of symptoms.
- Daycare and preschool can be available for all day or part of the day – centers usually operate between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Some centers offer extended days, usually for additional fees, from 7:30am til 6:00pm.
- Many preschools offer morning or afternoon sessions from 2 to 5 days a week, usually from 8:30am to 12pm and from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.
- There are usually rigid pickup and drop-off times with penalties for being late. There may be an option to pay extra if you need early drop off or late pick up.
- Some many preschools and some daycares close completely for the winter and summer holidays especially if they are attached to or housed in a school.
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