What is Occasional Childcare, exactly?
An Occasional Childcare facility is attended by a child for no more than 40 hours per month. At Blackbird Academy, members may attend anywhere from 0 to 40 hours each month, with as much variation as is convenient for the family. Each family pays a membership fee of $50 per month (although please note that if your child is enrolled in one of our classes, your membership fee for that month is waived). Childcare is $15/hour and parents book the hours they’d like using our online booking and payment system.
Who uses Occasional Childcare?
Occasional childcare suits families with a wide range of lifestyles and childcare needs! So far, we’ve had families enroll for a wide variety of reasons, including:
-families who need daycare when the need it – i.e., not within the confines of a typical daycare’s schedule
-a parent works from home with a flexible schedule and just needs childcare during the odd meeting or event
-they just had a new baby and are looking for a special opportunity for their toddler (and some one-on-one baby bonding time for the parents)
-they have a beloved nanny, but want to provide some social opportunities for their child on a flexible schedule (plus coverage if nanny’s sick or away!)
-a parent is a part-time student and needs some childcare during classes
-the parents want to have an educational opportunity available for their child while they take care of big errands that aren’t child-friendly
What ages of children does Blackbird serve?
Children aged 18 months to 6 years are welcome at Blackbird. We’re pleased to provide a range of fantastic, fun, and educational activities suited to the diverse developmental stages and interests of learners in this age group.
When is Blackbird open?
We’re open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday.
Is Blackbird Academy Licensed and Insured?
Yes, we’re a Licensed Childcare provider by Vancouver Coastal Health. We’re also fully insured.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes! Please check out our Discount Packages page.
We also offer 2 hours of free childcare to families that refer friends (The free hours will be credited once the friend has enrolled and attended Blackbird Academy once).
Care for multiple siblings attending at once is reduced to $12.50 per hour for each child.
We also offer large discounts when providing care to siblings of children undergoing treatment at BC Children’s Hospital. Please contact us for more information about our BCCH Siblings program.
What sort of curriculum is offered at Blackbird Academy?
We’re pleased to offer an engaging Activity-Based Curriculum that builds on the strengths and interests of participating children. We’re committed to keeping our learning environment fresh; there are new activities every single day to ensure children are challenged and engaged. Activities are always developmentally appropriate and thoughtfully planned.
Can I Cancel pre-booked Blackbird Time?
To cancel any Blackbird Time you have booked, please send a cancellation email to email@example.com. You will receive credit for that time if you email firstname.lastname@example.org 24 hours or more in advance of that time (no exceptions).