New Child Care Spaces in SD73

New Child Care Spaces in SD73
The Kamloops-Thompson Board of Education is excited to  announce the opening of the child care centre at Ralph Bell Elementary School, operated by Inquiring Little Minds (ILM). 
We had media event on December 4, 2023. Read more.
On April 22, 2024, the Kamloops-Thompson Board of Education opened its second child care centre at Happyvale. Read more.
Parents/Guardians who are interested in accessing child care may submit their child’s information to the ILM online waitlist form. More information is available on the ILM website: ilmeducationcenter.com. If you have questions about current space availability, please send an email to Inquiring Little Minds here.
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New Child Care Spaces in SD73 - Join the Journey
2023
TimelineEvents

Dec. 4, 2023

Ministry News Release about Ralph Bell Child Care Opening.

Dec. 4, 2023

Happyvale Child Care - Update on progress.

Oct. 26, 2023

Ralph Bell

Parents/Guardians who are interested in accessing child care may submit their child’s information to the ILM online waitlist form. More information is available on the ILM website: ilmeducationcenter.com.

Read the "Inquiring Little Minds Child Care Centre at Ralph Bell Elementary School Open Soon" web release here

Oct. 24, 2023  

Ralph Bell

Ralph Bell

Ralph Bell

On October 24, 2023, Inquiring Little Minds (ILM) was granted the license to operate the Child Care centre located at Ralph Bell Elementary School. On November 6, we expect that there will be a phased approach to having families bring their children into child care. This approach is commonly used to help children gain a sense of comfort with before and after school care as well as day care. ILM has been collecting families’ names and communicating with families directly.

Sept. 1, 2023  

Ralph Bell Portables

Ralph Bell Portables

Ralph Bell Portables

Ralph Bell

  • All systems are operational, including security, fire alarms, air conditioning, furnace, and electrical.
    • A connection for monitoring the security and Fire alarm systems is still required.
  • The HVAC system has been commissioned and air balanced.
  • City sidewalks have been completed.
  • Aluminum stairs and ramps are expected to arrive today.
  • Electrical and Structural Engineers visited the site earlier this week. Mechanical Engineer is expected this morning. 
  • Licensing process will begin once Inquiring Little Minds receive the keys to the building.
 Happyvale

Twin Rivers Education Centre (Happyvale)

  • Portable structures are on-site.
  • Utility preparation work will begin next week.
Aug. 24, 2023

Ralph Bell

  • Power is connected
  • HVAC and electrical systems are being commissioned by the portable supplier
  • Water and sanitary system connected
  • Interior finishing being completed by the portable supplier
  • Fenced play area is complete
  • Waiting for stairs and ramp
Aug. 1, 2023 

Ralph Bell

  • Fortis is connected.
  • No handrails or stairs yet - to be done in the next 3 weeks.
  • Electricians are done. Waiting for BC Hydro.
  • HVAC staff connecting air conditioning and working on natural gas lines.
  • Plumbers hooking up water and sanitary.
  • Grounds staff are doing play area fencing.
July 7, 2023  

New Child Care Spaces

New Child Care Spaces

On July 7, 2023, Board Chair Heather Grieve shared on behalf of the Board of Education that 72 child care spaces will open up when Inquiring Little Minds communicates a start date for intake of applications, which is expected to be in August. Read more.
2024
TimelineEvents

April 22, 2024 - SD73 News

  • Opened new child care centre at Happyvale
  • Alisha Neumann, Executive Director of Inquiring Little Minds who operates the Ralph Bell and Happyvale Child Care Centres, shared that they currently have one full Infant/Toddler room open at Ralph Bell alongside a 3-5 room. We will be opening a second Infant/Toddler room after spring break which will enroll another 12 children ages 0-3. Happyvale will follow shortly after with the same programs with a total of 72 new childcare spaces when fully staffed. 

Jan. 22, 2024

 Twin Rivers Education Centre (Happyvale)

  • Deficiency corrections are happening now
  • Awaiting architect and engineers documents so we can call City of Kamloops for final inspection
  • Targeting end of January for completion

 

 

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