7018 Child Care

7000       Operations

7018       Child Care Policy

Proposed:        January 11, 2021
Adopted:          February 22, 2021
Revised:
Reviewed:
Reference:      School Act sections 85.1, 85.2, 85.3 and 85.4

Policy

The Board shall provide guidance with respect to how the board will promote the use of board property for the provision of child care programs between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on business days by either the board or third party licensees.

The use of board property by licensed child care providers must not disrupt or otherwise interfere with the provision of educational activities including early learning programs and extracurricular school activities.

Definitions

1. In this Policy, the terms “board property,” “business day,” “child care program,” “educational activities” and “licensee” have the meanings given to those terms in the School Act.

2. “Direct and indirect costs” may include:

a.  Utilities;

b.  Maintenance and repair;

c.  A reasonable allowance for the cost of providing custodial services;

d.  A reasonable allowance for time school district administrators and other staff spend on matters      relating to the use of board property by licensed child care providers;

e.  Any supplies used in the direct/indirect delivery of the program.

 

Guidelines/Principles

1. The board will, on an ongoing basis, assess community need for child care programs on board property, through a process of engagement with employee groups, parents and guardians, Indigenous community representatives, Indigenous rightsholders, Indigenous service providers, and existing child care operators. The process for engagement will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

2. If child care programs are to be provided on board property, the Board will consider, on an ongoing basis, whether those programs are best provided by licensees other than the board, the board, or a combination of

3. Child care programs, if operated by the board, will be operated for a fee no greater than the direct costs the board incurs in providing the child care

4. Fees for the use of board property by licensees other than the board will not exceed the direct and indirect costs the board incurs in making board property available for the child care

5. If child care programs are operated by a licensee other than the board, the board will require the licensee to agree to comply with this Further, that the licensee complies with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and Child Care Licensing Regulation, including but not limited to licensing, criminal record checks, staff requirements and qualifications.

6. In selecting licensees other than the board to operate a child care program, the board will give special consideration to the candidates’ proposals to: (a) provide inclusive child care; and, (b) foster Indigenous reconciliation in child

7. If the board decides to operate a child care program, the board will ensure that it is operated in a manner that:

a) fosters Indigenous reconciliation in child care. In particular, the child care program will be operated consistently with the following principles of the British Columbia Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act: (i) Indigenous peoples have the right, without discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social conditions, including in the area of education; and (ii) “Indigenous peoples have the right to the dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories and aspirations which shall be appropriately reflected in education”; and

b) is inclusive and consistent with the principles of non-discrimination set out in the British Columbia Human Rights Code;

c) seeks advice from local indigenous parents, students, organizations and First Nations communities; especially as it relates to the implementation and development of Indigenous education, language, culture and Indigenous student support programs via the SD60 Indigenous Education Advisory Council (IEAC).

8.  Any contract with a licensee other than the board, to provide a child care program on board property must be in writing and subject to review no less than every two (2) years. The contract must contain:

a. a description of the direct and indirect costs for which the licensee is responsible;

b. an agreement by the licensee to comply with this policy and all other applicable policies;

c. a provision describing how the agreement can be terminated by the board or the licensee;

d. an allocation of responsibility to ensure adequate insurance is in place to protect the interests of the board;

e. a statement that the agreement can only be amended in writing, signed by the board and the licensee;

f. a requirement for the licensee to maintain appropriate standards of performance; and

g. a requirement that the licensee must at all times maintain the required license to operate a child care

9.  Prior to entering into or renewing a contract with a licensee other than the board to provide a child care program on board property, the board will consider:

a. Whether it is preferable for the board to become a licensee and operate a child care program directly;

b. the availability of school district staff to provide before and after school care;

c. whether, with respect to a licensee seeking renewal or extension of a contract, the licensee has performed its obligations under this Policy and its contract with the board, with specific regard to performance in respect of providing an inclusive child care program and one that promotes indigenous reconciliation in child care.