About Little Owl
Little Owl & Friends Early Learning Centres are located in the beautiful communities of Fairfield, Oaklands, and Oak Bay. We have our licensed infant and toddler program on Richardson St, our licensed multi-age program (with children ages 1-5) on Victor St, and our licensed 3-5 program on Haultain St in Oak Bay. All of our locations have exceptional outdoor spaces with plenty of room for the children to explore. We go on a lot of adventures out to local parks in our 3-5 program! We enjoy gardening, indoor and outdoor art and sensory experiences, and field trips. We also have weekly classes from the Victoria Conservatory of Music!
Little Owl is committed to supporting the whole child by focusing on high quality indoor and outdoor learning environments, forming partnerships with families, by implementing positive behaviour support in all programs, and by offering free early childhood education professional development courses for all staff members.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are your fees? Do you accept subsidy?
A: Under age 3 care is $1350 per month and 3+ is $1000 per month. We do accept subsidy!
Q: Do you offer part time?
A: At the moment, we are only accepting full time registrations.
Q: Do you offer earlier drop off or later pick up?
A: No. As of September 2021, Richardson St and Victor St will be open from 8:00am - 4:30pm and those hours will be the permanent hours of operation. Our Haultain St location in Oak Bay will be open from 7:30am - 4:30pm.
Q: What are the program sizes?
A: We have 8 infants and toddlers at Richardson St with two staff. We have 8 children ages 1-5 at Victor St, also with two staff. In our Oak Bay program, we have 16 preschool aged children with 3 staff.
Q: Does the centre owner work in the programs?
A: Yes! It is important to her that she works with the children, supports the staff, and builds relationships with the families.
Q: What does the daily routine look like?
A: Our daily schedules run with an emergent curriculum, which is based off the needs and interests of the group. We offer free play, art and sensory activities, science experiments, circle time with songs, felt stories, and learning games, and plenty of outdoor opportunities including neighbourhood walks and visits to local parks and beaches (with two quad strollers for the infant and toddler program!). Little Owl has a little library with hundreds of books for each location! We also have weekly music classes from the Conservatory.
Q: What discipline methods are used at Little Owl?
A: We offer a gentle approach when it comes to discipline. We don't believe in time out, but rather a "time in." Discipline is age appropriate with redirection, positive guidance, and working as a team. Feelings are valid and we want to support each child in our programs by building trust and a strong attachment so that they feel safe and secure in the environment. Our motto is “connection before correction.”
Q: Are food and drink provided? Are there any allergies?
A: We do not supply any food but we have healthy snacks on hand if needed. We always have clean drinking water available and regularly offer water bottles to the children. As of September 2021, we have no known nut allergies at any of our locations, but that is subject to change. A notice will be sent out if we need to modify any programs due to allergies.
Q: Is there a wait list? How will I know where I am on the wait list?
A: As of July 20th, 2021, we are no longer accepting a wait list for any of our locations. If a space opens up, we will be contacting families on the current wait list that are a match for the hours of care and age group - age plays an important role in who is the right fit for the space, as we need to plan for current and future program movement. If you have not been contacted, it is likely due to needing to fill the space with a different aged child. If a space opens up and we have contacted families, we will wait 24 hours for a response. After that, we will be posting on the Facebook group, "Childcare in Greater Victoria 2.0" to advertise the space. The space will NOT be guaranteed - we need to meet after the space has been offered to mutually decide if we are a good fit for each other and if the program will work for the child.