Gardens Children’s Centre to open in Richmond
29 June 2018
New child care spaces are coming to Richmond with the opening of the Gardens Children’s Centre, located at 10640 No. 5 Road. The child care facility, which provides 37 spaces of licensed child care for infants, toddlers and children up to five years old, had its official opening ceremony today (Friday, June 29, 2018).
The Gardens Children’s Centre is the eighth City-owned, purpose-built child care facility in Richmond. It has 387 m2 (4,164 sq. ft.) of indoor space and 279 m2 (3,003 sq. ft.) of outdoor space, and is operated by the Society of Richmond Children’s Centres.
“The City is pleased to open a new child care facility to serve families, especially those who live and work in the East Richmond and Shellmont area,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Our Council recognizes the importance of supporting the needs of Richmond families, which includes creating child care spaces for young children that support their development and growth. The City continues to be a municipal leader in creating child care spaces for children up to twelve years of age, and is committed to being an active partner with senior governments, parents, the private sector and not-for-profit agencies to develop and maintain a comprehensive child care system in Richmond.”
Townline Homes provided the child care facility as a community amenity contribution to the City as part of ‘The Gardens’ development. This unique facility was built by converting and repurposing ‘The Gardens’ development sales centre and the Coevorden Castle. The castle is a Richmond landmark and a replica of the original Coevorden Castle given by the Netherlands to the City of Vancouver as a centenary gift for Expo 86. It was subsequently moved to Richmond where it was a focal point of Fantasy Gardens, which was located on the site of the new development. The Gardens Children’s Centre will commence operations in September 2018.
The City’s eight child care facilities provide a total of 270 licensed child care spaces in Richmond. Approximately 300 additional licensed child care spaces have been secured through rezoning processes, including the City-owned child care facility, Seasong Child Care Centre, which will also commence operations in September 2018.
Helping more families access quality and affordable child care is one of the main priorities outlined in the 2017-2022 Richmond Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy. The City continues to partner with senior levels of government, the non-profit sector and private businesses to encourage the development of a comprehensive child care system, providing high-quality licensed care in Richmond’s neighbourhoods.
For more information on child care in Richmond, please visit www.richmond.ca/plandev/socialplan/childcare/overview. For a quick link to finding child care in Richmond, please visit www.richmond.ca/plandev/socialplan/childcare/FindingChildCareinRichmond.htm