Childminding at Council Meetings

The City offers childminding services during Council meetings to help more people participate in local government. 

SERVICE UPDATE: Childminding has resumed at evening Council meetings. 

Drop off your children, ages six months and older, for two hours of child care so you can attend Council meetings! Program leaders will provide a safe and fun environment for children to play games, interact with one another and build crafts.

Things to Know:

  • Council meetings are, generally, the second and fourth Thursday evening of each month
  • Parents can drop off their child(ren) for a maximum of two hours*
  • Parents requiring care for children with special needs are asked to please contact childminding staff in advance to make adequate arrangements
  • Parents must remain on site and immediately accessible at all times
  • Childminding will take place in the City Hall Mezzanine Room (Mezzanine Floor)
  • Spaces are limited and service is drop-in and on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Pre-registration is not required
  • There is no cost to participants

*The two-hour maximum is set by BC child care licensing regulations under which childminding services can operate

Frequently Asked Questions​

Q: Where is childminding located in City Hall?
A: On the Mezzanine floor accessible via elevator or stairway which is across from Public Service Counter. 

Q: Is there a sign-in and sign-out process?
A: Yes, we will collect basic information about your child upon arrival and will require you to sign out your child before leaving with them. A mobile phone number is required so staff can contact parents during the Council meeting if required

Q: How long can I leave my child at childminding?
A: We can provide care for a maximum of two hours from the time you sign in your child.

Q: What is the staff to child ratio?
A: 1:2 for 6-12 month old children, 1:4 for 1-3 year old children and 1:8 for 3-12 year old children

Q: What type of training and certification do childminding staff have?
A: Our experienced child care staff have the following certifications and training:

- Standard First-Aid and CPR C
- Training in Child Protection Policies 
- Criminal Record Clearance

Q: What happens if there is an emergency involving my child?
A: The City has procedures in place in case of natural disasters, first-aid emergencies and lost children. Staff will follow these procedures and connect with parents as soon as possible.